January 16th, 2008
06:53 PM ET

Clinton called Bush “pathetic”


Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud walks with US President George W. Bush after dinner at the Riyadh Palace in the Saudi capital. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Senator Hillary Clinton took at jab at President Bush last night during a Democratic debate, accusing the president of "begging" the Saudis to cut oil prices.

President Bush was in Riyahd, Saudi Arabia, yesterday, meeting with King Abdullah and other dignitaries. During his visit, he asked that OPEC consider the effect high oil prices are having on the U.S. economy, when setting production levels.

Saudi Arabia is the number one oil exporter in the world. Its oil minister politely declined the president's request.

Senator Clinton called the whole scene "pathetic."

She said instead of begging from OPEC, the U.S. should change its energy policy and put people to work in "green" jobs as a way to fight off recession.

Here’s my question to you: Hillary Clinton accused President Bush of "begging" the Saudis to cut oil prices and said it was "pathetic." Is she right?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Rudy from Yucca Valley, California writes:
The comments from Hillary about Bush's trip are mild. I think his main mission was to close a weapons deal and make the defense industries happy. If Bush truly wanted relief on oil prices, he & Dick could lean on his cronies in the oil industry, or cap gas pricing. No, just like his demented sword dance, it was all show. He should be behind bars.

Peter writes:
Not only were his remarks pathetic, he is pathetic. What an embarrassment he is!
Of course, the Congress is pathetic and the Senate is pathetic as well, and since we, the American people, put them all where they are, we are pathetic too.

Dan from Des Moines, Iowa writes:
Jack, Pathetic is Clinton stooping to childish criticism without any answers of her own to our energy problem. She and liberals in general have blocked drilling our own oil and continue to do so. They own this mess!

Gary writes:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Bush dancing brings up a similar image in my mind.
It's not the price of the oil, it's the value of the dollar.

Steve writes:
If the previous Clinton Administration is any example I should think that, if Hillary were president, she'd be in Saudi Arabia doing the "sword dance" for oil too. Perhaps she could even arrange a stay for the prince in the Lincoln Bedroom.

Rashmi writes:
As usual, Hillary is playing politics with the oil. Oil price is a real problem and instead of addressing how she will deal with it, she blames Bush, as she does every time for everything. We really need to elect a strong leader who will address tough issues like oil without politicizing it. Unfortunately, I do not see one.

Donald from Denver, Pennsylvania writes:
Pathetic? Did you see that sword dance? George Bush looked like Danny Kaye on Geritol. It seemed more like a family reunion than a meeting of heads of state.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. Rodney

    Like I tell the folks I know that voted for these guys: The record speaks for itself. We've had what–seven years–of high oil and gas prices, and in an election year we go visit the King and kiss him in the mouth?

    January 16, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  2. scott c -NJ

    They're all pathetic, Hilary will do the same thing.

    More importantly will you please point out that if Hilary Clinton wins the Presidetial Election that would be a potential 28 years we've had only 2 families controling our national agenda.

    What sign does this give the rest of the world, that Democracy works? No way.

    This country needs a president who will go against the staus quo, and find ways to stop selling out our country,

    January 16, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  3. Jayne

    I rarely agree with Senator Clinton, but in this case she's exactly right. To make matters worse, while begging for reduced oil prices he was offering up billions of dollars in weaponry. It's not only pathetic, it's downright sad. And, by the way, ixnay on the lowered oil prices, so say the Saudis.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  4. James S. Lenon

    Senator Clinton exercised compassion in describing the current President as pathetic.
    Bush brought the Saudis a modern weapons package to defend their medieval kingdom then begged for more oil. That rather seems to fit the "tribute on the backs of their hands" image normally expected of heads of state who lose wars. "Pathetic?" Sadly, the word fits all too well.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  5. Hannah

    Of course it's pathetic. Everyone candidate, regardless of party, is warning us about our dependence on foreign oil. Meanwhile, our lame duck president is begging the notoriously anti-democratic Saudis to give us more oil at cheaper prices. We are not only endangering our economy with this, but our environment, and our national security all in one fell swoop. Good job, Mr. President.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  6. Joan

    Bush is really PATHETIC! I just can't wait until he's back on his ranch and this country tries to get ahead. Our relationahips all over the world is at an all time low.We are into a war with no end in sight, the deficit is out of control and still he goes to the middle east all smiles. PATHETIC!!!!!

    January 16, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  7. Don


    Is Hillary right? Ha Ha Ha....The only pathetic person is Hillary, She claims to be the most experienced for the presidency. Her only experience was hovering around her pathetic husband during the 8 years he "played" while in the oval office.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  8. Allen L Wenger

    Jack, Please. No more questions about President Bush. Do you know how depressing it is, for intelligent Americans, to have to think about the effect President Bush has on our national image. It would be better if we just pretended that the position of President was vacant and we are in the process of filling this vacancy. As the saying goes, "We have been down so long, that the bottom looks like up".

    January 16, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  9. Bert D

    The Saudi/Bush connections go way back, back to Texas and George's failed Arbusto and Harkin oil companies bailed out by Saudi investments brokered by James Bath, a Texas Air National Guard buddy of Dubya who later brokered Bin Laden family investments in the Carlyle Group, the worlds largest private investment firm founded by, among others, George Herbert Walker Bush, The Bin Ladens, former British Prime Minister John Major and James Baker III. The Carlyle group buys up failing arms manufacturers and turns them around with lucrative inside goverment arms deals. Nice business. George is really putting his MBA to use! He wasn't begging, he was laughing with the Saudi King at us fools.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  10. Kit Chase

    Jack, What's "pathetic" is that this country is not already gone so Solar and wind energy, and other alternative-energies nationally, we would not remember dependence on the oil cartel......That is pathetic. I was idiot enough to think Pres. Bill Clinton was cool enough to get every roof of every house and building equipped with solar panels.....I don't hear Hillary saying anything about it either. It is like listening to people from the dark ages talking dark-age stuff.........Pathetic is the lack of innovative thinking and the true American Dream...........We used to strive to be the best. Now, we see our President begging. That really is pathetic. Shame on us. Go RON PAUL!

    January 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  11. Peter

    Was the president begging, I don't think so. Was he asking for more production to lower prices, possibly! Does the president of the Great United States of America have a clue about what it is to shop in a grocery store or buy gas for his car or pay his home heating bill...............Not a chance!! Middle class America...What the hell is that.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  12. Chuck

    Jack; Hillary Clinton accuses GWB of "begging-Saudis," is she right?
    Well, I don't know if I would call it "right," or "politically-right,".....but she is certainly echo-ing the sentiments of "middle-class" America!

    Some interesting headlines I have read on the web today:
    Inflation up largest amount in 17 years.
    Wholesale prices up 6.3% in 2007
    Retail sales dropped .4% in December '07
    JPMorgan earnings down 34%
    CITI loses almost 10 Billion
    Gas prices rise $.10 in last 3 weeks

    THEN......GWB's announcement.....(seems to come every couple weeks or month)..."The financial markets are STRONG & SOLID!"

    I don't recall Clinton announcing how "GOOD"-the economy was doing........we all just KNEW!..........FUNNY THAT!..................

    Chuck OH

    January 16, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  13. Beth from Michigan

    Of course it's pathetic. This is Bush we're talking about. They used to call Tony Blair "Bush's poodle" Well, Bush for years, has been the Saudis hound dog. "George, Sit! George, Stay! George, roll over!"

