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. The Oracle

    And whats political is flopping your positions cause you are running for office. i.e. McCain. 1st it was "we can't talk to terrorists and rogue regimes". Then when it was pointed out that McCain had advocated engaging Hamas 2 yrs ago. It was also pointed out that the modern day Repugs Messiahs(Reagan and Nixon) used the same tough diplomacy. All of a sudden they're saying "Oh well its not talking thats the problem, its "unconditional" thats the problem". Give me a break.

    May 18, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. Cindy, TN

    McCain, Dumb, Huckubee, Dumber, BUSH, DUMBEST

    May 18, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. Crush Rush

    The dittohead with a thousand names,yes Charlotte you are a moron for the fat guy with the cigar.He makes millions while his crusty little imps do his dirty work.Gary Hart is right,I dont care about his smeared past.

    May 18, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. linda from South Dakota

    seems bush doesnt care what or how he does thngs in the office he holds for a few short months,, like he didnt care b4,, of course he has dealins with hamas,, does he think we americans are stupid?? we are all on to him,, and the sooner hes out the better,,, and how dare him indirectly slam obama,,, that just shows what kind of man he really is,, americans? is this who you want in the oval office? well then dont vote for mccian because hes goin to do the same,,, GO OBAMA!!!!!

    May 18, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. David in Illinois

    Gary Hart, disgraced? Certainly not any more than Bill Clinton. Obama is squeaky clean compared to the Clintons. That's why he's the ONLY agent for change. Hillary can't be trusted. Who wants 4 years of her lies? Not me. And with McCain, also known as George W. Bush Jr., or The Third Term of Bush Misery, it's not even a question. He's not up to the job. As Obama said, whether he was talking about his age or just McCain's crazy policies, McCain, "is losing his bearings." Or to put it more bluntly, he's "losing his marbles."

    May 18, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. dugie

    Dear Mr. Kirchoff,
    Congratulations on your oh so erudite employment of the English language. I heartily agree that the spelling in these blogs is appalling. However, the scary reality is that Bush's ill-advised response to 911 was to start a war with a country that was in no way connected to the Saudis who flew the planes into WTC. Here's the math: 3000 or so lives lost on 911; 100,000+ lives lost in Iraq (yes, Mr. Kirchoff, Iraqi lives DO count for something), many thousands more 20-somethings scarred for life with brain injuries, amputations, PTSD; thousands of families searching for meaning after all this waste. I guess they can find solace in the fact that W has given up golf. Sacrifice of the kind we have not witnessed in this country since Dan Quail gave up spelling. God Bless America.

    May 18, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. Jack

    OH NO! A Democratic LOSER is calling out a Republican LOSER!

    Can we stop focusing on losers and think about who has the best record of making people's lives better (aka Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton) through strong ideas and pragmatic ways of implementing those good ideas....

    May 18, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Clinton/McCain

    Right. The ADMINISTRATION, has had talks, but NOT the president himself. Obama has said he would PERSONALLY meet with our enemies. I'm certainly no Bush fan, but he wasn't hypocritical.

    May 18, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Jean

    Gary Hart calling the kettle black. What a loser.//////////

    May 18, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. KE

    It's interesting to see the white Obama supporters complain about Bush screwing them over when it's clear that what Obama is going to do to them will be so much worse.

    May 18, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Remember Obama said he would have direct talks within a year with our enemies leadership not halve low and midlevel talks with diplomates until they get the message. Barrack being a democrat will also be a wimp in using the big stick (US Military) . Remember Jimmy Carter (Iran) and Bill Clinton (Somalia, Bosnia, and Kososvo) where heavy ground forces was off the table and everyone ignored the Amaerican Government until force was used. The post Viet Nam democrates are still alive and well. They dd not want to fight to win as is seen in Iraq and the inactions taken during their administrations since Viet Nam. McCain wants the USA to win and put our enemies in the same place as old blood and guts Gen. Patton. [Make the other @#% die for his country (ie. cause as in Islamaic Terrorist)]

    May 18, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. canada

    what i don't understand is that why do you want other countries to respect
    when you don't respect them, most of you on this blog you think you
    are the king of the world, i have a news for you that you are not. Open your eye and strat respecting other countries.

