Statements about Bush Administration

On foreign policy, Joe Biden was against aid for Vietnam, said the fall of the Shah was "a step forward" for human rights in Iran, opposed Reagan's defense build-up and voted against the first Gulf War.

"Under President (George W.) Bush, prosecution of gun crimes was 30 percent higher than it is under President Obama."

Says he "opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq" in 2003.

Says President Barack Obama "has taken 92 days of vacation since he was sworn in," compared to 367 for President George W. Bush at the same point in his presidency.

"During the Bush administration, liberal groups were targeted" by the IRS, similar to recent targeting.

"We've brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last administration."

Tells President Barack Obama that he also asked former President George W. Bush about how he felt about Americans hating him.

"I asked (then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice) how many people had died and she did not know the answer to that question."

George W. Bush was "the least popular president in modern history."

"President Bush never did one interview with the New York Times during his entire presidency."

"When George Bush said we shouldn't investigate why the government's response to Hurricane Katrina was so incompetent, John McCain stood with him."

"John McCain has voted with George Bush 90 percent of the time."

Says McCain "supported George Bush's policies 95 percent of the time."

Says McCain once said that on "the most important issues of our day, I've been totally in agreement and support of President Bush."

"He won't even support his colleague's ... motion to censure the Bush administration for systemic repeated illegal wiretaps."

"I've supported every investigation (into Hurricane Katrina) and ways of finding out how – what caused the tragedy. I've met with people on the ground. I've met with the governor."

"Obama voted to support President Bush between 40 and 50 percent of the time over the past two years."

"John McCain decided to stand with George Bush 95 percent of the time (last year)."

"It's just outrageous that under President Bush, the National Institutes of Health have been basically decreased in funding."

"More people in this country have seen UFOs than I think approve of George Bush's presidency."

How to contact us:

We want to hear your suggestions and comments. For tips or comments on our campaign promise database, please e-mail the Obameter. If you are commenting on a specific promise, please include the promise number. For comments about our Truth-O-Meter or Flip-O-Meter items, please e-mail the Truth-O-Meter. We’re especially interested in seeing any chain e-mails you receive that you would like us to check out. If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.

Browse the The Truth-O-MeterTM:
Browse The Obameter:

Keep up to date with Politifact National: