May 16th, 2008
07:47 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton seems to defend Obama after apparent Bush swipe


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Hillary Clinton took aim at President Bush Thursday over his overseas comments."] RAPID CITY, South Dakota (CNN) - Hours after President Bush made an apparent swipe at Barack Obama’s foreign policy in a speech to the Israeli Knesset, Hillary Clinton seemed to come to his defense.

“President Bush's comparison of any Democrat to Nazi appeasers is both offensive and outrageous on the face of it, especially in light of his failures in foreign policy,” she told reporters in Rapid City, South Dakota Thursday. “This is the kind of statement that has no place in any presidential address and certainly to use an important moment like the 60th anniversary celebration of Israel to make a political point seems terribly misplaced; unfortunately, this is what we've come to expect from President Bush.

"There is a very clear difference between Democrats and Republicans on foreign policy and that difference will be evident once we take back the White House.

Bush had made a historical parallel between those willing to engage in dialogue with countries like Iran and pre-World War II appeasers. He did not mention any names, but it was widely viewed as an attack on Obama, who has said that move could be part of his foreign policy as president.

Clinton also told reporters she had not spoken with former presidential candidate John Edwards since his Wednesday endorsement of Obama’s White House bid.

“I haven’t talked to him,” she said. “I’ve spoken with Elizabeth Edwards, and she’s a friend of mine and I have a high regard for her. And I think it’s important that she remain a strong advocate and real champion for universal healthcare.”

Both Clinton and Obama had actively sought the support of former North Carolina Senator John Edwards. Elizabeth Edwards, who has not publicly backed a candidate, has spoken positively of Hillary Clinton’s universal health care plan.

soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. MD in OK

    Cnn, What's with this title? I believe Obama can defend himself! Too many conservative republicans are on your staff.

    May 16, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. Nicole in NE

    AND this is how Republicans try to get you!
    I hope everyone is smarter than this.

    What is so laughable to me is that our current foreign policies and the horrible failed Iraq War under Bush – have left us out in the cold to most of the rest of the world. So who's got our back when there is a war? crickets…..crickets…..

    What do you honestly think John McCain will do? He has the same policies as Bush, it doesn't make our country SAFER! It makes more and more countries pull away from us as allies.

    Let's fight terror, finish the job and capture Osama Bin Laden, and strengthen our Homeland Security. But, let's ALSO try to work with other countries to make this a more peacful world. DUH!

    May 16, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. lol

    hang in there hillary, obama is weak on foriegn policy.he himself said he would meet with enemies without preconditions. obama's inexpeereince is becoming clearer. the country doesn't need a community organizer to lead them, we need an experienced, and proven leader like hillary!

    May 16, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  4. Marine

    The truth must really hurt for Hillary to come out and defend BO. Bush hit the nail on the head with this one. He put the peg in the hole. BO is an appeaser, a communist and a socialist who will sell this country down the river. Thank go HE WILL NOT WIN THE PRESIDENCY!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  5. Anna

    I believe Clinton should both denounce and reject the Bush statements.
    His statements are an appeasement to failed a failed peace process.
    Clintons policies would be the same, no different, the same.

    May 16, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  6. Tired of W, OH

    Thanks, Hillary. She is at her best when she's speaking out against Bush the repubs. Much better than the Hillary that attacks and divides her own party.

    May 16, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  7. scott

    What a hypocrite Bush is. I'm holding in my hand a photo of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein. Colin Powell himself said, during his four years with Bush, that we must talk to Hamas and Hezbollah. And let's not forget that Prescott Bush, Dubya's grandfather sold arms to Hitler prior to WWII, and in fact as a senator voted against entering the war. Kick this hypocrite and his party to the curb America!

    May 16, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. Kenneth M.

    Oh now she is getting into it. Why does she not stay quite until she drops out. If she is so fired up, endorse Obama and leave the race.

    May 16, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  9. Barbara-Maine

    "Clinton seems to defend Obama after apparent Bush swipe".....she was defending Obama, she was defending the Democratic party.

    May 16, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  10. Unknown

    I never thought I would agree with you on anything! but you have a point.....

    OBAMA 08

    May 16, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  11. Barbara-Maine

    Opps-I meant to say she "wasn't defending Obama, she was defending the Democratic party".

    May 16, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  12. Marine

    John Edwards announcement that he is supporting BO is just another example of one loser backing another. In John Edwards pitiful try at the presidency a couple of time just speaks of his eneptness.


    May 16, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  13. Rick

    Hillary and Barack's method of dealing with our enemies employs the tried-and-true Rodney King Policy of negotiation: "Can't we all just get along?" Reagan brought down the Soviet Union through a show of strength. If you elect these wimps, you are helping our enemies, and should be ashamed. God, please help our country.

    May 16, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  14. Key West Sun

    Bush was not even talking about Obama, why would he be offended, maybe because Obama is naïve and inexperienced. Obama said he would meet with Iran without conditions, going to offer them carrots. Sounds like an appeaser to me.

    Talk like an appeaser.
    Walk like an appeaser.
    Guess Obama is an APPEASER.

    Notice all the far left of the party came running to defend their little naïve candidate.
    Sad to see that many in the party trying to defend Obama when they know he is wrong.

    May 16, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  15. jorga

    Who wouldn't be offended by President Bush's statement? It was unexcusable. I think President Bush should apologize to America and Israel. I would even go so far as to call for his impeachment from office.

    May 16, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  16. mun

    good-Hillary is starting to show up! great, we've had enough of bad-Hillary!

    go Hillary!
    Obama 08

    May 16, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  17. "The Great Elephant Is Wounded"-Kareem From Hampton, Va

    Democrats...can you feel it!!! Dont let the undercover repubicans on these blogs fool you! We dont hate each other!! A house divided cannot stand! The republicans are cunning! They meddled with Mi & Fl...they injected Rev. Wright and Operation Chaos....ask yourself.....why? The time is now...the Great Elephant is wounded...lets go in for the kill!!!

    DEMORCRATS '08!!!

    May 16, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  18. Klaus

    Bush continues to prove that he has failed to learn the lessons of his own presidency. Just as attacking Iraq as an outsider united the Middle-East against the United States, attacking Obama has united the Democrats against the Republicans. He's a strategic illiterate. Thank you Senator Clinton for demonstrating grace and principle.

    May 16, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  19. RIP J McCain

    Go Hillary! Come on board the train. We want you on our side.

    Obama 08

    May 16, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  20. JR

    I think Hillary is finally seeing that is not about she and Bill, but the entire country is at stake, not just about the many colors of her.

    May 16, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  21. Clintons are great

    Not bad after all

    May 16, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  22. Eddie

    I think this should go a long ways,showing that democrats are and will unite regardless of Hillary and Obamas differences.I hope that both of thier supporters take note.We can not allow McBush back in the whitehouse.

    May 16, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  23. Cory in Little Rock

    We all know the effect of Bush/Republican idealology on position of America in the world...

    Some genius in history said that "insanity is the behavior of doing the same thing over and over again... and expecting a different result"...

    And the funny thing is that all our success in stopping the proliferation of nuclear arms has come from negotiating with "THE BAD GUYS"!

    It seems that when we "shut our eyes and hold our breath" or "bomb, bomb, bomb", we actually make the world a more dangerous place than if we decide to be "diplomatic".

    Why can't we all just get along?... Because the rich guys have us to busy fighting over crumbs.

    May 16, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  24. kathy

    She was defending the democratic party. She does not need to defend Obama "He made his own bed now he has to sleep in it "

    May 16, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  25. right source

    Maybe we can finally unite as a democratic party. She has realize the unstoppable Obama!!

    May 16, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
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