Democrats Accuse Bush of Bringing Partisan Politics Abroad

May 16, 2008 06:16 PM
by Isabel Cowles
President Bush has been accused of likening Senator Barack Obama to Nazi appeasers during his visit to Israel, angering Democrats for taking partisan debates overseas.

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A partisan battle has traveled overseas.

President Bush’s recent address to the Israeli Parliament during a celebration that marked Israel’s 60th anniversary likened Barack Obama to Nazi appeasers, say some Democrats.

In the speech, President Bush seemed to refer to Senator Obama when he compared the idea of talking to U.S. enemies with the “foolish delusion” that led to World War II.

Senator Obama has made clear that he would engage Iran on a diplomatic scale. In November of 2007, the Senator explained, "We are willing to talk about certain assurances in the context of [Iran] showing some good faith."

The administration denies that President Bush was targeting Obama specifically. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino refuted the connection, stating, “I understand when you're running for office you sometimes think the world revolves around you... it is not true in this case.”

Democratic politicians are infuriated by the remarks, not only because they believe the comparison is “offensive and outrageous,” but also because it drags partisan politics onto the international stage.

Democratic Rep. Rahm Emmanuel commented: "When a U.S. president is overseas, partisan politics stops at the water's edge. Does the president have no shame?"

Headline Link: Bush allegedly equates Obama with Nazi appeasers

Background: Appeasement in the 1930s, Obama and Iran

The history behind Bush’s implication
Obama and Iran

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