May 15th, 2008
04:07 PM ET
9 years ago

Biden calls Bush comments 'bulls**t'

Biden had some strong words for the president.

Biden had some strong words for the president.

(CNN) - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joe Biden, D-Delaware, called President Bush’s comments accusing Sen. Barack Obama and other Democrats of wanting to appease terrorists "bulls**t” and said if the president disagrees so strongly with the idea of talking to Iran then he needs to fire his secretaries of State and Defense, both of whom Biden said have pushed to sit down with the Iranians.

“This is bullshit. This is malarkey. This is outrageous. Outrageous for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country, sit in the Knesset…and make this kind of ridiculous statement,” Biden said angrily in a brief interview just off the Senate floor.

“He’s the guy who’s weakened us. He’s the guy that’s increased the number of terrorists in the world. His policies have produced this vulnerability the United States has. His intelligence community pointed that out not me. The NIE has pointed that out and what are you talking about, is he going to fire Condi Rice? Condi Rice has talked about the need to sit down. So his first two appeasers are Rice and Gates. I hope he comes home and does something.”

He quoted Gates saying Wednesday that we “need to figure out a way to develop some leverage and then sit down and talk with them.”

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soundoff (1,221 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Right on, Sen. Biden! Tell it like it is. I am thrilled to see someone of your stature take on Bush like this.

    What Bush said was a disgrace and a pack of lies. What a pathetic president, and what a pathetic human being. Ugh.

    May 15, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Guillaume

    Thank you, Senator Biden. It is about time that someone get the courage to tell it like it is.


    May 15, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Imran

    If the democratic base had focused more on substance and less or style, Sen. Biden would have been the democratic nominee.

    He is one of the most knowledgeable person w.r.t. Foreign policy in Washington.

    In this hour of international crisis, he is one of the best individual to lead this nation.

    I say that after staying outside the US for 21 years.
    I say that being a Muslim.
    I say that after seeing the values and the respect for Law here in the US.

    The US is the best country on the planet. This mis-guided war on terror will ruin it.

    May 15, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Kim

    Biden you are fierce and fearless!

    May 15, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Sylvia

    Way to go!! Give it to them, Joe.

    May 15, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. DNC sucks

    Senator Biden has only ever spoken brutal truth and this is one example of it. I think it would have been good to have a president like him who spoke his mind with integrity rather than a veil of political correctness. He is believable, rational, strong and has wisdom the whole world could use more of. What he said, I agree with 100% and it doesn't bother me one bit that he said a cussword. It does bother me that people will blow this out of proportion and tell him he can't control his mouth. Biden is not someone who lacks control, but is committed to telling the truth to the American people THE WAY THAT IT IS.

    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Michael - Sacramento, CA

    On the one hand, it is truly sad that the Presidency has been brought to a state of such disrepute that such words could be openly addressed to a sitting President by any member of Congress.

    On the other hand, I am glad that FINALLY the Dems, or some of them at least, are showing signs of backbone. It is definitely past time that the constant bulls**t shoveled out by this administration be named for what it is.

    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Al

    It's about time some Dems grew a pair and starting calling Bush on his BS. Good work Joe!

    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. ao

    Joe Biden is an idiot. He really is about as stupid as they come. I'm a democrat and I'm pushing the McCain wagon right now. I may not agree with the President, but I have to say he has stuck his neck out and stayed the course. Again, Joe Biden is an idiot.

    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Waldo


    And thank you CNN for at least not "editing" the naughty word in the actual quote. It's refreshing to finally be treated like an adult reader by the media. Now could you please try not to similarly redact other potentially "offensive" images like the troops flag-covered coming home? There is true value in the unfiltered communication of stark reality to the American public.


    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Jason

    Heck yeah, tell it like it is! Biden for VP!

    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Doug

    I find nothing that Sen. Biden says to be false. He's spot on.

    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Pel

    The senator could not have said it any better. Keep talking senator

    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Dori in AZ

    Good for Joe Biden. Bulls**t is BS! Biden's remarks about Bush are correct. He's weakened us. He's increased the # of terrorists in the world. He has made us vulnerable....

    Obama understands the need for communication with our enemies, as well as our allies & those who claim neutrality. How else will we survive?

    Not safe for us at home anymore. Not safe for us abroad. Welcome to the 21st century. Gee, thanks, Mr. Bush.

    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Dannie

    President Bush is history! Everybody in the world knows how he screwed the world up. Is Saddam Hussein really so expensive that he is worth more than 4000 American and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives, and over one trillion dollars?

    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Miles Long

    lol...the Dems are going to clean house in November!

    The writing is on the wall, thanks to President Bush.

    May 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. A New Mexican

    I'm glad someone called it like it is.

    Any Dem '08

    May 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Jackie from Michigan

    I am so glad that someone sees it for what it is. Bush will never admit he created all these problems and he needs someone to throw the blame at. Thank you sen . Biden for standing up.

    May 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Andrew

    Biden needs to calm down just a bit. It's not very helpful to get that angry. I hope he isn't going to be popping off like this in the fall.

    May 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Andrew

    Finally, someone who in Congress is willing to speak plainly and truthfully. I hope this is the start of a trend.

    May 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. The T

    The biggest BULLY in our worlds history trying to sound tough again...If he ever sit down and read somthing once in awhile he would know thats not what the future President (Obama) said....Oversea throwing out fear as always....Get a life or a dog or a new son-in-law.

    May 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Becky Midles

    Senator Biden is exactly right. Desperate to leave a legacy, Bush is acting in an impulsive and destructive manner. This latest "Bush Moment" conjures an image of the gun toting cowboy facing an imagined enemy at high noon in a deserted town – with no one watching or caring. Can we really survive another 6.5 months of this administration?

    May 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. trisha2

    rock and roll.

    cue all the obamabots "Obama/Biden 2008" signatures even though there is no way biden would ever go for that. fail.

    May 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. rocker


    May 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. frustrated in PA

    Are colleges holding finals or graduations today? Where's all the college indoctrinated.....I mean college educated liberal talking heads today? If you can't count on them to be blogging every day like madmen do you actually expect them to be paying attention long enough to vote for Obama in November?

    May 15, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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