    January 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  14. JEM1165

    No! Senator Clinton is trying to repackage her image by lashing out at her favorite targets, President Bush and Senator Obama to get elected in November.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  15. scott

    i'd say the lady hit the nail on the head, george bush makes a scum bum look
    extra great.pathetic is a complement to the king.
    scott missouri

    January 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  16. Josh

    Yes, because it just tells us how inept Bush really is. Bush already embarrasses us and this country everytime he opens his mouth. She is correct because Bush has not really done anything to help the average American survive in this country. Bush always puts politics and cronyism before the needs of the people and to me that is extremely dangerous since my state of Ohio has gone through that with Former Governor Republican Bob Taft who had an 6% approval rating and has been called the worst governor in Ohio history. Need I say more Jack?

    January 16, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  17. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, yes Senator Clinton is correct everything about the Bush Administration is "pathetic".

    January 16, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  18. Oregon Ted

    It's a simple case of the pot ccalling the kettle black. Begging is spelled wrong. It is spelled b-r-i-b-i-n-g. She should know it well from her special interest and lobbyist checks she gets. She apparently believes that's the way our founding fathers intended.
    Remember when Thomas Jefferson said, "It will be the responsibility of each delegate or representative running for public office to receive monies from the highest CEO's in the land for transacting the nations business to the best advantage of those who place such monies in their personl campaign or other savings accounts."
    Or as Bill said..."give me a break".

    January 16, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  19. kevin

    umm... yes. thats not how you negotiate. he should have told the king that if he did not lower the price to below $60 a barrel, we would not sell the weapons to him.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  20. Stan B.

    Pathetic Jack ? What is pathetic is the excuse we have been given today for the destruction of all the White House Emails that by law should have been saved. Bush has once again broken Federal Laws and the topic of the day is Hillary. Now that is Pathetic. Why has Impeachment not been the topic of day every day for the last 5 yrs now ? I would suggest that Bush has topped even Nixon in his contempt for laws of this nation and that there are yet there are still questions about how pathetic the man is, is mindboggling.

    Just another pathetic patriot,
    Stan B. Lompoc, Ca.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  21. Colin

    it just goes to show you how many people in the USA are fooled by the political classes. Even when they walk all over you and I mean both sides. Get yourselves an education and open your eyes before its you they are coming for...

    January 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  22. Yt

    No way... This demonstrates what we all know, Hillary puts her ego ahead of the critical needs of Americans. There may come a day when we'll need to get down on our knees to these OPEC Terrorists to a barrel of oil for $250 bucks. Right now is the time to make nice and ask politely for a better deal. Wake up and suck it up Hillary – its for the good of all.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  23. Manny

    She should get real comfortable with that word (begging) because if she wins the office of the U.S. president, she will be begging not just to the U.S. population, but also the world community. As shameful as it may sound out Gov't isn't broke, but out of control. The tools are in place to run this country, but our leaders and law makers continue to look after their own interest and not the interest of the people. I once heard it from a teacher, years back, that our country will fall just like the Roman empire, from within...

    Keep up the good work.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  24. Joy

    George Bush begging? Well, that's a first!!!! Why would he have to beg the Saudie's, I thought they were the best of friends, Bush sure scurried them out of the U.S. after 9/11! Pathetic, yea, Pathetic we voted this incompetnet war monger twice as the leader of our country. Pathetic Congress is so weak kneed they won't impeach Bush and Cheney, pathetic our country is run by self indulgent arrogant persons that don't give a damn about anything or anyone unless they're associated with Corp. America. It's not only pathetic, it's disgusting!!!!!

    January 16, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  25. Karl in SF

    I always thought in terms of incompetent and hypocritical, but pathetic is good too. Now the question is, if the Saudis lower the prices at their end, will the slimy Bush/Cheney scum bag oil partners actually lower it at the pump. As for the weapons deal as an incentive to lower oil prices not being used, now you know why all of Bush's former business ventures failed miserably. This presidency is just another failure in a long line of "W" flops.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  26. Bizz in PA

    I think the Saudis got us right by the you know what. In this day and age if any president of the United States wants to lower the cost of oil they have to plead and bargain with Saudi Arabia. We had no one to blame but ourselves. We as a nation did nothing to solve or reduce our foreign oil dependency and this is where it led us. Having to watch our president kissing butts selling weapons and holding hands to get lower price oil and more of it. While other countries bit the bullet and cut their consumption on Middle East oil. If we want our future presidents to stop kissing Middle East butts, then we need to cut our consumption of oil and implement other means of energy and do it fast.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  27. Patricia

    Hell yes she's right. Bush said he wanted our Nation to come from a position of strength. Well, if he's going to the House of Saud & he's begging for lower oil prices & he's not getting what he's asking for, then that's not a position of strength, is it? He's a 90 pound weakling getting sand kicked in his face, by the Saudi's while begging for a barrel of oil to go as low as $40.00 a barrel.
    Yep Bush is pathetic & he's a loser.

    January 16, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  28. Michael M Phx AZ

    George looked mighty silly "dancing with that sword on his shoulder and with the Prince or whoever that was on his arm didn't he? Begging for more oil to be released...and after practically giving away $20 Billion in war making arms to them.
    Whatever happened to the way the majority of other nations looked to the U.S. for leadership? Now we have to "beg" the providers of oil to keep our economy running instead of leading the way in the production of alternative fuel supplies. But who will we beg from when the fossil fuels around the world finally go empty? I don't think anyone in the world has really paid much attention to that problem. What then, back to the horse and buggy days?

    January 16, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  29. Craig

    Jack, Yeah she is right. What is really pathetic though is our lack of any effective policy in the Middle East. Maybe he should remind his tribal sheik buddies that their little fiefdoms wouldn't exist if not for American military intervention. You know, Cowboy up G.W.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  30. Ed Reed

    15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi. 40% of the foreign fighters in Iraq are Saudis. They export their radical Islamic fundamentalism and finance it. They sentence the female victim of a gang rape to lashings and prison. And what does Bush do? He holds the Saudi King's hand, kisses him, sells him fighter jets and smart bombs, and begs him to increase production. It's not just pathetic, it's nuts.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  31. Jerry Wilson

    Hillary is correct. Bush is pathetic, but not for seeking lower oil prices. His Iraq War, and tax cuts that added three trillion to the debt, plus his policies, domestically, and abroad are pathetic. Not to mention his claim of executive power over the other branchs of government. Yes Hillary, the president is pathetic, but begging for low oil prices may be his one act of sanity.

    Jerry Wilson

    January 16, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  32. Bud

    I really think anything King George does is kinda PATHETIC.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  33. santy

    What about Hillary begging to Illegal alien to getting vote even all they are illegal...is this pathetic?? they both some run by lobbiest

    January 16, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  34. Paul

    Wel,l Bush is a synonym for pathetic, so of course she is right!

    January 16, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  35. Dave Ma

    Everything connected to this miserable excuse for a US president is pathetic. Particularly now that he is floundering around the world still desperately chasing down his pathetic legacy during the remaining days of the worse administration in our history. But history will judge him wrong. A thousand years from now, when they unearth his library, they will think it was a museum of political humor – never for an instant believing an actual person did all this real damage deliberately.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  36. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    She's right, but she is no better when it comes to standing up for Americans. She is more interested in giving everything to illegals at the cost of our jobs, higher health costs and the decline in our economy. They should have to leave and apply like everybody did before them, including those legally waiting their turn outside this country.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  37. D Moore

    Well, she's got one thing right so far. Now where's Dennis Kucinich – oh yea, he got sandbagged by the media and their paid for judge.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  38. Greg from PA

    Pathetic is too kind a word to describe Bush. Yet, the fact that we allowed the Supreme Court to anoint him as king, er, President and then re-elected him for a second term speaks volumes about the nature of our nation's electorate. We were pathetic for letting him fool us in both elections. We were pathetic for not getting more involved in the process of electing a President. We were pathetic for not demanding the truth about 9/11, the lies that dragged us into Iraq, illegal wiretapping, the outing of Plame and now the destruction of the CIA tapes as well as all the associated cover-ups. We are pathetic for not impeaching him for the many crimes and misdemeanors he has committed. Sadly, we get what we deserve.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  39. Karen

    It is sad, and not very kind of me, but I thought the same thing. Oh, well, at least we get to give the mid east weapons as well as money for overpriced oil.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  40. Tina

    Talk about a desparate man. He has ticked off the rest of the world and we should have gone after the Saudis after 9/11 since most of the hijackers came from there but no I have to get Sadaam cause he tried to kill my daddy. Bush is the biggest buffoon ever in our presidental history. God help us. America has been ruined because of him and his group of croonies that have out spent any other Republican party in any one's lifetime. I am one step away from being ashamed I am American and this is what my fellow Americans put in office. Is it Nov yet?

