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. atl

    Brian how can you say Jessie Helms (racist), Ronald Reagan (Put Drugs In Black Neighborhoods to support Iran Contra, and oh yea what makes Dan Qualye and Newt Gingrich a great Americans. Also nut, capitalism failed. Funny this country was built on the principles of the bible, which means we own nothing, god allows us to have everything we have. I see you worship things.

    December 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. Erick in Alabama

    "Richard Rhodes" get a life! I hate when you people use Obama's middle name-as if he had a choice in choosing it–like he's some terroist–and demeaning him.He hasn't been sworn in yet, and already is making moves on fixing the economy. GOP don't understand what it's like to be hungry, and to not have enough money to pay bills. They are all fed on a silver spoon. Yes, immigrants shold have to get here legally, and I think they should be required to learn basic English and fend for themselves. They don't all take handouts.In fact MANY bust their butts doing jobs that you think you're too good to do.I'm an American, and I feel that Obama is going to do the best, given the opportunity, and the support of ALL Americans.

    December 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Princess Palin for queen

    How funny- Bush was so bad that even old fascists like Robertson are against him. Of course they're mad because he is losing money like the rest of the old repugs, and down deep that's all they seem to care about. Guess what Pat- its nitwits like you who backed this fool for the past 8 perpetuated the lies and backed the deregulation that has got us into these wars and this economic mess. So stand up and take it like a man. Do something most repugs do- and that is take a little responsibility instead of deflecting the blame onto someone else just as deserving as you- what a concept!

    December 24, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. No incumbents 2010


    Sadly you are right and there are even more points to be added to your list, but even more sad is that America will not wake up until one day they look around and realize they are not free anymore. Unfortunately, they will be rocked into a deeper slumber by the media and other politicians and they will continue to give up their freedoms willingly until then and then it will be too late.

    December 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Olu Bamise

    What will Rush say now...........? Will it be about the "race"........?
    And what about Shean Hannity........? Will he lift his blinders and see the light...........?
    Guess what,......... Pat Robertson has shown now that "CHANGE" is possible in AMERICA.
    And you may call this the eleventh-hour conversion if you like

    December 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Mike Licht

    George W. Bush, the first MBA President, failed in every business venture he attempted. Of course he brought the US economy down.

    Oh, the Texas governorship? a do-nothing job. The Legislature has the power in the Lone Star State.

    Pat Robertson's comments? There is a God! Not the one that chats to Pat all the time, but still ....

    December 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. John Q

    Even the creepy delusional evangelicals are jumping the sinking ship (as are the rats) of the GOP.

    December 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. PJP

    I think Pat has gone off the deep end! Is he wanting a job from Obama?

    December 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Palin/Robertson in 2102 !!!

    (Just kidding folks. Calm down. Just kidding!)

    December 24, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. bonehead

    Pat is right but he is kissing butt like all republicans. Another clown.

    December 24, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. Marvin M.

    What's hard to believe is some Americans are still trying their best to defend Bush by blaming liberals and democrats. To those who consider themselves educated and those who have found their way to the comment section of CNN and still don't know their rear-ends from a hole in the ground (dummies). Bush made some serious errors in policy making. Almost every screwed up point in our present economy can be traced back to serious error in the bush policies and the conservative agenda. You can dig Karl Marx’s out of his grave if you would like, but you will have a hella of a time trying to convenience all the capitalist, democratic and republican alike, that Obama is leading us down a socialist path. Pull your fingers out your ears and butts and get a clue. It's going to take all of us to regain what we've lost.

    The Looney toon who spewed out the hate about the ethnics being on welfare having babies and receiving checks from the government being the problems that got us in the economic situation.....ohhh and the medical law suits that has driven up our medical cost. You have a lot of incorrect opinions. Law suits make up .5% of medical cost and greed makes up the other 95.5%, that a true statement. I would tell you where to find it, but your type would prefer to spread lies and hate. Heck, you are more than likely another Joe the Plumber fussing about your tax dollars going to people on welfare and you yourself is a product of or will be a product of someone's welfare system. I've learn in 2008, what you put out there, you divinely get back. Take notice or be on notice. I'm not a prophet, but you will be depending on the kindness of a stranger. Who knows.... we all might be after George Bush.