    obama

    May 18, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. joyce

    MICHIGAN VOTER// LEFT COMMENT UNDER OBAMAS BIG CROWD
    OF 50,000 PLUS

    YOY SPEAK FOR YOUSELF ON WHO IS VOTING FOR OBAMA. IF WE NEED YOU TO SPEAK FOR US WE WILL INFORM YOU. OBAMA HAS NOT LOST ANY VOTERS AND WE IN MICHAAGEN WILL VOTE FOR HIM.
    SO GO AWAY,YOU ARE A SORE LOOSER

    CNN PLEASE POST THIS

    May 18, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    OBAMA 08 // 60 YEAR OLD

    I AM 65 AND I AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT SHARON

    May 18, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. "Sharon Minesota" is a REPUBLICAN

    "Sharon Minesota" is clearly a republican. So many times she has commented claiming to be a democrat who would vote mccain in november over obama, but here she even attacks those who attack bush.

    her comments here are proof she is nothing more than a neocon repug trying to extend the democrat primary.

    May 18, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. Sharon Minesota is a REPUBLICAN

    "Sharon Minesota" is clearly a republican. So many times she has commented claiming to be a democrat who would vote mccain in november over obama, but here she even attacks those who attack bush.

    her comments here are proof she is nothing more than a neocon repug trying to extend the democrat primary!

    May 18, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Jack is a REPUBLICAN

    same as Sharon Minesota, Jack here is a republican trying to extend the democrat primaries. He attacks those who attack bush.

    May 18, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. Donald from SC

    What President Bush said were some of the most unpatriotic statements I have heard my whole life. He used the highest office in our government, went to another country and accused fellow Americans of Nazism. Then he proceeded to go to a different country and tried to convince its leader to help the USA with its economic problems. President Bush has shown the world that the American leadership is the most needing across the globe.

    We have watched this poisonous representative of America wage two wars: one in Iraq and an economic war at home. He has made zero attempts to forward the preparation of the USA for our children's future. Furthermore, he has also forcefully contributed to the degeneration of America's voice globally.

    Senator John McCain lost his last chance to separate himself from America's most despicable president. In stead he aligned himself with George W. Bush and declared himself anti-American as well.

    For the first time in my adult life I am truly ashamed to be an American.

    May 18, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. veteran

    I remember Hart ! He was the ground breaker with" ladies " for Bill Clinton to emulate ! Those" Demos " do know how to party and treat women who aren't their wives! Great endorsement !

    May 18, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. Tom

    Real funny comment, Silas. As if you haven't done something in your past that you have regret doing. People such as yourself need to consider the fact that no matter what you ma have done in your past,

    May 18, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. canada

    Most of you saying so many stupid thing becase he told the true

    and if you think Bush is the right guy for you good lack but most of us

    in the world paying the price because of Bush policy around the world

    that is why we need obama who understand the whole world.

    May 18, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. Jeff, North Dakota

    Incredibly hypocritical? Yes, and a whole lot more. Let's add dishonest, disingenuous, and deceitful.

    May 18, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Tom

    Real funny comment, Silas. As if you haven't done something in your past that you have regret doing. What does his doings in the past have in relationship with calling Dubya a hypocrite? He is stating a fact, and one that does not involve his personal life. You're really a jerk, man.

    May 18, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  24. Illinois

    Let me get this right.....Gary Hart is charging that Bush is hypocritical???? On top of that , he's defending Obama??? Yea, ok.

    Apparently Gary doesn't have a clue about who Obama really is. Or Bush for that matter. As much as I usually disagree with Bush, he's right about this one. Obama has clearly stated that he woudl be more than willing to meet with leaders of terrorist groups. The ONLY time he changed his tune was when Hillary....and everyone else.....said that that type of behavior was not only naive, but dangerous. Then Obama said he would only agree to meet with terrorist leaders under "pre-conditions". Let's not confuse the facts.

    Obama clearly has absolutely no idea what he's talking about when it comes to either foreign or domestic policy. All you hav e to do is listen to his poor performance during debates to see that he doesn't know what he's doing. The DNC and the party elites want their puppet, though I"m not sure they'll get him.

    The dems and the repubs know a wolf in sheep's clothing when we see one.......and it's clear that Obama is a wolf.

    May 18, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. one nation under god!!!!

    what he is still alive?May he join Kennedy.

    May 18, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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