    January 16, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  41. Tina

    Just as pathetic as governor of Texas too.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  42. Michael, New Jersey

    Bush is the most pathetic president in the history of presidents. He doesn't even deserve to have the "p" in "president" capitalized! He started this whole mess, and now he's begging the Saudis to cut the oil prices? Come on! That is like a little kid who stole a piece of candy from the store and asks the manager to give him a second chance. Everybody knows we must bring our troops home RIGHT NOW, or else gas prices will keep skyrocketing until we reach the tipping point and have to abandon our gas-powered vehicles for the electric ones.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  43. Donald from Denver PA

    Pathetic? Did you see that sword dance? George Bush looked like Danny Kaye on Geritol. It seemed more like a family reunion than a meeting of heads of state. I wonder if George gave the Saudis' a family discount on the 20 billion dollar arms deal? No increase in oil production? The only sulfur the Saudis' smelled came from the melt down of the American economy.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  44. Bill

    She's right, However she's pathetic as well.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  45. Conrad

    Senator Clinton is absolutely correct! The President begging the Saudi King and OPEC Ministers has weakened our leverage and standing in the world. This is his last attempt to respond to a crisis that he as President created and benefited from at the expense of virtually his entire constituency. He and the government had been advised and warned to create a plan to wane us off the foreign oil supplies. Instead of investing trillions of dollars on an unjustified and unsuccessful war in Iraq, bidless contract awards to contractors, and needless tax cuts to the wealthy, these trillions could have been invested to research, design, and build alternate energy sources enabling us to meet our energy needs without oil and foreugn dependency. Let's hope the next administration will be more sensible. With what is running, I am seriosuly doubtful.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  46. James

    If Bush can get oil prices down NOW the economy will be better off. Then we can continue to work for a "greener" tomorrow. Today let's deal with today. Hillary is a trash slinger as seen by her campaign tactics, if she chan't dig it up she will make it up. If Bush can get oil prices down it will look good for the Republicans, Hillary just don't want that.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  47. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Right, wrong, pathetic or whatever you might want to call it, OPEC controls oil pricing and name calling will not make a change. Bush is still the Commander in Chief and we Americans are begging for reductions. Did Hillary not get that message. I agree the U.S. needs to change it's energy policy but a reduction in oil cost is needed now. What's pathetic is Hillary crying to get sympathy votes.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  48. Terry

    The worst thing that happened is George Bush on the road, they should keep him in his office sharpening pencils. Yes its pathetic, however Hillary should keep her big mouth shut and focus on the issues and what she intends to do to resolve them.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  49. Pete, Fla.

    Maybe. But I'll support whatever or whoever it takes to lower my "ascending" gas bill.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  50. Ernest

    The Clintons had eight years to do something about this and did nothing now look who's talking the oil prices came up and the jobs started to leave under Clinton all the good jobs are gone now she wants to bring illegal aliens in for what jobs are left.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  51. richard

    I think he will have to more then hold hands to get them to do what he wants. If she gets the top job what will she do, they are not going to work with a women . There going to do what they want to do, get richer making us get poorer.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  52. john

    It depends on what “Is” means. I am less concerned about Bush begging the Saudis and more concerned about Dubya holding hands with King al-Saud as they stroll around the property. Next thing you know they’ll be skipping through the sand and going for camel rides together. Hey Hillary, Bush didn’t beg, he bribed them by allowing the Saudis to buy $20 billion worth of US made offensive and defensive military stuff.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  53. H. D. Schmidt

    If George W. thinks that he is pleasing his hero Jesus, I have bad news for him and it goes like this: Never ever has any nation ever so berated Christianity as America is today under this hypocrite, simply because, every time he opens his mouth to speak he is basically speaking the language of that guy with a narrow mustache some 50+ years ago on the other side of the Ocean. When or where has this self-declared King and Emperor ever shown any kind of redemptiveness to even enemies of his who have asked for an interview? Yes, his threats come out like all despots ever have. Yes, the Founding Fathers would spit in his face along with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove and Rice. They ripped this nation out of an Empire, whereas now it is even worse than the British ever were.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  54. Vinnie Vino

    In the past 7 years President Bush's my way or the highway political ideology and my own beliefs have greatly differed. However I think Hillary is off her rocker because President Bush asked his boyfriend Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud to cut oil prices to help our economy.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  55. Nina Tyler

    Yes the paresident is pathetic and so are the people that voted for he a second time,but I have not heard any solutions from Clinton or Obama or any of the people. They are voting for Obama because he is black and for Clinton because she is a woman. We have no choice in either party that is for the good of the country, they are just a bunch of panderers.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  56. Richard, Texas

    No. Hillary Clinton has had 8 years along with her philandering husband as president to implement green technology and they did nothing. She also had several years as Senator to go green and did nothing. Had we started a get Green program in the 1990's when Bill and she were in the white house we would have been way ahead of the game. All we get from Hillary is I coulda, I shoulda, I woulda and then nothing, just like her failed healthcare reform years ago. Hillary Clinton has no business talking ill of other politicians when she has been part of the problem herself. Doing nothing often times is worse then doing something and Hillary Clinton has a patent on doing nothing..

    January 16, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  57. Pete from Florida

    Maybe. But I'll support whatever or whoever can lower my "ascending" gas bill.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  58. H. D. Schmidt

    Yes, what moderation are you expecting from me as per my above comments?

    January 16, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  59. Thomas, SC

    What's pathetic is a socialist criticizing someone on his or her economic policy.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  60. Linda Shortt

    Yes it was pathetic, but not as pathetic as having to watch King George walk around holding the princes hand once again, just like in the Rose Garden!

    January 16, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  61. ray

    Yes Hillary is right, both the request & the Bush are pathetic. First of all the U.S. gets a higher percentage of its oil from my country Canada which I'm sure is not known by most Americans. Bush has not asked any of the U.S. citizens to make any sacrifices whatsoever. He completely discounts the global crisis which we are in favor of the corporate masters he is enslaved by. All of the middle east countries are waiting for a new president. Bush has lost all of Americas' clout in the world and as a president he is now irrelevant.

    January 16, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  62. Lynn

    Yes, George is a pathetic begger. He even holds hands with the Saudi Prince. Politics do make the strangest of bedfellows, right?

