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. SAGG

    Pat Robertson CRITICIZES George Bush?! He PRAISES Barack Obama?! Are you kidding me?! Where'd THIS come from?! I thought Robertson and Bush were on the same team! I wonder–is this from a combination of Bush saying he didn't literally believe everything happened in the Bible (which I disagree with), and Obama's inviting Rick Warren to his Inaugaration to give the opening prayer? Or perhaps Robertson's trying to suck up somehow (though I don't know why) to Obama to get some sort of inside track, or something? What in the world is going on?!

    December 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Joanna

    Bush indeed does have a lower approval rating than even Nixon. WHAT HAS BUSH DONE CORRECT? Oh, Obama is not a baby killer. Grow up, its not like abortion was legalized by obama.

    December 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. gregg

    FIRST THINGS FIRST! richard rohlude get a life you crybaby, and give Pat Robertson some credit for goin against the Bush , we must not let his goofy brother get back into politics, i mean Jeb or is it jethro? At any rate keep his goofy self out of it. GW has given all of us pain and even gave his old mother ulcers!

    December 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Gordon Shumway

    One worthless, useless old man criticizing another always leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. Guess Hussein Obama is Robertson's newest flavor of the month. How's the taste, Pat?

    December 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Laura

    To Welcome to the Obama Show: Forgot to take your meds this morning, did you?

    December 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. rebekah

    Okay..does anyone know how the government work??? Yes the Dems have been in Congress for 2 years! However, they only come up with the bills...the President is the one who has to sign them! For 6yrs the congress was controlled by Rep. The president is a Rep. so it goes without saying that when the Dems became the speaker of the house and the President is Rep nothing was going to change! a political science book people!!!!

    December 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Lostball

    The blame game and smoke screens.
    Why do we waste our time and effort in trying to determine just who is to blame for the condition of this country. The reason lies way beyond who the president is at any particular time. We are a divided country and as Jesus Christ said in Luke 11:17 …., Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. Folks, we are falling because we are divided.
    Actually. if you want to blame something or someone, then maybe we should look to the hidden government that is controlling things from behind the curtain. Take a closer look at the Federal Reserve System and Board as well as the IMF and all the international bankers. The debt money system is driving the economy of this country into the ground. Stop the madness and abolish the Federal Reserve and give the power of printing money and coin back to the United States government and take it from the private multi-billionaires who are raping the good hard working citizens of this country. They create money from nothing but a piece of paper and then charge interest on top of that… and you and I are paying the piper.
    This debt money system was never tolerated by God in Old Testament times and should not be tolerated today either. The Children of Israel were not allowed to exact usury upon their brothers.
    When are we going to wake up and see that what God has decreed for us is not to our hurt, but to our benefit. But we choose to disobey and so we pay the price for disobedience.

    December 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Bill

    But wait...didn't Jesus tell Bush he was destined to become President? And didn't Pat Robertson and the rest of the televangelists who give religion a bad name jump on board?

    December 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. jim/redondo beach

    ...a "C-minus" ?... he must be a Republican...

    December 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Pockets McGraw

    Using all capital letters does not validate your point. Bush is the reason the country is where it is. Period.

    December 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Ray

    Of course. Bush is to blame for everything bad that has happened since the beginning of time. It was he that brought the Twin Towers not the Terrorsts. He was flying the planes, all four of them so what else in new. Katrina, Bush , the Housing Crunch, Bush, the failing Auto Industry, Bush. And now the bad weather, Bush.

    December 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Ben - Portland, Or

    Hi there, WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    People like you, who lack the capacity for abstract thought, who limit their vocabulary to mostly single syllable words, and who think only in the most concrete of ideas, are also a huge part of the problem.

    Peace, and Merry Christmas...

    December 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Jerry, Bronx, NY

    Brian – you had me going there. That was until you referred to great Americans like Jesse Helms and Dan Quale. I almost wet my pants I laughed so hard. Thank you!

    But enough jokes, it is time for a new chapter in American history. The People need a government that will work hard, and smart, in an effort to help improve everyone's quality of life. Constructive criticism is one thing but some of this stuff is just so irrational...

    December 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Jim K

    I'm sick of hearing people defending Bush and Cheney. There is more than enough evidence to suggest that there was much wrongdoing during the Bush administrations 8 miserable years. I say, let the investigations begin and let's find out really happened. Let the facts will speak for themselves. If Bush & Cheney have done nothing wrong, then they should have nothing to hide. They should have no fear whatsoever of an investigation and would be eager to tell their side of the story – under oath and in public. You would think that they would be DEMANDING proper investigations in order to clear their good names.

    Unfortunately, I don't hear either Bush Or Cheney crying out about being wrongly criticized and demanding formal investigations. Instead, they continue to try and twist the truth into something more palatable than what it really is. Therefore, the Bush/Cheney legacy will be one of secrecy, dishonesty, and wrongdoing. The stench of sinister and illegal activities will never go away.

