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. tony

    It's comments like Natasha makes ?supporter of Democrats that makes the rest of us Democrats look just stupid-
    Nobody stole anything-If Al Gore would have carried his own state of Tennessee we would not be in this fix-

    May 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Mark


    Time for another flowery speech with no substance.

    May 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Margaret

    Oh, so I guess someone wrote his speech for him on this issue.

    May 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Jim

    President Elect Obama is taking the reigns already. I can't wait for him to be the BEST PRESIDENT of the modern era!

    May 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Ed

    My daddy can beat your daddy up

    May 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. Dave W.

    I cannot beleive the amount of people who are defending the babbling idiots remarks befrore the Kennesett. Bush "the fool" who has done so much to help grow the ranks of terrorists world wide. Bush "the fool" who has tarnished the name of the USA world wide. Bush "the fool" who cannot even pronounce half of the words that dribble out of his mouth. Obviously the lowest approved president of all time still has some supporters.

    May 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. ikenna obodozie

    bush is a confused man. honestly i was initially in support of the war and the mid-east policies, but over time, i have discovered the president is too arrogant to go for peace even when he sees an opportunity to do so. above all, for a President to denounce the ideas of fellow countrymen (whether justifiably or not) on foreign soil is a vivid show of amateurism.
    obama, to me, represents a new hope, light and change to the entire world and not just the US.

    May 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    IMPEACH Bush before he starts another war to kill our kids !!!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Enlightened Voter

    Im proud of Proud1of 26% in WV and Smart Lady, you get any smarter and your gonna explode. You be careful there gal and try not to think too much.

    May 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Andy J, NY

    Obama is a communist. And who cares that bush has an approval rating in the 20 % area, congress' approval rating is way lower, and has been for some time.

    Democrats and Republicans are both liars and power hungry crooks, when are you people going to wake up? Probably after Obama is elected and he accomplishes nothing.

    You people are in for a rude awakening.

    May 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. lilahenna...

    You appear to be very ill, please take your medicine...

    May 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Tim in Canada

    I don't think anyone can compare anything to what the nazis did, that was inhumane. Bush is far-out man.

    May 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. mel

    it is say when the president of the united states go to another country
    and make remarks about a presidental candidate is so wrong.The
    republican will go to great length to win the white house and we all
    are american. Mr. Bush owe this country a lot more than after he started a war that should not been. He needs a head check to find out
    what makes him right when he so wrong.

    May 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Liviu, Canada

    People have to understand that Bush is McCain's attack dog is this incident.
    If this is not the case, then Senator Mcmcain should distance himself in the strongest terms from President Bush.
    Plain and simple, you do not wash "your dirty clothes" in public. That's an absolute truth that everyone knows.

    May 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. Bret

    Why does the Obama feel so guilty?

    He's got no experience to be Prez and I don't want to be speaking Russian or Chinese so I'll not vote for him.

    May 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Mike in Fairfax

    No matter how many times I listen to Bush's speech yesterday, I can't find any mentioning of Obama. I even tried playing it backwards and, nope, it still wasn't there. Is Obama just inserting his name into the remarks so that he can appear "tough" today? Gotta' give it to him. He sees an opportunity to write a speech and once again thrill his throngs of blind followers with his oratorical prowess. Probably stayed up all night again writing this one. If Bush were to say "some people are just plain wrong about (pick any subject)" would Obama instantly insert himself in there too? Face it, he just wants to look tough by going after the sitting president. What Bush said yesterday was in no way out of line. (By the way, I'm an independent who does not make a decision based on speeches but on my own research)

    May 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. beevee

    Shame on Mr. Bush for making such comments. Obama should quickly respond to it.

    May 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. CKx - FL

    What is Bush talking about? Here is a man who did not know foreign policy when he stole the election 8 years ago making stupid speeches like this. Who is the one rallying the American people to invade another country? I think he is talking about himself.

    May 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Diane

    Hey Obama,

    You weren't mentioned by name, but, IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT!!!

    McCain 08

    May 16, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. SoCal

    To Chris S.

    "Why is it that Obama is all over your news channel and Hillary Clinton seems to get so much less airtime?"

    Did you ever study math?

    Or are you still waiting for Snowhite and the 7 dwarfs to endorse Hillary and overturn the democratic nomination?

    May 16, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. morning calm

    PRESIDENT BUSH NOW and FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Clinton and OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO us _____USA a favor, call it quits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. Ohiovoter


    REPUBLICANS AGAIN IN '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh yeah, BUSH ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VIVA BUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. Jim, Burlington NC

    Bush always has been a moron, and always will be a moron, him and his frat-buddies are on the way out and he is desperit to make a legacy for himself other than 8 years of failed policies and the lowest approval rating of any president.

    Obama will have to run against McCain, Bush and Hillary to win the election, and he will.

    Obama is the GOP's worst nightmare – an intelligent, articulate, likeable, moderate, african american running for president – against McBush.

    They are so scared they attack his wife just to find some leverage.

    May 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. H-ROD

    George Bush's Grandfather Prescott Bush built the nazi war machine he sold steel to the nazi's . On wedensday Sec. of Defense Gates said that the U.S. should open talks with Iran and Syria Sec. of state Condi Rice said the same thing. So when Obama said the same thing all of a sudden it's apeasement . THE BUSH FAMILY HAD LONG TIES TO THE NAZI'S LOOK IT UP (YES OBAMA CAN)!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Tanya

    I believe a response will confirm that Barack is willing to hit issues head-on and show strength in his battle against the GOP.

    I also believe that many of the anti-Obama comments on this blog lack substance or merit. Please come up with something that doesn't make you look ignorant.

    May 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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