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

Hart: Bush is 'incredibly hypocritical'

Gary Hart strongly defended Barack Obama, calling Bush's remarks hypocritical.

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. marilyn

    Gary,
    your post is a little over the top. No sane person who has been watching the campaign these past months can still have 100% confidence in Ms. Clinton. Come on be a little honest, or are you a paid blogger.

    May 18, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    From Day One, Bush has epitomized both hypocrisy and Freudian projection, the pot calling the kettle black by calling OTHER countries "rogue nations" while leading America into the abyss of blowing off all manner of treaties we've signed....ABM, Geneva Conventions, plus taking us out of the World Court to avoid war crimes prosecutions. He lectures us about "feel good" behaviors after a lifetime of alcohol and cocaine abuse. He imposed "democracy" on Iraq with an illegal invasion after getting into the White House ONLY due to two elections being tampered with. He chastises Iran, who is in full compliance with the NPT and IAEA nuclear inspections, while he violated the NPT by giving India (who WON'T sign the NPT) forbidden nuclear technolgy, and ignoring Israel's huge nuclear arsenal after 41 years of their being in violation of UN Resolution 242 telling them to give back the land they took in their pre-emptive invasion of 5 countries in 1967. And we wonder why both Israel and America are hated pariahs globally with deadly hypocrisy being a defining element of the Bush/Cheney regime.

    May 18, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Proud American

    The bottom of the barrel has no end for Bush and the Republicans.

    May 18, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Thats no monkey business...

    May 18, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Hans-Erik Iken

    So Bush is a hypocrite. No news there.
    He is an idiot. No news either.

    What is news is that some people are willing to vote for the republicans again, even after those moronic policy decisions. Why is beyond me, but apparently some people still support that bunch of moneygrabbing liars. Must be the ones who profited from the gravytrain ride as well.

    May 18, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Diing in Washington

    Beating Hannities and Roves on their sticks, Dem party is just getting warm up. Vicious attack has backfired. LoL

    May 18, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. e forest

    even the republicans think bush is a disaster , mc cain is in the same mold, i feel sympathy for the wives of all candidates , it cant be easy to read all the meaness directed at their men, but you notice the cowards are the ones who attack the partners, bill, i can understand, hes been in politics , , cindy mcain , michelle obama, lay off, no one attacks the bush ladies, fox channel reports michelle obama acts like a miserable millionaire, her speech is about people and how they have been let down, not about money, anyone decent cares about the state of people , better than smiling like bush all the time ,hes a millionaire many times over, and what good has he done!!!!!!!!!

    May 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. chris

    I don't think that Obama is a racist, like some have said. Hell if he was he'd hate himself, cause he is half white stupid!
    Anyway, McCain will be another 4 years of Bush, and it will only continue to get worse if he is in office because other nations know that he has the same ideas as Bush. HRC is a good candidate, but she can't win. It's over for her now, and she needs to admit that. After this election coming up Obama more then likely will gain even more Superdel's as well as having around 1950 or more delegates. She won't be able to overcome that kind of a lead unless she seriously hurts Obama as a candidate without destroying the Democratic party's chance for the white house.
    Obama will be the first black president of the US. McCain is unacceptable, anyone who votes for him instead of Obama is just as bad as Bush.

    May 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. teesha

    He is also a moron the biggest one on earth

    May 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. The Truth

    Hey who is the hypocrite isn't it Mr. Hart himself with his lusty ideas on a sail boat. He, who is without sin, should cast the first stone. I think Hart is disqualified to cast that stone.

    May 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Larry

    Interesting that the President, who was speaking to the Knesset – not US press, never mentioned any names or actually any era or even any country. There have always been appeasers, as he referred to those leading up to WWII.
    I think it is extremely telling that Obama and other democrats immediately reacted, as if he had called them by name. I believe the appropriate sayings are (1) if the shoe fits, wear it, and (2) methinks he doth protest too much (*).
    By the way – to those that disparage our Presidents' intelligence – you surely know that Al Gore made worse grades than George W., don't you? Actually, you probably don't.

    (*) actual quote, is of course "The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
    William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 3 scene 2.

    May 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Susan

    Not only is he a hypocrite, but he is evil. Remember McCain = Bush. Democrats 08!

    May 18, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Lisa (PA)

    Gary~you are so full of it!

