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

Former Pres. Bush 'a little jealous' of Obama

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(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. bernj

    Sounds like 41 may be thinking about voting Obama too.

    July 21, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Gary, Charlotte, NC

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

    What an ignorant comment! No doubt a lifelong Republidolt!

    July 21, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Hispanic For McCain

    MORONS on this Blog you guys make no sense, Don't hate cause come Nov 08 McCain will be the winner!! The American People will decide not the Morons Liberals.

    Hispanic for McCain!!

    July 21, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Shannon, Boston

    (I'll never understand everyone's infatuation with a guy that has accomplished absolutely nothing in his career.)

    Now you know how the rest of us felt when pinheads like you voted for Bush!

    July 21, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Creeps and Bloods

    Yea OBAMA GO MY MANNN Obama!!!!!
    Bloods and Creeps for OBAMA 2008

    July 21, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Lance

    The times they are a'changin'.

    What Obama is doing overseas right now just points out the impact he will have once he's president. He will bring us back to being the thousand points of shining light that Bush once spoke of.

    Obama is the best chance this country has for a decent future, and the best chance we have to be respected in the world again.

    July 21, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Vivienne

    Did I hear right – did John McCain blame Barack Obama for the rise in gas prices in a recent ad? The media really needs to cover McCain. He is getting away with the most out landish mess.

    July 21, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Peter

    Bush Sr. means by that "Your lucky not to be related to the greatest upset in american history!!"

    July 21, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Billy

    Tim July 21st, 2008 5:30 pm ET

    I'm always amazed, yet not surprised, by how intolerant and hateful liberals are. Do you guys ever listen to yourself and the mean comments you spew about people?? You guys just think your the greatest and everyone else is dumb, etc.


    Tim, you meant to type "you're" not "your." Your is possessive while you're is the contraction for "you are."

    Gosh these republicans are dumb.

    July 21, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Dan , TX

    I like #41, he did a great job with the first Gulf War. Unfortunately, his son is not as talented as he is.

    If you look at Brent Scowcroft and Bush Sr's policies, you'll see that Obama has learned a lot from them. Too bad our current president and John McCain are not also good students.

    July 21, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Happy to be taxed making >250000

    Let's get some decency up in this place, ya hear?

    July 21, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. JR, Plymouth

    Tim, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans, liberal or conservative, have a monopoly on intolerant or hateful statements; watch that you don't find yourself (with your rather, if you'll excuse me, intolerant message) among those who've pretty much staked out a monopoly on ignorance and/or parochialism, though.....

    July 21, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Another old white woman for Obama

    I am 100% Obama but in deference to GHWB he said "No new taxes"
    He kept his promise. He just went and raised the old taxes!
    Anyway, in the book he wrote after the 1st Iraq war, he got out early because he knew if they took Baghdad the would never get out.
    Georgie the younger should have read daddys book.

    July 21, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. dennis from chicago

    he probably wishes he was on vacation like o bama is....loving that hotel food and free cable.......you paid for it...wonder why/?

    July 21, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. JonPeter, Hartford, CT

    Ironically Obama is more accomplished, better educated and more organized than the majority who attcack him.

    ...regarding George H.W. Bush, it doesn't surprise me he understands the capabilities of Obama. IF G.W. Bush had half the capabilities of his dad (or of obama for that matter0 the country wouldn't be in the current mess.

    July 21, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Rick

    Obama's qualifications for becoming President of the United States:

    1) Has experience organizing kickball games on the playgrounds of Chicago.

    2) Did I mention he used to organize kickball games on the playgrounds of Chicago?

    3) ?

    July 21, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. M.S. Indiana

    Welcome on board the Obama train Sir..

    Tim, not worse then anything the right side can come up with...

    July 21, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. JR

    Daddy Bush is jealous because he couldn't beat a Clinton.

    July 21, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. yns

    This POLITICAL EGO TRIP that Obama is taking is on our tax dollars! This makes me even more disgusted that he is doing this for political gain. Isn't this "public financing"?

    July 21, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. matthew

    George H W bush is just jeaoluos that Barack Obama is going to beat the republicans by alot and he won't get to say what he thinks

    July 21, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. Obama 08 - rocking it baby

    Papa Bush got it right not only will Obama figure it out he has figured it out! I am wondering though why he is jealous? He and his son had a tenure as President.... God help us if another Bush run for President. I guess with all the Power, Money and Oil and two Bushes in the white house he is jealous that little ole Obama will make a better President then him and his son combined...Obama 08

    July 21, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. William A. Schaedler

    The father of the worst occupant of the White House and the most intellectually challenged should keep his mouth shut. We do not need to hear from old man Bush now or ever. He needs to simply disappear. We've got only six months until junior is gone. Let's begin the countdown.

    July 21, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. bill for barack

    The son hw wishes he always had ?
    One who can actually be elected President honestly and on his own ?
    The possibilities are endless.

    July 21, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    I am an Obama supporter and I think that was very nice of Bush Sr. to say that. Who would not admire the large crowds that Barack draws.
    Way to go President Bush, thanks.
    Too all you haters on both sides: grow up! You have no idea how spiteful and ignorant you sound or you would stop.

    July 21, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc

    Tickered Out in Ohio-vote substance instead of talk and glamour-
    Ill wake you up when Mc Cain is president- Then you can read about a little thing called the Bradley effect.

    July 21, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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