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. lonnette33

    Amen Pat!

    December 24, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |


    Even the repukes who use religion as a wedge are jumping ship.

    I guess they forgot that GOD belongs to everyone and not just rich, old, white men and women.

    Ah hahahahahahaah!

    What a bunch of tools.

    December 24, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Greg in MN

    Wow...Pat tries to make nice with whomever is in power doesn't he?

    One of the big reasons this country got in the position its in is because of people like him. Who preach things, but don't practice them.

    He's such a parasite! Go and leg press another ton of something! Maybe all the BS you've spread over your whole life you pointless little man.

    December 24, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. bob

    Why is this even news? who cares what robertson thinks?

    December 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. billy-bayou

    It appears that the Pat Robertson freak is applying for the position in the obama administration that Monica Lewinsky held in the Clinton administration.
    Put another way, Pat Robertson sucks.

    December 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. joe

    A reply to:
    I became American citizen and never got a penny and always worked hard and helped other... don't blame the immigrants
    A doctor screws up and causes someone’s death; he and his insurance are liable for his mistake. You can blame the high insurance on him not my friend who died because of a doctor or a hospital’s mistake.
    Pat Robertson’s opinion shouldn’t count any way. He’s someone who spreads hatred against other faiths. Just because the republicans screwed up he now likes Obama. Who is he kidding?

    December 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. mike

    Dear WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!,

    Your premise on the decline of America is truly flawed. The American Dream rotates around immigration and making a better life for you and your family. Illegal immigration is definitely a problem. I wonder if you have a problem with the immigrants that are coming here from European countries, or if its just the "minorities"? Law suits against our Insurance companies are also not the problem, if the Insurance companies weren't so corrupt then the amount of law suits might fall. The way our health care is run is the actual problem. Also, typing in all CAPS...really?

    December 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Paul

    Another self serving public message from Pat Robertson,
    His insight and forsight are so limited to today and all of the past 8 years his selective memory will allow. So now he comes to this conclusion. I guess he has his sights set on all the moderates in the country who have rejected his ideas of christian control of our government.
    Sorry Pat, seen your stripes for decades now, the flip flop from your acidic preachings doesnt wash.

    December 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Jabbo

    Toooooooo late, Mr. Robertson. You've marched lock-step with Republicans Bush & Co. The slow/delayed response to Hurricane Katrina was the crown-jewel example of the TOTAL DISCONNECT of the Bush administration– you're doing a "heckuva job Brownie" while people were stuck in the Superdome. Hmmmmm

    December 24, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Anna from Milton, FL

    Dear Drew: Lots of us Christians think for ourselves. We're just not the ones trying to shove our religion down the throats of others or wearing our religion on our shirtsleeves, or judging everybody else for not being "saved".

    December 24, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    F for failure all the way around.

    December 24, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. kcmookie

    To the moron listed as "welcome to the obama show". So everyone is on welfare, and everyone is a crook, and your answer is to put everyone in jail, where they once again are supported by taxpayer money? Well thought out plan there, with that wonderful attitude I am sure you will earn every negative thing that happens to you in life!

    December 24, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Bea

    @WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!! you are crazy

    December 24, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. bratte

    Hey Pat Robertson: What do you mean by 'Rebuilding of Iraq has been terrible"? The destruction was terrible and it was destroyed by us with your support. You don't seem to be talking like someone who fears God. You are fake!!!!

    December 24, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. ASD

    And 50% of American idiots voted for the shrub, not once but twice.

    December 24, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Geoff in Richmond

    Sorry Salzberg, Grant and Harding were nothing compared to Bush. They were just guilty of petty corruption. Bush was criminally inept across the board. Everything from his stem cell policy to 9/11 to the Iraq war to the Patriot Act to prisoner interrogation and on and on and on was handled wrong. Nixon was criminally paranoid, but he did a number of great things including opening up USSR and China which lessened international tension. Bush the opposite with his doctrine of preemptive war. Bush has not a single good accomplishment, never mind great.

    December 24, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Solidus-Snake

    it's not the republicans fault or the democrats, its both parties as well as the people, so stop stereotyping party supporters as the problems like gun crazy rednecks as all republicans and all democrats as cowardly liberals. do any of you think Obama will just immediately solve all the crises and like Pat Robertson how do we know if Obama will be good for the country or not like what will happen with our problems, only time will tell.

    December 24, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. JT

    So, when Robertson says something in favor of Bush's administration, he's hailed by the right wing as a smart man who has his head screwed on straight and is pointing America in the right direction. But now that he's allowed to say what he really thinks, pointing out the shortcomings of that same administration that we all know are there, the right wing says he's out of touch and useless?

    I guess it'll take longer for the rest of the right wing to look beyond their own noses and see that Obama isn't just hype, but showing behavior of a responsible, thoughtful statesman. Only jealousy and zealotry keep one from seeing that this guy is doing better at this stuff than Bush.

    December 24, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. carol

    He's only repeating what most of us know already, Bush has done a very poor job of running this country and what a sad legacy he is going to leave with.
    The only bright spot now is the fact we are going to get a great replacement in PE Obama.....he is going to make such a difference to this country.

    December 24, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Jeanne H.

    Who is to be blamed for putting Bush into office, granting him the ability to do all the damages we are now paying for? To top it off, he was granted a second term!!! As angry as I am about having somebody that stupid and that clueless as Commander in Chief, I have to say the american people takes the most blame.

    December 24, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Charles Phillips

    A C-? For Bush? Must have been one heck of a curve on that test!

    December 24, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Cheryl from MN

    Pat Robertson is being to kind. I would give Bush an F and I would Impeach him.

    December 24, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. chefdugan

    Finally, after all these years, and many goofs of his own, old Pat has for once told the truth. But, being a loyal Republican, he couldn't help fudge on a final grade for Bush – he doesn't deserve anything over a D-

    December 24, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. WILL IN AZ


    December 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Lee

    I'd slam every idiot, including every "fundamental" idiot like Pat Robertson, Dobson, Fallwell etc., who voted for Bush and brought this disaster upon us.

    They are all responsible.

    Indeed, just thank your local neighborhood republican. Get after those even within our families.

    December 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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