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. jenny

    why does anybody need to write a speech for me? He's smart enough to write his own speeches and usually they're quite brilliant.

    May 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. For Bubba

    In the overall scheme of things, who is to say if Barack took direct offense or not. It does not matter. What matters is public perception and with Bush and McCain weighing in on this issue, he is obliged to respond to "appease" the public. Fine, lets hear what he has to say.

    So in looking at the big picture (this means beyond your nose), it is not be prudent to judge another hastily. Or would you like to be judged similarly?

    May 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Randy M

    These were ridiculous remarks by Bush. To say these things on foreign soil, during a nations celebration of it's birth, is hard to fathom even for this President. I think Obama needs to respond, but in a strong, diplomatic tone.

    To the Hillary supporters who bust on Obama about this and everything else: When you start to sound like you're supporting Bush over Obama, you've gone totally beyond the realm of common sense. Don't be sore losers. Clinton will still be involved in the government somewhere. And yes, his speech writers came up with a great response. NEWS FLASH...Hillary has speech writers too. They get paid very well to make her sound good. Wake up people!!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. john

    He needs to be impeached!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. ATLian

    Does Bush even know the difference between "Appeasement" and "Dialogue"? Such an idiot. Did they not jump all over Natalie Maine for dissing the President on foreign soil? And for those of you who say he wasn't talking about Obama and the Dems, what planet do you live on?

    May 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Rebecca

    These idiot Bush supporters do not know the difference between appeaser and diplomat. Obama's policies are to be a diplomat and talk with other countries that the Bush administration has bullied and just pissed off even more. An appeaser is someone who lets their enemy take advantage of them. Big differences. Even Condoliza Rice and the Sec of Defense recently stated we should talk to Iran. Is Bush going to scold them?

    May 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Roryryn

    Hey ohio voter. PUT YOUR FACE ON HERE. WE CAN ALL LAUGH AT YOU BASED ON YOUR LOOKS. WHERE IS THE LOGIC IN THAT STATEMENT?

    May 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Venus

    I think Bush might be talking about Jimmy Carter?

    He was just over there!

    May 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Jan from Boca Raton FL

    I listened to the speech given by President Bush and I in no

    way heard him mention Obama's name. Obama is doing this for

    PR, IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT THEN GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN.

    If I remember right , they pulled the same bull on Hillary and put
    words in her mouth to get attention.

    This is just the beginning of what the Republicians are going to do
    to him.

    HILLARY 08

    May 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Simon St Laurent

    Bush shoots his foot again.. Just have to consider the source. With all this help Senator McCain will lose, only by a larger margin. President Bush just shows his lack of leadership and a great back-biting smear
    ability. He is certainly frustrated at this point by all his misadventures.
    Time he moves on.

    May 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. w.l. jones

    What happen to Russia and China " they were the good guys in the fifties in Korea and Vetnam while I were on the DMC they sure were not shaking our hand. We are working hand and hand in space now if anybody being up their they know what a hostile place to have an enemy at your side so people change they have over time so can other country. Every body have a bless day.

    May 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Anee

    October surprise for the new dummy, Obama, Michelle, tape of her ranting against "whitey".

    Wonder if he would make a nice speech and throw mama under the bus too.

    May 16, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. Common Sense

    It's sad that Obama feels like the comment was directed solely towards him. By reading the text, it's quite clear that Bush is talking about all appeasers, both present and past, in the context of meeting with rouge nations and terrorist organizations. Obama has stated he will meet with any leader of rouge nations, but has not said anything about terrorist organizations, so his (and his political supporters) overreaction here is just sad. The world is much larger than just Obama after all.

    May 16, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Laura V., NJ

    Why is Obama even wasting his breath on Bush. We all know how much Bush is disliked so who cares!

    May 16, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. franco

    Hello American People!

    Bush-Obama: Two to tango

    God Bless America!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. jay

    It is amazing that CNN will let these comments refering to Obama as a boy and a dufus get in but 99% of my factually based comments never make it. Calling a black man boy what kind of moderation is this. They should be blocked forever! Why am i wasting my time this post will never make it.

    Obama/Clinton 08

    May 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. John C

    Bush never mentioned Obama or any other democrats. The democratic party and Obama should not be upset, unless....If the shoe fits...

    May 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Lilarose

    Great! Let's get Obama started talking and talking and maybe we will then see how little he knows.

    May 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. Tony

    Obama is a wimp. Can we please elect someone with a spine for president?

    May 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Candace from Texas

    Go Obama!!!! O8 Dems we need to unite and quit bashing Obama since he is going to be the nominee!!! This is a direct attack on all Dems and we need to focus on the general election if we are going to win The House back! WE LOVE YOU OBAMA!

    May 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. Dave W.

    To G Rodriguez –
    I am from Canada, and we don't want him.

    A different Dave W. from Canada

    May 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. A.M.

    And no one writes his speeches, George Bush, that is why he can say whatever he pleases. On a foriegn soil, he is condemning his own people to please who? And a remark like that comparing the democratic party nominee for president to 'Nazis'... does any one think it is fair.

    Come on! Give us a break!

    A.M.
    Houston, Texas

    May 16, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. George from Minneapolis

    Thanks Dubya for helping Obama get his message out there even more. Perhaps we should pay you. I can't think of any better news for Obama that to have Bush criticize him. LOL.. now thats good news.

    May 16, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk... this guy is NOTHING but empty words...

    May 16, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Pol

    What is this noise about? Bush said – no negotiation with terrorists.
    Somebody disagree? He did not mention Obama. Rather Pres. Carter.

    Obama said – negotiation with elected leaders of countries which are not friendly to USA (not friendly doesn't mean terrorists). Somebody disagree?

    What is this noise about?

    May 16, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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