From NBC's Mark Murray and Mike Viqueira
Top Democratic leaders wasted little time reacting to Bush's earlier swipe at Obama today, in which the president seemed to liken Obama's call to talk with US adversaries to negotiating with the Nazis.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Bush's remarks in Israel were "beneath the dignity of the office of the president." She added, in an obvious reference to McCain, that she hopes that "any serious person would disassociate themselves" from what the president said.
DNC chairman Howard Dean fired a similar shot. "On the same day John McCain is talking about putting partisanship aside, the president launched a cheap political attack while on a state visit honoring the 60th anniversary of Israel," Dean said in a statement. "Bush's outrageous comments are an embarrassment to our country, not based in fact and bring us no closer to our goal of ending terrorist attacks against Israel and bringing peace to the region. If John McCain is really serious about being a different kind of Republican, he'll denounce these remarks in the strongest terms possible."
And Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chair of the House Democratic caucus, said in a statement, "The tradition has always been that when a US president is overseas, partisan politics stops at the water's edge. President Bush has now taken that principle and turned it on its head: For this White House, partisan politics now begins at the water's edge, no matter the seriousness and gravity of the occasion. Does the president have no shame?"