December 24th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
9 years ago

Pat Robertson criticizes Bush, praises Obama

Robertson gave Bush low marks Tuesday.

Robertson gave Bush low marks Tuesday.

(CNN) - Pat Robertson is "remarkably pleased" with President-elect Barack Obama, the conservative leader told CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux – and believes President Bush’s administration has not dealt with the nation’s economic crisis in a “professional manner.”

“Well, it's hard to assess blame, but I, over the years - I hate to be critical, I mean I am a Republican, and this is the president of the party that I'm a member of - but I think we've had some serious goofs along the way,” he said on the Situation Room Tuesday.

“The Katrina matter was terrible. The rebuilding of Iraq has been terrible. The [handling] of the economy right now has been terrible. It hasn't been handled in what I would consider a professional manner.”

Robertson said history may be kinder to Bush than current opinion. “But I believe I would look at about a C-minus right now if I were grading him,” he said.

The evangelical leader has been a supporter of Bush's presidential campaigns.

Robertson said Tuesday he was optimistic about the incoming Obama administration. “I am remarkably pleased with Obama,” he told Malveaux. “I had grave misgivings about him. But so help me, he's come in forcefully, intelligently. He's picked a middle of the road cabinet. And so far, if he continues down this course, he has the makings of a great president. So, I'm very pleased so far.”

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  1. Mike in Philly

    "So Robertson is pleased with Obama's handling of the financial mess? What has Obama done?? "

    Not yet being president, he can't "do" anything. He can perhaps announce plans he'd like to do next year, but that's about all he can do. He can't implement policies, nor make changes ... yet.

    The handling of the crisis has been coming from the current administration.

    December 24, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. aaron

    it feels like our country is findly coming together, right, left and the middle and that's a nice change

    December 24, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. MrMarkAZ

    Pat Robertson, as far as I can tell, has no experience in foreign or domestic policy, economics, science, or anything other than making a babbling idiot of himself on television. His error rate for future predictions rivals that of Sylvia Browne. This man is an utter buffoon, and CNN is reporting his opinion on the Bush Administration as though it is something we should pay attention to.

    This fawning over what religious authorities have to say on serious issues affecting our nation and the world is exceedingly tiresome. It's time for the fourth estate to grow up and stop following the doctrine of "if it's popular, it must be true." Would have saved us a lot of trouble in Iraq, that's for sure.

    December 24, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Steve

    One of Bush's biggest goofs was aligning himself with Pat Robertson and other hate-spewers, operating under the guise of being "good Christians". This is the guy who said that Katrina hitting New Orleans was because of the area's acceptance of "homosexuals". When a tornado hit Pat Robertson's home town, the story wasn't the same. The day I never have to hear another word from hateful windbags like this will be the day I realize I've gone to heaven.

    December 24, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Tim

    Wow Brian...where have you been?
    "People that foolishly took out house loans they couldn't afford"?
    There's an approval process for home mortgages. In the past, lenders would honestly tell people whether or not they could "afford" to have a mortgage. The current crisis was caused by greedy lenders giving loans to "anybody" just so they could collect their signing bonus and commissions. How does the average home buyer know that these "experts" are conning them into a contract that they can't afford, by giving them ridiculously low "adjustable" interest rates and then a year or two down the road, boosting the interest rate to criminal levels with no warning at all. It was a big sham for the lenders to get their commissions and then the banks to foreclose and gain ownership of the properties at no cost to themselves. This is criminal, but do you see anyone in jail? NO! We see them being rewarded for their criminal behavior with OUR tax money. Just because it didn't happen to you and you weren't caught up in one of these scams, doesn't mean you're now the authority on what really happened. Unless of course you are a loan agent for a mortgage company, in which case YOU should be in jail. These people knew exactly what they were doing the whole time.

    December 24, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Kim


    I am a democrat but after this disaster and I starting to rethink my views. Maybe only certain people should be homeowners. The only thing is Capitalism will not grow an economy. Poor people should be exposed to opportunities. If they are not taught or have exposure, we can not expect them to grow on their own. Ignorance is self destructing. Eventually it will affect everyone. Maybe our country should not be overwhelmed with material things. Buy Buy Buy Want Want Want Media Media Media. I think this is what brought us to our knees. Even wealthy people are making bad decisions based off of greed. Americans are going t have to change their mind set or we will go under.

    December 24, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. T. Mckinley

    As someone who grew up in the "religious right," I am very pleased that Pat Robertson finally appears to be coming to his senses. It was Jesus Himself who said, "My kingdom is not of THIS world,..." The very idea that the Republican party is "God's party," and the Democratic party is "Satan's party," is absolute nonsense. Jesus is neither Republican nor Democrat.

    I greatly appreciate the fact that a noted member of the "religious right" is finally making an honest, intelligent, and objective accessment of both Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama.

    I'm waiting for Dr. James Dobson to follow suit.

    December 24, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. methinks

    Gee, SG, Obama is not even in office yet and you are already him. You're an idiot.

