October 17th, 2007
11:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Bush blasts Congress on several fronts

President Bush speaks at a White House press conference on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush attacked Congress on Wednesday, ripping the new Democratic leadership for failing to achieve much in their first nine months of power.

Bush used his opening statement to list areas where he said "Congress has work to do": health care; security; the budget; education; housing; trade; help for military veterans; law enforcement and the judiciary.

He complained about progress on a number of bills before Congress, including children's health insurance, spending plans and internal surveillance legislation, saying Congress has wasted much of the past nine months.

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  1. J.Crobuzon

    Reminds me of George Washington and the cherry tree, only the first George W owned up to what he'd done instead of saying "It was the Democrat Party!"

    October 17, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Giddyup Yeahaw, Texas

    Somewhere in Texas a village is searching for its idiot...

    October 17, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. multifactor

    They're all worthless in my view. Congress has wasted time by trying to pass idiotic and non-relevant social doctrine, as well as propagandize against anyone who who has opposing views. Who cares about Bush? He's history soon anyway.

    It's time for a new President, and an even better congress/senate. Nanci Pelosi? Seriously? Come on people...let's really think hard and do some research before we vote these robots in. Maybe it's time for some new faces?

    Bush isn't the greatest president, but I'm glad he's pushing these wimps to make better proposals.

    October 17, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. LV Tucker, Kapaau, Hawaii

    I'm really sick of you liberal wimps calling Bush stupid all the time. This makes any self-respecting stupid person feel truly awful.

    October 17, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Olive Oyl,nj

    Somewhere in Texas a town is missing it's idiot. BREAKING NEWS: He has been found parading around as a president.

    October 17, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. DB, Orlando, FL

    I read through these posts and see that Congress is a true representation of the people. Blame the Democrats. Blame the Republicans. If the members of Congress thought of themselves as a member of Congress, and not as a member of their respective party, something might get done!

    The next step would be cooperative effort between the Legislative and Executive branches, but let's take it one step at a time.

    October 17, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Dan (Columbia, MD)


    There is no one more thin skinned or less open minded than a liberal on the defensive.

    There is a reason the 110th Congress has the lowest approval ratings in our countries history. It's funny (and even a bit sad) that liberals are so blinded by their own rhetoric and hatred for President Bush that they can't see their own faults.

    Don't worry though. Your 11 percent approval ratings indicate that Americans see them.

    October 17, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Eric, from THE, yes THE, Republic of Texas

    Turkey OKs move against rebels in Iraq.

    Turkey denies US use of Incirlik AB as portal for OIF supplies

    Nice job, Nancy Pelosi. Nice.

    You clowns simply do not deserve the honor of the positions you hold. While you're at it, maybe you could muster up a vote condemning the actions of one Gengis Khan. Idiots.

    October 17, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. CB, Chicago, Il

    A truly pathetic attempt to deflect criticism of his own failed policies on the democrats. Shrub never met a spending bill he didn't like when the pubs were throwing them across his desk but now that the dems are there he's running out of ink on the poison veto pen. Shrub sees the writing on the wall. Gasoline prices are soon going to hit 100/ barrel, the housing loan situation is going to explode and his "great" economy (which sits on a knifes edge) is on the road to collapse. If I were him I'd try looking for a scapegoat too.If any one has any question about his total disdain for the American public just look at the stupid smirk he has on his face this entire press conference. It's as though he thinks he's talking to a bunch of infants.

    October 17, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Zach Shreve Hawesville,Kentucky

    Well I think that President Bush Is 100% right. Congress has better thing's to be doing then overriding a veto right now. As for the genoicde sure we need to help but let's just keep in mind that were not the only nation that could help. Right now congress need's to focus on more important thing's it's silly to spend endless hours on something stupid.

    October 17, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. George Lupus, Sacremento, CA

    Bush has not vetoed a single bill while republicans enjoyed 7 years of mismanagement and indiscrete spending. Has any of the right wingers asked what have they achieved in 7 years of power? Look at all the mess from Iraq war to Katrina is all the creation of republican congress. And now a blank paper sent by democrats is vetoed and any good bill is blocked by republicans. Unless democrats get clear majority and their president, nothing will get done. May be, the turkish vote is not appropriate at this time (this has been dodged from Nixon to G W Bush), but one can't expect miracles from Reid and Pelosy in 10 months of power.

    October 17, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    "With all these pressing responsibilities, one thing Congress should not be doing is sorting out the historical record of the Ottoman Empire," Bush said. "The resolution on the mass killings of Armenians beginning in 1915 is counterproductive. ..."

