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. Richard Rohde

    I am aware this violates CNN's don't say anything bad about the democrats or Hussein Obama policy, but is there any new news on Charlie Rangel and his crimes that Nancy Pelosi and the damocratically controlled house are letting him get away with? What about the news that Biden says there will be no earmarks in the stimulus package and its all over the Nevada papers that Harry Reid has promised the state a billion dollars. Any damocratic hypocrisy you manage to report will be greatly appreciated by those of us who weren't bamboozled by your biased coverage of Hussein and the damocrats.

    December 24, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. SG

    So Robertson is pleased with Obama's handling of the financial mess? What has Obama done?? The Dow has not recovered to the same election day level. It dove on 11/5/08 and has not closed at the same level or above as on 11/4/08.

    December 24, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Texas Teacher

    Nevermind Pat Robertson and the type of religious intolerance that he and his ilk preach! I just read the next article about the memorial service for Obama's Grandmother. Frist Unitarian Church is a nondenominational church that preaches religious freedom and tolerance! I hope that the Obamas will bring this church to the national front. We need a dose of this kind of Christianity....

    Just saying... this from a NonChristian. :)

    December 24, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. roger lehnert

    i struggle to think of one thing that went right during the bush administration. roger

    December 24, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Drew

    What would Pat Robertson do? Choose not to think for himself, evidently. Of course, when have Christians ever thought for themselves?

    December 24, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. ml - California

    I agree with Pat Robertson – he speaks the truth about the Bush Administration! NO-NOTHING!!!!

    December 24, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Drew

    What would Jesus do? Use his message to gain political power, evidently. Pat Robertson is a joke.

    December 24, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. bill, alabama

    Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus. For Pat Robertson to criticize George Bush, there has to be a Santa Claus.

    Merry Christmas to all and a stocking full of switches for George and Dick!

    December 24, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. David Goldman

    I THINK TELLING THE TRUTH SHOULD COME BEFORE PARTY.

    YOU CAN'T HIDE THE WHEREABOUTS OF A RELATIVE WHO HAS

    BEEN CHARGED WITH A HORRENDOUS CRIME JUST BECAUSE

    THEY ARE YOU RELATIVE. YOU HAVE TO THINK OF OTHERS.

    December 24, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. concerned coloradan

    Brian – Very well written comment. You clearly care. But every basic
    idea is so very wrong. Return to Dan Quale. You must be joking!

    December 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Remy

    Those cry for GOD and ECONOMICS at the same time, are real cheaters of everything. Robertson is a proven racist. The relgious people are unproductive people and fool the people mentally! Thier main production is RACISM and HATE.

    I hope Robertson will pardon Bush for his sins. Then Bush claims he is not a sinner. This is the simple GOD business.

    Robertson is an example how these RELIGIOUS people want to hang on with people in power! They need CASH without working!

    December 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Matt, San Jose

    Pat who?? Nobody cares what this fraud thinks. And Bush's grade should be an F, not a C-.

    December 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. SOMEONE PLEASE THROW ANOTHER PAIR OF SHOES @ GW!!!

    ...these right-wing nuts are all responsible for the demise of our economy and the bad reputation of the US all over the world.

    it's too late now for the politically irrelevant Robertson to be jumping ships after being a sycophant to GW for 8yrs.

    these republicans are snakes and their words should never be trusted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Lauren the Designer

    @ Brian (11:46 a.m.)

    That was quite a rant and then you totally sealed the deal with your last line:

    "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."

    Dan Quayle!? Jesse Helms, the spokesmodel for segregation!? CLEARLY you are insane.

    December 24, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Kathy in Florida

    BUSH is not only the worst president, but he is a criminal. Send BUSH and Cheney straight to PRISON. I'm okay with a public hanging too. And if we decide to stone them, then I have a truck load.

