Senator Barack Obama hit back at President Bush today during a speech in Watertown, South Dakota for “dishonest and divisive” comments made by the president in Israel, which inferred that the presumed Democratic presidential nominee’s calls for talks with Iranian officials resembled appeasement with the enemy.
“The president did something that presidents don’t do,” Obama said, charging that Bush’s words targeted other Democrats, as well. “He said that we were appeasers no different than those that appeased Adolf Hitler.”
“That’s exactly the kind of appalling attack that’s divided our country and alienates us from the rest of the world,” Obama added, before taking aim at McCain also for also “embracing Bush’s comments.”
Obama said, “That’s the kind of hypocrisy that we’ve been seeing in our foreign policy, the kind of fear-peddling, fear mongering that has prevented us from actually making us safer,” adding that McCain had a “naive and irresponsible belief that tough talk from Washington will somehow cause Iran to give up it’s nuclear program and support for terrorism.
Obama also blasted McCain for linking him to Hamas, and noted that he has never called for talks with Hamas leaders, while the Republican presidential candidate once had. The Illinois senator challenged Bush and McCain to take him on anytime on the question of patriotism, and noted the Iraq war’s effect on the global war on terror.
“If George Bush and John McCain want to have a debate on protecting America, that’s a debate I’ll be glad to have happen,” Obama said.
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This video is from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast May 16, 2008.