    December 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. jerry

    Pat Robertson grades Bush as about a C minus. That is consistent with George W's academic record. Unfortunately it has become consistent with the Republican Party (The Evangelical Party, The Party that put up McCain and Palin as their best, The Party of Polarization, and unfortunately, until was my party). How sad it is when a country as grand as the US can't produce better candidates than what we have seen. People don't trust their government anymore. They see a lot of incompetence, special interests, waste, poor information, overkill with regulations, devisiveness, lack of education, and plain absurdity. Government needs a redo. the Repub;ican Party needs a redo. Just remember this. George W might be a C minus or lower BUT WE ELECTED what does that say?

    December 24, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Michael

    Robertson stopped being both a Republican and a Christian years ago. No one cares what he says anymore.
    Yes, Obama looks good, but his principles – pro-abortion, pro-gay – are not Christian as he claims to be.
    The constitution does not say separation of church and state – it says the state cannot establish a religion. The founding fathers expected everyone to have a faith and base the laws on their common religious morals. (You cannot have laws without some basis in morality.) People today are misinterpreting it to mean freedom from religion, the exact opposite of the founding fathers intention of freedom for religion.

    December 24, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. AirForceMom

    While I am not happy with everything President Bush has done and he needs to pardon Ramos and Compean, Robertson is just a bunch of hippocirticle hot air.

    For Robertson to side with Obama is just more hippocracy. Robertson claims to be a Christian and then praises a man that supports infanticide.

    Robertson needs to retire and stay out of the media.

    December 24, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. SAGG

    How amusing and yet sad to see those Repubs who'd turn on one of their own in a New York minute for DARING to criticize their President, or for that matter, their party. Loyalty in the GOP? Are you kidding me?!

    December 24, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Joe - Chicago, IL

    C- is remarkably generous.

    But I guess it would make America feel better about itself if we keep telling ourselves that we elected a president who was only slighly below average twice, instead of a dismal failure.

    History will judge Bush harshly, and history will judge the America that elected him twice even harsher.

    December 24, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. soulstar

    To "WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    other than your point #4 you prove to be a raging maniac...and typing in all caps does not make you "righter."
    #1 is pure speculation and show's xenophonbia
    #2 is generalization and generalizations are generally wrong...
    #3 really? don't think insurance, pharmacuitical, and the gov't have vested interests in an unhealthy populus?? get a clue, if you think lawsuits are the major thing dragging down our delapidating health care sys.
    #5: you think having the largest prison population in the world – larger than the next two countries combined has done anything towards crime? all imprisonment has resulted in is high costs to tax payers. other solutions are needed like tighter REGULATIONS to avoid white colar crimes and social progrmas to deter crimes occuring as a result of perverty.

    get a clue

    December 24, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Terry

    Why is he now just saying this? If he had the nuts he would have said this years ago. Oh. because he probably wanted some of that church money Bush was throwing around. Robertson and Bush both make me want to vomit.

    December 24, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. I receive SSI

    Wow Wack Job Robertson is bashing Bush?? Dumb and Dumber I can't wait until Jan. 20, 2009

    December 24, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. billy-bayou



    December 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Sam

    Someone who believes that the earth is 6,000 years old should not be on the front page of a respectable news organization.

    December 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Realist

    Re: Welcome to the Obama Show

    Chill out little guy or gal.

    Obama is just what the doctor has ordered for this country. He will make our country great, whereas Bush & Cheney have been asleep at the switch watching the nation become tangled with two very costly wars (i.e. Iraq & Afghanistan), a bungled natural disaster relief program (i.e. Katrina), a corrupt and de-regulated economy that only benefited greedy rich people (i.e. oilmen, investment bankers, incompetent executives) creating our current financial crisis of privatizing profits and socializing losses, the corruption of our nation's Constitution (i.e. wiretapping, firing of prosecutors, Valerie Plame affair, torturing of Guantanamo Bay prisoners and prisoner abuse at Abu Gharib), and conflict of interest and overcharging of taxpayer money to various companies tied to Bush & Cheney (i.e. Halliburton, Exxon Oil).

    Not only that, we have a 5 time draft dodging Vice President (aka Dick Cheney), stating in ABC that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan IS justified. Hmmmm.

    Really, with all these issues blowing up as the Bush & Cheney Administration winds down, the brainwashed right wingers, composed of the educated but closet racist variety, the uneducated blue collared or service sector workers, religious right wing nuts, and just average individuals not pigeon holed in any of the described categories above, susceptible to the propaganda of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Neal Boortz, Michael Medved, and company, are getting desperate to explain away these issues and blame it all on Obama who has not been formally installed as President yet.

    Blah blah blah....the whining continues....

    December 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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