February 12th, 2009
05:05 PM ET
5 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. Jackie in Dallas

    Somehow, I think Bennett is reaching a bit for this. Gregg actively campaigned for the position, but bowed out after suddenly talking to GOP leadership? How many Dems did our previous President even invite to participate in his Cabinet? ZERO!

    OK, so maybe President Obama's staff should have handled this better; gee I seem to remember it took President Bush three MONTHS to even get his staff and Cabinet NOMINATED. So, in the urgency of trying to deal with a global economic meltdown, growing financial difficulties of the US, and three inherited wars, the current Executive Branch treated a Republican with less than bow from the waist deference. Duh.

    February 12, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Tim

    I think this says a lot more about Senator Gregg's limited character....actually he has none. I'm wondering what tthe Republican who was negotiated to take his place is now thinking.

    February 12, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Former Republican Voter

    HUH?

    What the.... "A Senator of that experience" and who lobby that hard for a position, should certainly be expected to have fully grasped the stands of the administration for which he is seeking to serve!

    So, Gregg had not realized that a comprehensive stimulus bill with lesser emphasis on tax cuts was the absolute first priority of this administration? Well, I did – and I am no "Washington insider." Gregg is simply in lock-step with his party leaders. And now there is an attempt to make it a fault of the administration?

    Simply behavior pathetic and shameful.

    February 12, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. ctvoter

    Yeah, well that's exactly why rush and the repugs pressured him to do it. Short term publicity, long-term downward spiral. Get a life.

    February 12, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Lisa P

    Bob who?

    February 12, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. Streamwood Bill

    Actually it seems to be more evidence that Republicans can flip-flop with the best of them.

    First Senator Gregg wants the job and sought it out.

    Now he doesn't want the job.

    Who knows what he'll do tomorrow?

    February 12, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    What this incident shows is that Obama should not seek so-called bipartisan support from Republicans. Republicans have been highjacked by right-wing extremes and that CANNOT be trusted to put the nation's best interest ahead of silly and childish politics! Gregg is coward just like all other two-faced, hypocritical Republican trash.

    February 12, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Dee

    You know what's worse than a sore loser? An arrogant winner! You guys might have won this battle but you won't win the war. In fact, neither side will because we are all too self-absorbed to ever be the kind of nation we could and should be. All of you are going to wonder "what happened" in a few years, and it will probably be too late!

    February 12, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. chuck

    ALL STATES SHOULD KICK ALL REPUBLICANS OUT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THEY ARE UNDERMINING THE PROGRESS OF THE COUNTRY.

    February 12, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. m.thomas

    i cannot ever remember, someone who was not an american ever saying, i wish i were an american, but lateley, i have heard many say, american are lucky. lucky, to have a man, like president Obama as their leader.
    Look, your republician, will do everything, to make sure that he does not suceed, especially, he is black.
    maybe, there is more to judd gregg story than he is telling
    remember, the whole world, is looking at you american, and your treatment of this black man

    February 12, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Rachel

    I am so sick of the Republicans picking apart everything Barack Obama does. They are hurting themselves for 2010 and beyond because they sound like a bunch of old men with sour grapes.

    STOP THE CRITICISM GOP! Give our President a chance and your support!

    February 12, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Alex

    I don't see how this reflects poorly on Obama (other than the fact that he shouldn't have picked a fiscal conservative for Commerce to begin with). Gregg lobbied for the position and has removed himself, lay the blame for the withdrawal where it belongs: with him. The GOP was probably eager for him to get his hands on the census, so they could gerrymander their way back into favor; they should have realized that the administration wouldn't be quite so gullible as that.

    February 12, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. jp,michigan

    Obama's bipartisan beliefs = control of the congress, administration and finally the courts. His Treasury sectary has a plan some where in his mind but he just doesn't know how to implement it!

    February 12, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    President Obama's attempts at bipartisanship have been met with virtually nothing but contempt by the "Party of No's" Know-Nothing obstructionists.

