February 12th, 2009
05:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Gregg withdrawal shows Obama's inexperience, senator says

(CNN) - Sen Judd Gregg's decision to withdraw his name for Commerce Secretary is a sign of President Obama's inexperience, Republican Sen Bob Bennet of Utah said.

“I think it is a demonstration of inexperience. You don’t attract someone of Judd Gregg caliber into the cabinet and then take steps that would cause him to leave without at least talking to him and understanding that that might happen," he told reporters Thursday.


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  1. Holly 65

    Everything is obama's fault to republicans. What is new!

    February 12, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. FreeNLovIt

    Obie is one man. He cant be doing your personal taxes for you and running your personal/professional life. Again, the guy is moving at light-speed. You need to be ready to handle all situations.

    February 12, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. RIP GOP

    It's a sign of the GOP's party-first politics....

    February 12, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Lydia

    This makes no sense. Leave it to the GOP and their spin machine. I am glad he is out!

    February 12, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. mk

    my my, typical repub. quick to criticize. If only they would be so quick to act to help the American people instead of occupying all of their time criticizing and doing NOTHING.

    February 12, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. s smith

    Inexperience to what.... For what I can see, all of you "footdraggers" are inexperience. You have no clue of what the American people needs. Stop criticizing one another and get down to real business!!

    February 12, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Dave

    One thing you can COUNT ON is that Republicans are already campaigning for 2012. They will do anything and say anything to put any Dem in a bad light. Do you wonder why tehre has been so much politica division over the last 8 years?? Cons!

    February 12, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. kayla

    you asked for the job, idiot.

    February 12, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Gene

    It's not inexperience.. it's called the willingness to reach across the isle and include both parties in decision making processes. Unfortunately, as we can see by the voting in congress so far.. Republicans are like robots... unwilling to budge from their programming.

    February 12, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. William Wirt

    Hopefully every member of GOP is voted out of office in 2010.

    February 12, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Rob L

    Obama's a nice guy but he's in over his head as President. As MANY said during the campaign, he just doesn't have the 'executive' experience necessary for the job and it is becoming woefully apparent. Just because someone can 'give good speech', doesn't mean he can govern. Just look at your local anchorman and ask if he'd be qualified to be President. Nough said...

    February 12, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Independant Voter

    Oh, sure.

    This guy bends to the will of his party (who does not want to be seen as giving Obama any room for credit) and we're supposed to believe Obama's inexperience is to blame?

    What he really meant to say was, "Silly Obama. Why would he ever have believed that Republicans would work cooperatively with anyone other than Republicans. He hasn't spent enough time around us to know we're all full of crap."
    That's what the Republican Senator from Utah meant.

    February 12, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. LA2NC

    This is the last straw as far as the republicans are concerned. They have no interest in helping to solve the issues that we face. I think that the president has gone out of his way to include them. Obama is better that I am, I say to hell with them......... same thing that they say about our nation.

    February 12, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Nevada Independant

    Oh, sure.

    This guy bends to the will of his party (who does not want to be seen as giving Obama any room for credit) and we're supposed to believe Obama's inexperience is to blame?

    What he really meant to say was, "Silly Obama. Why would he ever have believed that Republicans would work cooperatively with anyone other than Republicans. He hasn't spent enough time around us to know we're all full of crap."
    That's what the Republican Senator from Utah meant.

    February 12, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Woody

    another PRIME example of politics AS USUAL in Washington DC... its all about power and who gets it.

    the Obama administration will be better off without him.

    February 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Marco

    Try again Senator Bennet. This just makes the Republican party look like obstructionists. When will the GOP get it? When Gregg took the commerce sec position did he not know that he was going to be in a Democrat administration? lol

    February 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. cabianni

    so many indoctrinated ultra-liberals

    February 12, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. Gregg must have a scandal about to break

    Obama's vetting team must have just found something really bad about to break on Gregg's character.

    Gregg begged for this job and he suddenly pulls out – sounds like another corrupt Republican.

    The louder the Republicans scream against Obama – the more suspect they look about needing to hide something. Republicans are so unprofessional and prove once again they cannot be trusted. Everything concerning the welfare of America is just a game to them.

    February 12, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Endi K

    The for Gregg, the GOP comes first! He asked for it and now cites differences, didn't he know that before? Of course, they have differences but Pres Obama has a big heart and a bigger outlook than Gregg. It is Gregg's loss to make a difference in Pres Obama's administration. I believe he prefers to be on the opposing side to cripple progress rather than on the current administrations side to work for the American people. Pres Obama has done so many things in his short time in office than the Republican's in 8 years and they are afraid of the positive change happening for the country. God Bless America and Pres Obama continue your good work!!

    February 12, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. crush groove

    Cons last stand. ummm, I remember custard was just as stubborn. lmao!!!

    February 12, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    HAHAHAHAHA @ UTAH. Hook this bloviating moron's mouth up to a gas pipeline, quick!

    February 12, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. AnaB

    No, it doesn't make Obama look bad, it makes the republicans look even worse. More secret meetings, more party first ideas and to he!! with the country.

    February 12, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. ready

    that right all you fools, go suck the gov't tit for all its worth. don't any of you have self pride and want to get by on your own accords? yer all cradle to grave LOSERS!

    February 12, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Jon in CA

    It's ok, people, there are 56 other States where Obama can choose a Senator for the Commerce Job!

    February 12, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. freda

    Bob Bennett – Judd Gregg's withdrawal has nothing to do with President Obama's "inexperience." Did you have experience as a Senator before you became one?

    The withdrawal of Judd Gregg may have been created as a gotcha moment during one of President Obama's victories. The implications by the other republicans would have cost him due to him working so closely with a Democrat. Unfortunately, the Republicans were not tied to each other when George Bush was President. They gave him every thing he wanted – without question – and look at where we are now.

    Well, Judd Gregg's withdrawal is something that should have happened. God knows what He is doing. Regardless as to the excuses these people are giving, including Tom Daschle, God has the final say – He's the one removing those whose goals and intentions are not what they should be in order to support the President of the United States.

    I' m so glad President Obama is an anointed man – you don't have to ask him because it shows. He has a light that no one can take from him.

    February 12, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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