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. dolores


    May 16, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. kelley

    I'm an Avid OBAMA supporter, and lately Hillary;s voice has been nails on a chalkboard for me, but its so refreshing to finally hear her make sense! We can like you again Hillary, just take it easy!

    OBAMA 08 !!!!!!!!!!! Obama/Clinton

    May 16, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. nicole

    I feel like Clinton's definitely calmed down, a lot less aggressive on Obama and more focused on her campaign. Its nice to see, and makes me think a lot more positive of her.

    if she had started this sort politics from the beginning, she may have won, and there would never have been such divide in the party.

    Obama 08

    May 16, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Obama/Clinton 08!!!!

    Yes!!! Thank you HRC! Get on board now and become the VP of this great nation. Lets make history!!!! This is the unstoppable ticket.

    Obama/Clinton 08

    May 16, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. Rob

    THIS is GREAT....maybe if the candidates start being FRIENDLY with each other so will their supporters :D:D:D...

    Clinton also made an ethical move when she said its a terrible thing to pick Obama over McCain in the GE (to her supporters of course).....Lets just hope that gets to her supporters' minds and make them do the right thing!!!!

    OBAMA 08 / 12

    May 16, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. D R

    Good for Hillary, this is what she needs to do to solidify her place in the democratic race. Turn from dirty crooked Clinton, to strong Obama democrat supporter. As much as I dislike her, I think she gets a chance to be on the ticket, "IF" she quits damaging the DNC.

    May 16, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. proud army and navy mom

    well its about time. if she would have ran her campaign as a Democrat, then i might have supported her. she lost me with the Republican tactics.

    May 16, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. Sue Chehrenegar

    They say, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." When anyone chooses to reach out to our enemies, he or she should be sure not to sell-out our friends.

    A good negotioator must have a thorough knowledge of the situation inside the country ruled by our "enemy."

    May 16, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. Raman

    In a particularly sharp blast from halfway around the world, President Bush suggested Thursday that Sen. Barack Obama and other Democrats are in favor of "appeasement" of terrorists in the same way U.S. leaders appeased Nazis in the run-up to World War II.

    Even I have to agree, Pres. Bush is has gone overboard this time. To accuse senators of appeasing terrorist can only be categorized as blasphemy.

    His depression has started to erode his memory. Otherwise how can he forget that the same members of congress stood wiith him in approving US defense forces into Iraq and are still continue to approve huge budgets for US defense forces stationed in Iraq.

    May 16, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Bush always does such a good job of making himself look stupid. His appeasement statement was a great job of how delusional he is. Can't wait until the Worst President Ever is Gone, Daddy, Gone!

    May 16, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  11. Andrew from Illinois

    I'm glad all democrats are rallying against Bush for his absurd and outrageous comments

    May 16, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  12. Ardnuas

    I would love to see Obama nominate YOU to the Supreme Court or I think YOU would be a GREAT Majority Leader in the Senate!!!!
    Obama/Hagel ( I want Chuck Hagel to be VP)

    May 16, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  13. Kel from Auburn AL

    Its nice to get a string of civility and restraint from Hillary. This is the HRC we've been wanting to see all along. At least she's showing signs of actually caring about the party now.

    We love you Hillary: its time to unite with Obama as one big happy democratic family. Obama 08!

    May 16, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  14. j williamson

    Elizabeth Edwards has not endorsed Obama – his health care plan is clearly lacking (does not cover everyone) and one hopes Mrs. Edwards will come out for Hillary.

    May 16, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  15. Tony, Miami

    Who started to give ammunition to McUnsane and the Republican Party? May be the ones saying I would do anything to get to the White House

    May 16, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  16. Jeff

    The Democrats won't need to come together, Bushco will take care of that. Keep making pronouncements, Mr. President, the Republican's hole isn't quite deep enough yet.

    May 16, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  17. sky

    The tide has changed

    May 16, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  18. Belle

    Senator Clinton would talk with Iranian President AFTER preconditions are discontinuing to make nuclear warhead material...for example.

    May 16, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |

    Stand Up!!... For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.. 'Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good...' Galatians 6:9-10

    May 16, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  20. James

    Bush appeases the Saudis all the time, and they run one of the most repressive regimes in the world!

    May 16, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  21. PhilT

    This is a defining moment in our country's history. I hope to see Hillary handle her loss to Obama in a dignified manner. Hillary is intelligent, and her tenacity as a politician in this campaign speaks volumes about the many desirable traits of her character. She is a true role model in this respect to many young girls and women who desperately need positive role models in this day and age.

    Unfortunately there were times that her character defects, many of which are enhanced under such pressure, also spoke volumes about the other side of her personality and the old ways of the political process.

    Obama ran a much better campaign and tried to stick to his message of hope and change as best as possible, though he too at times had to wrestle in the mud with the Clinton campaign.

    It is time for the democrats to move forward to the general election against McCain, and then to the White House.

    May 16, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  22. No Way

    Wow, that is a change. She is covering for someone other than herself. Did they find an empty pod on her bus?

    May 16, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  23. Ted

    Clearly, addressing the Knesset, Bush was talking about Carter's recent folly. But Obama has also made it clear that his strategy is one of appeasement, as was that of those who opposed the war in the first place. Meanwhile, Iran's proxies are trying to take over Lebanon. Does anyone really think talking to people bent on the destruction of any nation that doesn't share it's religion will get them anywhere?

    When will you people realize that Bush is not the enemy?

    May 16, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  24. Dana in north Carolina

    As an Obama supporter, I would like to apologize for the comments of "Obama Supporter" on the article about Edwards' superdelegate switching. I am not sure if it really an Obama supporter writing that hateful message or if it is an Op Chaos person in disguise, but either way, that comment posted over and over again was not warranted, and I wonder why CNN would allow it to post not once but multiple times unless CNN is trying to continue to stir the pot, and split the party on racial lines. P.S.- I am an African-American woman,and I don't appreciate racial comments from any group.

    May 16, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  25. Desmond Sequeira

    It is good to see Mrs. Clinton beginning to be positive vis a vis OBAMA, albeit indirectly. Unfortunately, her negative tactics have so damaged her credibility that she will need to be a lot more positively consistent to prove
    "Change we can believe in"

    May 16, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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