    Lynn, WV

    January 16, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  63. Stephen, Wilmington, NC

    I for one have no use for Hillary Clinton but I must say she's right about Bush, he's a joke.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  64. NS

    What is really pathetic is that none of the Presidential Candidates have been honest enough to say that our impeachment process needs to be CHANGED to make it swift and effective.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  65. Dan H

    Not only was Bush pathetic asking to up production, but he looked like a clown dancing with the king.Also any woman that stays with a woman chasing man for political gain is Pathetic

    January 16, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  66. THELMA

    Jack i've been trying to tell you & the rest of the MEDIA that CLINTON IS ONE SMART LADY. WHEN IT COMES TO oil (bush) has no shame. i never did vote for him but we have a lot of nuts in this world. the wealthy has got it made as the middle class is losing everything. I hope that people will MARCH to the poles to vote for CLINTON. SHES OUR ONLY HOPE . do you think we could swap (bush) for a barrel of oil?

    January 16, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  67. silver18

    No, she is not right. President Bush wasn't begging for them to lower oil prices. He was suggesting, as the leader of a country to another country, that they lower them.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  68. Clive

    It was indeed pathethic and very silly! The US economy is spiralling out of control and our beloved president is doing line dances overseas!!!!!!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  69. Richard

    Absolutely, also disgusting and stupid. HE is himself pathetic and that is one of thebetter things I can say about our president (non-elected). In my estimation, his administration has done nothing to aid his country, but he has certainly done a lot for his money grabbing oil buddies. The sooner he is gone, the sooner we can start putting our government back together. HIS WHOLE ADMINISTRATION IS ONE BIG EMBARASSMENT.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  70. Jim Blevins

    Since the Bush family fortune is based on oil, you can be sure that any begging that Bush did was not to reduce the price of oil.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  71. Becky

    The woman speaketh the truth!!!!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  72. jeanne

    Hillary said it for all of us!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  73. Selena

    I agree with Senator Clinton. We need to put Americans to work with green energy and stop being at the mercy of oil producing nations.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  74. Marsha McLean

    Of course she's right Jack, but then again, everything about the Bush Administration is pathetic.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  75. JoAnn

    The president reminds me of the little monkey dancing to the tune of the accordian player with his hand out for a donation....although I suppose there may be too much sand in Saudi Arabia to actually play an accordian...how embarassing for us all.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  76. Lawrence R. Decoste

    George W. bush is pathetic he has nothing better else to do but go visit his friends in the middle east and beg them to cut oil prices. Hillary is right on the money about what she said in the Nevada debate last night, Bush is very sneaky and he is no good for america. We need a new direction and hillary will take us there.

    Hillary 08:)

    January 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  77. Tony

    Hillary is absolutely correct but she left one thing out. He was also over there with the Saudi and Kuwaiti Royal families to collect his oil royalties for his family's partnership in the oil business with the Royals.


    January 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  78. mark

    That sword Bush is carrying is double-edged. On one-hand, Islam is not all bad. On the other, PLEASE lower our oil prices Saudi Arabia.....P.S. PLEASE!!!!!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  79. Andrew

    She may be right that it is pathetic, but she should not be the high authority voice on energy and gas prices. The reason I say that is that she had to plant the question in Iowa when it came to her energy plan because she was not familiar with the other candidates plan... maybe that is what she should be calling pathetic.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  80. D.S. Saunders

    Everything about President Bush is pathetic! Senator Clinton had it about right.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  81. Al

    Considering that it was GWB himself that said "the market should be allowed to drive prices" the question now should be WHAT HAS CHANGED HIS MIND? It should be obvious to anyone with a brain the GWB goes where he feels it does HIM the most good. Damn be the American people. After all, even if the KING has no clothes, eveyone must still bow to him right?

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  82. C. Hobson

    You bet she is right......the pictures from Saudi Arabia say it all.
    What a fool GWB is.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  83. Steven

    I agree it was pathetic, but was it the wrong thing to do? I think not. OPEC has our economy by the throat and their is no getting around it. Hillary does have the right idea, but that solution takes time. I think we all want our money in our pockets now!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  84. Troy Glasner

    I totally agree with Hillary – GW is pathetic. The Saudis know they have the U.S by the you know what – so all he can do is plead – and what has the U.S done to look at energy independence? Nothing. All of the legislation is so far down the road that by the time it takes effect – the economy will be in ruin.

    No plan, no action.

    But let's see if the Dems do anything different – hearing the word Green Jobs is a good, very good sign of strategic direction.


    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  85. Brian

    Yes Jack,but then again, it matches the rest of his pathetic leadership.(or lack thereof) Brian, Ohio

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  86. Harry Krause

    Pathetic doesn't begin to describe these final months of the Bush mis-Administration.

    Is there anyway to offer President Forrest Gump Bush and his partner, Vice President Dick Darth Vader Cheney, early retirement so they'll leave before they do us any more harm?

    I'd settle for a "caretaker" government for the next year, maybe with Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush sharing the office.

    The best shot of all, though, was the video of Bush marching with the sword on his shoulder.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  87. Michael

    I Think that it is stupid that Bush is Begging for lower oil price.An i would have to agree with Sen.Cliton that we should start looking towards the other fuel Sources.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  88. Michelle

    Hillary is absolutely right. We are supposed to be the most powerful country in the world, yet our President is literally begging his Saudi friends for oil. Our nation should never have been put in that position. We have oil reserves that need to be opened up now.
    It is about time SOMEONE began to tell the truth and Senator Clinton said exactly what everyone else was thinking.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  89. Ryan Von Rembow

    Come on now. It's called strategery Jack!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  90. Lisa

    Whats Pathetic is Hillary running for President. I'm no Chimpy fan but Hilary for President? GO Obama!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  91. Josh

    Yes Mrs. Clinton was correct President Bush was begging but little does she know that if she becomes our next President she will have to start begging herself. The saudi's control our gas prices!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  92. Gordon

    It's beneath pathetic, like his approval ratings!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  93. Kathleen kocourek

    It is so embarrassing!!! So pathetic! He should have continued his life as a party boy which is what he did well; the only thing he did well.....

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  94. Andrea

    She is 1000% right. It is disgusting that he is over there giving our country away so he and his cronies can continue to get rich on the backs of hard-working Americans. Bush and Cheney need to be impeached and thrown in jail!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  95. Joel Murn

    ive been saying the same thing since i saw it on the news a couple days ago. george bush is a greedy loser who is so desperate to do something to make a name for himself in his presidency. he only cares about himself and his legacy. He need to face reality and start listening to ron paul!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  96. Joey from San Antonio, Texas

    What's pathetic is the fact that Hillary Clinton's decided to run against George W. Bush, because she can't win against Barack Obama. Did she think we wouldn't notice?

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  97. Ginny

    Jack, The only pathetic person in politics today is Hillary Clinton. Let's give our President kudos for putting himself on the line not only on the oil situation but also in trying to broker an agreement for peace in the Middle East. Boo to Hillary!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  98. Vince

    A "green" energy plan to keep our economy humming is a joke. Our trains, planes, trucks and every other machine which keeps our econony NEED oil to keep moving. As soon as Hillary Clinton can fly to her campaigns on a plane that runs on solar energy ..... ill join her movement.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  99. Jenny

    Hillary is alot of things but this statement is true as the Bushes are friends with the Saudis and the Bushes have made a horrific mess with our country.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  100. Allen

    The President will ask the Saudi's to reduce the price of oil, but he will not ask the drug companies nor let Congress bargain for better prices for drugs.

    I agree it is pathetic.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  101. Mike Glastonbury

    Bush and his oil cronies have benefited from rising oil prices for over a year now. Now that it seems to be getting out of control he is 'begging' his Saudi consorts to raise production. Hillary is right, Bush's plea is 'pathetic'!


