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. Marie

    Pres. Bush Sr. is a good person. He and Bill Clinton have been doing great charitable work aroubd the globe. He can't disown his son however, I am sure that he realizes that his son is a fool.

    July 21, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. kendall

    Is that a Repub endorsement, I believe in Obama, he'll figure out how to beat Mccain, That All I heard, lol


    July 21, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. Lisa

    I have to say I admire him for making that statement and keeping it real.

    July 21, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. sylvia

    If we are for one person, why do we have to hate the other person? Most of these comments have no substance, only inflamed, opinionated attacks.

    July 21, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. george

    I dont know if obama will do as good as everyone expects but for dam sure he will be better than the idiot we have now.the dems could have run the local dog catcher and he would have won over bush or mcain any time !!!

    July 21, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. sylvia

    P.S. If this ignorance is the only way we can discuss politics, then we deserve whateveer we get. Thinkers unite!

    July 21, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. D.

    At least he is honest.

    July 21, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Arlene pa.


    July 21, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Ernie of Queens

    Obama has publicly praised Poppy's foreign policy skills many times, Dubya never, not even once. This has to hurt the old man.

    July 21, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. KC, Atlanta

    Every time I come to the end of ticker's story, leave your comment icon would appear, question is why would I leave any comment when the idiot moderator had formed such a bad habit of censoring so many great comments and choses to post a bunch of ill and hate fill comments, way to go cnn.

    July 21, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Rocflex

    There's always been something strangely likable about GB senior. He's for Obama. I bet he votes for him.

    July 21, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. tony

    Scott L,

    Hillary has no baggage? How long have you been around? In case there is a Hillary/McCain matchup in 2012, the Republicans will be happy to educate you on Hillary's baggages.

    July 21, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. TEXAN

    Just goes to show that former President Bush recgonizes that Obama is doing a good job. He is giving him credit that he is smart enough to figure it out. To me, it sounds like praise without coming right out and saying it. We all know he can't do that !

    July 21, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. Billy Johnson

    Wow, How bad has it gotten when the president's own father is admiring the other partys candidate?

    July 21, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. Griff

    Do you know what's going to happen, Mr Bush Snr. If the Black don't win in November... They will set your Country Ablaze... America is burning, and all because the Black could n't have their KIng in the White-House....

    July 21, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. Oregon calling

    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!! hahahahahhaha

    Obama 08

    July 21, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Thom Debord

    Marie in Cali:

    We DID elect Elvis Presley prez - in both '92 and '96. That turned out okay, right?

    – BKT

    July 21, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. nancy

    he is actually a moral man, even a humble,and at least he thinks and listens..
    havin Mr. Idiotic Jr for a son?!!! will make u pray so hard for your children..
    the difference is just scary.

    July 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. JOey


    read that and you will understand who is better..

    July 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. No Longer Amused, Las Vegas

    This was a gracious answer, something which has been missing from all sides this election season.

    Lifetime Democrat here, but I have to say in this instance, "Mr. Bush, you done good."

    July 21, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. tedious898

    Can we dispense with the ".....this guy has done nothing" rhetoric? Personally I wish Geo. W. had done a whole lot less ...i.e. Never showed up for work.

    This whole country would be better off.

    Bush / Chaney / McCain – Experience we can all suffer behind

    July 21, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Lauren

    George H.W. Bush is what a Republican used to be before the moral majority took the party over. 41 is thoughtful, fair, reserved and humble. While I totally disagree with his politics at least he's a gentleman. How he produced 43 is beyond comprehension.

    July 21, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. America for Obama

    It's nice to see that Bush Sr., being the intellectual man that he is, is willing to acknowledge when someone else is good at something. He's never been able to ackowledge that about his own son George ,so why not let him bask in Obama's abilitie's? George Bush Sr. knows well that Obama can fix the presidency which has son has tarnished.

    OBAMA 2008!!!

    July 21, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Jon in WA

    Tim: have you ever listened to Limbaugh? I have. He's full of hate!

    July 21, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. Ryan

    I guess he's jealous that his son doesn't have half of Obama's intellect, charisma and polish.

    July 21, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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