July 21st, 2008
05:25 PM ET
14 years ago

Former Pres. Bush 'a little jealous' of Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/21/art.bush.sr.jpg caption="Former Pres. Bush spoke about Obama Monday."]
(CNN) - There’s been plenty of second-guessing from Republican critics about Barack Obama's large-scale public events and speeches scheduled for his visit to Europe this week - but former President George H.W. Bush isn't one of them.

Asked today whether, as a former head of state who has a sensitivity about protocol, he has any thoughts about the appropriateness of Obama's planned events, the former President replied, "A little jealous, is all."

The former president, who says he's just returned from a visit to Germany's Brandenburg gate, added that Obama will "figure it out."

For more on the stagecraft of Obama's world tour, tune into Campbell Brown: Election Center tonight at 8 pm ET.

soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Abby

    Oh dear… Look for George H W Bush to take back this statement ala Malaki after receiving the Rove phone call .lol

    July 21, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Lana

    He's jealous because Obama will be the President, Bush could never be.

    July 21, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Janet Jacme

    Would seem that Daddy Bush can largely acknowledge the intellect and sound judgement of Senator Obama.

    July 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Willy

    Jealous of what? An airhead that the media's in the tank with.

    July 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Seyi, AU

    Not news
    OBAMA 08

    July 21, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Brandon

    I bet GB senior will vote for BO, hah.

    July 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Lesley

    Sounds like an Obama supporter to me.

    July 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Democrat for Life

    Way to go Obama!

    Obama '08

    July 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. cherrystrawberry

    awwwwwwwww at least he is honest...unlike Jesse" Rhyme time " Jackson and McOld as Dirt.

    July 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Vig

    Bush is really myopic – would Obama be so seemingly popular if the country hadn't been dragged through the mud for the last 8 years? Bush created the Obama fantasy and now he's jealous?

    July 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Billy

    I am not a republican (nor democrat) but I do respect a lot of what George H. W. Bush did during his presidency.

    As far as the "little jealous" comment. Refreshing honesty which I am sure is shared by most republican politicians and most educated republicans in our country.

    As someone supporting Obama, I'm not so much jealous as I am extremely proud.

    July 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. kcmookie

    I am reaching here, but was that meant to be a joke? If so, that was kind of funny! Thank you Mr. Ex Prez. Also your son proves daily why abortion is and should be legal. If only you had the forsight.

    July 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Venus

    So is your son and McSame and all the Repubs!

    Go Bam! Show them how to do it!

    July 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    ...a little jealous?!...puh-leaaaase...republicans are shaking in their boots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    President Barack Obama – '08/'12!

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. YOLA

    Maybe President Bush, the son, would be more popular if he were more like his dad.

    July 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Bulldog

    McCain wanted to go to war with Iraq since 1998 and pushed for the Bush war all along and he also helped push the faulty intelligence that got us into this mess. Now all he talks about is the surge. Look it up.

    July 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Marie in California

    Well, Obama is just taking his American Idol act overseas. He plays well to big crowds, as long as he has his teleprompter.

    However, rock star status does not make Obama qualified to be president. If that was the case, we could have voted for Elvis Presley decades ago.

    July 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. A Woman In California For Obama

    Well, say what you want-but I have always thought more of the elder Bush than I do his idiot son. At least he has some ounce of common sense and a strong back bone. As a matter of fact, I would elect him 10x over that stupid McCain. He has admitted it is jealousy and nothing else. You people should too. You will feel much better.

    July 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. James

    I think those five words are quite eloquent. I believe they express the entirety if not the depth of many of the reactions and actions on the right. Jealousy is why they don't understand what the big deal is about some speeches. They wish they could be that eloquent. Jealousy is why they don't understand why he draws such big crowds. They wish they could motivate others to come out such public support of them and their ideas. Jealousy is why they term him the black messiah. They clearly don't wish they could be black. But they do wish that people would put the same type of trust and significance in their character and intelligence.

    The list could go on. But I think former President Bush put it best.

    A little jealous, is all.

    July 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Lana

    Oooo. Did he just dis his son?

    July 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Enlightened Voter

    So is Mccain, that is why he attacks Obama relentlessly and it will cost him the election (thank God) There is alot to be jealous of, Obama is educated, has brilliant judgement, has managed his campaign flawlessly, has millions of supporters, the world loves him and besides all that he's cute to boot!

    July 21, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. sPoNgEbOb sQuArEpAnTs

    It's OK to be jealous,
    .....especially when your son is G.W. Bush....the worst President in the the history of the United states

    July 21, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. DJ, Los Angeles

    At least he's honest. Obama is the man, his popularity around the world is on the rise and demonstrates he is exactly whom we need to lead the country.

    July 21, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Pat, Long Island

    Yeah, jealous, because his own son would get stoned if he turned up anywhere in public these days!

    July 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Casey | Tecumseh, Missouri

    Wow... maybe he's a secret supporter of Senator Obama. Wouldn't that be ironic!

    July 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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