    PS. Republican (former)

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  102. Jonathan S. Tuttle

    Hillary was right – Bush's foray to the middle east is reminiscent of his father's "tincup" moment on behalf of the Big-Three in Japan – the only thing missing was a barf bag and smelling salts.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  103. tom k

    the leader of the free world doing a kiddy sword dance holding hands with a guy that has a deadly economic choke hold on every single american, and he's begging for mercy. worse then pathetic. but then again, that's our bush, we can't expect much more from this moron.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  104. Emmanuel

    Pathetic?! Talks of going on 'Dancing with the Stars' is pathetic. Crying your way to a win in New Hampshire is pathetic. Having your husband join in on the mudslinging of other candidates is –yep, you guessed it– pathetic.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  105. Peggy

    No, she is not right. All presidents have done things that we may not see as 'cool', but would be disrespectful of another countries' traditions and culture. I suspect that if Hillary is elected President, she will be doing many things that others would deem as pathetic.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  106. Jon from Tempe, Az

    Bush did look pathetic as he begged to have the supply of oil increased. This president has absolutely no diplomacy skills. He does not really care if the cost of oil goes down. After all he is invested in the oil industry so he makes money off of this high priced oil. He was begging with a wink wink and a nudge nudge.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  107. David Perk

    I think ANYONE who claims Bush is pathetic AT ANY TIME is right, or would CORRECT be a better choice of words?

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  108. C. Gent

    Bush looks pathetic begging or just in his office. He just is more embarassing when he goes out where the neighbors can see him.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  109. Christine

    It was Pathetic. Why not look at the ridiculous profits that the gas companies are raking in and start to regulate it? We're above our Katrina prices in NY, why? If the government would regulate the gas prices, then increasing the federal gas tax to pay for repairing the infrastructure wouldn't be so ridiculous. We might even be paying less than we are now.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  110. Bill Meyers

    Bush looks like the frat boy that he was. Sword and all. Just a little over a year to go. Thank god.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  111. Ronald

    It's no surprise that American's are worried about the state of their economy. This example is a very strong indicator that our president knows nothing of even basic-level Economics.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  112. Rick Torres

    I won't Vote for her, but yes shes right. Someone needs to tell Bush it's to little and to late for him to try to fix the economy, he's a day late and a dollar short.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  113. Dennis

    George Bush is predictable not pathetic. Of course he didn't have to beg for oil the Saudi's are his friends , why else would he give them 20 billion in weapons that the United States citizens will end up pay for when we but oil from them. Clinton is right in the fact that we do need to research alternate sources of energy. Where will Saudi be when the World is fighting over water? Sitting back with no source of income and a whole lot of ammunition. Sweet!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  114. Michael, Texas

    Although Senator Clinton is correct in assuming that kindly asking the Saudis to lower oil prices will be ineffective, this is simply more the same from her campaign: she is quick to identify exactly what she thinks other candidates and the current administration are doing incorrectly, but where are her ideas and her suggestions? What would she do instead? This is the problem with her campaign so far–she's running as if she has the nomination and the general sewn up, which is far from the truth.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  115. DTP

    Of course its pathetic, but what did you expect from an oil and gas man?
    Oil is not the answer.

    Go GREEN!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  116. Mark

    Clinton is absolutely right. Watching Bush and the Saudi royal family makes one realize who is really in charge.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  117. Kris

    What's pathetic is that after telling us for quite some time now that the price of oil won't effect his booming economy and finally finding ourselves in a recession the best solution he has to offer his country is....sword dancing with Saudi leaders? That we have survived to this degree under this man as President is a testament to what the US is able to endure and survive. Thankfully we don't have to test our strength for 4 more years.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  118. John S

    Jack, I am no genius, and disagree with Clinton..but she is right on this.. Bush should have had a better policy 4 years back to get our dependance on oil by pushing green policy... rather what bush is trying to do is show the American people how much he is willing to do for his people but in the back end Bush dick Cheney and their cronies are laughing their way to the bank

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  119. Nick Las Vegas

    Hilary is absolutely right. If anybody remembers back in 98-99 Bill Clinton tapped into the oil reserve and gas prices dropped to $0.99 a gallon at the pump. Surely Bush could do he same but he would never do that because all his oil buddies are making too much money with gas prices over $3.00 a gallon at the pump.

    Like everything else the Bush Administration doesn't care and will leave it up to the next president to deal with.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  120. Jenny

    Hillary is alot of things but this statement is true as the Bushes are friends with the Saudis and the Bushes have made a horrific mess with our country.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  121. Allie

    Do I think Clinton was correct in her calling President Bush pathetic? OF COURSE! I mean come on, America USED to be proud! What has this country come to! Begging from the Saudi's is ridiculous. All it did was remind the American public how ignorant our President is. His administration needs to hire me, a 22 year old college student, even I can do better in talking with the Saudi's. Hmmm, you want our weapons? We want our oil, let them decide!

    Long Beach, New York

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  122. Abad

    Is there a doubt? We should definitely look for "Green" Initiatives instead of looking to Middle East for Oil. I do believe that the sentiment has been shared that Bush begged for Oil even by CNN commentators too.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  123. Cindy from Sarasota, FL

    Yes, I agree with Hilary Clinton that Bush's interaction with the Saudi's was pathetic. But, the other night David Letterman said Bush was going to the middle east because his approval rating was higher there. I guess he was right.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  124. Mike

    Hillary is wrong about President Bush asking the Saudi's to increase oil production as being pathetic. Any fool knows that for the Republicans to have any chance to win in 2008, two things have to happen: the economy and the stock market have to be in a positive trend, and oil prices have to be well below $90 a barrel. President Bush is doing his best to help his party. That is far from pathetic!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  125. V. Heck

    The word embarrassing comes to mind.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  126. Corey Walters

    Calling the President pathetic is an understatement. Its not just the president himself, but the administration and the government as a whole.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  127. Dave in Tucson

    I was embarrassed for him as a president and us as a country. Look at the bright side— maybe Hugo Chavez can squeeze in Mr. Bush for a visit next week.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  128. Tim Silbaugh

    Of course President Bush's posturing was pathetic. Disingenuous is a better description. He agrees on behalf of the United States to sell the Saudis over $22B in sophisticated waepons and AFTER

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  129. Dean, Florida

    Was that really our President?
    Very pathetic. Especially the dancing and kissing.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  130. Mary

    Hilary was damn right when she so gently stated that his "begging" was pathetic !
    Anytime you see our President interlocking hands with any Saudi, you know he is trying to kiss some butt for something in return. Hilary definitely DOES NOT have all the right answers, but she sure stuck it to our President who tried to gravel at the feet of the Saudis !!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  131. Julie

    Yes, it was pathetic, no American president should beg the Saudis for anything.

    If we want to avoid having to beg again, the federal government should invest heavily in research and development of clean and domestic fuels like solar, wind, and biodiesel, and ask Americans to cut way back on their oil usage in the meantime.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  132. Way


    Every US President has asked the Saudi's to consider the US economy when setting oil prices. Even former President Bill Clinton asked the Saudi's to consider the price of oil. Do we think Senator Hillary Clinton would do differently if she were elected President? I don't think so.

