November 28th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
4 months ago

Rove says Obama economic team 'reassuring'

Rove praised Obama's economic team.
Rove praised Obama's economic team.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama is drawing early praise from former top Bush-aide Karl Rove.

Rove, widely credited with orchestrating President Bush's two successful presidential campaigns, writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Obama has assembled a "first rate" economic team that has "provided surprisingly positive clarity."

Specifically, Rove praises Obama's choice of New York Fed Chairman Timothy Geithner for Treasury Secretary and Obama's pick of Larry Summers, the former Treasury Secretary and President of Harvard University, as chief of the National Economic Council.

"Monday's announcement of Mr. Obama's economic team was reassuring," Rove writes. "He's generally surrounded himself with intelligent, mainstream advisers. Investors, workers and business owners can only hope that, over time, this new administration's economic policies bear more of their market-oriented imprint."

Rove also offers praise of Berkley Economics Professor Christina Romer as Obama's choice to head up his team of economics advisers. But Rove criticizes the choice of Melody Barnes, a former aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy, as Domestic Policy Council Director.

"Putting a former aide to Ted Kennedy in charge of health policy after tapping universal health-care advocate Tom Daschle to be Health and Human Services secretary sends a clear signal that Mr. Obama didn't mean it when his campaign ads said he wouldn't run to the "extremes" with government-run health care," Rove writes.


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soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. sol daf

    Here we go again!! Karl Rove is a JOKE!! After months of criticizing Obama, he changes his tune once the american people REJECT his politics, and embrace hope instead of his brand of fear and cynisicm.
    In one breath, he sounds like he appreciates Obama, but read the article, and he's back to attacking.
    Then he resorts to the Politics of division. All of a sudden, picking an advisor who worked for Ted Kennedy is the worse receipe? If Karl Rove was so smart, why does the President whom he advised have the worst approval rating in Modern history, and why did Obama win the Presidency by running against Karl Rove and his policies?!

    November 28, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Family

    Rove – another has been. Why do we care what he thinks? How is that news?

    November 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. popeye

    Something tells me Barack could care less what Rove thinks.
    My feelings exactly!
    We can only hope Mr Bush takes his brain with him when he goes back to Texas.

    November 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Mick

    Isn't this the guy who sold us that bad product in 2004?

    He is praised for having a great political mind, but I consider him nothing more than a high level used car salesman.

    Besides, he's just doing what a flea does on a dying dog.

    I don't care what you think Mr. Rove!

    November 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Carl, you will soon need that healthcare, so shut your pie hole!

    November 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. cmc

    I would be careful of this "worm" I wouldn't trust anything he said or did. He is a sheep in wolf's clothing. I don't know what he is trying to prove, maybe he has reformed his thinking "NOT".

    November 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    There's no place for Rove in Obama's administration so his comments are none essential.

    November 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. JOE THE DRUMMER

    Carl Rove looks like he needs to go on a diet and get some exercise. I am worried about his blood circulation.

    November 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. keeth in california

    Go...away.

    November 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. debbie

    So when is Karl Rove such an expert? He's a marketing guy. Obviously if he, or anyone else in the Bush administration, had a clue about economics, military campaigns or pretty much anything else, we would not be in such a mess today.

    Rove and people like Gover Norquist are pathetic little men who use their God-given intellect for all the wrong causes. I suspect both were probably whupped on a lot by bullies as nerdy little kids, and this is their big get-even.

    November 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Ramon Chicago

    I don't care about Karl Rove opinions. It's our turn take a back seat Karl.

    November 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Chloe

    "Rove also offers praise of Berkley Economics Professor Christina Romer as Obama's choice to head up his team of economics advisers."

    It's spelled "Berkeley."

    November 28, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Sherry

    who cares what Karl Rove thinks, look at what he did for his country – lies and coverups!!

    November 28, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    ;Yes it is no drama but restful.

    BTW

    I am anxiously awaiting the Muslims to speak out about the tragic killing of innocent men, women and children in Bombay. I am shocked that they are silent. If the clerics had any guts they would speak out against this unjust and cowardly attack against innocent human beings.

    I am just sick with the sicko Muslim terrorists. Or should I say cowards. Yeah, they have to select unarmed innocents. If they are so brave, why not attack a well armed military or the US Marines.

    Give me a break...

    November 28, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. B.H.

    Rove should be behind bars along with the rest of the gang. I find it hard to believe that this -person- is wiling to even show up in front of a camera! Where is the outrage to people like this that have about destroyed this country as we knew it. I only hope that there will be investigations for some of these clowns down the road.

    November 28, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. observer

    Is it just me, or do we all see the same thing. Carl Rove actually looks like a mouse. He is a mouse, actually a Rabid Rat!

    November 28, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. suzyku

    karl rove is irrelevant and frankly nothing he says matters!
    Obama has his hands full trying to restore this country but he is the right man to do it!
    who cares if karl rove agrees or disagrees, he's helped to destroy this country, he needs to go back under his rock now!

    November 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Vic of New York

    What a maroon! Rove truly shows his dispicable lack of charcter. While the "dummy" Bush is saying that he doesn't want to be remembered as a President who "sold his soul" (not that he ever had one).

    Rove is already greasing the skids and bending over to try to regain some capital for his battered image as a louse.

    From my perspective Mr. Rove you are still a felon and criminal who, like O.J. Simpson, is mearely playing out the clock before they toss your sorry as in the clinker!

    November 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. tai

    Stop talking!

    November 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Charlie in Maine

    Yes thank you very much for your imput Mr. Rove. I know my man Obama said he wanted to hear all voices. President Obama is a very polite man but alas I am less so. I hope you rot in jail for your crimes against the country I love and if by some pardon from your pal Mr. Bush makes that not possible could you at least please go away now.

    November 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Seattle Sue

    Nice words Mr. Rove. But I still don't trust a pig with lipstick. Sorry but you are not to be trusted.

    November 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Woodman

    Karl, nobody takes what you say very seriously anymore. Please return to your place under a rock.

    November 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Preatorian, Ft. Myers

    Who cares what this skunk thinks?

    The only place his opinion matter is "Townhall.com" and "Fox Un-News".

    His opinion means about as much to me as my cat.

    November 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. RZ

    Carl. Please go away!

    November 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. vic

    So, wonder what Rove is REALLY up to?

    November 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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