December 24th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
6 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. steadycat

    I must have stepped into the 'outer limits.' Anything Pat Robertson says must be held as suspect, even if it is something I would normally agree with. There is something wrong with this picture. I think we had better take a closer look, grab the garlic and hold up the 'kills vampires' crosses.

    December 24, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Richard Rohde

    Reading all of the comments from the dumbocrats. Obamas four years are really going to be a lot of fun for those of us who are lucid and have brain. 60% of the voters didn't.

    December 24, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. We Approve

    What? What?!? Pat Robinson was part of the problem. He couldn't praise Bush enough and whipped is followers into a neo-conservative frenzy that helped the Bush regime get away with so many crimes against American and, indeed humanity.

    What is good about this is that it shows that Obama really is good at pulling us back together as a nation with common goals. Thank God, the politics of division and hatred are gone.

    December 24, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. David Goldman

    FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT GOT A BIG DOSE OF HATE IN YOUR

    MOTHER'S MILK, TRY REALLY HARD TO REGURGITATE IT, FOR

    YOU WILL BE THE FIRST TO BE POISONED BY IT. THIS IS A NATION

    OF IMMIGRANTS. THERE ARE NO NATIVES OF AMERICA EXCEPT

    THE NATIVE INDIANS WE ALL FOUND HERE. EACH OF US THINKS

    OUR WAY & OUR RELIGION IS BEST. LETS GIVE OTHERS THE

    RESPECT & DIGNITY WE WOULD APPRECIATE OURSELVES.

    DOING SOME SOUL SEARCHING & SOME READING WILL DO ALL

    OF US A GREAT DEAL OF GOOD. WITH THAT,

    I WISH ALL OF YOU A HEALTHY & VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY.

    December 24, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Joe knows you stupid

    Any of you stupid enough to believe the crap Obama tries to say(cant think on his own, must read it in BIG letters) are just dumb enough to think you know something. DOPES!

    December 24, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Obama Our President

    walcome to the obama show: u are not the smartest person on here. sneding all the criminals to jail first off would b impossible and second wouldnt do any good considering that the jail system doesnt rehabilitate anyone. the problem with this country is that we are too divided. we have people in this country that only care about themselves. and we elect presidents that have way different views and they spend four years changing everything that the party before it did. Not all our problems arent because of Bush but he sure made them worse.

    December 24, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Chaz

    By golly Pat, I think you "seen the light". Too bad so many others want to stay in the dark about what is happening.

    December 24, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Texas Teacher

    Jeffrey E. Salzberg... you really had to scrap the barrel to find worse presidents than Bush.... wow! And in this day and age...a president should be better than the historical past presidents you mention! Have we learned nothing?

    As far as Jefferson being the first to mention separation of church and state... what do you think he IS.... but one of the founding fathers with whom many many others have a greed all through history. And if the present MESS is any sign then it is clear that the thinking was indeed SOUND!

    Get over it repubs.... your man is responsible for the mess... suck it up and get over it! You are either Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem.... it's up to you... I hope you make the right choice for the sake of this nation!

    December 24, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Texas Teacher

    Oh, be quiet, old Indian woman, she said to herself! No one is listening anyway... :)

    December 24, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. J. Cool

    I second that emotion Pat.

    December 24, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Lori

    Leave the dark side Robertson. Despite jumping off the sinking ship called the Republican Party, Pat Roberston has been just as divisive and evil as Sarah Palin was during the election. I hate to see so-called Republican Christians insult and degrade others and then claim to be so religious while the Democrats are deemed by them to be the Anti-Christ. And that is what Robertson has been doing for years.
    Nevertheless, I'm glad Robertson can acknowledge how the so called 'Party of God' (or so the Republicans believe) that let innocent people die in Katrina and Iraq is out of touch.

    Best of luck to our future President Obama!!!

