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. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Hey Smart Lady.................YOU'RE CORRECT. Time to call a spade a spade. Obama is anything but qualified to be President ,and if it were not for the fact that there is a greedy faction of Democrats who hate the Clintons.............Obama would NOT be where he is today. Hillary Clinton was stabbed in the back by her own party. Disgraceful. She shouldn't campaign for anyone. If Clinton doesn't get the Nomination she deserves, she should quit. Let Obama sink or swim. Thank goodness for John McCain, the best qualified Leader for the Presidency anyway.

    May 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. Bob

    Hey Joe – get your facts straight. Your own party officials, including that wonderful Governor of yours, created the problem. Hillary supported the sanctions until she needed the votes. Blaming Obama makes no sense, at least not to any thinking person.

    May 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Dexter

    Dean from Colton CA, if you were Houston right now, I would buy you a steak dinner.

    I am glad Sen. Obama is taking the direct approach to this insult. The Bush Administration tyranny is over. The Bush legacy of fear, hate and deceit will not be tolerated by the American people anymore.

    Rip him a new one Barack!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Terri






    May 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Jim D

    It's a new world, America. Talking with other countries' leaders beats bombing. Obama has said that the world wants us to take the lead in most crucial matters, but he certainly didn't mean bombing. One has to wonder what base of support Hillary is considering when saying she would obliterate Iran regarding nuclear weapons. Where did that come from? And why hasn't the media nitpicked that remark, as they do for everything said by Michelle Obama?

    May 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Venus

    Go get him Bam! And, don't forget to rip Mc Cain!

    Tear him up and tell the world about who is worst than Hilter/Bush/McCain and their thugs!

    I guess Bush's approval ratings will continue to drop!

    Worst president ever! Don't forget to tell the world how he lied that since he invaded Iraq – he doesn't play golf any more!

    May 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Lolu

    To "Cuacus=Peer pressure fest!"
    stop being so stupid!!! The fiasco in Michigan and Florida have absolutely nothing to do with Obama or even Clinton for that matter. EVERYONE, including the candidates and the voters were aware of the rules. The candidates including Clinton AGREED to the rules. Those rules were broken by the DNC in both states and have been punished as per the agreements and all of a sudden, Obama is responsible for disenfranchising two states!!!
    Use your head, be objective and stop the silliness. If you don't like Obama, at least be honest about it and why you don't and stop drumming up stupid reasons.

    May 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. SoCal

    Mark... when you wrote "Time for another flowery speech with no substance" it seems you were talking about Bush, weren't you?

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Jamaal Kansas

    This is Does seem like reality tv because we get hour by hour coverage but this race is serious and if Mcsame wins We all Lost because we will still be In Iraq, We will still be 10 Trillion in debt and we will still have gas prices that are very very high so this is a litte more Important than a soap!

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. Christie, Stockbridge,Ga

    This is just another example of George W Bush's enlightening insight and overgeneralization at its best. The problem is that the American people have tolerated this man for 8 years. Smart lady states "will not ever vote for the strange boy with a stupid grin on his face"
    This is precisely what happened in 2000 and 2004...I want a president I can have a beer with! Personally I want someone who is intelligent, bold and willing to be a great president...this is precisely why I AM voting for Barack Obama!!!! He is all of these things plus he knows the face of the poor. Lets put racism aside and vote for the best candidate. BTW, Most racists say they are not racists.

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. DMT

    Bush is correct, Obama will say anything to persuade the public he is someone special, he can't and wont accomplish a darn thing as president if elected. I like how everyone defends him and knows nothing about him. Says a lot about how easy his BS is believed. Congress is the real problem. They are the ones stopping everthing from getting done like drilling here for more oil. Them Democrats, everytime a bill is put up gets tone of crap added...millions of dollars worth of crap instead of just going ahead and fixing the problem on hand. No wonder this country is messed up right now. But no...lets blame the President and take the easy way out.