    While a pathetic showing in the lime-light of his Presidental term, I am at lease glad to see the "Cowboy President" finally getting off his war horse and engaging nations abroad. However, I am afraid that it will be too little too late.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  133. Billy

    Bush did look silly in Saudi Arabia, but Hillary's criticism is somewhat inconsistent with the usual criticism of the Bush administration: that they are too quick to act aggressively without diplomacy. Making a diplomatic plea to OPEC based on the economic impact on the U.S. of oil prices is actually not a bad idea (except that it should be done through the State Department and not a bumbling Bush). Hillary is right that there is a bigger energy picture that needs to be addressed, but I don't see why diplomacy can't be part of it.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  134. Amine

    people may think Hilary is a robot, but Hilary calling President Bush's strategy pathetic is very human to me. The man who polices the world is feeling so small at the moment begging the Saudi Arabians

    January 16, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  135. Dee

    Well it appeared to me to be the "favorite son" going to big daddy for a ride in the family car. The look of this makes my blood run cold. The Bush family has long had ties to "big Daddy" and it looks like we're just walking along behind like the sad people we are because we can't get off our behinds and do it ourselves. Enough of the "Egg sucking Dog disease". ENOUGH!!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  136. Lynn Musgrave

    Is she RIGHT??? Do you even need to ask the question? But there's nore to it than that. Our dear President has no incentive to do anything other than "beg" for an answer he knew would be "no."

    When George Bush was elected oil was $20 per barrel. We have a President and Vice President with extensiveties to the oil industry. A fivefold increase in the price of oil has lined the pockets Americans in the industry-not just the Saudis.

    So yes...Hillary was right. It's pathetic-AND criminal.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  137. Bill Bauer

    In 1997 President Clinton vetoed a bill that would of allowed drilling in the Anwar in Alaska which would have produced the same amount of oil as we get from the Saudis. President Bush wouldn't have to go to the Saudis if it wasn't for the Clinton's imcomptence.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  138. Jamie in Dallas

    Absolutely Senator Clinton is correct. Why are we begging the Saudis to bail us out, when in the end, we know what the answer will be, NO! Rather than continuing to send our money to the Middle East, we need to resolve as a Nation to formulate a stronger energy policy that will also strengthen our economy. It would be a much welcomed change from energy executives setting our current policy as we now have in the Bush administration.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  139. MWashnock

    Who does she think she is kidding ???
    She and her husband had 8 yrs. in the White House to " free " us from the tyranny of Saudi oil interests...WHAT, I ask ,did the Clinton's do ? Absolutely NOTHING. Oh yes, they did pursue Osama Bin Laden with arrest warrants, while he and his followers laughed openly and planned 9/11.
    Apparently, lots of US citizens are suffering from amnesia...if they are considering voting for Hillary Clinton for president.

    MJ Washnock

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  140. paschelis

    this lady is prepared to do everything to become president of the united states.last week ,she cried to convince voters in new hampshire.i wonder what she would do to reduce oil prices if she were to become the president.bush is not a beggar because only beggars beg.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  141. Dale Hill

    Any president who goes to another nation and begs, should be impeached. Bush needs to tour with the Dixie Chicks to raise his popularity.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  142. Art

    It is almost funny that any current Presidential candidate, especially Hillary Clinton, would take a swipe at President Bush in Saudi Arabia ASKING, not begging, for them to increase oil production. This is exactly what I would expect any of the candidates presently running to have done, given the chance.

    Instead of name calling and finger wagging, perhaps one of the candidates would like to clearly spell out what policy they would pursue that would prevent any President from having to ask another country for a "favor"? Maybe then we could have a chance of saving this country from going down the "turlet"!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  143. marann edwards

    Well Jack,

    Bush has always been a little weasel. This is not the first time he has gone to the Saudi's to bail him out. I think he expected that his Daddy would jawbone the Saudi's into propping up the Baby.

    Bush is not only pathetic, he is a total disgrace to the USA.

    Keep on, keeping on, Jack. We need you!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  144. Barbara Richards

    Senator Clinton was definitely correct in labeling President Bush's approach pathetic. Shouldn't he have asked for these oil considerations BEFORE guaranteeing billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia? How pathetic to give give up so much and not use it as a bargaining tool! Do we need any more evidence than the fact that he was "politely refused"? Where is all that tough talk when he needs it?

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  145. Steve Leyndyke

    If the previous Clinton Administration is any example I should think that, if Hillary were president, she'd be in Saudi Arabia doing the "sword dance" for oil too. Perhaps she could even arrange a stay for the prince in the Lincoln Bedroom. Wouldn't that be nice?

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  146. Brian P.

    Put several think tanks in this great country of ours to work on formulating a decentralized infrastructure using hydrogen instead of petroleum to run our shipping of goods, heating and energy production on. That will drop demand for oil dramatically and thus the price.
    Maybe at that point the Saudis will parade around Crawford with a shotgun over their shoulder and beg for us to buy some oil.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  147. Greg Lowman

    Hillary is completely right! It is ridiculous that our President is begging a foreign country to increase production in order for us to have cheaper gasoline. Do you really think if George Bush was in that situation he would increase production? NO WAY! This is capitalist America here!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |

    We give the weapons to countries we someday have to fight. They hold us hostage with oil. We then beg them, oh, please, pretty please, increase your out put to relieve the supply and demand problem. If we all stayed home one day, one day with no one on the road but emergency vehicles, we could relieve the supply issue. How about it America, just one day. How about Feb. 1st.

    Charlotte of Ca.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  149. Antanka

    The President should be at home begging the oil companies for a price reduction. Remember, the past Republican controlled Congress exempted the oil companies from monopoly status to buy and own all the US refineries ! So, regardless, if the price of oil is $1 a barrel or $100 a barrel, the oil companies are only going to refine enough gas to keep the price where they want it. What we need is four federally owned refineries, one on each coast and one at each border to refine gasoline and keep the price low. Don't fall for the publicity that somehow, the Arab nations control our price of gas at the pumps, that is what the oil companies want us to think!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  150. peter benton

    Not only were his remarks pathetic, he is pathetic. What an embarassment he is .
    Of course the Congress is pathetic and the Senate is pathetic as well, and since we the American people put them all where they are we are pathetic too.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  151. mack

    I agree with Senator Clinton. Bush's begging for cheaper is inappropriate and makes the U.S. look weak. Also lower oil prices does not create jobs or stimulate economic growth but prolong this slow down trend that we are experiencing everyday. Clinton's push for "Green" jobs is a more viable alternative than slightly cheaper oil prices.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  152. Christine Barrett

    Even though I am not Clinton's biggest fan, i completely agree with her. What makes Bush think a monoply would cave by kissing but and asking kindly? I think his agressive approach was atleast a little more honorable.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  153. Donna

    The whole thing is a little pathetic...just as pathetic as Clinton stoking fear and paranoia about terrorists attacks as a good reason to vote for her over other candidates. She looked just as pathetic!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  154. Lori L McMaster

    Dear Mr. Caffery,
    I was so amazed how low President Bush went yesterday. As you know I watch Cnn everyday and have lately all day, so I don't miss much. I agree with Hillary Clinton that we need to rid ourselves of Saudi's oil and turn to alternative energy.

    The prices are getting to a point where it is ecomonically sensible to start the change. The Saudi's just made fun of him for the past few days. "Sure I will take billions of dollars of weapons but no you can't have our oil. " This would be a big mistake to provide these counrties with massive weapons. It was like he was trying to bribe them with weapons for oil, so yes he was begging.
    Thank you
    Lori Laurene McMaster
    Whidbey Island Washington

    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  155. Gary

    Nero fiddled while Rome burned, Bush dancing brings up a similar image in my mind.
    It's not the price of the oil, it's the value of the dollar.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  156. Sylvia

    Everything about George W. Bush is pathetic. Why was that not totally obvious to voters the first (and second) time around?

    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  157. wmedin

    Not only is this man pathetic, embarrassing and totally out of context with the USA...he really should be hospitalized for dissociative behavior. He is totally unbelievable walking hand in hand with some of the 9-11 culprits but balancing that sword on his shoulder really makes him (and us) look idiotic. Bring on some sound minds and leadership to move us out of this black hole.


