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. A christian

    You people make me sick. Dogging on christians because u think they want to control the politics and legislating our morality. If christians wanted to control the thoughts and behavior of people we would have done it a long time ago , before you liberals with no morals came along and shoved God out of everything He made great. Our country was great, our churches were moral and our government had God in it and was the most successful government in history, until the 60's when you liberal came along and decided God does belong because YOU don't think he does, and now look at the mess we have. Morals on all levels and accounts have fallen off since then. Also it was ur democrats that decided the banks had to give loans to people based on ethnicity instead of their credit. Grow up and grow some morals. Liberal bigots

    December 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Rance

    Poor Bush, even the "true believers" are bailing on him now. However, I have to ask this of Mr. Robertson, why didn't you divert Katrina and save New Orleans, like you did that time in Florida?

    December 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. strong

    Pat Robertson, another opinion that we don't need or care about. Over-the-hill multimillionaire that he is.

    December 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. John

    Pat Robertson is as much to blame as George Bush and all your fellow republicans.

    Pat Robertson doesn't even mention starting the Gulf War which is one of the biggest mistakes of the century.

    December 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. john

    What would Drew do? Choose not to wait for his first comment to load, evidently. But then, the second comment was better, wasn't it?

    December 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. shellbelli

    hey SG
    Pat never said anything about Obama handling the financial situation he just praised him on his cabinet choices- honestly and really It took BUSH 8 years to mess up the economy do you really really believe its going to takea month for Obama to fix it if it can even be done?!

    another thing everyone needs to realize Obama isnt pres – YET
    everyone keeps saying he will do this or that, but no one really knows exactly what he will do till he does it.

    and no I am not an Obama supporter but you know when you try to get some idiot like Palin in the office what did you expect? 45 mill and + didnt want her in office so you got Obama = reps have no one to blame but themselves for it.

    December 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. If Robertson supports you........

    you better take another look at yourself.

    He's supporting Obama because Obama is against human rights for gays. How can Obama be the President of tolerance and unity if he would deny marriage rights to a minority?

    December 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. JS007

    And yet Robertson still supports Bush's policies such as denying global warming or trying to start a holy war with Muslims. These guys are turning on Bush not for his bad morals or ideology, but his failure to execute better. Where were all these guys in 2000, 2004 and November 2008? Oh yeah, campaigning for Bush, McCain, Palin. Just a few months ago he was trying to destroy Obama with lies and fear mongering; what changed? I don' trust guys like Robertson as far as I can throw them.

    December 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Dennis

    I would give Bush an F.

    Cheney would be an F- .

    Both should be in jail for treason.

    December 24, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. James

    Pat Robertson!!! Like he has any clue – still believes there are missles in Cuba. Cut from the same cloth as Jim and Tammy Fae, parasites perying on the naive and illiterate.

    December 24, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. JS007

    KC: what you have to do is join Obama's army of concerned supporters who will inundate Congress with calls, letters and emails if they try to act crooked and hold up his agenda of change and rescue of America. If people cared and made their voices heard Congress might have to do the right thing every once in a while.

    December 24, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Dennis

    If a conservative Republican would give Bushie a C-, imagine how the world would grade the dynamic duo.

    Bush an F.

    Cheney would be an F- (that grade needs to be created for malice).

    Both should be in jail for treason.

    December 24, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. terry

    One more comment..... There have been alot of Presidents worse than Bush. Probably the worse was the one right before "W". For some reason everyone seems to have finally fallen into the trap set by the liberals in this country Mainly because they are weak and cannot tell what is really going on here. The modern day press has helped get out the nagative word also,because they are basically a negative entity when conservatives are in the White House. That's what they do and all they can do well. But wait until the next 4 years are over. We will all probably agree who is the worse President then....

    December 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. REAL reform

    typical judgmental republican. i can't stand bush for his ideals, or total lack thereof, however, Robertson's words are as good as a snake's. jump to judge and polarize, wreaks of Palin-type speak actually. when did republican ideals become manipulative, power-seeking christianite tools??? God bless the open minded. I've heard about all I can take from these right-winged Fox types. The lack of intelligence amongst this sludge is staggering.

    December 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. CA

    Reading the postings here confirms something that I have always observed ever since I immigrated to the US, that most American Right-wingers are pea-brained, unintelligent, semi-literate morons!

    -An American

    December 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. Carmen

    Bush was never qualified to be President and I continue to be amazed that more people did not understand that. I was truly shocked when he was elected in 2004. Just because your father has a certain job does not automatically qualify you for that position. People need to stop voting for someone because he belongs to his or her party and actually look at and learn about the person.

    I am a Christian and do think for myself. I always have.

    December 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Robertson is an amazingly self righteous, bigoted, religious nut and Obama would be doing well to repudiate any "praise" from this moron.

    December 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. Get'em Pat

    I read that we should wake up and quit blaming Bush for everything

    What planet has the person been living on that wrote that garbage

    He has done so much damage to this country, thank goodness he has only enough time left to kick us one more time with his pardons and then will be gone

    History will not be nice to him, he is a failure

    December 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. Jeff Id

    The problem with Bush isn't that conservative didn't work, it was that Bush wasn't conservative.

    We have just been fleeced by our own government and voting won't stop it.

    December 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. madmonq

    Next: Cats and dogs will be living together

    December 24, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. The Crazy Christian USA

    Obama Show had better quit smoking crack. Even Pat Robertson, a die hard Republican who ran for President, can see that Bush has been an abject failure. It's easy to blame (pick one) aliens, lawyers, the poor or diminishing job markets for the issue that our country faces but the fact is that Bush has done a terrible job as President.

    When Pat Robertson comes out against Bush, what's next? Rush Limbaugh? Hannity? O'Reilly? At least Robertson has the character and courage to speak the truth. I have much more respect for him now than I did before. He just went for a zero to about a .25.

    December 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Joan

    What kind of a grading system would give Bush a C-?? A C- means 75% right. This administration has gotten less than 63% right. He hasn't even got 50% right. That's a failure, in anybody's book. F.

    December 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Nate

    The fat lady is singing. It's pretty bad when even Pat Robertson is dis'ing Bush. The entire world has finally caught on to the fact that George Bush is a moron and has zero leadership skills.

    December 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. bush wants lethal Injection

    The ...US will only get justice!! ..once we procecute and

    jail... Bush...for the needless waste of lives and money!!!

    December 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Al Bee

    Who the hell is Pat Robertson?
    Does he get paid money for his opinion? If so, what a deal!
    (GW is not one of my favorite people either, but the attitude of Roberston is silly....He should hang it up, and live off the fat bank account that his followers have given him.)

    But then again, that's just another opinion!

    December 24, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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