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. irish

    Well, You don't have to vote for any of these three candidates. There are other candidates out there. However, everyone is so possessed with these three candidates that they cannot see straight. You can call Ron Paul and lunatic, nuts or crazy, but you would be sadly wrong. This man is pretty well respected. His entire political carrer has been fighting tooth and nail for the American citizens. He wants to restore this great county back to our constitution. Keep in tact our liberties. and once again make this county the shinning star in the world that it once was. but, people are so busy doing cheers for the captain of the football team that they can't see there way to any other options. It's pretty sad when the American citizens think it's ok to brush aside, toss, trow out or ignore our contitution. This is what our county was founded on. He is the only one out of all of these candidates that actually has a plan and tell what that plan would be. He is no stoop when it comes to the economy. He will tell you want you want to hear, but tell you the truth about our Goverments wastefull spending and our dependence on China's bank roll, which will be the death of all without firing a shot. So, go ahead and vote for the Politcal hungry Hillary, the blank resume Obama and the angry John McCain. Your going to get change alright, just not the kind that you will like. There going to do nothing once they get in office or at least not what they say they will.

    Cnn this is the 3rd time I have tried to post and you keep blow my post out. POST IT !!!

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Dems Unite to Save our Nation

    The smart thing to do is respond directly. Show everyone you will not tolerate slanderous attacks from our lame duck President. Obama's foreign policy will be one of reconciliation. He won't just give in to the "bad guys." But at least everyone will know that that he is willing to listen as opposed to preemptively calling in the cavalry. We must EARN the respect we've lost over the last 7 years, since about 6 months after 9/11/2001.

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Richard

    Disenfranchised Florida voters are planning on attending Obama's May 21st Tampa rally and turn their backs on him... just like he is doing to them..

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Dave

    Narrow minded liberals at work...its time to think outside the tiny boxes you people seem to get your ideas from!

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. WhoCareswhatRepublicansGuythink

    Barack why waste your time to this lame Duck president his approval rate is 20% no body listens to this guy or any republican for that matter. If I was President Obama I would not respond to any republican attack that what they live for so why give them credit let them bark like a dog all you have to do is put a leash on them.

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. mickey

    Obama nomination means 4 more years of Republican policies. The man cant win not even self respect

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. Susan Missouri

    Is there truth about it??

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Tee


    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. PCC

    Why is Obama upset about what bush said ?........Bush didn't name names......But Obama if the shoe fits......Obama did say that he would...But now wants to lie about it...Just remember Obama....You are on record this time saying what was really said.......Hillary 08....Lets not make another mistake like we did 4 years ago.....

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Jackson

    just goes to show that nobody is wrong all the time ... Bush is right about NObama!

    May 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Bill Stapp

    People criticised Bush for his apparent lack of intelligence. Now the Democrats have two pretty smart cookies running... What's wrong with having a president that people think is smart? My dad was an electrician, but I have never forgotten my white, blue-collar roots.

    I look forward to hearing what Senator Obama has to say to President Bush and the country.

    Maybe Senator Obama should have a good chat with President Bush... or would that be "appeasement", too?

    May 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. An American

    Comments on whether the President of the United States was correct have been closed. WHY? OF course he was correct. Right on.

    Its time for all these LAWYERS comments from the Democratic PARTY OF THE LAWYERS to be confronted for the foolishness that they are. Obama, Clinton, Edwards????? ALL LAWYERS with nothing but words to play with. I get tired of those who have done nothing constructive for 8 years always trying to sell me that they knoe better what to do. It always turns out that they have NO PLAN as was the case after the November election when the left had no plan for Iraq.

    Why would any thinking person "EMPOWER a lawyer with a blank check allowing a "LAWYER" to control their future. Do you think they would do the same for you?

    May 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Andy

    That's what I am talking about...take evil head on...

    May 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Abe Schenck

    I like how CNN always seems to pick the right photo to reflect the emotion. Today, it is outrage. Other days showed confusion, sadness, sheepishness while most he's just as proud as a peacock.

    May 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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