    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  158. Mike

    I thought the exact same thing when I first saw President Bush make his request on television. It's difficult to see our country in this position especially when technology is available. A lot of countries in Asia have higher fuel efficiency standards than the U.S. When our laws are heavily influenced by lobbyists, we end up with a President pleading oil rich countries for their oil. It is indeed pathetic because while this Administration emphasizes military strength, the country really needs economic strength. Obama and Clinton have put forth an economic stimulus package. We don't need our President begging for oil, we need someone who understand that there are other fuel options and that economic strength and energy independence is just as important as military strength.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  159. Joy from Arizona

    Pathetic? What IS Pathetic, The USA every single day, sends a tanker full of OIL to Japan! This has been so for decades – why not keep that oil and produce more from the so called – Pristine Land In Alaska – we're already drilling there for Japans Oil – why not our own?

    All Candidates Are Full Of Fossil Fuel – time for THEM to be drilled on this 'need for oil' it's just another campaign pitch – Most have been in Senate for quite some time – they have done nothing yet, what makes anyone think they will now?

    As for Hillary – what did she learn from her husband do about OIL? other than IGNORE IT!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  160. Robert

    Maybe I'm wrong, but I got the idea he was mainly over there to sell $40 billion in arms for his pals in the Military-Industrial complex.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  161. Roberta Hoyt-Johnson

    Hilary Clinton had the same reaction as I had. I've been on the fence about voting for her but her comment on President Bush has moved me a little closer to her camp! This trip is a sad comentary on the decline of our country abroad. How dare we beg and how dare they refuse. Sad.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  162. glenna

    it was pathetic. Bush begging was a feeble attempt by bush to appear as if he was doing something for Americans during a waste of taxpayer dollars on trip that was probably more a trip to firm up bush post presidency alliances for bush and his biz (oil) buddies. Right on hillary for calling a spade a spade.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  163. Zoe Minderovic

    Hillary, while not my favorite person (and definitely not my pick for president) is right... to a degree. To call President Bush "pathetic" is an unnecessary low blow- being judgemental will get us nowhere. He may very well be pathetic, but that is besides the point and labling him as such is tactless and far from helpful to our country's economic and energy problems. Where Mrs. Clinton hits the nail on the head is her suggestion to focus on alternative energies and create/fill "green jobs". The evironmental benefits are an added bonus to the economic opportunities and benefits presented by alternative energy or a greener economy. Go watch "Who killed the electric car?" and tell me that we need gas prices to be lowered. If our country weren't run by corporate monsters, gas prices never would have been the issue, and Hillary wouldn't be taking cheap shots at a president who's on his way out anyway.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  164. Jim

    Yes it is pathetic, just as this entire oilman's presidency has been. But here's what is even more pathetic. As a freshman in college in 1973, in the midst of the first oil embargo, odd/even days and endless lines at the pump, it couldn't possibly be more clear this is where we were headed. Thirty-five years ago. And what do we have to show for the lesson? An even more glutinous dependence on foreign fossil fuel. That's pathetic. And both parties and we as a nation all bear responsibility.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  165. Mike

    Of course Sen. Clinton is correct, isn't that obvious. The only problem is that if history is any guide, she is offering the American people exactly what every other politician has, a bag of empty promises. What makes her any different, clearly not her outstanding record as a US Senator of change. Ya right!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  166. Katie Kennedy

    You're GD right, she's right. He's hobnobbing with mega-rich Saudi's, who I believe are our enemy, doing some little sword dance, selling them ARMS!!!! (which will no doubt be used against us in the near future), and begging for oil. What clip you didn't show was the one where he was lounging in opulence on some Saudi yacht, while Americans at home are facing inflation and worse. It's worse than pathetic–it's obscene.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  167. Dick

    I agree with Senator Clinton, it did seem like he was begging and seemed like he wanted the Saudis to feel sorry for us while in all reality the more they charge the better they like it.

    Who in their right mind would feel sorry for us we have not increased our gas mileage or implemented the tecnology to do so, it seems as if it is business as usual but PLEASE do not charge us more.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  168. Max

    Jack, if Hillary were in office she wouldn't even be taken seriously by the majority of these countries and that is sad to say but it is the truth! The President has been dealing with them for years and regardless of a person's opinion on the Saudi's, I say better to be with them than against them. In 10 years we wont need their oil anymore and they can go back the way things were 100 years ago, poor. Until then, it never hurts to ask.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  169. patrck

    PAY ATTENTION AMERICA if this is who you pick to lead, this whining will go on forever. Cinton will blame everyone for everything and never own her own stuff. Honestly, how many of you women would allow your husband to do what hers did and stay there, especially while professing that you are a strong leader?
    She is a liar, not by my saying so but buy her actions!!!

    Those who forget are DOOMED to REPEAT!!!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  170. Don

    It's not only pathetic, its infuriating and down-right insulting. Without decades of support from the U.S., the House of Saud would be toast. I guess the long-standing love-affair with between the Bushes and the Saudi royal brats is headed for divorce court. As for that 20 billion dollar promise of military sales to those ingrates, take the money, then sell them defective weapons that will explode when they try to use them.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  171. Steve McRae

    Of course it's pathetic. Why should OPEC cut oil prices to help the US when the US dollar is falling like a rock, we are neck-deep in debt because of our bloated military, and the US is killing Muslims in numerous countries? Besides, the Chinese, Japanese or Europeans will pay for their oil in hard cash - OPEC has many other willing customers besides the US.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  172. Rod

    Jack, tell JAYNE, the blogger, she needs to start paying more attention to Hillary Clinton. Of course Senator Clinton is correct. Bush is pathetic to be begging the Arabs for anything. We need to get off our butts and do something to end the energy crises that is plaguing America. Senator Clinton also said we need an Apollo project to get the job done. The past eight years of the Bush Administration has been wasted. It is beyond time to see them go.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  173. Bishop Braxton

    You dog on right she's right! And he's been pretty much begging since he's been in office. I thought the Saudi's were his friends, then again bush always likes to do things the hard way.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  174. Leela

    On this, Hillary was absolutely right. Most of what Bush does is pathetic, but the giant-sword, swishy-hip soft-shoe with the Prince was worse than pathetic. The office of POTUS has lost all pride. When are we as a nation, going to realize that most of our economic problems are caused by our government selling out to whoever swings the biggest purse? We need to circle the wagons, and start trying to take care of ourselves again. Americans have always rallied to meet serious challenges – we can bring industry back home, and cure our energy addiction, but only if we look to the root problem - sellouts for profits.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  175. Michael - Denver

    No President should ever "beg".

    January 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  176. R. Hawkins

    The Commander in Chief, once a major representive big Texas oil, walking side-by-side with the Saudis and a sword with it's blade to his neck, how ironic and metaphoric of our predicament.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  177. Don

    Bush is 'in bed' with the Saudis or anyone else that has an interest in oil,
    except for the American citizen that is trying to make ends meet.

    He thinks of the White House as a museum and has been on vacation the last 7 years traveling the world. Let me see the fuel consumption bill that he uses up flying all over the world. We'll the party is over, It's about time we get someone in Washington that actually respects the White House and runs the country.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  178. Mark Arthur

    Yes it is pathetic, but what is just as pathetic is that Hillary thinks we don't know she won't do the exact same and kiss Abdullah's ass to lower oil prices if and when she becomes president too.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  179. tara

    Was it begging or simply a business request? I didn't see the footage, but I think Hillary is attacking on the wrong front if she's trying to win votes for herself. She hasn't yet presented herself to me as a worthy candidate and watching her attack others faults and failures isn't proving her own qualifications for the job. And while it would be great to make the US a "greener" country, will take a transition that will require more than demanding an immediate change in policy and forcing people to undergo changes that they may not be able to afford or have the resource to make.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  180. dan

    Yes, Hillary is 100% correct! I'm glad someone has the guts to call it for what it is... Bush is totally pathetic...
    Anyone who still respects Bush's presidency hasn't been paying attention.

