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George W. Bush's reaction to Obama telling him of Bin Laden's death: 'Good call'

George W. Bush

George W. Bush's reaction to Barack Obama's phone call earlier this month upon learning the news of Osama bin Laden's death in Pakistan was congratulatory but not joyful.

"Good call," Bush said when Obama telephoned him soon after the SEAL Team 6 raided the terrorist's million-dollar hideout in Abbottabad and shot and killed its target.

The former president was in Las Vegas on Wednesday speaking to hedge-fund managers when he revealed the conversation he had with Obama, ABC News reports.

"I was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with Laura and two buddies," Bush explained, referring to his wife and friends, when he was notified that Obama wanted to speak with him about the mission that had just been accomplished. 

"I excused myself and went home to take the call," Bush said, according to an ABC contributor who was at the speech in Las Vegas. "Obama simply said 'Osama bin Laden is dead.' "

When asked about his reaction to the news, Bush said that he was "not overjoyed' to hear about the death of the Al Qaeda leader because the desire to hunt him down was not borne "out of hatred but to exact judgment."

Bush said that he met the SEAL Team 6 in Afghanistan and was impressed with them.

"I said, 'I hope you have everything you need. One guy said, 'We need your permission to go into Pakistan and kick ass,' " the 43rd president said.

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Photo: In this April 12, 2011 file photo, former president George W. Bush makes opening remarks at the The 4% Project, Driving Economic Growth conference at SMU, in Dallas. Credit: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File

 
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I think our country needs to reevaluate some of the Pakistani people that have been setting on the truth this whole time. Because of money laundering situations etc. Some of the trucking business's that I've worked for that have been of that cultural background have burned myself out of wages, while smiling in my face and lying to my better half as to the fact of my werabouts. As a matter of fact you ought to listen to my voicemail's that have been left in my messages!! These people take no consideration as to the fact that I am a descent human being, on top of that have tortured Gods own Angels to try to get to my soul. If it were up to me I would interagate each and every person of any culture that is from that perticular region, and do it now!! If any slight posibilities that any monies were donated to there cause, they should be exucuted immediatly.
signed: K. C. Atchley, 'the' California Shaker......

Anybody can play the FACEOFF GAME. Thats where you take the Face off of one person and install it on another. What, do you think we are stupid, I saw that movie at the theater when this all started!!
Shaker.......

THATS RIGHT SAMANTHA! KICK ASS! THESE NAVY SEALS STILL SAW BUSH AS THEIR COMMANDER AND CHEIF, SO OUT OF RESPECT FOR HIM THEY ASKED PERMISSION... THATS COOL. AS FOR THE RACIAL STUFF ITS WEAK AND GETTING OLD AND VERY BORING THINK OF SOMETHING ELSE. MAYBE SOMETHING GOOD OBAMA HAS DONE.


STILL WAITING.

BarryHussein-Then you must think that all candidates for public office must release birth certificates, parents' marriage licenses and estate records, school transcripts, SAT scores etc, etc, blah blah, blah. Did you want this information released for G W Bush?

How ridiculous.

Guess what Jim M. Bush and Obama didn't get a chance to ruin this country.
White folks ruined this whole planet years ago. Once they realized there was more to Earth than freezing their asses off in the mountains and screwing dogs, there has been nothing since but death, disease and destruction. That all the "white man ever took with him where ever he (or it, I should say) went. Everything the white man ever had was something that he stole. Read your world history.

"One guy said, 'We need your permission to go into Pakistan and kick ass,' " the 43rd president said."

I'm sorry, but why exactly did a specific SEAL team want to go into Pakistan during Bush's presidency, and to kick the ass of whom???

I wonder if "not overjoyed" means he and cheney's cash flow may take a hit??

THE COMMENT ABOUT GOING INTO PAKISTAN WAS MADE BY A SEAL TEAM MEMBER TO BUSH WHILE HE WAS VISITING THEM. READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE YOU TALK.

Yes, Bush is not overjoyed, nor should the rest of us.
Bib Laden is dead, good- but it would have been better to take him alive to extract information.
And remember, Al Qaida is still very much alive.

yea Henry he wasn't black or democrat when he got elected.

Everything reported by any media is biased, there is motive and profit behind everything. There is motive and profit behind everything our government does and every decision it makes. The government is no longer of the people, by the people and for the people. It is of the wealthiest, by the wealthiest and for the wealthiest constituents. It is difficult to read any report by the media or listen to any statement made by any government official or agency, and believe that it is legitimate. There is smoke in every mirror in the US.

im sure hes happy that hes gone i just bet that he more unhappy that it was so quick for osama. maybe he wanted a good old fashion hanging!

George W. is a egotisical idiot in my opinion. The audacity to state that "he was not overjoyed" almost sounds that he was disappointed that Bin Laden was found at all. Isn't interesting thast it was 2005 that George W made the statement that he was not focused any longer on where Bin Laden was and really did not care. Oh, thats right wasn't it the same timeframe that Bin laden moved into his Paki compund surrounded by the military base. Hmmm wasn;t it the time frame that the Bush administration sent a mere $2.9 billion dollars to Pakistan? Oh George you were such a great fella, a great buddy to Pakistan and Bin Laden..Did you have a souffle while dining with Bin Laden and the Paki's? Hmmm George, poor George..you sold us (United States and all Americans, out in such a big way. George, why not tell the Americans why you are best served to stay local and not travel to certain parts of the world. Is it because of possible "war crimes" prosecution? Hmmm George, poor George...

Soon as someone dislikes Obama for something they play the racism card...Henry quit that. You sound racist yourself.

