January 27th, 2010
10:16 PM ET
5 years ago

Castellanos: Saying one thing, doing another

(CNN) - The same president who yearned for less partisanship tonight also resorted to it without hesitation a few sentences later, blaming his problems on his predecessor, one long year into his own administration.

That same president who yearned to reduce deficits also called for a huge expansion of government and a bagful of expensive new Washington programs. The same president who said, "We can't wage a perpetual campaign," just brought in his campaign manager to do exactly that. And the same president, who said it was urgent to reduce the deficit, said we would start next year.

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. File under "Sarcasm"

    And your point is? You expected something different from Mr M. T. Suit?

    January 27, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. voter

    there is a difference bet. blaming and stating facts. if castalanoes does not like it then too bad.

    January 27, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. Jackson

    there is a reason for everything and the reason for our problems today are the results of the past administration

    January 27, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. Dan

    Alex, you know the Federal budget starts on October 1. That means October 1, 2010 there will be a freeze.

    Typical of politics that a strategist ignores this fact to imply something else.

    January 27, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. ForThePeople

    No kidding, that was so obvious. What was meant to be a speech to reach the hearts of the American people and focus on the economy turned out to be the usual rhetoric and elitist tone while continuing to blame Bush and strengthening the division between the Democrats and Republicans.

    This speech bombed and was offensive to those of us middle Americans like me who not only live paycheck to paycheck, but also serve this country and are not supported by many of those liberal Democrats in the chamber.

    January 27, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. L Allen

    It is amazing that he is that far removed from the people of America. He is a public servant not a King or Royalty

    January 27, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. John Burns

    Alex Castellanos, you had this written before the speech.

    It's a fact. THose were numbers. Fact. Your boy George ruined this country. IT will take more than a year to overcome it.
    To paraphrase Truman – "he just tells the truth, and you think it's partisanship."

    January 27, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  8. John Burns

    Budgets are done a year in advance, dillweed.

    January 27, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  9. Ryan

    "One long year," huh. You sound like my 3-year-old daughter, to whom a single year is an almost incomprehensibly vast length of time.

    What the President said was simply fact. Unfortunately, we never really stopped to focus on the rapidly growing deficit during the Bush years. Now, with the economy at the forefront, people are finally waking up.

    And I'm a conservative-leaning independent who didn't even vote for the guy. I don't agree with what's being proposed to "solve" this gigantic problem, but no **halfway** intelligent person can believe that the Obama administration has "created" the current deficit. It's basic economics.

    January 27, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. Larry

    Same old Party Of NO whining ...

    Just once I'd like to see a Republican take responsibility for their own ineptness ...

    Never in my life have I seen such a group of useless whiners ...

    Try helping the people of this country, just once, instead of always helping yourselves to gratitude of the big money lobbyist ...

    January 27, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. IKHAN

    Regardless of what these people say ,tonight's speech would go down in history as one of the finest by any leader in difficult times.
    We are now wondering why didn'tt America have him much before.
    God Bless President Obama & America

    January 27, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. Allan

    The truth hurts, doesn't it, Mr. Castellanos? The fact is that the deficit was created by your party, and if you don't want to face it, then you and yours are welcome to make it worse, PROVIDED you are willing to face the music. 10 years ago, there was a surplus. Two tax cuts and a huge expansion in government are FACTS. Do you want to deny it?

    January 27, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. msen

    Crappy commentary by Mr. Castellanos. He clearly was oblivious to the blatant disrespect coming from the right.

    The Republican reaction to most of the remarks is disgraceful. I'm embarrassed for the Republican Party and Mr. Castellanos.

    January 27, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  14. Showtime - Tampa

    Never seen a president who could talk out of both sides of his mouth so well!

    But even more sad, is a population that falls for it so often....fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me....HE NEVER fooled me, but I wish more people would adhere to this saying! He has continued to lie to the electorate without shame.....very sad!

    January 27, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. Doug Miller

    Mr. Castellanos...Is the truth that hard to accept?? George W. Bush STARTED with a SURPLUS in the budget....In eight years that SURPLUS turned into MASSIVE DEFICITS....Barack Obama DID NOT DO THIS!!!!!

    January 27, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. Ruth

    Sounds like sour grapes, Alex.

    January 27, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. Scott

    That is the dumbest post. He doesn't own the silly Republican strategy to say no to everything. He didn't give the fattest tax cut to the richest people. He doesn't have to fix all the problems. You need to straighten out your political theater cronies...then try, just try, this argument

    January 27, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. Super Human

    Bush did doig the hole you idiot

    January 27, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. Barbara Independent in NY

    Sorry Alex, your comments are typical Republican blather. You guys never produce ideas with substance. All you do is say NO!

    January 27, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  20. ForThePeople

    Same old promises, same arrogance, same partisan politics, same disconnect with middle America, and same blame. America wants leadership which stars with taking responsibility.

    January 27, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. 8 Years of the Bush Error = Recession and Record Unemployment for ? Years.

    And it was no less than the RNC chairman Michael Steele that stated "bi-partisanship is over-rated" and heads of the Republicans in Congress have openly stated they are trying to "break" President Obama and insure he meets his "Waterloo".

    You seem to have forgotten those comments, Alex.

    When the stated party of No agenda is for the President to "fail" how does that help America?

    Would the Saints be the NFC champs if Brees had played like Farve?

    January 27, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  22. Ole Smokey

    He speaks out of both sides of his mouth, what's bad about it it's in the same speech. DUH, more smoke and mirrors.

    January 27, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. Jon

    And yet he wasn't wrong about the Bush administration's debts, was he not? Do you question the facts he brought up to support his point?

    January 27, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  24. adrian

    That is you by the way not the President

    January 27, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  25. Beverly in NC

    President Obama spoke the truth. He inherited a huge Republican mess that they keep trying to run from and take no responsibility for. They also refuse to do anything to help the American People for this disaster. They vote NO on everything and do everything to obstruct all positive legislation to restore American. Republicans are the problem to anything getting done. They tell lies, spread hate and fear and rely on disreputable outlets like FOX.

    The Republican response given by the Governor of VA is a joke. He parroted Obama's speech, offered NO solutions, and no agenda, and talked about not a single issue! It was a mixed up jumble of nothing – so Republican! Offer NOTHIING and DO NOTHING!

    Republicans are in deep trouble as once again they have NOTHING to say or offer to do NOTHING to get any issues solved. Obstructionism and Republicans lies live on!

    January 27, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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