May 16th, 2008
10:18 AM ET
13 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. Kel from Auburn AL

    Get him, O!

    May 16, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Miami

    Why does Obama need to respond? It is really giving too much credit to Bush to respond to that attack.

    May 16, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Natasha/Supporter of Democrats

    Who's listening to Bush with rating of 25%?
    R U people kidding me!!!!!!!!

    I have not looked at him as a President when he stole the nomination in the beginning.

    I pray that GOD has mercy on your souls.

    May 16, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Henry

    Go Obama! Bush is slime.

    May 16, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Dean - Colton, CA

    One should remember that Hitler gained power during a depression, where racism and nationalism was used to justify mistreatment of a people of different race and religion.

    If anyone should be compared to that leader, it should be a man who condones torture of enemies, who appeals to nationalism to push policies to monitor and oppress citizens, who rationalizes invading other countries on false premises, and who uses religious and racial differences to justify it all.

    What is scary is how many people actually subscribe to such behavior, and believe it rational. But history shows that during troubled times this is exactly how such situations occur, and are justified. Methinks Mr. Bush (and his followers) is not really a student of history – he only cherry picks concepts that he thinks can support his madness.

    May 16, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. Thomas

    Great – a dialogue between Barack Obama and President Bush. A virtual face-to-face battle of words, only one of them will be using very small words, and the other one will make the English language sound like Shakespeare. But I won't name any names....

    May 16, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Rene D, Bel Air, MD

    Barack, Hillary, Joe....

    W's comments were so out of line that they deserve at best a dismissive back of the hand. Directed at Sen Obama this time, please let the others take it back to the President, his Press Secretary, etc. In fact, let's see Condi stand up for all Americans, all peoples of the world, and say, Enough, George. I am out of here.

    May 16, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Enlightened Voter

    Obama, you shouldn't even have to dignify those outrageous idiotic remarks from a madman like bush but I understand that as president this will be part of your job. I fully support your diplomatic tactics in trying to talk to our enemies. We need peace in this world and visionaries like you will make it happen. Dialogue has to start somewhere.

    May 16, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. Blake

    This election has been better than any movie in a long time. I can not wait to hear what he has to say.

    May 16, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. Zoey

    Go get em' Barack !!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Kentucky gal

    Go get 'em Obama.

    It's smart to respond directly.

    May 16, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. An American in Canada for David

    This is too funny!
    Obama is going to respond to Bush's remarks.

    I thought he responded yesterday, oh, I see, now his speech writers have come up with a more brilliant retort, then his off the cuff reply. Obama, thou dost protest too much!....

    o.b.g. Obama is definitely an empty political program that keeps getting speeches and opinions downloaded to him, by his handlers...

    So, maybe by the time the November election arrives,(that is if he wins?) he will have something cohesive in his memory banks..

    May 16, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Regardless of what Bush may believe about Barack, CLinton, or any other American politician, it is totally unbecoming of a sitting president to discuss domestic politics (directly or indirectly) in a foriegn country.

    May 16, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. G. Rodriguez

    For George Bush to criticize anyone's ideas on foreign policy is laughable and pathetic. This genius that has bogged this country down in a war that is depleting our economy and military capital. This wizard who has managed to damage America's reputation and influence around the world. This Commander-in Chief who served one week as a reservist (?) and whose strategy skills would make it difficult for him to win a game of Monopoly against a 10 year-old. There should be a national holiday declared when he leaves office.

    May 16, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    SHAMFUL DAY IN HISTORY 5-15-08

    i am an american citizen,and for the words to come out of mr bushes mouth,especially on such an event on foreign soil, was kinda a let down of what we as americans believe in, he has took to a new low in his reign as president of the great US of A. he needs to leave office before we loose all standing with the foreign countries. for the first time in my life (i am 65) i am ashamed to call him a president or a leader of our great country. MR BUSH, YOU OWE THE WHOLE USA AND ALL TROOPS AN APOLOGY, WE WWANT GET IT, BUT YOU ARE A SAD EXCUSE FOR A LEADER.

    GOD BLESS THE USA AND OUR TROOPS, ALL PEOPLE OF GOD.

    May 16, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Eddie

    This is the most rediculous thing any president has ever done.He should be branded as a traitor for making such remarks.

    May 16, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. Proud1of 26% in WV

    Remarks like that are not worth response.They should ignore them just like you would a child.Everyone says now that the republicans have struck a nerve.We will hear this all through November now.I think that talking with someone instead of blowing them off the map is a good idea.

    May 16, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. proud army and navy mom

    it is obvious what Bush/Mccain and the hatefilled Republicans are trying to do. they are trying to appeal to the uneducated white voters that Sen OBama is not on their side. it's called race-baiting in its lowest form. bush is not a patriot of the US, he is a destroyer of what our forefathers have built.

    Sen Obama loves this entire country, even those who spread lies and rumors to divide the country. He is for all US citizens. please don't let the Republicans liars convince you otherwise.

    May 16, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It's a sad day in America when our President is on foreign soil and turns on American people. Israel diplomats would never come to the U.S. and turn on it's own despite what political differences may be within their country. How can any country trust and respect Bush when he has no respect or love for his own countrymen.

    May 16, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Bush is a moron and has proved so every day of his filthy and corrupt administration.

    Why should Obama even bother to respond to this idiot who's never been held accountable for any of his lies or errors in judgment, including the Bush Wars?

    May 16, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Ohiovoter

    Look at this man's face! LOL! This is our next President? What a dufus!

    May 16, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Joyce, NY

    Many people know that you are the better candidate Hilary. You're statements are far stronger – as well as other dems like Biden – than Obama could muster.

    You have more courage, guts, knowledge and resolve. You know how to deal with this Repubs as they oppose you for many years (even if you campaign for something that would benefit everyone), they've called you names and prayed that you get hit by lightning. You fought them tooth and nail as well as reached across the aisle and worked with them.

    Unfortunately, we know that a little over half of the dems want the new exciting kid on the block. Enough to put you aside.

    While we heed your call to support him in November, we also ask that you remain committed to your cause. If offered a VP spot, please don't accept it. With your grasps and knowledge of issues, you are best to be the majority leader. I bet you'll do more than Pelosi and Reid combined. For you can get things done and not afraid to take on the bullies.

    I can only pray and hope that the Obama who wasn't able to answer my question about the difference in Insurgency and Terrorism do not get his behind kicked by the likes of Iran and Russia and North Korea. I hope he can stir this economy back to where it should be. For our future and our lives and our children's lives are at stake.

    MSNBC this is from the heart, pleast post this comment. Thank you.

    May 16, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Alice

    Get him, Barack!

    While many Israelis appreciate Bush on an "the-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend" basis, Israel has not exactly thrived under Bush's US leadership.

    Anyway, Bush has some nerve. His way has been tried for 8 years – and has been a terrible failure. ANY alternative option shouild be welcome at this point.

    May 16, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Chris

    An American in Canada for David – What is your problem??? You are acting like a 5 year old.

    Here you have a presidential candidate who is trying to fix what Bush did and you are criticizing him? Looks like you rather have Bush for another 4 years. You are sick and immature. GROW THE HECK UP !!!

    May 16, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Jackson

    It would be awesome if Clinton and Edwards showed up on stage with him. I know it won't happen – the primary season isn't over yet – but it would be an incredible moment of solidarity, strength, and unity.

    May 16, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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