December 24th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
5 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. John Joseph

    WELCOME TO THE OB AMA SHOW- Could you tell us how foreigners get citizenship here in the USA?How about the immigrants who came to the USA in 1700's, 1800's and 1900's got their citizenship? You must be a third or fourth generation US citizen talking non-sense. Go and ready American history to understand how immigrants have contributed in the development of this country. Have you heard about Igor Sirkorsky and Welheim Boing. Have you heard about the Sirkorsky Company? Peace!

    December 24, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Andrew

    Guess what?? I know whose to really blame for the economic crisis. The American Citizen! We've driven ourselves into billions of credit card debt, buying homes way over priced.. believing that tax cuts for the rich somehow was going to equal a big pay raise and lower prices for the working man. HAHAHA.. We must be really stupid. Now were truly screwed. Obama will probably set the course for recovery but the results wont be seen for years.. enjoy your home while you can afford it.

    December 24, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Patriot

    It's past time for the "political cleansing" of America and time to get rid of the Republicans for good. They are truly "life unworthy of life."

    December 24, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Paul in SC

    Don't worry. I will give Obama the same RESPECT that you liberal Democrat Bush-haters are giving President Bush.

    December 24, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Real Talk

    You make no sense. "Making foreign people an American and letting them stand in line with the rest of the lazy people".....and then saying that our jobs are being sent over seas.

    QUESTION: Who is sending them overseas??? BUSH.
    QUESTION: If there are no jobs available to be worked, do you steal
    what you need (CRIME) or do you STAND UP for your
    right as an American for the privileges (PROGRAMS)?

    QUESTION: Were not these foreigners invited to the US by Bush
    back in 2004 to ensure the hispanic vote? YES

    QUESTION: Do not these foreigners labor for cheap? YES

    QUESTION: If someone will take any job for any pay, labor for close
    to nothing, how is it possible to collect unemployment?

    QUESTION: Since these "foreigners" are willing to work the jobs that
    you believe you're too good for as a stuck up American
    during a time of crisis and recession ( it's been this way
    for about the whole Bush Administration) and are willing
    to do whatever it is that they need to do to support their
    families (majority still in Mexico), HOW is it that you are
    finding so many of them standing in your unemployment
    lines??? YOU DO NOT.

    Perhaps it is your attitude and haught that has you in hell. And perhaps the one representing you, leading you, and commanding you, is exemplifying you!

    December 24, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Gary

    Why does anyone care to report what this clown says? please keep your eye on the ball and stay away from pandering to this guy. He has never been worhty of the attention given him. there are serious issues in this country we have to deal with. isn't it remarkable that after being a Bush lover for all those years he is now critical. next time do a story on something that matters

    December 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Roland in St George, UT

    As a born-again Christian myself, I have not been happy with much of what Pat Robertson has said. I think he does not represent the views of many Christians and I hope that people realize that we are not all a bunch of wackos who think we should go into foreign countries like Venezuela and kill their leaders just because they are anti-U.S., etc. Nor are we all anti-human rights or anti-choice, etc. There are many things not specifically mentioned in the bible, no matter how much you try to read between the lines which is what many of my fellow believers try to do and it galls me to no end. They should rather be working out their own salvation with fear and trembling, rather than casting splinters out of the eyes of others while they have a log in their own. Well, that having been said, I have never believed for one minute that Bush was a true Christian, as evidenced by things he has said and done over the years. This latest interview where he said that he does not take the bible literally is just further evidence of that. Now, to hear Pat Robertson criticize Bush, I must say, perhaps Mr. Robertson is finally coming back to his senses. I hope and pray so.

    Roland
    St. George, UT

    December 24, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Russelly

    What's wrong with this country is people who use all caps...

    December 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Dave

    Pat Robertson is not worth listening to no matter what he says. Google "Pat Robertson quotes" and you'll see what a nut case he is.

