September 7th, 2007
11:29 AM ET
8 years ago

Bush on Iraq: 'We're kicking ass'

President Bush will give his progress report on Iraq next week, based on information from Gen. David Petraeus.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq last weekend, he made clear he was pleased with what he saw.

"The security situation is changing," Bush told reporters during the visit. "There's more work to be done. But reconciliation is taking place."

But according to the Sydney Morning Herald of Australia, the president gave a more-to-the-point assessment to Australia Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile.

"We're kicking ass," Bush said to Vaile Tuesday, according the Herald, after the deputy prime minister inquired about his trip to Iraq.

On Thursday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino would not confirm or deny the reported comment. (Related Video: Jack Cafferty reads your e-mails on Bush's blunt talk)

This isn't the first blunt comment Bush was overheard making to a world leader. At last year's G8 summit, a live microphone picked up the president telling then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the United Nations needs to "get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s**t."

- CNN's Elaine Quijano contributed to this report


Filed under: President Bush
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  1. Stephen, Boulder, Colorado

    Put that one up there with
    "Mission Accomplished"
    Was he in a flight suit on an Aircraft Carrier again?

    Impeach Bush Now!

    We won't get out of there until 2009 when he leaves office. He is obviously not even started planning a withdrawal.

    September 6, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Joey, Denver, CO

    A real class act.

    September 6, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Naveen, Scottsdale AZ

    This story title was so outrageous it made me LOL for real!! What a moron – remember when he said to the insurgents a few years back "bring it on" They sure brought it didn't they.

    I still can't believe that some people can still drive around with a bush/cheney 04 sticker.

    Are you sure he was not referring to the appalcian state score at halftime?

    September 6, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Terry, El Paso, TX

    If we are capturing, killing, or otherwise neutralizing the very large group of killers in Iraq, then that is fine with me. However, this enemy is not going to surrender like Japan and Germany surrendered to us in WWII. According to what I have read, many of the Islamic fanatics believe that destruction is their mission, and they are willing to die to destroy. I read one interview in which an Islamic terrorist observed that at the current rate of Jew-killing, only 27 Muslims had to die to kill one Jew. He said, and I'm afraid he meant it, "Those numbers are acceptable. If 100 million Muslims must die to eradicate all Jews, there will be plenty of Muslims left to continue the Islamic struggle in a post-Israel world." (I'm paraphrasing from memory.)

    This enemy cannot be exterminated. For every one we kill, two more take his place. There are now many more terrorists than there was before we started killing them. We must help moderate Muslims build a counter-balancing political vision that is more secular in its perspective.

    This is not going to be fixed by the 2008 elections. It is going to take a couple of generations to settle, and get out your checkbook. It is not going to be cheap.

    I recommend a tax surcharge on every voter who voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004 to help pay for the war. I was able to vote against the man four times, twice in the Texas gubernatorial race and twice for President.

    We who saw him for what he is told all of you what kind of lightweight he is and most of you wouldn't listen. You voted for him anyway because you are against flag-burning and abortion. Now my children and I will have to pay huge taxes for the next decade or two because of your hard-headed Conservatism. You Conservatives, of course, are what I call "the free lunch bunch." You want to prosper in this society but you are unwilling to pay the cost of running a complex democracy in the 21st century. You will continue to elect Congressmen who will cut YOUR taxes, the country be damned.

    September 6, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. RB

    Imagine this coming from the leader of the most powerful nation in the free world. Honest to God, can this guy get any more arrogant?

    He pandering to the chickenhawks like Hannity, Limbaugh, Blo'Reilly, Boortz and their ilk, hoping they'll carry his water for another few days.

    This man is an embarrassment and a buffoon.

    If he wants to see a real all-American ass-kicking, wait until he sees what the GOP gets in 2008, thanks to him.

    September 6, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Larry Broadcast of Boston

    Kicking Ass? I suggest we get an aircraft carrier and have the President land on it in a jet and in a flight suit, and have a huge banner on the deck that reads MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – and then we could .....uhh, wait a minute, we already did that.

    September 6, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Jared Wyatt Fort McMurray, Alberta

    I just want to close my eyes and ears until he is out of office.

    September 6, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. James, Phoenix AZ

    I can't believe he didn't carry a banner that said Mission Accomplished with him. And then we learn Osama is going to make a new terror video – good job Bush! Why don't you get on your horse, take your pistols and head out to the wild wild west and capture yourself a terrorist yourself – then make you can say you kicked some ass. Until then, stop the embarrassing remarks. DISGRACEFUL!

    September 6, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Keith Guice Franklin, Tn

    Kicking ass and Mission Accomplished.....boy oh boy...W does it again.

    Kicking ass for ol' Daddy's sake.

    Where were you in Vietnam...W...you were kissing ass then...weren't you?

    September 6, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Marc, Sacramento, CA

    The only ass Bush is kicking is that of things like the Bill of Rights, Habeus Corpus, America's standing in the eyes of the world, and the national budget, which my grandkids will be forced to pay to balance someday.

    His latest gaffe is right in line with such previous Bush gems like "Mission Accomplished," "Bring 'em on," and "Heck of a job, Brownie."

    How this man survived to adulthood is beyond me.

    September 6, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. Jeremy, Madison, WI - Go Badgers!

    I think he meant the 'ass' of our children and grandchildren who will still be paying the price for this idiotic invasion....

    Don't you get the impression that Bush thinks the National Debt is like his score in Asteroids in 1980 and he's going for an unbeatable record?

    September 6, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    What would we expect from a loser who at 40 had failed at every business venture, and was the coke head alcoholic son of a president who had to tell us all that "I am not a wimp". Like father like son except in this case totally devoid of intelligence and empathy, both displaced by adolescent ego? Parachute him into downtown Bagdhad and let's watch him "Kick ass" as our soldiers come home. What a shameful excuse for a man and a President...surely his parents shake their heads daily.

