May 18th, 2008
04:26 PM ET
12 years ago

Hart: Bush is 'incredibly hypocritical'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption= "Gary Hart strongly defended Barack Obama, calling Bush's remarks hypocritical." ]

(CNN) - Former senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart became the latest Democratic elder to denounce President Bush’s remarks from Israel on Thursday, calling the president’s speech "incredibly hypocritical."

"We all know that the administration has had contact with and is advocating contact with Hamas and other organizations,” Hart told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Late Edition. "So it was incredibly hypocritical."

While speaking to the Israeli parliament at a celebration of Israel’s 60th Anniversary, President Bush said: “Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before.”

Many Democrats took these comments to be a veiled attack on Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Former presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, called the president’s comments “bulls**t“ and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said his actions were “beneath the dignity of the office of president.”

Obama responded to Bush’s comments on Friday by saying that they were “the kind of appalling attack that's divided our country and that alienates us from the world.”

Hart, who supports the Illinois senator, strongly defended Obama by comparing his position to that of some well-respected figures in American history.

“Keep in mind that as early as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, they negotiated with the al Qaeda of their day, the Barbary pirates before finally attacking them,” Hart said.

Despite primarily focusing his attacks on the Bush administration, the former senator from Colorado linked Bush’s comments to presumptive Republican nominee John McCain.

“John McCain's already attacked Barack Obama as saying he's the candidate from Hamas. And so I think this was all part of the McCain campaign.”

soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. PhilT

    Dubya is not smart enough to be hypocrital. The man is a complete moron.


    May 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Voter from CT

    They should do another poll of Bush's favoribility rating, I hope it's down in the single digits!

    May 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Kevin E

    The pot calling the kettle 'black.'

    May 18, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Silas Weinstaad

    Did Hart make the comments from the back of his boat 'Monkey Business'?

    May 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Sharon Minesota

    Gary Hart, another big loser in the democratic party getting his name in the press. It's been sooo......... long and it feels sooooo........ good to hear my name again!!

    May 18, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. M.BA.

    Where do the Democrats come up with these dinosaurs? Every one of these old white men that run the Democratic party thinks they can fool the nation by propping up this Obama character? Obama is no different then them, just another corrupt political hack from the streets of Chicago.

    May 18, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Obama 08: 60, white female

    Sharon: Perhaps, as you constantly slam almost everyone who is quoted in these stories, you should list some of your accomplishments and what you have done for your country.

    May 18, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. Kenyon Run

    The excuses for Obama are beginning to run out. The man doesn't have a clue about what he talking about, similar to his supporters. Now Hart is now blabbering about something someone told him to say? Hart is, just like Obama will be, is just another nobody in the stale and old Democratic party.

    May 18, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Mike in PA

    Tell us something we don't already know.

    May 18, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bush, McCain and Huckabee, put them all in one pot and boil them because they are all poison and power hungry.

    May 18, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. OBAMOBOT V 2.0


    May 18, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Pat M

    George Dumyah Bush has proven his IQ equals his shoe size long ago . His latest moronic rush of werds at the wrong place and the wrong time only confirms his IQ is even less than his shoe size.

    If it wasn't so pathetic it would be Hillarious!!! Imagine Bush thinking himself qualified to tell the Mid East how they should run their Nations!!!!!!!! His seven year example should be enuff for Sharon to
    dismiss his prewritten oration! And Hillary and Barack already know the man needs extensive therapy! Gee even the world knows that and if there was any doubt his speech in Israel certainly put it to rest !
    What an excuse for a Leader. Go now George before it's too late!

    May 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I never thought I would live long enough to witness either the world’s greatest actor or an idiot as president. Does anyone have the you know what to impeach this man and put him in jail with the rest of his cronies. This is just plain sick he would play with people’s lives for political gain.

    May 18, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Brad

    I don't need some disgraced former sentor to tell me that after all Bush has done to destroy America, he has no right to speak about real Americans in America, let alone Israel. His mouth proves that the politics of fear are just as alive and well in Israel as they are in America.

    May 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Mk

    Making fun of Gary Hart doesn't change the truth about Bush and his clone McCain.

    May 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Deward Bowles

    McCain said 2 years ago that we should diplomatically deal with Hamas.

    Running smear masquerading as policy will not work this year.

    Bush put a black eye on every American in this country by making those comments from a foreign country.

    May 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Eddie Cheeves

    Israel just celebrated their 60th birday. If Obama is in office in January, they won't see their 61st.

    May 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Ron

    What a moron crapping on Israel’s 60th Anniversary. He an McCain think this is forgein relations. What a clean campagin McCain is running not speaking up like a coward.

    Go Obama / Edwards 08

    May 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Bridgette

    It's time to stop all of this foolishness over those stupid remarks. Let's start talking about the issues now please. Let's please focus on those issues can we.

    May 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. mmartin arkansaw

    he is also a war criminal.i will enjoy his and cheney's and rumsfeld's war crimes trial,beginning in 2010.he has destroyed his party,if not the entire country.

    May 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. LetsBhonest

    I'd agree – the Idiot-In-Chief is a hypocrit – but remember, we have to use small words or he won't be able to follow the conversation...

    January 20, 2009 marks the end of an ERROR!!!

    This time we'll elect a President with an IQ higher than a potato...

    May 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. AJ

    God, Gary looks awful these days. As much as I don't like Bush, Hart should be thinking twice before calling anyone a hypocrite.

    May 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. francisco

    I think all Republicans are good for nothing but impose fear tactics to American People , We have witnessed several occasion that we have a chance to talk even to ours enemies , I saw CNN documentary on North Korea done a week ago , people where excited and want want to know a lot about USA .Another living example is when Iranian president freed the British sailors .We see many chances that we could take advantage but Bush administration done nothing but telling people we can not talk to our enemies! what happened when Michael moore took some Sept 11 heroes to cuba and got free treatment.Are those ones that we are not supposed to talk too? We American once we were beloved people in the world need to do somethig and not held hostages with some few executives

    May 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Concerned

    Bush need to keep his mouth shut because he knows nothing that is why this country is in a mess and this prove his experience means NOTHING.

    May 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. beverly


    May 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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