    December 24, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. jim

    To Richard Rhode:
    It'sobvious that you are a Retardlican supporter even though they are the party that is choking the life out of America. Either you are a rich Retardlican or a Retardlican that is so ignorant that you can not look outside the world that Rush and Hannity have described for you. I really wish all you Retardlican's would go lick a window at Rush's or Hannity's house and let the Dem's rebuild this country.

    December 24, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. tsfiles

    It would be nice, Mr. Robertson, when you criticize others, to at least get some of your facts correct.

    The events surrounding Hurricane Katrina were hardly Bush's fault. If you need to seek blame so badly, start with Nagin and Blanco.

    The situation in Iraq has rebounded brilliantly. The lack of media attention is atleast one of many forms of proof for the improvement in Iraq.

    The handling of the economy and the current crisis are not Bush's doing. Decades of government meddling with the housing market was a major, if not THE, reason for the current crisis. If anything, Bush made repeated warnings over the last year. He (and McCain) were not only ignored, they were told by the arrogant and ignorant Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, and others that everything was just peachy.

    December 24, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. Ed

    C minus? Robertson is a very generous grader.

    December 24, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Sandy

    Pat's probably mad that he can't get those tax free donations due the to shape of the economy. LOL

    December 24, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. Big Ed

    I don't usually agree with Rev. Robertson, however in this case he is correct!

    December 24, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. Anthony

    A C- for Bush is laughable, hate to see the pres who would get a failing grade.

    December 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    I don't care what YET another old, white, rich guy has to say.

    And I'm white too so shuttee already!

    December 24, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Kevin

    To: Jeffrey E. Salzberg

    Your comment is unfortunately uneducated. Bush is not merely the worst President because he was arrogant or incompetent, or sent us to war in Iraq. He's the worst President because he has fundamentally destabilized the country over the past 8 years. More than doubling the national debt will have heinous repercussions for generations to come. Nixon can't touch Bush in terms in total damage done, even though Nixon's behavior was more condemnable to ordinary citizens.

    December 24, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    This is the same Pat Roberston, who along with former religious, gas-bag, Jerry Falwell, blamed 9/11 on God's wrath against all things liberal, abortionists, gays and tree-huggers. Sorry, but the credibility is in a Bombay, or is it Mumbai(?), sewer!!!

    December 24, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. Proud American

    This comes from one wack job about another. George Bush is an Idiot and Pat Robertson is the village Idiot. Jan. 20th , Noon can't get here soon enough. This country can use someone with common sense to lead.

    December 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  22. yellow dog democrat

    hey all! just keep playing the blame game and we will, as a country, get nowhere....from this day forward get positive and quit pointing the fingers....it doesn't do much good! Learn from mistakes of the past and strive to do better.

    Some will never be happy, thats their call!

    Believe me there are a lot of good/great folks in this country from all walks of life and from every point on the planet – when you see folks failing – get them help – give them direction – I'm not talking "coddling" everyone needs to be as responsible as they can for themselves and their neighbors and their families.

    Pat Robertson, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and the multitudes more including myself and you are only human and we won't take nothing with us – but we can leave where we were a better place!

    December 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Ken

    Thanks, Pat – that was refreshing!
    I sincerely hope that you can get through to the idealogues of BOTH parties that an honest re-evaluation of direction is necessary. Party rhetoric just simply will not do it any more. Congratulations on speaking out.

    December 24, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. Dan

    To OBAMA SHOW...

    what are you talking about? If things were all rosy, you bet Bush would be taking the credit for it, right? It's called POLTICS, friend. He owns the bad news because he's the top dog, period.

    and while i agree that not all can be blamed on him, his administration has made some really stupid mistakes that almost everybody now acknowledges. so you'll be hearing about it until he leaves office.

    December 24, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. landandair

    Certain groups and individuals are chaning their tune... one by one. Mr. Robertson has been an outspoken Republican represenative for many many years. I believe him. God Bless America.

    December 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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