September 7th, 2007
11:29 AM ET
9 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
soundoff (712 Responses)
  1. Chicago, Illinoiis

    Okay Bush, time to exit your bubble and join the real world.

    September 6, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. Moog.England

    Reading all these comments,I now have faith that America and it's fine people have seen sense regarding their President.These people put themselves up for election to public office,they are only human,not godlike as they like to beleive.You tell them.Kickin' ass indeed.As we say in Englandland "Numpty".

    September 6, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Hank


    We liberated the hell outta them Iraqis!

    September 6, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. xtina - chicago IL

    Thank you, President Bush for keeping the faith. And thank you to the fine men and women serving in our military. Please know that each and every one of you brave souls fighting to protect this great country are all doing something that not every person is capable of doing: Protecting people you have never met. No matter what religion or political lean a person has certain words mean the same to everyone- Bravery, Courage and Honor. And these three qualities describe our military.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for protecting me and my loved ones.


    September 6, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Lorita Coffman, New York, NY

    Once again, the White House resident demonstrates that he is incapable of speaking on behalf of the citizenry and unfit as leader and commander-in-chief. Given the wealth of talent in this great nation, it is unfortunate that we have a second string leader.

    September 6, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    All you bush-haters are angry because we're actually succeeding? Granted it hasn't been easy but you're constant negativity about Bush makes you look like the idiots!

    Give the President some respect.

    September 6, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. David, Dallas Tx

    The score card:

    Bin Laden – 2,752 Americans killed.

    Sadaam Hussein – 122 Americans killed, all from the first Iraq invasion.

    George W. Bush – 3,734 Americans killed, and still going strong.

    Congrats Dubya! You ARE kicking ass in Iraq!

    And doing more to kill Americans than bin Laden and Hussein together ever could.

    Pity you're not as good at killing bin Laden. But then, you knew he wasn't in Iraq when you decided to pull troops out of Afghanistan in order to invade Iraq. Maybe–whisper it!–you weren't as excited about getting bin Laden as you were about seeing how well you could do as commander-in-chief of a fully unleashed American military campaign.

    September 6, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Henry Tucker, Ga

    CNN chose to delete a supportive message for the President:

    Thank You President Bush for continuing to stand up for our soldiers – unlike these weak-knee'd liberals that continually provide aid and comfort to our enemies.

    Perhaps Bin Laden in his upcoming video will help guide the American people in knowing which democratic candidate he and his fellow terrorists support.

    September 6, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Barbara Antonsson, Pasadena, CA

    "We're kicking ass"???? Are you kidding? A crude, stupid remark. Show some respect Mr. President.

    September 6, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Dubya: It's only been 4 years. It's still good! It's still good!

    Dubya: There's only been a couple thousand U.S. casualties! It's still good! It's still good!

    Dubya: There's only been millions of innocent Iraqis displaced! It's still good! It's still good!

    Dubya: Iraq has gone into economic, social, and political turmoil! It's still good! It's still good!

    Dubya: Our foreign policy has gone out the window! It's still good! It's still good!

    Dubya: They didn't find WMDs! It's still good! It's still good!

    Dubya: We didn't find any links to Al Qaeda! It's still good! It's still good!

    U.S.: Come on Dubya ... just give it up ... it's gone.

    Dubya: Aww ...

    September 6, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Hank, Delusionalville, Utah

    And don't forget the Constitution...

    They kicked it's ass too.

    September 6, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Marti, Plano, TX

    Yee-haw, y'all!! Y'all "bring it on" and we'll be "kicking [some] ass."

    Please, oh please, does someone have a muzzle? He is outrageous, and his frat-boy rhetoric only inflames and incites.

    P.S. I'm a native Texan, and this bozo, er, President, "ain't" from here, y'all.

    September 6, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. Scott, Newport, KY

    Our military is achieving a measure of success. As Americans, we should celebrate that, not thumb our noses at the Commander-in-Chief.

    September 6, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. Bruce, Pittsfield, MA

    I served this country for 11 years. I have ALWAYS been proud to be an American, through Watergate, The Iran Contra mess and yes, even when Bill got his Johnson waxed. But I can say in sorrow now that I am asshamed of the government and that moronic boob in the White House.

    September 6, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Erin, Virginia Beach, VA

    In reference to "kicking ass", I certainly hope the irate citizens of the United States get theirs kicked. If you are so disatisfied with the president get him empeached. Instead of complaining, use your Constitutional Rights and vote for someone else or protest, you lazy bums.

    September 6, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. Chris Haynes, Winston-Salem, NC

    Hey Ed, kissing the left's "ignorant" ass? Shouldn't that term be reserved for the party and individuals who believe a quagmire is "kicking ass"? Oh, big, bad Texas guy; are you afraid to leave a name, or are you too busy kicking your girlfriend's ass?

    September 6, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. D.R., East Windsor, NJ

    It's refreshing to hear this. This country is trying to be controlled by left-wing pansies - the same pansies who want to keep illegal immigrants in this country (the same illegals who are murdering people and molesting little girls).

    I am sick of all the misinformed bleeding hearts on this board. And what is wrong with executing murderers and rapists? Texas doesn't mess around. It is an example that should be followed everywhere!