    December 24, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. D-MI

    Pat Robertson is a turn-coat and a coward. He should have been denouncing Bush & Co. YEARS ago, as well as the crowd that was wheeled out to continue their policies (Guliani in particular, who Robertson said god TOLD him was the best candidate)...

    December 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Viet Vet

    So that's Obamas fault? Not president yet! Moron

    December 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. methinks

    Gee, SG, Obama is not even in office yet and you are already blaming him. You're an idiot.

    December 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Walt

    Whatwhatwhat what what? Am I hallucinating? Has this medieval Elmer Gantry actually had a change of heart?
    Fat chance. He never had one, that I could see.
    It's rather pitiful, actually, to see him scrambling to change sides now that the election is over.
    Oh, the confusion and chaos this flip-flop may cause in the ranks of the bigoted and intolerant ... maybe this is a Christmas gift to the country at large?
    If so, Merry Christmas, one and all, and best wishes for a brighter New Year than we have seen for many a day!

    December 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. German-Russian-Irish-Enlish-Hispanic

    Obama Show "the screamer" must be a Native American. After all, he rails againts "Foreign People". What reservation are you from?

    December 24, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Abishag98

    Excuse me, but did you say a C-minus? How about giving the idiot a "ZERO!" Robertson, if ever you had any credibility with anyone at anytime, guess what, dude . . . you just lost it! Your dumb statement ought to be listed among the top ten stupidiest quote made in 2008. Take a loooooong hike, dude!

    December 24, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Nothing but a Jeep

    It's truly funny how these so called "experts" jump from ship to ship when the going gets rough. Robertson never did seem very "religious" to me after some of the things him and Falwell "preached" about. Why should ANYONE take him serious now? It tis' the truth about Bush tho'...

    December 24, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Minnesota Man

    Thanks for your comments Pat. Maybe next time you could speak up while the right wing is screwing up, and not after wards. How much courage does it take to condemn someone who's been universally criticized?

    As for all the right wingers who think that immigrants are the problem, my grandfather emigrated to this country with the clothes on his back. He had the equivalent of a 2nd grade education.

    He raised 8 children, 6 of whom went on to get master's degrees and great careers. He built a business even though he struggled to learn english.

    This country was built by immigrants and it's going to get its second wind because them.

    December 24, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. GiroGeezer, Calif.

    Just remember this, read the post of the person before and after you and know that they are brothers and sisters. We are in this together.
    Have the happiest of holidays and may God bless you all.

    December 24, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Palin with a Whip is Better Than Bush

    Does anyone care what Pat Robertson says?? And "drew" who said that christians don't think for themselves, you must belong one of those open minded religions that kills people in the name of their God. First time I've ever seen a poster slam of 50% of the worlds population

    December 24, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Alan

    The first thing we need to do, is to ignore anything Pat Robertson says. He's little more than the right wing's copy of Michael Moore.

    December 24, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. The Real Issue

    Robertson is dead on except for the grade of George W. Bush. It is worse than a C-. He has mismanaged Iraq and Afghanistan. His cabinet selections in many cases was marginal starting with the FEMA Director. The Foreign policy in most cases has been a D grade. Plus, the president is not very intellectual, which in this writer's opinion, has not been able to figure things out and make a decision that promotes excellence. The days are going fast and it's less than a month when the president and the Treasury Secretary will leave office.
    Their legacy along with the Vice-President's will not be well received.

    December 24, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. ted d

    The past eight years underscore the importance of getting the right leadership in the White House. The Bush Administration has botched every aspect of policy it has touched, leaving the country in terrible shape. We all hope the new President can right things, but he's inheriting a very damaged nation.

    December 24, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. NY republican

    Bryan – whatever you're smoking, please share!! Obama just hired most of the Clinton Administration, why would those crooks look into these crooks? President Clinton – one of only 2 presidents EVER impeached – the charge – he and his cronies lied during an official Congressional Hearing!

    December 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Blue in NC

    As a person who has never been a fan (mostly a harsh critic) of Pat Robertson, I find this to be an amazing thing for him to say. Frankly, as a supporter of the need for all of us – Democrat, Republican, and Independent – to come together and to stop the bickering and fighting between the "Reds" and the "Blues", I find this heart warming. THIS is what President-elect Obama has been calling for ever since his speech to the Democratic convention in 2004. It is thrilling to see it starting to happen. May more of us from opposite sides in this great country come together like this.

    Yeah Pat Robertson!!

    December 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Ryan

    Is it April 1?

    December 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Mike in Oahu

    What absurdity. This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

    It is because of the misguided agenda of the Christian Conservatives that this man was elected to two terms in office. They fell in love with Bush when he was asked who is role model was and he stated "Jesus Christ". After that they did not need to know any more about his background or intelligence to elect him. They were sure that divine providence was going to help him righteously rule this country.

    See now how wrong Pat Robertson and company were. The American people need to retain this memory for years to come because the Christian Conservative Political Machine is far from dead. It is in hibernation, poised for the next opportunity to make its' mark on American politics.

    December 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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