    Hopefully voters will take a look at how they were DUPED by the Rethuglicriminals for the past eight years and REMEMBER that when they go to the polls in 2010, PARTICULARLY if the Rethugbuttuglies continue to attempt to derail the desperately-needed recovery.

    10,000 Reptilicans at the bottom of the sea would be an EXCELLENT start! Failing that, VOTE THEM OUT in 2010!!

    February 12, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. TjayeInLA

    Dee...we are wondering what happened now, because you people were so arrogant when you cheated and put GW in the White House and now you have ruined the country. You destroy the nation, our economy and support a murdering group of fat cats and you think WE are arrogant and going to bring things down. Are you on a planet that doesn't get the news?

    February 12, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. KW, Vail AZ

    "a sign of President Obama's inexperience" is simply another republican talking point. I've heard it used by other repub on other issues. The one thing that is transparent about the repubs is that they've already begun campaigning for 2010 and 2012. What they don't realize is that they are the Dems best weapon.

    February 12, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. For pity's sake...

    these guys take any excuse to take a shot....Obama could raise the dead and cure cancer and they'd be harping about WHICH dead he raised and wailing about how oncologists would be unemployed.
    Get over it.

    February 12, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Caligirl

    chuck February 12th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

    ALL STATES SHOULD KICK ALL REPUBLICANS OUT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THEY ARE UNDERMINING THE PROGRESS OF THE COUNTRY.
    _________________________________

    Yes sir, you hit the nail on the head.

    February 12, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. houstonguy

    After 8 years of shoving an additional $5 Trillion dollars of debt onto our already sizable $5 trillion in existing debt, Republicans now all of a sudden turn into "Fiscal conservatives"?
    Only the Dumbest will continue to support these Snake Oil Salesmen.

    February 12, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. Sammy

    Since when does Gregg's withdrawal have ANYTHING to do with Obama's experience or lack thereof? This is exactly the kind of B.S. story that chips away at a president's veneer.

    Get over yourselves. If you have any decency, you will acknowledge that Gregg's motives are completely unclear. I don't care how thin you wish to slice it - Gregg is hiding something. Mark my words.

    - Sammy

    Boston, MA

    February 12, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. Caligirl

    m.thomas February 12th, 2009 6:32 pm ET

    i cannot ever remember, someone who was not an american ever saying, i wish i were an american, but lateley, i have heard many say, american are lucky. lucky, to have a man, like president Obama as their leader.
    Look, your republician, will do everything, to make sure that he does not suceed, especially, he is black.
    maybe, there is more to judd gregg story than he is telling
    remember, the whole world, is looking at you american, and your treatment of this black man
    ______________________________________________

    Most of us Americans dealing in reality are aware that the entire world's eyes are upon us. It's just too bad that the Republican party can't get their act together so we can work as a team, and show the rest of the world our true American Spirit.

    February 12, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  22. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Judd Gregg caliber? He's that big of a hot shot?

    I'm sure the world can do well without him.

    February 12, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. Good riddance

    I say good riddance. President Obama, please reward those that supported you from the beginning, instead of those that were and may remain your enemy.

    February 12, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Jane

    It's hard to believe that so many people are drinking the "cool aid" will be interesting to see what else they will drink when force fed by the OB administration. Just like a cult leader to cloud the views and judgement of good people. I find it disturbing that people actually believe that Pelosi and Reid are doing the country good deeds. It is almost like Obama has the image and everyone else is doing his thinking for him. Kinda like the old vaudeville acts of the 30's and 40's . Heaven help the American people–before you know it you won't be able to do anything without the gov intervening.

    February 12, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Caligirl

    TjayeInLA February 12th, 2009 6:45 pm ET

    Dee…we are wondering what happened now, because you people were so arrogant when you cheated and put GW in the White House and now you have ruined the country. You destroy the nation, our economy and support a murdering group of fat cats and you think WE are arrogant and going to bring things down. Are you on a planet that doesn't get the news?
    _______________________________________________

    Very well said TjayeInLA. ;-) I was going to respond to Dee, but I know for a fact that CNN would not have posted my comment; it wasn't very nice.

    February 12, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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