    "Bush has made some screw ups?" Are you kidding me! Going to Irag was a MAJOR SCREW UP! We NEVER should have gone to war with them. They had nothing to do with 9-11, nothing at all!

    The inside road HRC has to the WH was being first lady and that is it!

    The Democratic primaries have not been fixed. WE the PEOPLE have spoken and Senator Obama is ahead in this race. Unfortunately, HRC thought she had the nomination by Super Tuesday but that was not the case.

    Yes, I am a Obama supporter, however, I have never liked HRC especially while in the WH! And there are many people that I know do not like her. However, if she were the nominee, I would vote for her.

    Senator Obama did not take us back 100 years. It is stupid people who are still racists that have taken us back 100 years!

    I guess you have forgotten all of the stuff the Clintons got into trouble for back in the 90's. The fact that President Clinton can no longer practice law for lying in federal court, betraying our trust while in the WH, NAFTA and CAFTA and that is just to name a few. Look on the internet and you will find more!

    We are at our lowest time in our country and the only place to go is UP and I am sure that is where we are heading!

    Democrats Unite '08

    May 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. Bayou Joe

    Gary, the real hipocrite and deceiver is in your party. He is running for President of the United States and has no clue as to how to run anything. You have a lot of nerve talking about integrity.

    Add Obama to the list of Democratic losers.

    He will fail because Middle America does not want Socialism in America. We do not surrender to the Islamic Jihadists.

    McCain or Hillary for this former Democrat.

    May 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Joe Reg

    The repubs are not getting away this time.

    America has republicans sickness this year.

    Senator Biden put it best.

    It is a bunch of bs.

    The repubs are doomed.

    May 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. daniel

    Oh ho Gary you again with your stupid comments. Are you an other moron yourself... I think you are

    May 18, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. R.O.B.

    Haha, seems like the Bush Administration is digging the hole deeper and deeper. Well on their way as going down in history as the worst Administration the U.S. has ever had in the oval office.

    May 18, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. New Sensation

    Obama is the Chosen One. Bow down, or be cast off, it's your choice.

    May 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Crispus M

    Hart lost his state permit to call ANYONE else a hypocrite a very long time ago. What a complete dolt.

    May 18, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Joe Reg

    He puts another nail in the repbus conffin.

    Change is coming to America.

    Go Obama go!!!

    May 18, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. Bryan Kirchoff

    A few points on this latest disagreement:

    1) The exchange highlights what has been a troubling facet of the Obama campaign: since Mr. Obama has positioned himself as "above politics", he attempts to delegitimize any disagreement with him as a mere "political attack". The war in Iraq and the wider confrontation with radicalism comprise the most substantive foreign policy debate of our day. For Mr. Obama to belittle any position not in line with his as merely motivated by politics, well, that shows him to be the political one in this instance.
    2) For those who are frustrated by the "politics of fear" (a charge that strangely never arises when Mr. Bush's critics claim "we are no safer today than in 2001"), I offer this reminder: seven years ago, our enemy flew two planes full of innocent people into two skyscrapers full of innocent people, rejoicing that they killed more than anticipated. It is an entity that uses handicapped women as suicide bombers, decapitates kidnap victims on camera, and would gladly kill anyone reading this website if it thought such action might advance the cause. That, my friends, is not scary politics, it is scary reality.
    3) I am endlessly amused by posts that declare Bush a "moron"...using sentences littered with misspellings, poor capitalization, and shoddy grammar. Poor writing steals credence from an already tenuous argument.

    Bryan Kirchoff
    St. Louis

    May 18, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. susie

    Obama is talking about social security. It was the Democrats who put the social security money in the General Fund!! They, also, are the ones who started to tax it!!!!

    May 18, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Linned

    Let the President continue talking until November – they will be handing the White House to the Democrats. Everytime he says something, John McCain jumps on board. Let's you know he obviously can't think for himself. The straight talk express has been derailed for some time now.

    May 18, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. The Oracle

    One thing is right Joe. We won't miss you, you are no Dem. You need to have a working IQ of 87 to be a DEM. Looks like you were 20 pts off by that statement.

    May 18, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Jeanne

    Bush/Cheney are beneath the office they hold. They've been sullying the executive office for far too long. I would have liked to see them impeached but getting them out of office at the end of the year will have to be good enough. I can't wait to see them go.

    May 18, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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