    September 6, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Brad, Columbia, SC

    The language itself doesn't bother me. I have no problem with the president using words like ass or s#!t.

    And, if we take the remark out of its specific context, it's kind of funny. And on some level it's refreshing when politicians don't always offer the same canned sound bites. If either Guliani or Clinton, for example, were to say that their campaigns are "kicking ass," I'd be fine with that.

    BUT...

    Knowing what we know about Bush - his love of tough-guy rhetoric, his pride in his "Texas swagger," and his reckless tendency to view complex issues in stark terms - this latest remark only further demonstrates that Bush sees and believes what he wants and tries to force the evidence to fit his foregone conclusions. Remember, this is the guy who recently cited as evidence of progress in Iraq an official report that said more benchmarks for progress had not been met than had been.

    September 6, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. jason hewitt, santee, sc

    give me a break people. we all slip and say stuff like this. you are supposed to be on his side(america's side). i guess everyone forgot about those plane attacks again. i dont think he took the presidential seat knowing what it held for him. no one does. put yourself in his shoes. nevermind, you cant. i dont encourage or like war, and i feel for every family who has lost a family member, but sometimes you have to react when you have been the target of a terror plot. guess we shouldnt have increased security at airports either. remember he is a human being and your leader and we should support him and this country in whatever our/your president feels is best for this great land

    September 6, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Keli'i, Rodeo, CA

    the only ass wer'e kicking is our asses. Bring our troops home.

    September 6, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. J, Omaha NE

    I am so embarassed by this boy.

    September 6, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Frank A

    Please say it ain't so!! It can't be another 500 days of this crude man. It just can't be!
    With all the lives that have been lost during this needless war, that is the best jargon that he can muster up. Frankly, maybe it is his ass that really needs to be kicked.

    September 6, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Ed

    But then again if it wasn’t for Bush’s Fascist ideology none of this would be happening right? Wrong. Terrorist have been running hither and fro for many decades trying to kill Americans. Even in the Billary decade when the left would like us to think that the world was hugging and kissing our American butts but according to Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations in 1996 (YES 1996!) stated that…

    Terrorism is “a war with an unlimited number of battles, none of them decisive…. For a long time, terrorism was something we Americans mostly read about or saw on television. Now, terrorism has come to the United States, with a growing list of casualties and notorious events: the World Trade Center bombing, Oklahoma City, the Unibomber attacks, possibly TWA Flight 800–and certainly the pipe bomb at the Atlanta Olympics.” Haass went on to state, “In a world in which borders count for less and less, it should come as little surprise that terrorism has come to America. Our cities are the new battlefields, and we are the combatants.”

    There is a growing body of extremely alarming and highly credible evidence that the U.S. Government, for purposes of stimulating public acceptance of legislation to limit personal freedoms, has itself engaged in the encouragement and the actual planning of acts of domestic terrorism against its own citizens. Some of this “encouragement” was brought to light when a reliable FBI informant notified the bureau of the immanent bombing of the World Trade Center. The incident was reported by the New York Times in the form of transcripts of tape recordings made by the aforementioned informant. These tapes were made of his conversations with FBI agents using equipment they had supplied him.

    Against vigorous efforts by the Justice Department to keep the tapes and their contents secret, the federal judge presiding over the case of those indicted for the Trade Center bombing, ordered the recordings released and they became public knowledge.

    Richard Ben-Veniste, former associate Watergate special prosecutor, exclaimed that the tapes, apparently unprecedented in American jurisprudence, foreshadowed “an absolute nightmare for federal prosecutors.” In addition to the New York Times story, the Los Angeles Times in an October 28, 1993 article also revealed details of FBI involvement in the terrorist act. FBI spokesmen in Washington refused comment.

    This is from those whom you defend. The left... Drink the Kool-Aid... Drink it my children... they want to get you... they want to shut you up...

    http://edgruberman.wordpress.com

    September 6, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Stephen Moore,Woodbridge,Suffolk,England.

    I'm sorry but,you have for nearly eight years had a halfwit as a president.I know he doesn't have any say on policy,but for all that is decent.Vote for a human being this time.The world doesn't end where your borders do,please,please pick someone sensible.

    September 6, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. Seekster, Arlington, TX

    Ah Bush, its comments like these that make me proud he is a Texan. (And no im not being sarcastic).

    September 6, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. Smurfcrusher

    "Heck of a job!" -er, oops, no, that was about his comment about the job the horse-trader Brown did after Katrina. Rest assured, in the ~500 days this idiot has in office, he will do plenty more damage.

    September 6, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. JM

    Well... now there is an intelligent comment from our President.

    September 6, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. jeff, williamstown, wv

    SO WHATTTTT!!!!! Thank god he said whats on his mind and thank god for a real person. Thats how real people talk. Whatever your position on the war and thoughts of the president, we've gone mad and so robotic that anything UNPOLISHED and unscripted is outlandish. I wonder if Truman or Kenedy ever said something like this. You bet they did and its refreshing to hear sound clips like that today.

    September 6, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. porter robinson columbus ohio

    what a stupid comment. no wonder we are in the mess we are in.

    September 6, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. Oscar A., Alhambra, CA

    Just like in his college years, when he stood on the sidelines wearing a cheerleader outfit while the players were getting banged up on the field (or drafted for the Vietnam War) our "Commander in Chief" again, is talking tough while the real soldiers do the fighting.
    This kind of talk only appeals to the 25% moron populace who incredulously, still support this embarrassing buffoon.

    September 6, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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