    September 6, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. Skeptik,Chicago,IL


    600,000 + dead in IRAQ..
    depleted uranium....
    build up in the persian gulf....
    Customs facility in Kansas.....
    Fully operational FEMA camps in almost every state....

    were really kickin some keester......

    save the constitution, vote for ron paul!!!!!

    If the election is not another fraud.....

    September 6, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Scott, Augusta GA

    Did anybody read the story? It was a personal conversation, not a speech to the UN! If you want to ridicule Bush there's plenty of legit reasons to, this isn't one of them. CNN political ticker is becoming synonymous with tabloid journalism

    September 6, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Any morning now we will wake up and see that "The Decider" has decided to "Kick Ass" in Iran next even though the IAEC has repeatedly stated that Iran is in FULL COMPLIANCE with their mandates and the NPT, which Israel, with their 200 nukes, will not even sign! This regime LIED to the world some months back in stating that weapons grade uranium had been found in Iran; we were soon sorely chastised and the world was reminded that Iran's SMALL AMOUNT of uranium was the 3.5% used for power the one the US gave to the Shah when he was our puppet terrorizing his people. The US and the world are fodder for this simpleton's ego. Impeach him AND Cheney!

    September 6, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. Debra, Takoma Park, MD

    he loves sound bites, doesn't he? "Kicking ass" is short and punchy.... and the fact that it bears no resemblance to the messy reality is irrelevant.

    September 6, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |


    September 6, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. SGT Drew Bartow, FOB Loyalty, Iraq

    I am reading this story and for some odd reason I clicked comments, just to see what uninformed people would say. I glanced at their comments and where they are from, Oakland, CA, Germantown, TN and my personal favorite, Anonymous. Not one person from Baghdad, or anywhere in Iraq. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT DOES ON HERE ON A DAILY BASIS? I have yet to see anyone in the media report on the thousands of humanitarian aid projects and reconstruction projects that are going on all over this country. Because of the sweat, blood and ultimate sacrifices of my brothers and sisters in arms, Iraqi people in my area of operations for the FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIFE, have clean, potable drinking water, we curbed a typhoid outbreak because of this, saving how many lives we will never know. We have built schools so children have a clean and safe place to study and learn and become productive members of Iraqi society. We have built health care clinics, helped restore market centers and commerce areas, we are making progress and inroads to security and ridding the area of insurgents and terrorists. It is easy to be arm chair quarterback when you have not sacrificed anything and still want to call yourselves American. You complain to be embarrassed or disgraced, why? Because of what one man says? I understand most of you could not dream of doing what we do for a living. It would be inconceivable to think you could leave your BMW’s and Mercedes Benz’s up for an armored troop carrier. It would be utterly devastating to have to give up tee times and golf clubs for body armor and weapons. And no one would volunteer to give up their air-conditioned office with a corner view, with a 15 foot walk to the water cooler, to work in 120 degree heat, with 80+ lbs of gear and equipment and have to walk for 4-6 hours out on a foot patrol.
    I leave at home 5 children, I have missed my daughters first and last day of Kindergarten, her first day of first grade, birthdays, my wedding anniversary, holidays and so forth. I put my life on the line everyday. I strap on 80+ lbs of body armor and gear to do my job in temperatures above 120 degrees, there is not a day where I wake up and think “Oh I think I will call in sick today”. I am making a difference in people's lives, be it a new soccer ball to a child, school supplies, a bag of candy or a stuffed toy to a child who lives in a "house" made of mud and scrap metal, who has no food, running water or electricity, we are kicking ass, I can say it, I see it, I live it. You look into a father’s eyes and see the tears well up because you stopped and took care of his child, you see that smile on a child’s face because now they have a little something of their very own. Instead of lambasting the POTUS or politicians, each and every one of you should be sending a Thank You card to a soldier stationed overseas, who day in and day out, are putting their life in harms way so you can sit in your air conditioned, 3 bedroom, split level house with big screen tv and show that you know absolutely nothing of what we are doing over here. Be sure to ask for seconds on the kool aid when the media cuts to commercial break.
    Ignorant comments like the how many soldiers have died, for what? The numbers do not matter. The only thing that matters is that someone other than you, put their life on hold, put what means the most in their life on hold, to uphold the most basic value in American society, freedom. We ensure everyday that Iraqis are one step closer to knowing what freedom is, so one day they too can criticize their government and leaders without fear of “political re-education”. Sleep well tonight America, we will stand watch for you.

    September 6, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. James W Fairfield, Ca

    Clint ~ Menlo Park, CA

    You wrote, "Someone should kick Bush's ass. If given the opportunity, I would be first in line."

    – – – – –

    I have forwarded a copy of your message to the FBI's Western Regional Office in SF (which I understand is not too far from Menlo Park). Threatening the President of the United States is no light offense.

    I hope you are given the chance to explain yourself to the authorities. You reek of home-grown terrorist ideals mirroring Timothy McVeigh.

    September 6, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. jared tualatin oregon

    I just puked.

    Rack this one right up there with

    "Mission Accomplished"

    September 6, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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