Now this is what needs be done.
Obama accused Bush of "exactly the kind of appalling attack that's divided the country and that alienates us from the world," and included Republican presidential candidate John McCain in his criticism.
The Senator needs to get aggressive, take the fight to them.
"They're trying to fool you, and trying to scare you, and they're not telling the truth. And the reason is because they can't win a foreign policy debate on the merits. But it's not going to work," said Obama, the Democratic front-runner vying to face McCain in the November presidential election.
The Illinois senator said Bush and McCain were pursuing "the kind of fear-peddling, fear-mongering that has prevented us from actually making us safer."
The episode allowed Obama to talk directly to Bush and elevate himself on the national stage as he tried to wrap up the Democratic presidential nomination. Even party rival Hillary Clinton has rushed to Obama's defense on the issue.
There you go.