    December 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Marc

    Brian : December 24th, 2008 11:46 am ET
    What a spin! So, all in all, Bush is no responsible for anything? Or perhaps he is responsible, but not as much as EVERYBODY else claims him to be? And let's not forget that as bad as Bush was and still is, Obama is going to be badder...
    Maik F. : December 24th, 2008 12:14 pm ET
    Actually, the fact that the Constitution grants freedom of faith to everybody IS the separation of Church and State. Before that, either the people HAS to follow the beliefs of the King (or whatever was called the governant of the land) or whoever the King saw as 'heretic' was legally persecuted. Freedom of faith means that NO ONE CAN SHOVE HIS/HERS FAITH/RELIGIOUS BELIEFS down my troath... even if he's in a goverment position.
    As for Pat Robertson comments... who cares about this guy anymore?

    December 24, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Hg

    Maik F.:

    Yes, that is true that "separation of church and state" only appears in a letter written by the man who also happened to pen the Constitution. A man who was acutely aware of the cost of allowing religious dogma to dictate policy, and mentioned so in those letters.

    Yes, it is true that the phrase "separation of church and state" does not appear in the U.S. Constitution...but neither does the word "God". Before you berate others for not doing research, I suggest you do some of your own, but this time, without selective memory to fit a forgone conclusion.

    December 24, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. linda from South Dakota

    well,, ir-regardless what people think of robertson,, hes right,, ush has messed up in so many ways, and it will take many years to fix it all,,, all bush thought about was the war,,,,(send more troops in,,we need em)< inhis opinion,,, but yea guys,, be honest with yourselfs,, bush messed up,, he wont ever admit it,, but he did, and im glad obama is in,,,,tg,,,

    December 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    It seems Mr Robertson has lost a ton of money in the current financial mess (may be he had investments with Madoff). Suddenly, he wants an intelligent, educated person in Whitehouse, who may be able to think for himself. Suddenly, abortion and school prayer is not the defining issue any more. Middle of the road is good, he says. How things change...

    December 24, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. rob

    I am not a Bush fan, as a matter of fact i wouldn't have missed with the shoe, but Robertson has no room to talk about Bush since he supported him. He waits until McBush is walking out the door before he says something abouit him which is the easiest thing to do!

    December 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Hank

    Come on Pat! C- for "goofs". How about F- incompetence!!

    December 24, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. ladyatlaw2

    Welcome to the obama show

    ..suck it up and get in line for the handout u may be begging for soon..At least you may get it with Obama, Bush is going to dallas and sit back with a forty and laugh at all of mcshames supporters...LOL!! GO Obama

    December 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Vince

    Pat Robertson, right after Katrina hit, blamed the hurricane on Ellen DeGeneres. She is from New Orleans and is a lesbian so God created Katrina to get revenge. His words, not mine. He's an idiot!

    December 24, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Oh Puleeeeze.......

    Go away Robertson you were never relevant.

    December 24, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. ladyatlaw2

    All of you hata's stop faking like your angry with obama's win..because you will be glued to the TV 1/20/09 like everyone else..!! who can't fly here to DC>>

    December 24, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Phoenix

    WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!! You must also blame PE Obama for your broken cap locks that you always seem to keep on whenever you want to type a message. It's okay, just release the cap locks and we will still read your craziness.

    December 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Tony

    From one loser to another!

    December 24, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. ch

    Pat Robertson is nothing less than a devil. An ignorant, hateful ,evil man – just like Bush.

    December 24, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. CK from San JOse

    To Richard Rohde who was referring to Barack Obama as Hussein.

    I wish Obama's name was not Hussein but Mohammad to get on your racist nerves even more. Barack or Hussein or Mohammad Obama will most likely serve us and the world much better than your George and Dick named friends who spent their years in the white house empowerishing and killing people with their arragont policies.

    December 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Matt

    It is funny that there are a lot of people critizing Obama being bad for this country which is very confusing. I especially like the person who mentioned about the stock market levels but failed to mention that the market is higher than during the election cycle whenf the Dow was below 8000 (with this in mind – BUSH IS STILL THE PRESIDENT).

    The thing is that President Bush will be recorded in history as the stupidest and worst president in this country's history. Looking back at the last 8 years of Bush, I do not know if I can pick out a high point.

    With this said, Obama brings energy, good ideas, intelligence and science back to the US.

    December 24, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Jaime H.

    DOES ANYONE STILL LISTENS (OR PAY ATTENTION) TO WHAT PAT R. SAYS???
    If you still do, sorry, BUT you should realize that HE is completely out of reality. Just humor him. If he now says that Bush screw it, well, that's too little, too late.

    December 24, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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