    December 24, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. APRIL CHOYCE

    I beleive that Bush will rank as th worst president of all time because of his lack of concern of what others think...in his last couple of interviews him and Cheney both said "so what" to the interviewer when they were told of how unhappy the American people were about the IRAQ war...What do you mean so what? People have lost family and friends in a war most of us did not agree with. I hope that when Jan 21st comes they try to press criminal charges against him and Cheney for misleading and misinforming the "people". Even now Bush is no where to be seen..last time I saw him he was getting shoes thrown a him but Barack has been in the front and he isn't even the president until Jan 20th. So I agree with Pat!

    December 24, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS COUNTRY IS GOING DOWN FOR MORE REASONS THAN BUSH!!

    OBAMA USED THAT AS A TOOL TO GET ELECTED!!!!!!!

    THE REAL REASON THIS COUNTRY IS GOING UNDER IS MADE UP OF SEVERAL ISSUES.

    1. MAKING FOREIGN PEOPLE AMERICAN CITIZENS AND THEN LETTING THEM STAND IN LINE WITH THE REST OF THE LAZY PEOPLE FOR FREE HANDOUTS.

    2. GIVING FREE MONEY AWAY TO PEOPLE WHO COULD WORK.
    IT PAYS TO HAVE LOTS OF BABIES AND LIVE OFF THE GOVERNMENT RATHER THAN WORK.

    3. LAW SUITS AGAINST INSURANCE COMPANIES AND MEDICAL DOCTORS/COMPANIES WHICH HAS DRIVEN OUR RATES THROUGH THE ROOF.

    4. SENDING JOBS OVER SEAS. LOOK AT JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU BUY ITS MADE OUT OF THE US.

    5. AND GREED AS LONG AS CRIME PAYS NOTHING WILL EVERY CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE NEED TO PUT ALL THESE CROOKED PEOPLE IN JAIL.

    SO PLEASE STOP BLAMING BUSH FOR EVERYTHING AND WAKE UP!

    December 24, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. ol saint nick

    I appreciate Mr. Robertson's willingness to be equitable, but honestly, his opinion does not count for much with me one way or the other. But Merry Christmas to him, anyway.

    December 24, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Smedley Butler

    This is the guy who's father kept him out of the Inchon landing in Korea .
    He has no integrity and is a total hypocrite

    December 24, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. sick n tired

    George Bush is the Adolf Hitler of the 21st century! May God NOT have mercy on his soul!

    December 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Omari - Phx

    It Doesn't take a Genius to recognize Stupidity and It doesn't take all day to recognize the sunshine. Thanks for finally coming on board, Pat!!

    December 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. tim

    I was at first opposed to Obama, now it appears that he is more consertive then John McCain. It seems like that this point conservatives like him more than the liberal who bought him into office. I am conserative, not Republican.

    December 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Ben

    I'm a bit concerned with all of these Republicans coming for ward now to say what a terrible job President Bush has done. Duh!

    How about their apologizing for all of the money they spent getting him elected. Twice. And all of the time they spent organizing on his behalf. Twice.

    The Republican party will not turn itself around until it can acknowledge their inherent corruption and all of the misdeeds they have done over the last eight years.

    A trillion dollars is gone. 5,000 American lives are gone in two wars with little to show for it. And 50,000 Americans are now injured or disabled - and without the Walter Reade scandal, we'd never hear about the shameful ways we've treated our honorable returning vets.

    This administration and the Republican congress and senate will cost this country dearly, for many many years to come. They need to turn off their Obama-biting press machine and look inward a bit more.

    Ben

    December 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. ray

    i really do wonder what the man above is thinking right now after hearing what this mumbo jumbo on the right said?, then again it has ne wondering if there is a man above. you do the math

    December 24, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Texas Teacher

    BRIAN, BRIAN, BRIAN! How is it that you Repubs can always find a way to blame the DEMOCRATS for YOUR mistakes? I am amazed and overwhelmed with your logic!

    Go back under that rock you have been living under for the last 8 years! Put your blinders back on and hope that anyone can see your logic besides pure idiots! You and your Party got us into this mess ALL B Y YOURSELVES! Like it or not, YOU were the party IN CONTROL with a republican president and a republican dominated congress!

    Get over it.... Seriously... suck it up.... your emporer is wearing no clothes and you seem to be one of the few who cannot see the TRUTH of IT!

    December 24, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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