His reaction was right in line with him representing the best the Republican party has to offer.

I George W. Bush didn't care about garnishing credit when he was president, why would he want it after the fact. He doesn't care. One of the things I didn't like about him was that he didn't defend himself, or explain his decisions good enough in the 2nd term. So the Democrats did it for him and that's one of the reasons Obama is president now.

Bush was never a calculating, political hack. Obama is. Bush never took glory for the capture of Saddam Heussein. Obama is taking the glory of capturing Osama Bin Laden. Bush fired Rumsfeld after the mid-term election of 2006 when it could have benefitted his party to do it before. Obama does anything at any time if he thinks it will win him points.


The character of both figures are obvious to anyone who is not blind and willuing to see.

Don't be deceived by either president or either party. Research the Federal Reserve, understand where all our monetary, and therefore our welfare/warfare problems stem from.

Go Ron Paul 2012!

I was relieved, but also not overjoyed. I would have rathered that Bin Laden would have had the opportunity to "repent" and lead others into changing their evil ways. I don't know, even Dahmer had that opportunity. I'm not saying their deeds were not Evil, but that I'm never overjoyed at any loss of life, without the opportunity for that lifeto make peace and reconcile their souls to our Loving & Forgiving God - Unconditional.

ENOUGH ALREADY ABOUT RACE. THE U.S.A MILITARY CONSIST OF ALL ETHNIC BACKGROUND. PRESIDENT OBAMA REPRESENT THE PEOPLE
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S INTEREST
FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. WEALTHY AND GREEDY PEOPLE
DON'T HAVE ANY MONETARY NEEDS. THERE ARE ALOT OF HOMELESS
PEOPLE OUT HERE AND RACE/COLOR IS NOT THE ISSUE. I PUT MY TRUST AND FAITH IN GOD.

TO COMMONSENSE- I REALLY LIKED YOUR COMMENT ABOUT THIS
NONSENSE ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE. I FIND
IT APPAULING SOMEONE WITH SO MUCH MONEY WOULD MAKE SUCH
AN ISSUE ABOUT A BIRTH CERTIFICATE. PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS FOCUSED ON OSAMA BIN LADEN NOT A ?????? BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
NOW WHO IS THE INTELLIGENT ONE? LET PRESIDENT OBAMA AND
THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION ACTIONS SPEAK FOR ITSELF. TALK HAS BEEN ALWAYS CHEAP, BUT A REAL MAN SHOWS ACTION.

Honestly, what could Bush say. bin Laden has been his fathers and his excuse for the war and our Nations' crippling defense budget. Bush mention of the SEALs 6 was an attempt to credit himself with having this group at his disposal or that the group was organized on his watch. If so, Bush did not
use or take advantage of them! Truth is, since the Arab Shieks and the inner cirle have been a part of the Bush (especially H.W.) protection, killing one of their native son could have created a problem.
The facts are written. Under Bush, our country went into Trillions of dollars in debt (Due to bad leadership) and a never ending war, creating Al-Queda and enriching the Taliban and other radical groups! Wall Street, led by greedy Corporate Chiefs under Republicans nose created the Real Estate Bubble which has and continues to destroy our nations economy.

The entire GOP PARTY LEADERSHIPS are so SHOCK politically that President Obama accomplished, in his first three year's Presidential Term, what three preceeding Presidents, including a Democratic President, could not suceed in taking out Osama Bin Laden, the World's most # One sought after Terrorist. President Obama has truly shown Them that He really is their Commandering Chief , with Zip Military Training, which He has proven is not necessarily needed to make wise stategic decisions to get the jobs done.

another leo

Mikey what was the price of gas when Bush was president. Also need to clearfy just who pushed for going after ben laden, I think you will find it was not the president. Check it out.

I think the focus of the American people is highly skewed. Remember that these reports are being made by people who are paid to influence you to think a certain way. Why does it matter what Bush's response was? Why is proof of Obama's background required when no one else's was? These things are really pointless in the greater scheme of things. Seal Team 6 are an amazing group of heroes who took care of business and should be praised as such. They did their job, and did it very well. Thank you Seal Team 6. America, focus on the issues at hand. Not our pettiness towards each other. That will not help the country we all profess to love at all. Peace unto you all.

we need BUSHback in white house to kick ass

First of all i just want to say Obama has been in office only three years, and he came in to office with a whole lot of crap that Bush left undone so don,t talk about what Obama does or doesn,t do or what you all are crying about that Obama needs to do, cause this was Bush,s mess in the first place.

I will also like to say it is so much that has happened before Obama was even elected that you can,t expect him to make things happen overnight none of the other presidents did, at least Obama made something happen.

George Bush, continues to show nothing but class! Miss him!

You can Tell all these comments are from freaky californians. you guys make yourselves the most ridiculous state in the Republic.lol

You must have to be from the mexican state of california to have your comment posted.

I have been reading these comments and I am completely floored by how ignorant many people are. I'm not talking about people who have different political leanings than myself but by those people who are accusing presidents of being in "cohoots" with the enemy. Do you really think that even if there was the slightest chance that were true that the dems and news media would not have pounced on it? And what about the absurd comment that the white man destroyed the world and stole everything in it. Now who is the racist again?
Seriously?? Hopefully none of those people are in any position of authority or influence.

No its not because he's Black (would vote for Cain in a heartbeat,,, or Democratic) its because He is anti-American Pro Muslim and wrecking this country!!! I did not agree with / Bush many times but he has more class in his little finger than Obama will ever have ,, Obama behaves like trailer trash,, always takes credit and gives blame !!!

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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