    This is the only statement Bush has ever made that I agree with. I can't understand why Congress during this tumultuous time would even entertain such petty issues! And certainly can't understand why Hillary Clinton supported this motion! You have not done yourself proud Mrs. Clinton!

    If there is one thing the world does not need now it is more dissention in the Middle East. And it doesn't take much brain power to realize that the one country America does not need as an enemy right now is Turkey!

    Where is the Congress logic? Where is the Congress concern for their country?
    Where is the Congress concern for peaceful resolutions?

    Where is the Congress heading with this? What possible difference can this Bill make during such a time of turmoil in the Middle East? Does America not have enough irons in the fire now without sticking another into the mix?

    What is Congress thinking? I am completely Sickened by this politicking by Republicans and Deomocrats. This is not the time for going back in history for the purpose of petty name calling and settling age old issues! This is a time to come together and treat allies with respect and understanding. As God Knows America needs all the Allies they can muster right now!

    TO CONGRESS: Give your Heads a Shake. And stop making youselves look like a bunch of Turkeys! America has enough of them in the White House Now. The World is looking for change not more dissention, hostilities and certainly not another battle in the Middle East!

    This ridiculous move by Congress makes me ask if one party is really any different than the other when you get right down it! If the Dems want to loose the election your headed in the right direction with this line of petty, non-essential historical tripe.

    October 17, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. CJ, Catlettsburg, Ky

    I stopped listening to anything this President and his administration had to say not long after we invaded Iraq. In my opinion, he would not know what the TRUTH was if it fell out of heaven and hit him on the head. For him to stand before the people of this country and make a speech criticizing this Congress about what they have achieved is absolutely absurd. What Mr. President have you done to benefit the American people? NOTHING! You and your administration have spoken highly of your family values and your devoutness to Christianity, yet you have turned your backs on the poor people of this country. You have done nothing with regard to health care. Your idea of national security is none other than a tactic used to support your invasion of Iraq by scaring the masses of people and telling them how you can protect them against terrorists, but DUH, you have left our borders open, but that was intentional, was it not? An open border provides support for your Security and Prosperity Partnership with Mexico and Canada to form a North American Union and establishing a North American Union monetary unit, the AMERO. You seem to be working diligently to destroy our sovereign nation, something I love dearly. You have depleted all manufacturing facilities within the US and outsourced thousands of jobs. You show statistics with regard to a thriving economy, but the truth is that after one has received unemployment compensation for six months and then it is stopped, one ceases to be listed as a statistic. Who do you think you are fooling? With what you have done to the budget of this country and your disregard for spending, in my opinion, you and your administration should have to pick up the tab, forfeiting your assets, forfeiting your income, forfeiting your health care, and being limited to a minimal social security check with only a Medicare card and perhaps one of those trailers you sent to New Orleans to benefit Katrina survivors. Oh, yes, that too was a day late and a dollar short! The housing market is the worse that it has been in years. Oh, let us not forget trade. Your support of NAFTA has left us all like sitting ducks while we receive tainted toothpaste, toys, and other products from China. Where on earth is the FDA, an agency that Americans put their trust in to keep us safe? What have you done to help military veterans? There is nothing any more disgusting than witnessing the GIs who have been wounded in Iraq with improper health care. As the Commander in Chief, can you honestly expect any of us not to hold you responsible? Law enforcement, what is that? Oh, I see! The rest of the Americans in this country are supposed to be law-abiding citizens while you approach the Congress for immunity of any charges for your administration as well as yourself. What a prime example of a law-abiding citizen! And, none of us should overlook the fact that we now have Blackwater Security under no jurisdiction of any law, being paid more by our government than our very own US soldiers. Where is your accountability, Mr. President? What have you done to my beloved country? Where is our government of the people, by the people, and for the people? Let me see now, I think I can recollect you stating that we are a country of "haves and have nots." You want to talk about job performance, well yours STINKS!

    October 17, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. D. Endo, Honolulu HI

    The unmittigated gall that this president has is mind boggling! How dare he say the Congress has work to do. He's the president that has had more vacation days than any of he predecessors. He has the poorest record of initiatives related to domestic policy and he's a total disgrace at foreign policy. He's alientated the US from almost every country in the world. He vetoes every meaningful, honest, uncorrupted piece of legislation. You make me sick, GW!

