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.
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!
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.
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.
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.