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. christian

    Joyce, NY:

    no one cares about Hillary anymore and she certainly has no place in this thread. so keep your "heart" felt comments to yourself b/c nobody cares

    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. "The Great Elephant Is Wounded"-Kareem From Hampton, Va

    Yes yes yes....he needs to respond not because it validates Bush's statements but it will allow him and the democratic party to put their views of foreign poilcy on the table and it will resonate with the electorate. Like it or not Barack is cunning....the board is set and the pieces are moving Democrats! Mississppi exposed an open wound...cant you smell the blood in the air!! We need to come together and put the Great Elephant out of her misery! Bush may have set the stage for the total erradication of the Repubican party! Dont let the undercover Op Chaos republicans on these blogs fool you..WE DO NOT HATE EACH OTHER!!! Lets go in for the kill....

    DEMOCRATS '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Cammi317

    What are you nuts talking about? Even McSame knew he was talking about Obama he and went on to expand, directly saying Obama's name. Some idiots will defend Bush just to be spiteful. Will vote Republican just to be spiteful. I am confident this is what was meant by becoming bitter and voting against your own interest. Thanks for proving him correct.

    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Clinton/McCain

    Bush never mentioned Obama's name in his speech. Why does Obama think Bush was talking about him? Some guilt perhaps?

    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. HILLARY OR MCCAIN

    I think Obama's new slogan for his presidential bid should be:

    "I was taken out of Context"

    I'm so sick of Obama's flip flopping, I can't even take it anymore. I wonder if his "I was taken out of Context" rebuttal to everything can hold up until November?

    Hillary 08

    May 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. V

    Why can't he just respond? Why do we always get advance notice when it comes to sen obama's views. Oh right! He stinks when he talks spontaneously. So all his responses have to come from a tele prompter.

    May 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Glenn; Bakersville, NC.

    You Sen. Obama cannot let this go unchallenged. To do so would not only be a display of weakness to the Republican party, but to people of the world since this ridiculous attack took place on foreign soil. This is just another item of un-presidential things that Mr. Bush has done in a LONG list of un-presidential things. I wouldn't spare anything with him either.

    May 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Tee

    Very Smart Lady- you're just a bitter women, a man hater.
    Your comments make no sense. Have you been watching any news.
    Obama has cerried hismself with dignity his intelligence shines bright. What to you want him to do? Frown. Come up with something better/ The real reason you don't like him would be nice.

    May 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. joyce

    you hillary and bush supporters are in the ane aisle with bush
    vote for who you want to.

    and if a miracle happens you nom. wins. then live with it, want be pretty you haven't lost a loved one in the no good war. so you have no clue

    May 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Colie Brice

    Hey STUPID LADY! "I like my presidents with a little sophistication"

    Bush is sophisticated? What planet are you on?

    May 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Tracy---Indianapolis, IN

    TO: very smart lady and bubba,

    ARE YOU GUYS AS STUPID AS YOU SOUND?????????

    Obama 08

    May 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Zoey

    And the republican racist are out in full force. This should be an interesting election.

    May 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. Roryryn

    Very smart lady. What does that mean? Did you think about what you said before you said it.

    May 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. RealityKing

    Funny how all these liberal democrats are offended by Bush's remarks about not appeasing terrorists. Could this be their plan to "rollback the Bush damage"??

    May 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. linda from South Dakota

    omg,, and we call bush our president? its time,, obama to get him, and get him GOOD,,, how dare this current president say this after what hes done to our country,, im shamed at this comment from bush,, we should have known he would PULL something like this,, to validate his mistakes or should i say, his action?,, GO OBAMA!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. Jim

    Bush is a hillbilly. Obama is a diplomat. What else can one say? Diplomacy is one important way for us to regain some respect around the world. Obama is willing to lead us in a diplomatic way. Enough of Bush-style gun-totin' old-West cowboy shootin' out the stars nonsense. We've seen what a rich kid from an oil family will get our country. I hope that once this Democratic race is finished, that Obama will take off the cotton gloves and start swinging big time. This Republican party, and its candidate, are so weak... all it will take is a couple round house lefts to knock 'em out cold.

    May 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Gwen NC

    I absolutely despise Bush, but he's 100% right on this one and I've never agreed with him on anything. I heard what Obama said in the debates and that's one of my main worries about him is that he'll not act swiftyly enough to defend this country if we need it. God help us if we get someone else whose inexperienced in the WH.
    Hillary first, McCain if I must

    May 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. Ed

    Does this childish nonsense lower your gas / fuel prices or provide you affordable health care?
    Isn't it about time for the American public to wake up.

    May 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Chris

    lilahenna – i would vote for bush agian. bue i will not vote for obama

    Lilahenna – Are you ready to pack your bags and head to Iraq? Hmm..that is what i thought. Wake up.

    May 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. Ohiovoter

    "OBAMA SUPPORTER" – Simmer down! You don't speak for the rest of us. NO UNITED STATES PRESIDENT HAS EVER MET WITH A DICTATOR and you idiots should know that. You are the ones that are traitors! You disrespectful, race card playing losers hide behind your ignorance. President Bush doesn't have to answer to you. Americans elected President Bush TWICE. Live with it, losers! Ohio will be supporting McCain in 2008!

    GO MCCAIN

    May 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. JDC

    While Bush's comments were not made at an appropriate time, they do highlight a fundemental problem with Obama and his, apparent, foreign policy approach .... no wonder, obama is in such a tizzy over this ....

    May 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. PHYLLIS KUNZ

    HOLD ON A MINUTE, BABY. IT IS MORE LIKELY THAT
    THE TARGET WAS CREEPY CARTER, NOT YOU AS
    PRESIDENT BUSH HAS OPENLY CRITICIZED CARTER
    FOR HIS TRIP TO THE MIDDLE EAST AS DID YOU AND
    MCCAIN. THAT ASIDE, I LOVED THE PRESIDENT'S
    SPEECH WHICH PROVES THAT HE IS NO LAME DUCK.

    PHYLLIS KUNZ

    May 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Obama is so self centered and thinks the entire world is thinking of Only HIM. What an Ego! Obama was the furthest point or person from President Bush's thoughts when he addressed the meeting. This is a prime example of how and why Obama is never going to be President. He obviously has no experience and has nothing to offer this country. Obama's not even qualified to make a comment on President Bush's speech, for he knows so little, if anything, about the foreign policy toward terrorist nations who wish harm on the United States. The more Obama talks, the deeper he gets into a realm of leadership that he knows nothing about. Obama continues to show his blatant ignorance and lack of experience in government. Obama also has vilified President Bush and shown no respect for the office or the man. There are also certain State Department Policies that should cause Obama to refrain from such comment. Perhaps Obama had better go back to school or check with his leader, Nancy Pelosi, about showing respect while on the world stage to The President and Commander in Chief . Just another reason Obama will NEVER get there.

    May 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. karen

    This is what you do President Obama. You face problems that is concerning you and not run away from them. You set your record straight if you MUST. bush IS an IDIOT, too much weed and liquor i am sure.

    May 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Chanda-Cincinnati Ohio

    Very Smart Lady-

    You sound really ignorant. I would hope that anybody with a reasonable degree of intelligence or some one who calls themselves "very smart" would have a more substantive reason to vote or not vote for a president besides not liking his smile. Its the mentality of people like you that would put McCain back in office just to stick it to Obama. Yeah...that will teach America!!! It's scary that you are allowed to vote!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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