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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  1. Julie from MD


    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Lois

    What do you expect from an IDIOT who thinks giving up a GAME of golf shows respect for a lost life. And LIED about the date he gave it up too! What a fool, and he just can't keep his mouth shut long enough to GO. Just GO, Bush and shut up. No one holds the hand of the head of state who sponsers terrorism like you do. And you call someone else an appeaser?? SHUT UP. Get out of office! Right on BIDEN!!

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Dave

    Wow, Bush didn't even mention Obama. Sounds like he is talking about Carter, Pelosi, or some other Democrat that has gone over there to boost their image and undermine US policy. Maybe Obama has a guilty conscious? I laugh everytime one of these Democrat hypocrits whine when they even think an insult is sent their way after all their childish insults of Bush over the years.
    The real news this day should be McCain's outline of his vision of a presidency. Public parliamentary question and answer sessions, straight talk on foreign policy, transparant government, etc.
    Instead, the press concentrates on babyish back and forths like this article. I doubt this comment will stay posted because enough room must be left for the hateful rants of the Obamites.

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Lunick

    Sen. Biden is right on point.
    The politic of fear will not work again. Not this time. Not this year.

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. MichaelP

    YES! Don't let Bush get away with that simplistic nonsense he puts out there. It's about time someone starts speaking up! Joe Biden is the man to do it too! I hope he is on the VP list for Obama.

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Right to Vote

    Why is he fast tracking himself to the nomination by blocking the Fl and Mi revote?

    Why did he play the race card?

    Why does he demean and dismiss all women like he has done to Hillary Clinton.

    Obama lost my vote when he blocked the revote.

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Maxine

    I love this guy...he tells it like it is.

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Dr. Truth, Boston

    True nuff, but ouch! watch the language Senator.

    May 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Gretchen

    Ditto!!! I'm sure Bush will fire Rice and Gates as soon as he gets home. Not likely – what about a medal?

    May 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. MDR

    Excellent choice of words Mr. Biden, I don't curse, but If i had to choose one curse word for this situation that'll be the correct one. How can the president of our country go overseas and say things like that? The man is the worse president ever, whats wrong with talking out problems with people in school that's what we were taught we even had conflict resolution officers, to mediate for the combative parties.

    May 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Chris

    I truly dislike fear mongers ... folks, Barack is being advised by very experienced military leaders. Moreover, he's not an idiot.

    Two things:

    1) we have bases in Bahrain, Oman and Qatar – the Oman base is growing.

    2) Obama would not hesitate to use strategic precision bombing – you know the type, it's the stuff they portrayed in the movie "Syriana", which is based on real hardware that both Clinton and Bush have used.

    Folks – pulling out of Iraq does not mean we won't have a military presence in the middle east (read the papers folks and stop watching "jay walking" on Jay Leno for a change). Talking to Iran does not mean we would not be talking to Iran from a position of strength. You know when you buy a car you look beyond the shiny surface – you know, you kick the tires, look under the hood, read the fine print – try doing that with events abroad folks (oh, I forgot, some of you dim wits purchased SUVs and homes with variable rate mortgages, while your credit cards are maxed). Obama is a smart guy. Don't let fear mongers make you believe that, because he holds his cards close to his chest on info you should all know – if you were smart enough, that he is weak. Jeez, you don't deserve him as president.

    May 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Laura, phx, az

    Way to tell it like it is Joe!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. for democracy

    People other than African Americans and young people too lazy and too selfish to ever vote before have the RIGHT to vote.

    Obama is blocking everyone but his demographic from voting.

    He IS a terrorist.

    May 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Matt

    Whoa! Who would have thought that Joe Biden had it in him? way to go

    May 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Tom Hanson

    Can't argue with Mr. Biden.

    All the truth thats fit to print in that statement, yeah he cursed, but curse words sometimes are the only words that can convey accuracy.

    May 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |

    Thank you Sen. Biden, thank you.
    I'm glad that politican like you who can call someone out when they are wrong.

    May 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. T. Churchill

    .. . . One only has to think of the George W. Bush regime before stepping into the voting booth. Then pull the lever against the republican party. Its that simple. Nothing else needs to be said or pondered.

    May 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Brad San Jose, CA

    Sigh...Joe, why can't we have you as our president?

    Oh yeah, because American's only respond to clever advertising, marketing, and manufactured "products" such as Barack Obama.

    May 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Robb, New York

    Biden's 100 percent right, of course, and that's no b-s.

    Let's see... President Barack Obama, Vice President Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State Joseph Biden... has a nice ring to it.

    May 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. albert einstein

    give it to em straight joe way to go enough tip toeing around with that fool bush and his 8 yr old mentality of the world.

    May 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Joe is the man

    Hell yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!, finally someone told the truth about that idiot Bushs**t......Enough about Bush, he is a failure, let's move on~~

    May 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Anthony

    Way to go Joe!!!!! It's so refreshing to see the Dems getting tough on false rhetoric and the politics of fear.

    May 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. for the good of the democratic party


    bush is the worst president ever and should be behind bars

    May 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. broadstreet buddy

    Joe Biden is right! Its clear that Bush does not know history but I did not know until today that he does not even know his family history!

    George Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, worked for and profited from the Nazi's. Actually he profited off of all of the jewish families in europe. That is how the Bush's attained their fortune.

    Bush has no right to say it is not okay to talk to Iran and equate it with appeasing the Nazis before WWII when his family worked for the NAZIs!!

    I am not saying that Obama wants to work with Iran, but if the conditions were right, how bad is talking with Iran. I think it is better to talk first then see what happens as opposed to acting first and then asking questions later.

    May 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. BGIV in NC

    Call it what it is there Joe! January 20th cannot come soon enough.

    May 15, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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