    October 17, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Kyle

    i stopped listening to him 2 years ago,i got home turn the tv on and he was talking about world war 3 he scares me ...so i turn the channell
    but now his comments are over the news,why cant they impeach him...his runing us into the ground more and more,now with these comments from him.I know we have to have more democrats elected to Congress.the one in there now follow him like a puppie.i hope no one votes for a republican congress ever it needs to be democrat...we need all new democrats ,and a few new republicans these people been in there making 165,000 with full benefits for 20 + years most of them..time for all new people...different people from your states as your senators your representives,new governors tired of chuck shummer harry reid,james bonner..quit electing them.

    October 17, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. Brian, beltsville, MD

    Well the congress has been a failure.

    They are not willing to comprimise

    October 17, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    Heck of a Job Bushie!

    Monday, January 15, 2001

    1 US Dollar = 1.05075 Euro

    Thursday, October 18, 2007

    1 US Dollar = 0.70513 Euro

    October 17, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. laurinda,ny

    Michael..Don't worry about Congress they will be doing just fine. If the moron won't stop the war they are. Try watching the news and read between the lines. Futhermore that beady eyed Bush is going to be tried for war crimes once he is out of office. Also we get almost all our products from China and the way things are heading if China refused to import stuff to us we would be in BIG trouble. This country is a mess because of Bush and the Pubs and people I talk to can't stand the Pubs.

    October 17, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. bprossersme

    I believe that senators need supervision and some authority to be held accountable to, which might have stopped this childish behavior and saved this congress. However, the age bracket of most of these people is far, far too old to be beneficial to the congress or anyone else for that matter. Most of these people sleep through the day and are there primarily for the perks and little else. A mandatory age for retirement is needed.

    October 17, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. Sam, IA

    Pathetic. After 6 years of rubber stamp, do nothing republican congress this poor sap doesn't know how to pass legislation. For one thing it is NOT congress's job to kiss his hiney. And for another this congress has in 9 months eclipsed everything the lollygaggers of the previous congress did in 6 years.
    If he really cared he would prod his OWN party to quit being obstructionists and find ways to work with the majority for the good of the country.

    October 18, 2007 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  21. Mary Newlon Fort Smith Arkansas

    Every clear thinking American who hears this President speak on any subject can place the blame on him. He has obstructed every good piece of advice he has received in the past 7 years. His administration is a mess and God help any one who is elected to clear up the mess. The partisanship is the worst in history – at least in my lifetime – and he is the root cause of it. Those idiots in Congress who rubber-stamp everything he wants should be voted out this next election be they Republican or Democrat. Let us clear the House and Senate of Bushies....Mary Newlon

    October 18, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. Ryan Indianapolis

    Well yes. It also doesn't help that Senate republicans are filibustering everything, and Bush vetos anything that gets past their filibuster.

    It's hard for the democrats to get much done when the republicans obstruct everything they're doing.

    Posted By fleetadmiralj : October 17, 2007 11:59 am

    Have you been living in a cave? Have you seen what the democrats have been doing over the course of the last 6 yrs? They were the ones who obstructed and now they are getting some of their own medicine and lets face it Harry and Nancy are two of the most incomptent leaders ever in the congress. Democrats couldnt tie their shoes and walk at the same time.

    October 18, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. F O, Beckley, WV

    It amazes me to hear Bush critizing the democratic lead congress for not doing anything in the 9 months that they have had control of congress. What did the republicans accomplish in the 6 years they had control under Bush? Bush never vetoed one bill under the republican control congress and now that the democrats are in control he finds it necessay to veto everything. Bush is a disgrace to this country and the sad thing about it is he still has 15 more months left to do even more damage. I just don't understand how so many millions of americans could have been so blind and naive to vote for a dumb, arrogant jerk who can't put together a complete sentence. Bush has done so much damage to this country that it will take several decades to recover from.

    October 18, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Ruth Osborne, Ravenna, OH

    We, the people have to remove the Republicans from office, one by one. Then we need to convict Bush and Cheney as war criminals. We were lied to from the beginning for the reasons for going to war. It is so sad that we have lost so many of our great soldiers and so many families destroyed. We have destroyed a country and its citizens, they will never lead a normal life, terrorist have taken over there and it is our fault. We must stop this insanity, bring our soldiers home and rebuild our country with the money that is being wasted on a war that we should have never started. Use our money to protect us and our citizens, give everyone health care. It is time that we take care of our own!!

    October 18, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. Sean, Windsor Colorado

    Does anyone remember growing up in school and knowing the kid in class that knew everyting and worked hard to out due everyone. He wasn't necessariy rich or poor. But lived the American dream and earned it everyday. It is worth something to me to be an American and I don't feel Mr.Bush knows that. He will never escape the middle class, the true heart of this country, who work for it everyday bleeding in Iraq.

    October 19, 2007 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
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