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. LandoftheFree

    Lots of people who hate freedom for others are dying now too. Give'm hell W..

    September 6, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. andrew s rostolder hillsdale nj

    hopfully the next president will never humiliate the american people again. the only one's getting their ass kicked is geo.dubya bush (in the pols) and the american people.

    September 6, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. Ron Nebraska

    So isn't it obvious now how careful and informed we as the American voter need to be next time? please don't vote for someone 'who talks just like me!' because you might very well be an idiot!

    September 6, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. Billy Jacobs, Cheyenne, WY

    This guy is a lame joke!
    No wonder our foreign policy is a shambles – what civilized leader would want to deal with this moron? Please, for the love of America, vote for Ron PAUL so we can end this nightmare.
    Only then will it be "Mission Accomplished"!

    September 6, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. CR, Tampa, Florida

    You know, I just don't even know what to say.

    Is this guy a mental defective? This is a joke right?

    Any moment, Bobby Ewing is going to turn around in a shower and tell us it was just a really bad dream sequence...

    I used to laugh at how unbelievably moronic Bush is. It's just not funny anymore....

    September 6, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Andrea L., Charleston, SC

    Thank you Pres. Bush, and to the troops I say "Thank you all so very much"! Knowing that you are out there fighting for our freedom makes me feel safe. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you wonderful, brave, strong people. God Bless our Troops !

    September 6, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. Peter Stewart, Nampa, ID

    Does he know anything I don't or is he completely delusional?

    September 6, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Blogmomme

    No, we are getting our diplomatic profile, world leadershipstanding ass-kicked!!

    September 6, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. georg, San Diego, CA

    Now now people, cut the man some slack. He did not say whose ass they're kicking, so if it's the taxpayers' ass, it's a perfectly valid statement, ne?

    September 6, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. Todd Newland,Columbus, Ohio

    You go George W. Bush III. Satan is waitng for you in hell. Jimmy Carter said it best. He said," This is the WORST president we have ever had in american history!".

    September 6, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. D, Statler, Franklin TN

    Thanks for Kicking A** ! I know you soldiers are going through hard times and you see things that most people don't see in a lifetime, but what you have done for your country shows what type of person you are. The time will come for you soon to come home. Hold your head high and just remember that you are appreciated in many, many Americans' hearts and homes.

    September 6, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  12. Kathy, Rockville, ME

    Since the author(s) of this article performed (so typically of the traditional media) merely as uncritical stenographer(s) for the smirking chimp's typically ignorant, unpleasant, chip-on-shoulder comments, I'm glad to see so many fellow readers express their disgust with our criminally pathetic "leader."

    September 6, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. Mrs. America

    I was planning to add something profound, but I see all of the angles have been covered.

    September 6, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. Figman

    LIke father, like son. How many remember when Daddy Bush bragged during his campaign that he was going to go down to the docks and "kick a little ass".

    September 6, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Mike H, Manchester NH

    Osama called. He wants us to vote for a weak Presidential hopeful who won't strengthen the military.

    September 6, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. Dean, Perrysburg, OH

    Why is this even news? Who cares!

    September 6, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. H. Hurange Lawrence, KS

    My heart thanks our troops each and every day for their perseverance and their allegiance to their country and mine- America. We are so lucky to have men and women like you to keep our freedoms intact. I salute you. even in your times of disbelief, know that lots of people are here for you, waiting for you , praying for you. thanks CNN for giving us this forum.

    September 6, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. john sfumato

    This read like something from The Onion...What's next?

    President Bush says.."Im totally stoked to be here in Iraq and if you think were pullin' out you is trippin'
    all y'all is full of s**t an ima bout to pop a cap in Malikis Ass !!!!"

    how is this guy the leader of the free world? sad

    September 6, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. Al, Boston, MA

    Too bad the ass will still be kicking you next fall.

    September 6, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  20. Sweetfriend-Irving TX

    Wonder whose ASS bush is kicking.My guess is that Cheynee will not get the OIL Contracts,,hehe

    September 6, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  21. Ron Nebraska

    By the way, all you super patriots out there who think a 'War on terror' can be won if we just kill every terrorist need to remember that the Bush/Cheney/Rove way of fighting terrorism is simply making more of them every day. The baby born to an Iraqi widow today will have you in their sights in as little as 15 years from now. Oh well I guess that is what all those armament companies are for out there.

    September 6, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  22. Quinn, Oakland, CA

    How many more American troops have to die for "The War Preznit's" legacy?

    September 6, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  23. Ken, Richmond, Va

    Bush can still have a legacy. But he has only one option. Drop the disingenuous bravado and braggadocio and GET BIN LADEN! It's the alpha and omega of his presidency and he is so stubborn that he won't do what he must do to redeem himself. He has betrayed the trust of Americans.

    September 6, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. Felecia, Miami, Florida

    Hook em horns ... tell it like it is!

    September 6, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. susan wittenberg nyc, ny

    i know bush is a dim wit but how can condi rationalize her obsession with this man? how can anyone with half a brain for that matter???

    September 6, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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