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. Texas Teacher

    And we should care what Robertson has to say.... right or wrong?

    The Christian Right ALONG with the Republican Party since Reagan is responsible for the mess we are in right now. Their divisiveness and pure hypocrisy in their political posturing has resulted in Political Chaos which is the best proof positive for the wisdom of separation of Church and State!

    I pray that the Religious Fanatics of the Evangelic Movement can see what they have done to this Nation and its people with their goal of dominating politics and legislating THEIR morality

    December 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Jackson

    Wow, when even Pat Robertson can't be nice to Bush, you *know* it's over!

    I just wish he didn't feel like he was wrong to be critical of his own party. As Americans, we should always be critical of all our leaders, regardless of party affiliations. If we don't like what they are doing, we need to let them know. We get to do that freely in this country.

    December 24, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Philip


    December 24, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Joe in Dallas

    George Bush has had the same effect on the Republican Party as Firestones on Ford Explorers had for Ford. The wheels came off.

    December 24, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. white female

    PRAISE THE LORD !!!!!!!!!! thanks Rev Robinson, now all we must do is pray for this country to wake up and stop hating, our new Prez. Obama and his Party, and Team of very good chocies.

    Prayr for us to come together and make this a better World/USA for all mankind.
    I know that Prez. Obama will be the best Prez. we will have ever had. he will do fine towards all mankind.
    May God Bless Him and us all.
    Happy Holiday
    Obama/Biden 2009-2016 in the name of the Father, amen

    December 24, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |

    Scott NYC Independent – Great comment but LMAO because it will never happen.

    December 24, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. CanIcallyouJoe

    Robertson = racist zealot hatemonger.

    December 24, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. john

    Right on, Scott! Robertson is being very honest and objective. I seriously would've never expected such a comment from him. It comes as a pleasant and comforting surprise.

    December 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. KC

    For all of you that are giving Kudos to Robertson for this statement....hog wash. I am a conservative Republican and a Christian; however, I have known for years that Robertson was losing it. That doesn't mean that Bush doesn't have a lot to answer for but so does Frank, Reed, Pelosi, Dodd, etc., etc. This was a two party melt down....and those responsible should be investigated and criminally charged when found guilty of the fraud the helped to create. Also, Bush was the President of the United States...not just the Republican party. I for one, hope and pray that Obama and his administration can come up with a miracle for this country....but with the same pack of vultures in the Congress and Senate I just don't see how it will be possible.

    December 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Brian H

    I think he is just overstating the obvious. It would be best for us not to focus on the past or rub salt in rebulican wounds, but focus on what we can do to make things better in the future.

    December 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. robert

    I would rate Bush 43 one of the worst presidents ever. He just could not establish any leadership, direction, or a command presence in any aspect of the Presidency. Except for running Generals who disagreed with him over Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Name one significant piece of legislation he initiated. Iraq, the Economy, and Katrina. Too bad for the USA. But we will recover. And be better than ever.

    December 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Tom

    Nice try Robertson but it wont work sorry. Everyone knows what kind of a hateful divisive person you are and this is just a pathetic attempt to be on Obama's good side. Of course like the rat you are, you are the first one to jump a sinking ship.

    December 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Nan

    Probably the first and ONLY time I'll ever agree with Pat Robertson!! But "goofs" is the understatement of the year! I have no doubt that 100 years from now people will look back and say "You mean those idiots put Bush into office TWICE!!!!????!!!!"

    December 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. steve

    I loooove it, "I'm not one to judge but....." this segment of christianity is so completely full of crap, so completely hypocritical! very bad people hiding behind religion, this guy is totally judgemental and always has been, if half of these "evangelicals" actually followed their own supposed beliefs they wouldn't be lead by the nose by the lieing republicans into allowing money hungry inept fools like bush/cheney into office to rape our country and push their fairy tale ideologically driven agenda above the good of the country, this guy is pathetic and his followers are fools, NOW he can see that bush is inept, yeah well thanks for putting him in power TWICE, thanks for helping him to take our country to the brink of ruin, robertson and his kind are JUST as guilty, he used his pulpit to put him in office!!

