April 15th, 2008
05:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: Bush was 'unready' for presidency

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton invoked September 11 on Tuesday, accusing President Bush of squandering the goodwill in America’s favor following the terrorist attacks.

"We have seen the power of the presidency placed in hands unready or unwilling to address the tasks that lie ahead," Clinton remarked at a luncheon hosted by Newspaper Association of America in Washington, D.C.

"Just think of the days after September 11. Imagine if President Bush had tapped into the wellspring of American energy, initiative and goodwill," she said, making an argument reminiscent of her former presidential rival Joe Biden, who regularly offered similar comments on the campaign trail and at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Her advisers billed Clinton's speech as a wide angle envisioning of her administration and how it would differ from President Bush's.

(UPDATE: Republican response after the jump)

Clinton said that after September 11, Bush failed to encourage young people to enter national service programs, reach out to the rest of the world, or develop a renewable energy policy.

“The President literally could have asked us to do anything, calling on our patriotism and our unity,” she said. "But he only asked us to draw on our wallets and go shopping."

UPDATE: The Republican Party responded to Clinton's comments Tuesday evening. "Senator Clinton’s divisive and dishonest rhetoric may appeal to superdelegates, but it won’t help her win the trust of the American people,” said RNC spokesman Alex Conant.

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soundoff (339 Responses)
  1. No Supporter of Clinton

    The news stations need to stop with the obama story. Clinton thinks obama is not ready for the president position. But then neither is clinton. Do we really want someone who won't event pay her bills. She owes many people money. Since she made 20 million, I'd like to tell all the tv stations to stop running her ads until the bills are paid, as well as the town halls she rents. Let her old speeches in public parks which are free,

    If the news stations woud stop attacking obama they would be smart enough to raise this issue on there shows.

    I'm getting tired of the media, they are just as bad as the candidates,, Come on CNN.. Cover this story, how much does clinton owe across the nation. I know they still owe Money in California and that primary was back in March.

    April 15, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. John Smith

    How can America return an "impeached family" to our White House? Country before partly loyalty. I will never vote for another Clinton, ever, in my lifetime.

    April 15, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. JFK

    Ted, get your facts right. She is a two term senator. She was elected in 2000 and reelected in 2006. Its people like you that spread ignorance and fear in the world. Just like the fools that tried to hang so many things on the Clinton in the past. Ken Starr spent millions of tax payer dollars to come up with nothing against the Clintons. The worst we could do was get Bill on lying about a personal affair. Wow, your sad if your one of many people still hating the Clintons after all these years. Who is lying now Ted?!

    By the way, a one term Texas governor might equate to a one term senator for President! Little or no experience is very dangerous when your applying for the most important job in the world!

    April 15, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. Fred

    Wait till OBAMA brings Bush on charges for his crimes. Have you seen Hillary make that statement. No and you never will. They are bought and paid for.

    April 15, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. John

    the polls postulation by the pundits are way out genuinity.Masking the toasted Obama in believing he can win the nomination!!!! Wishful thinking often leads to a diatribe tirade,and consequently to dissolutionment and may be a parmanent depression.Obama knows he is in deep dudu,hence the perpetual apologies and sports activities numb the fear of loss,come nomination day.Voters all over are watching.We are waiting for the rude awakening in a week's time in Pennsylvania.

    April 15, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  6. JFK

    Teri, this article was about if Bush was ready for the presidency, not Hillary! So focus, thats right, stop trying to spread lies. Hillary has more experience than Bush ever did. A former first lady and two time Senator equals more experience than a one term Texas Governor. Check your facts before you spout off stale political rhetoric!

    April 15, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. H.M.

    OMG!!! Now we have a Billary supporter, (gary), claiming that Nostadomus has predicted this rivalry between Billary and Barack! Holy smokes!!! I've read and listened to some seriously whack stuff in the last 5 months, but this is just ... wiggity-wiggity-whack!

    April 15, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. jeremy

    you need to read up on obama.

    how can hillary comment on anybody? she has no more experience than george did.

    April 15, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. Lonesome Texan

    Obama is another Bush. He soesn't know which end is up. Unless he can find a way to copy Hillary. But what's worse is all the dummies out there voting for him. Just like Bush. Four years from now, I'll be able to say again, "I TOLD YOU SO!!!

    April 15, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  10. Jim

    If you truly believe that Obama is the same as Bush, I want some of what you're smoking. That's gotta be some good stuff!

    'Nuff said, indeed...

    April 15, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Andre Weisz

    How dare you say this, it is just another sneeky way of campaign politics, to implicitely try to bring down Obama (and imagine yourself in the White House). It's obviously not about Bush (after 7 years).
    But this one is automatically back-firing on you:
    – read the comments here-above;
    – you would be the last person who would be capable to mobilize the people in the way you suggest Bush should have done; your campaign proves this is one of your very weaknesses.
    – Obama is the one cabdidate who can. Fortunately he doesn't need your advice. His story of life and his campaign show it.
    Your elitist attitude, "entitling" YOURSELF to the presidency, is NOT SHARED by the people.
    You are out of touch with your real self, and with the people: what will be next Hilly?.
    The people and you would be safer if you would swap your eagerness for power with the dishwasher (no snipers).

    April 15, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. Venus

    Let's be nice to Hillary! Listen – every one makes mistakes! Also – most of Americans were fired up after 9/11 – This is great Hillary – glad to see you are not attacking Obama today!

    April 15, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Republicans hate women....

    If Obama has experience, what IS it??? we are waiting to hear from you Obama freaks and nothing has been stated? "Prepared" you say, based on what?? Please tell us, what he has done? nothing as a state rep and even less as a US Senator. HAAAAALLLLOOOOO and Wake Up, Ameirca!

    Clearly the ONLY reason Republicans are voting for Obama is because a "typical Republican" would rather have a black man as president, painful as it may be for them, than a white woman. And the sooner all women in the US realize this, young, old and in between, the better (and smarter).

    A "typical White woman"

    April 15, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  14. Retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Who is she to say that Bush wasn't ready for the Presidency?
    I don't like Bush. Kerry should have run. But Hillary you are a
    con artist. Please leave the race, NOW. You are not ready for
    the Presidency because you are one of the most hated women
    in the whole Country.

    April 16, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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