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. RB

    To Ed, the KoolAid guzzler –

    I fear Bush and his policies more than any scraggly-bearded jihadist waving a gun in the back of a sun-baked Toyota pickup truck.

    September 6, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Paul Fingerhut Petaluma CA

    I am with the Dixie Chicks. I am ashamed this moron is the President and represents this country.

    September 6, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |


    September 6, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. jms, Tn

    Someone needs to kick Bush's ass out of the white house/

    September 6, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. Bryan, Kennebunk, ME

    After reading all the comments so far, it is distressing to see how much this administration has divided this country. And to think that he originally ran on the platform of bringing us all together. January, 2009 can't come quick enough.

    September 6, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. peter artkin toronto ontario

    Seems like the Dixie Chicks were way ahead of the curve.

    September 6, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. John F. Will, Grand Rapids, MI

    That must hurt!

    September 6, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. Major Jack McKinley, USAF Retired; Kannapolis, NC

    Incredible jingoism from the doppelganger that will haunt us for decades to come. Bravado but no substance, that is the essence of George W. Bush, as well as that of his henchmen – Cheney, Rumsfeld, et. al. I was proud to serve in Afghanistan but even prouder to have left active service in February 2003 before this clown involved us in this quagmire called Iraq.

    The only ass that needs kicking here is George W. Bush's. He needs one real bad.

    September 6, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. Ryan, Los Angeles, Ca


    September 6, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  10. Shane Shull, Lexington, SC

    Funny stuff, he isnt that great of a leader but he sure does give us alot of material to laugh at.

    September 6, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Mark, Fullerton, Ca.

    Every American should be kicking HIS ASS!!!

    September 6, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. ReadBtwthlins

    Its great to read from CNN's patriotic base. America's biggest enemy.

    September 6, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Bill Del Purgatorio , Brentwood, Ca.

    If he did say that "we were kicking ass" he hasn't changed or learned anything from his ill timed remarks of "bring em on" in 2003. This president of ours still thinks that he is at Yale attending a fraternity party not the president of these United States. He hasn't nore ever will learn to keep his mouth shut.

    September 6, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. spinstopper

    I wonder what Saddam would say..

    September 6, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. Gloria Bornstein

    Cartoon talk from a narcissist with no empathy for the serious consequences of war, the dead, & suffering of others.

    September 6, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. David, Dallas Tx

    Erin from Virginia Beach said, in part:
    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

    Impeach Bush (and yes, it's spelled with an "i") and we wind up with Cheney. Frying pan to fire, hon. No thanks.

    As far as protesting goes, it's been done extensively and hasn't changed anything.

    Your remedies won't fix my dissatisfactions (note the double "s"). Sorry.

    September 6, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Divine Wms, The Bronx NY

    Where does bush gets his info from? Whose ass is getting kick? Certainly not bin laden. Do bush still thinks the mission has been accomplished? I wonder how the people who voted this a-hole in feels.

    September 6, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. roger,michigan

    you orons dont even know if he said it

    September 6, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. William, Norfolk Virginia

    You tell em Mr. President!!!! YEAH!

    That's the big moral booster if I've ever heard one! The Troops are proud to have a real man as COMMANDER IN CHIEF who doesn't bow down to doom-and-gloom liberals like the majority of these comments. And who doesn't play into the terrorist whackjob propaganda games like Kerry and Klinton.

    Al-Qeada and their murderous operatives who have attacked us and can't wait to attack us again, are dying by the tens of thousands each year. We are denying them safe-havens in the middle-east. While Slick willy clinton was getting a BJ, Al-Qeada was planning 9/11, but with this president, we're not GOING TO BOW DOWN TO TERRORISTS LIKE WE DID WITH THE USS COLE, THE AFRICAN EMBASSY BOMBINGS, THE 93 WTC BOMBING, THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS COUNTRY'S ARMED FORCES ARE KICKING THE TERRORISTS ASSES. HE IS NOT ASHAMED TO ADMIT AND NEITHER AM I!

    The only problem is, liberals want the US to fail to spite Bush. The run on the soapbox of surrender and blame america first. But not this president, he's not afraid to hurt the terrorist's feelings.


    September 6, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. june

    "Kicking ass"??? This is not a game. How old is W? 9 or 10? What a bozo. W=War. God bless our troups.

    September 6, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Los Angeles, CA

    God's President, huh? Well done GW.

    September 6, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Paul San Antonio, Tx

    I crack up when you try to censor mild expletives like sh-t. I mean why the hypocrisy? The media televises things much worse every day, then you make a huge deal over very mild words like those. I think it's because you hate the president so much, that you are grasping at every little thing you can to try and make him look bad.

    Granted, he has done some things that were in poor taste and lacking in good judgment, but haven't we all.

    September 6, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. Yecenia Fontana Ca

    I'm only seventeen and taking Honors Government. I can only say that the 1 that needs kicking ass is u. We should improve our country first and then worry about fixing others.

    September 6, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Cindy, Peoria, Illinois

    "We're "kicking ass" in Iraq".... ?
    That sounds like that lame-brained "bring it on" statement. I am embarrassed that a leader of our country would act so un-professional and so un-presidential. Why aren't we using all of our great military might to pursue the REAL terrorist, bin Laden? OMG, is it time for the next President to take office Y E T ????

    September 6, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. Jack Jett

    Everything is a cheerleader yell to this numbskull.

    jack jett
    chaotic modulation

    September 6, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
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