    December 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Frank

    And yet another fat rat jumps ship.

    December 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Akinola - Houston

    Now they are criticizing him, what hogwash! You had 8 years to be critical, but nooooooooo, they chearleaded that modafoka, now 3 weeks out they are jumping ship, its yalls monster, go down with him!

    December 24, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Kathi Geukes

    It's amazing that Pat Robertson is even listened to anymore.

    December 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Anonymous

    I'd give Bush a solid F-, and add that he should be on trial for war crimes" – but then again, I'm not living in cloud cuckoo land like Pat Robertson.

    December 24, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Constance AL Independent

    Amen, Scott. But the honesty, admitting of errors and mistakes goes for the Democrats too.

    December 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Arby Alwaysright

    The fringe members of the Raving Right Wing Rabble will accuse Robertson of being a RINO – Republican in name only.

    The Raving Right has stuck this label on every single prominent Republican who has come out in support of President Obama.

    Arkansas Obama is right – We did it!

    December 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Angry Educated B Guy

    I'm glad to see someone that "looks" like Pat Robertson actually offer a sincere, heartfelt gives me hope for some/

    December 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. pastorofdisaster

    Looks like Robertson knows the direction that power is going. What a shrewd politician...I mean pastor.

    December 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Ric in PA.

    I agree that this guy is just trying to stay relevant. He is agree and disagree with anything and anyone to keep the donation checks from the gullible flowing into his bank account! No difference between this nutjob fraud and a wall street fraud.

    December 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Chip Lusko

    Mr. Robertson should with hold judgment.
    He is welcome to his opinion. However, a 'middle of the road' cabinet
    does not speak to Mr. Obama's radical view of killing babies in the womb,
    or just out of it for that matter.
    About this, we know God is not pleased.

    December 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Brian

    The problem with this is two fold. Bush did make mistakes. The education policy has failed. Blame Bush? Sure he made the mistake of allowing Ted Kennedy, a very liberal senator, the privilage of writing the education bill; hense we are now stuck with "no child left behind." Bush tried to "reach across the aisle", which was his biggest mistake. Instead of standing up to the liberal non-sense of the Democratic Party, Bush tried to become "buddy-buddy" with the Democrates. I have great respect for Bush, however, I feel that he has failed the country in one main area. President Bush failed to be a conservative. He showed liberal characteristics of a big spending government. The bailout bills for the auto industry and the housing market are absurd. For instance, if someone cannot pay their auto loan then they get their car repo'd. The same should go for a morgage payment. If an individual cannot pay their monthly morgage payment then they should get their house taken away. It is not the responsibility of hard working Americans, who can pay their bills, to have their tax money spent on people who foolishly took out house loans that they could not afford. The liberals, who have had control of congress for the last 2 years, put out legislation and made Americans believe that everyone should have a nice house and nice things. That is not the case. You work for what you get. If you don't work you don't eat.
    Bush has failed Americans, and so has the Republican Party, for not standing up to the liberal non-sense in Washington. When the Republicans had control of Congress they did not live up to the principles of the party. The Republicans became big spenders, Bush signed these Congressional acts into law: that is how Bush failed the American people.
    On the other hand, it seems that the majority of Americans are looking to Obama as the savior of our country. I dare say that Obama will do an even worse job of regulating the economy than his predicesor. Obama has propossed legislition that will bring our economy to its' knees. Obama's views are Marxist and Socialist at its' core. Simply put Obama is a modern-day Robin Hood. He will steal from the hard working Americans and give it, or in his words "redistribute the wealth" to people that don't deserve it. Why punish someone who has worked hard their whole life, gone to school to get an education; then turn around and give it to someone who has done neither of the two. It is ridiculous and absurd.
    In summary, sure President Bush has had his flaws as President. His greatest achievment would have to be that he kept America safe. After 9/11 he took the war to the terrorists and kept Americans safe. However, do not look at Obama as our saviour. His big spending, Marxist ways will drive our economy into a downward spiral that will take years to fix. Hopefully the Republican Party will return to the days of Dan Quale, Ronald Reagan, Jesse Helms, Newt Gingrich, and other great Americans who have given America its' better days.

    December 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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