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

Obama to respond to Bush remarks

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Barack Obama expected to respond to Bush remarks later Friday."]
(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. mary nagata

    well said, Dean!

    May 16, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Jim

    President Elect Obama is taking the reigns!

    May 16, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. lilahenna

    i would vote for pol pot obama's idol

    but i will not vote for obama

    May 16, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Lolu

    I really do not see any reason why Obama should respond to this. Obama should just see this as the asinin comment of the architect of the worst foreing policy in US history.

    May 16, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |

    If endorsements matter:

    Barack Obama Endorsements:
    Kerry: 2004 Presidential loser
    Kennedy: 1980 Presidential loser
    Edwards: 2004 and 2008 Presidential loser
    Carter: 1980 Presidential loser
    McGovern: 1972 Presidenial loser

    Hillary Clinton Endorsements:
    Bill Clinton: 1992 and 1996 Presidential Winner

    Will democrats learn they cannot elect a president on the far left. When will we stop screwing ourselfs?

    Hillary 08

    May 16, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Chris

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

    It is a mirror, look again. You are voting based on how a candidate looks? It is an excuse for your racist mentality. Grow up. It is the year 2008. You are stuck in the 80's

    May 16, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Donna M

    I think CNN and other main media are so biased regarding political comments no matter what. Pres Bush in my opinion is a good president and stands for the good of people and our nations freedom and morals. Yes, I am a conservative and although I may not agree on everything, I appreciate our president's stand regarding Israel. If we allow future presidential candidates to give in to the enemy and soft soap our stand as a nation on terrorists acts then we will be facing a war never known to man. I read previous blogs before sending mine and it seemed very one sided against Bush which is very biased leaving no room for a fair and balanced opinion. The former democratic president did not prove himself in the oval office and it will take some real convincing to prove that those now running will make it better.

    May 16, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Sweetie

    Although I don't agree with the time and place that President Bush made his "Call Out”!

    I do agree with the fact that A Left Wing Nut Job in Training Pants isn't qualified to represent us on the World Stage!

    In fact it is the reason I voted for Hillary during the Primary and will vote for McCain this fall.

    For those that can remember the "Carter" years you know as well as I do what happens when a Left winger with no experience finds himself elected to our highest office.

    For those to young to remember it was worse then what we are facing today as a nation.

    McCain 08

    May 16, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. kevin

    Obama should learn from Bush...Obama is weak...clueless...concerning real world issues...fact is..he is not ready to be president....period.

    May 16, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. Mandi from Maine

    Bush has proven that his administration prefers to use violence over communication and that is obviously not working for this country. He just doesn't get it.

    May 16, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. lilahenna

    i would vote for idi amian

    i will not vote for obama

    May 16, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Herman in LA

    Thanks Barack for speaking out against this warmonger George W. Bush take it to him and McCain good. It was despicable what he said in Israel and I hope you go after him once you become president.

    Democrats it's time to unite and take these republicans down. Help us get them out of office we must unite around our nominee once he / she are chosen.

    We can not afford 4 more years of McCain what so ever never, never.

    May 16, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. thad

    we all know where stupidity was born live in white house born in texas

    May 16, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. Jose'

    Obama is a disgrace.

    God help us if he gets into the White House.

    May 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. president

    Obama loves it! It gives him a chance to try to get peope to feel sorry for him. Poor thing. Let him give a speech to get more free air time. Not as if he needs it. He gets all he wants. " Don't anyone dare disagree with him". Please take him a pillow.

    May 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Terri

    I am a Democrat not voting for Obama in November


    May 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Thanks Senator Clinton. Keep defending Senator Neville Chamberlain from those harsh critics of his. God forbid we act tough on a country that threatens to wipe off the face of the globe one of our most strident allies.

    May 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. Dave

    Rip him a new one Barack! We always knew he was an idiot and this only corroborates what we have known all along. And now his twin, McCain is showing he is just as ignorant. McCain and Bush are both a joke! Neither have any business being in leadership positions.

    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. OBAMA 08

    Go Obama!

    CNN – bias. Shame!!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  20. Nancy Hicks

    why don't the dems let obama stand on his own 2 feet.. or are they going to change his diaper for him if he gets elected president?

    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. Zoey

    It is important for Obama to respond because he will need to respond to sharper criticism in the general election. Bush just sounded off the bell that the foolish tactics of the Conversative party will now begin.

    But I got a message for you Repubs out there. Your party is falling down and Obama will be laughing all the way to the White House

    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. Enough is

    Republicans are nothing but fear-mongers. But sadly, they wouldn't use this tactic if it didn't work. That's how we ended up with 8 years of GWB.

    Now it's, "Obama is a Muslim! Obama is in cahoots with terrorists! Elect Obama and there will be more terrorist attacks! Obama is a radical black racist just waiting to enslave all white people! Oh, and don't forget, The Gays from Cali will spread across the nation and make all of your children become gay!!!

    Vote Republican."

    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. Moses


    Obama and his bunch are of the Appeasement doctrine.

    In 1979, Dr. Brizinski (an Obama advisor) and President Carter turned over Iran to the Ayatollah's to apprease the Iranian clerics. Look what we've got. This is recent history.

    Now, what does Iran want? Iran made its intentions clear, over and over again. What would a presumptive President Obama hope to achieve? He is naive and it is showing.

    Obama is an appeaser. He votes Present not to offend anyone. For Obama to be angry at President Bush shows his vulnerability with the American voter. The Democrats might give Obama the nomination, but America will not elect a defeatist appeaser.

    By reacting in this manner against President Bush, the Democrats showed their vulnerability. Obama has been getting a free ride from the left media; no longer will the American public accept this.


    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. fred

    Anytime Bush makes another idiotic comment, all the ignorant rednecks come crawling out like cockroaches.

    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |

    news alert
    everybody is in awe obama will respond. you guys treat him like he is the second comming of jesus, we all know what happens to the people that are labeled that way. calm down the hype

    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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