    December 24, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. #1 Obamacan

    Pat Robertson is the Antichrist. Look it up.

    December 24, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Brenda R. Harris


    December 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. Not too Happy

    To: Welcome to the Obama Show,

    You said.......


    Excuse me but there are hard working citizens in this country that are not making enough money to survive and must get a little extra help in order to live. What about the people who bag your groceries, who stock your food, who drive you to work everyday (transit), who cleans your streets and pick up your garbage. They work and they are not lazy. I know people who have jobs like these and still are unable to make ends meet. You are a very ignorant person.


    Excuse me but no one is doing that now. These people must work or be working on a degree. They (government) do not allow you to sit on welfare anymore like the late 80s – early 90s. People are becoming more sensible and are now working and seeing the value of working. Bush may not have started it but he sure didn't stop it. You are obviously out of touch with the what is now going on.


    Bush is who pushed for jobs to be sent overseas. I remember quite well because I was in college at the time and my professor was asking us how we felt about the jobs being sent overseas, and if we thought Bush should be supporting this. Bush's thought was that it would come back around in a positive manner for the Americans by bringing prices down.

    I don't blame Bush for everything. I think we should respect Bush – yes he has made some mistakes but we all do. I believe he tried to do what was best for this country.

    Your problem is that you are blaming the American people – specifically minorities. You obviously don't like minorities, you think that the poor are lazy, and just want a handout. What a ignorant thought process because there is a great deal of minorities that are working hard everyday and becoming quite successful.

    December 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. larry

    Do you realize that there is no mention of "seperation of church and state" ANYWHERE in the U.S. Constitution?
    You are correct, is in the Bill of Rights, which was was penned by Thomas Jefferson, who was, as you know, probably THE most important framer of the Consitution .

    December 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. michael in GA>

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over whether the government can indefinitely detain people suspected of being enemy combatants without charging them with a crime

    December 24, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. michael in GA>

    An Egyptian man said on Wednesday he was offering his 20-year-old daughter in marriage to Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush in Baghdad on Sunday,

    December 24, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. FDR JFK & now BHO!!

    @WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Please do us all a favor and have a seat. Don't you all get it, Bush didnt create the problem, Bush IS the PROBLEM. What we needed was an intellegent person. Watch the clear diff between the Obama admin and the Bush admin. Merry christmas!

    December 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. chris

    So I wonder who he voted for in this election????

    December 24, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. TrueIndependent

    This is why we are regressing – power hungry politicians in pastoral clothing. Shame that millions of Americans allow themselves to be controlled by these so called 'pastors', 'ministers', 'evangelists', whatever. It's even sadder when they name their ministries after themselves. Sad.

    December 24, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  21. tsfiles

    Larry wrote: "You are correct, but…it is in the Bill of Rights, which was was penned by Thomas Jefferson, who was, as you know, probably THE most important framer of the Consitution."

    Larry, please show us where in the Bill of Rights the term "separation of church and state" can be found.

    Also the Bill of Rights was supported by Jefferson but Madison had a greater role.

    December 24, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. shup

    Hey, stop yelling. Some people are trying to leave semi-intelligent

    comments and don't need yelling sore-losers around when doing it.

    December 24, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  23. bill for barack

    So the preacher has finally understood the Revelation .......

    December 24, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  24. Pepe Le Pew

    I wonder where has Pat been for 8 years? It's too late trying to figure out Bushes intentions. We finally get an intelligent person in the white house and NOW he says Bush does not know what he is doing. Wow.....wondered who did Pat vote for since he's critizing his own party.

    December 24, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. David

    I do not see what the problem is with Bush. It's nice to know that we, as a country, employ the handicapped.

    December 24, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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