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. Kevin, NC

    I'd prefer Obama/Clinton 08 but I'd settle for Hillary/Obama 08 Because we must defeat McCain

    May 16, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. NBC

    Way to Go Hillary!!! Lying Republicans.

    May 16, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. Barbara-Maine

    The CNN home page actually states: "Ticker: Clinton defends Obama from Bush" but changes to "Clinton seems to defend Obama after apparent Bush swipe" when you open it.....a bit misleading to public.

    May 16, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Pel

    Mr President, SHAME ON YOU. You were not addressing one of the 50 STATE HOUSES in the USA. You were in a foreign land addressing a foreign people in their seat of government. Israel is not the 51 STATE.

    Further, Mr President, were your Sec of State and Sec of Defense trying to appease the Iranian leaders when they suggested we, the USA government needed to develop some type of verbal discussion with them?

    May 16, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  5. Kathy

    President Bush just keeps thinking he is important, when he is not anymore.
    He should just take up golf or something.

    May 16, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  6. Enlightened Voter

    Her admonishment of Bush is probably the first honest statement she has made during this entire campaign. BTW – how come the person who considers herself more electable is actually losing (HIllary)? If you are more electable aren't you supposed to be winning (Obama)?

    May 16, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. Bob Stephens

    What is really curious is that G W Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush had dealings with people that were in the Nazi Party in Germany. Do a Google search on Prescott Bush and the Nazi's and you can read all about it. So for him to bring this subject of the Nazi's in WW2, that his family supported and helped bring to power, is pretty bizarre.

    May 16, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. Linned

    As she should – all Democrats should ban together. When you mess with one of us you mess with all of us. Thanks Senator Clinton.

    Bush is on his way out and his numbers can only get worse. He may actually be trying to help the Democrats because he knows that they can get in there and clean up the catastrophe that he is leaving. John McCain changes with the wind – you have to really wonder about him. He seems to only know war.

    May 16, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  9. CW4Barak

    She better start making ammends if she even want to be considered for the VP spot or even a prominent cabinet position...maybe national security since she is soooo strong and experienced!!

    Obama '08

    May 16, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. Michael May 15

    Bush's statement in Kanesset aimed at Obama is an insult to Jewish community and Holocust victims! By using such a sensitive historic event for pandering, smearing, and false political attack, shows how low George W. Bush is as person. One could even observe him blink/winking at someone in the public when he was being applauded, which is a clear indication of the insult and perhaps he thinks that Isrealies are going to buy into his "emperor's latest fashion" that shows how naked and empty he really is. He had over 6 years of his Presidency without doing anything substantial to help bring about peace in the middle east, between Israel and Palestine, but at the last hour of his presidency, and failures in Iraq, anomg many other blunders, he thinks he can manipulate his way to a peace agreement, to serve as his legacy.
    "Anyone who knows not that he knows not is a compound fool and dangerous!"
    Thank you McCain for showing Americans that you are no different from Bush, by agreeing with his statements!

    May 16, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  11. Chris

    Too bad Bush never attacked Obama, but hey CNN isn't here to report facts. They are here to spew liberal propoganda.

    May 16, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  12. Dwayne C. McDuffie

    Good Job, Hillary!! The Democratic Party needs for you to be a positive team player...


    May 16, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  13. Linda in Va

    Our egotistic cowboy with poopy in his mouth president, Bush was way out of line and Hillary shows her character in speaking out against Bush. I am ashamed of our president Bush, who repeatedly shows his leadership inability. Bush represents the USA people and such a representative we should not have in office. Bush is his own worse enemy and needs to calm is ego.

    May 16, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  14. Bill

    Hillary supporters should look carefully at Bush's statement and McCain's support of it as well as McCain's stated goal of refusing to engage with China and Russia. This world is much too dangerous to refuse to engage those we disagree with...especially those who have or may soon have nuclear weapons.

    The fact is that Bush's policy of refusing to engage with our enemies is in direct philosophical descent from the views of pre-WW II isolationists like Senator Borah who he quoted. It may be worth noting that one of Borah's key allies was none other then George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush.

    May 16, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  15. Peter

    Bush and the 59 million people that voted for him hate America

    May 16, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  16. poyoray


    This talk of dropping out is getting ridiculous. They are making her base stronger by putting her up against this old boys group. Letting everyone vote is the democratic way.

    Also, Everyone loves an upset story for the team down.

    GO HILLARY!!!!!


    I certainly hope her supporters woiuld have more say in whethe she quits or not than any elitest democrats like Kerry, Kennedy, or Edwards. Let´s hope for something different in 08 and she is it.

    May 16, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  17. carolflowery

    Nancy Pelosi and Jimmy Carter have already visited and discussed
    issues with oppositions, I have yet to see any benefits, if anything, things got worse after Carter's discussion with the Hamas. I believe with all due respect them both, that perhaps they should apologize to the American people for undermining our President and his administration, how would they like it if their party does indeed come into power and the republicans did this to them. Do you really think Israel thought either of them were helping the cause? NOT!

    May 16, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  18. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Good show, Hillary. Glad to see you beginning to show some party loyalty and dignity.

    Democrats Unite in November!

    May 16, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  19. Hans-Erik Iken

    You are right Hillary.

    We have come to expect Bush to put both feet in his mouth as soon as he speaks in public. Amazing agility the man has....

    May 16, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  20. Florida resident

    She has to denfend the Dems as she is one. But her policy makes more sense as not being such an appeaser like Obama's policy.
    There are some people who wants the wolrd, those tyrants just can't be appeased.

    May 16, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  21. Del

    Thank you Hillary. Let's have our party work together to get back into the White House. Bush's remarks are consistent with his strategy of striking fear in the hearts of Americans - now he's doing it worldwide! Have we had enough yet?

    May 16, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  22. DEBBI

    Interesting story ..

    McCain, an Arizona senator, inserted $14.3 million in a 2003 defense bill to buy land around Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona, in a provision sought by SunCor Development, the largest of 50 landowners near the base, the newspaper reported on its Web site Thursday, citing public records.

    May 16, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  23. AJ Edge

    Just show you even more that Bush was a HUGE mistake!

    I love Elizabeth Edwards and I'm still very sad that her sell-out husband endorsed Obama. Why can't these superdelegates and others just SHUT UP and let the people vote.

    I am a Clinton supporter and if she is not on the ticket come November I honestly don't know what I'm going to do. I have issues with Obama, I don't WANT to vote for McCain, but I have issues with Obama. His experience is my biggest concern because he continues to show his lack of experience over and over again. I wish that Obama supporters would say why they support him some much over Clinton and not just put stupid comments like "WAY TO GO" or "GO OBAMA".

    They (the media) keep saying that the math won't go her way at all.

    Lost and Sad Clinton Supporter in North Carolina

    May 16, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  24. Jeff

    I'm not a Hillary fan, but God bless her for so eloquently voicing a rebuttal to the worst president in American history.

    May 16, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  25. Nateru

    ...has Hillary taken a slightly more humble tone ever since the information came out yesterday regarding...


    Thanks to everyone that contributed their hard-earned'd think she'd be watching her spending a bit more at this point.

    May 16, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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