May 16th, 2008
10:18 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama to respond to Bush remarks

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(CNN)–CNN has confirmed that Barack Obama will respond directly to President Bush’s apparent criticism of his foreign policy vision, which includes a willingness to consider dialogue with Iran and other nations hostile to the United States. The Illinois senator’s response will come at a campaign event later Friday in South Dakota.

The news was first revealed by senior Obama foreign policy adviser Susan Rice on NBC Friday morning.

In an address before the Israeli Knesset Thursday, President Bush compared leaders who advocated dialogue with nations like Iran to politicians who appeased Nazi aggression in the years leading up to the Second World War.

soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. LIZ

    THE OBAMA MATH, -provided by

    "Total Pledged Delegates: 3,253

    Pledged Delegates needed for a majority of pledged delegates: 1,627

    Total delegates needed for nomination: 2,025

    Edwards Pledged Delegates who are now Obama Delegates:7

    Obama Pledged Delegates:1,603

    Obama Super Delegates: 293.5

    Obama Total Delegates:1,903.5

    Delegates Obama needs for a majority of pledged delegates: 17

    Obama need to secure the Democratic nomination: 121.5"


    May 16, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. D N DC

    hey peer pressure would u rather vote for a 100 year war. What about the families who want their children to come home.... Isn't that more important than pride and anger, anger that should be directed at GWB.... If there is no Obama in 08 lets look forward to more of the McSame.. People, Clinton would not be fighting 4 U (MI, FL) if Obama had won.... He followed the DNC rules when Clinton was considered the frontrunner they all agreed to including HRC, think for once or be ready for America to lose it "superpower" status under John Mccain....... U need 2 C past the spin People. Will the REAL DEMS stand up

    May 16, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. JOHN in Moline

    As of 5-16-2008, there is 248 days left in the Bush Administration..
    Then the IDIOT will retire to Crawford,Texas and the world will be a better place. The USA will have survived 8 years of the worst "Leader "in history.
    The new President will have an enormous job to repair the MESS that GWB & Cheney& Rumsfelt & Rice has left.
    The Republicans " SPIN & SMEAR " Tactics will not work in November 2008 as we Americans have had enough.
    Joe Biden is correct by says "It is BLUE SKY"

    May 16, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Andrew

    Bush's performance has been disgraceful. In my opinion, he comes as close to being beneath contempt as a U.S. president can. But, thankfully, his time for doing harm is almost over. What worries me more at the moment is how John McCain has endorsed what Bush said. If McCain ever had any smarts, he's losing them now. Is this a matter of age, or has he always been this way and we just didn't see it because he was talking less and/or getting less press coverage? In either case, he's potentially dangerous. Whether or not you like Obama, you should very strongly consider voting against McCain.

    May 16, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Independent

    What President Bush did yesterday was deplorable. This is an administration who is the worlds biggest bully, and the American people know it. Sen. Obam will forcefully answer his disgusting swipe with intelligence and reason. For thos who claim they will vote for McCain, you will be getting a relica of Bush. It is time for the Democratic party to unite, and end this Republican reain of terror!

    May 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. beachbum

    Actually, no one is ever ready to become Commander in Chief (prior to becoming President). This person once elected will hone skills to work and deal with foreign leaders.Obviously, foreign leaders do not like Bush that much and Bush is not able to win them over for support in Iraq war and he was not able to full support from our allies, either. Someone "new" like Obama may be our answer to the struggles in the foreign policy. This may be a joke but because Obama's color and appearance, foreigners may respect him more and may reach welcome his presence and reach peace agreements with him in a breeze. I know it is a gamble but it is worth the shot. We cannot afford to have another person like John McCain to be bully or try to be a "cowboy" in the foreign land. Obama or Hillary is the logic choice for us, Americans for a "CHANGE".

    May 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. bill

    Had you followed up with something called "Current Events" and then, perhaps, paid attention to Bush's aides yesterday, when they confirmed that the great W was in fact referring to Barack Obama when he made his statement, and only reversed that when the Democrats responded, you might have a clue. It is clear that you and many like you will support McSame and the failed war and failed policy, so Bubba, here's your sign.

    Gulf War vet for Obama 08

    May 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Marc

    I was in shock when Bush made those outrageous comments on foreign soil. Remember that Bush asked for us to hold talks with North Korea and they are suppose to be supporting terrorist actions. Bush is also backing McCain and just a couple of years ago, McCain said that America should hold talks with Hamas.
    I think we know who is pandering to the voters.

    Obama 08

    May 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Nick

    As an independent I am torn between how to vote this November. I hate how this war has torn apart our country, creating more divides between the two parties. I am more likely to vote for a Democrat (unless it is Hillary) just to see what kind of change they can bring.

    One thing that I do agree with is that the Democratic Party seem to be cowards when it comes to strong foreign policy. I do appreciate W's and McCain's stronger stance against those who would do us harm.

    It will be interesting to see what kind of results Obama's little "tea parties" with Hamas and Al Qaeda produce.

    May 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Doug

    Can we hold the Election early? I can't stomach this idiot for another 7 months....and I (stupidly) voted for him once.

    The only good thing Bush did in the past 8 years was to make me realize how self-serving, un-caring, and just plain evil the republican politicians are. Thanks to Bush, I will now vote Democrat for every election from local county to the presidency, no matter who the candidate is. I don't like Hillary, but I'd take 16 years of her over 4 years of another republican.

    *sigh* 7 more months of Mr. Potato-head and counting...

    May 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Robert

    Obama should mention an interview McCain gave in 2006, in which he (McCain) said we should eventually meet with Hamas, since Hamas was democratically elected to many positions in the Palestinian government.

    McCain can't keep his stories straight. November will be like euthanasia.

    May 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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