    Hillary can turn this country in the right direction!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  181. Susan

    Yes she is right. It's not only embarrassing that he is begging, but it's equally embarrassing that this administration has been doing nothing about alternatives for obvious reasons. It makes me sick.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  182. robert b. rogers

    Let all Americans be reminded that 15 out of the 19 murderers that attacked this country on 9-11 were Saudi citizens. This president refers to the Saudis as "allies". That"s pathetic. To ask them to help control oil prices is surrender. Robert B.Rogers

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  183. Thomas Hefley, Tucson

    What could be more pathetic? President Bush playing the role of Oliver; holding up his dinner bowl and asking "Please sir, can I have some more?"

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  184. AguynamedWayne

    Hillary hit the nail on the head! It was totally pathetic (and paying these high prices at the pump is downright abysmal).

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  185. Sherry

    More sophomoric rhetoric. How presidential!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  186. Moe

    I'm surprised W. didn't take his papa along with him, doesn't Bush Sr. also like making out with their Saudi friends? It'll be great if Hillary does become President, no more "man"-datory make out sessions (as they apparently don't like women over there)...

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  187. Todd Mason

    Of course she's right. Bush's plea is pathetic. Under Bush & Co., oil has gone from about $30 to almost $100. Exxon is loving it but the rest of us are over a barrel and the economy is tanking. Hillary is right that "green" jobs and "green" tech are a great way out of this. Barack is right too that we need to seriously address conservation, regardless of what Dick Cheney thinks.

    -Todd Mason
    Los Angeles

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  188. Daniel From EG

    Funny how when President Clinton and Richardson both went to the Saudis to "Beg" them to increase product and control pricing it wasn't so "Pathetic" then.

    I noticed how she failed to mention that in her comments...NICE

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  189. Jim Dodson

    Clinton is absolutely right. I've had enough of the Bush kowtowing to the Saudi rulers. From 911 on it has paralyzed us from doing what we should be doing in everything from fighting terrorism to working for energy independence!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  190. Paul Antonini

    I think she is dead right. If we can go to the moon in such a short time under President Kennedy.what is the presedent doing holding a funny looking white object in Suadi Arabia after eight year in office, when he knows they are looking out for their interest. If is a shame!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  191. Robert

    Again it's about par for the Clinton rhetoric to raise it's nasty head. Pathetic is one that insults and degrades while forgetting that her own little glass house as cracks. In fact, I think she probably learned the word "pathetic".....from her husbands previous actions as a husband, president and a man...pathetic is right!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  192. Robert R (Whittier Ca.)

    Good Question,
    After years of accusations of going to war for oil, when the first thing the Bush administration did was ban Iraqi oil for sale in the US so as to avoid and detach involvement for motive. Now people are upset about oil prices when the U.S. has constantly and arguably the lowest price of fuel in the world. This is the cause of many factors such as industrialization of China and India now Africa and yet people here in the U.S. want to keep driving their SUV’s without care for global market impact and want to do so at 1980’s prices.

    Now in a Plea for America The President of the United States goes to ask for discounts. This poor guy is dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn’t. Formerly accused of having the Saudi Royal Family as a special interest and that they did his bidding, doesn’t this action negate that claim? I applaud Our President for doing Something.

    Get Over It America, Wake up and drive a Tata Nano. Start producing 4 cylinder Suv’s like they do in Europe for big rigs and suck it up. We look to do things the way we did with no regard for our neighbors. We as a country must change the way we consume fuel, energy and the way we deal with trash and waste. Its not all about me, yet America sure does make it about individuals.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  193. William Mize


    Hillary Clinton is right! If Hillary doesn’t sound like she was being respectful to the President, it's because she wasn’t. He certainly cant call foul when he has ran this Country with an arrogant heavy hand and ignored the American people and Congress. No one has been as disrespectful to the office of President as George W. Bush !

    January 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  194. Pastor G. M. Overall

    Jack, rather than "begging for oil" he should be begging them to slow the tide of foreign fighters from going all over the world causeing havoc. He should try begging the congress to remember the american economy and the american people they say they represent. Maybe he should beg the "totally for profit only health care industry" to remember their hipocratic oath and dis-continue the practice of the hipocritic oath. Now that would be some good begging!

    Thanx Pastor G. M. Overall

    January 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  195. Debbra J.

    Pathetic, oh Yes! Between him and the finance bigwigs asking to be bailed out- it's all a little like Oliver twist wanting more, only Oliver had the right to ask but Bush just expects his useless idiotic delusions and mistakes to be written off like a spoiled rotten child. He has no care for us, smirks at our trials and is quite frankly sadisticly happy he is 'King'. I cannot wait to see the horror that will cross his eyes at death when he realizes, if he realizes, he was the worse, petty, close-minded and dumbest person ever elected office. He ran this country down just as he did his entire set of businesses before his political career. I never voted for him and pleaded with friends to realize he would drag us to war. These past 8 years, it was the first time I wish I hadn't been so right. Why was everyone so blind? It was as if this country wanted zero responsibility and gave everything to the 'great cult leader' Bush. The entire view of the degredation of this country just makes me sick and very very sad for so many.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  196. Charles Roeser

    Oil prices have gone up not some much by Saudi increases as the reduced value of the American Dollar, which is directly attrributable to Bush's drunken sailor spending on this war and Homeland Security blunders while cutting taxes like he does not need the money.

    Bush begging to have oil prices dropped, is like today's home owner's asking Ditech and Countrywide to stop forclosing on their home. An equally sickening, and hopeless effort by an overspender who now doesn't want to admit their own part in the buying (spending)process.

    Chuck in Virginia

    January 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  197. Katheran Caulfield

    Jack: Hillary was absolutely correct! Bush was pathetic!! He looked like a dopey little kid who had been asked to the "popular" kid's birthday party! He has turned this country from a power house to one of being the weak link "begging" for help! He has set this country back diplomatically, financially and made the U.S. look like ogres and money-grabbers to countries around the world. We used to be known as a world of compassion for our fellow man. Bush and his henchmen have seen to it that the title has been tarnished!

    January 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  198. scott austin

    yes jack i think its stupid begging for lower gas prices how stupid does president bush think we are a oil man himself wanting lower oil prices ha ha no really what anybody with a back bone would tell them hey you get most of your grain from the US now lower them or you can eat your sand but that not going to happen because the worse president we ever had [mr bush] has no back bone

    January 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  199. Cathy Sia

    Bush's arrogance know no bounds in dealing with everyone but the Saudi's. His submissive behavior with the Saudi King is humilating to me as an American. He is a lapdog for the Saudi Royal family. I guess you have to expect that when his dad has been in bed with the Saudi family for the sake of their oil for all these years. Pathetic is not a strong enough word to describe the disgust I feel seeing him hold hands with these dictators.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  200. Rick Bertram

    You have got to be kidding me. For someone whos last job was picking out new linnen and china for the White House and is now running for president she sure has alot of nerve.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  201. linda

    Enough already. We need someone to stand up for the lower and middle class!!!

    January 19, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  202. linda

    This mess could have been taken care four-years ago. If one makes $5.15 dollars and hour, and it cost $3.19 per gallon for gas, then, what can a person do with $1.00 plus change left. Mr. Bush should be ashamed of himself. Walk in our shoes for one week. Then, you'll see why voters are angry!!!
    Linda in NC

    January 19, 2008 at 3:03 pm |