February 21st, 2010
11:08 AM ET
3 years ago

Gov. Patrick: 'Unseemly' to root for Obama to fail


Washington (CNN) – A close political ally of President Obama predicted Sunday that critics of the administration who "root for failure" would pay a price because the country faces so many challenges.

"It's unseemly, to use a tactful term, to see so many people – so many people in office – sit on the sidelines and root for failure," Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Massachusetts, said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union. "I think most Americans, no matter what their political background or political party affiliation if they have one, want their president to succeed."

Obama "does not pretend to have all the answers" and has solicited policy ideas from Republicans, Patrick said.

"I think that the American people are going to hold accountable those who simply sit on the sidelines and root for failure," Patrick said. "We can't afford that anymore."

Patrick also said that, in his view, Obama has focused on the issues that matter to the public: health care, job creation, and the economic pain that has gripped the country since late 2008.

Gov. Jim Douglas, R-Vermont, who appeared alongside Patrick on State of the Union, echoed the Massachusetts governor's sentiments.

Douglas told CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that partisan gridlock in Washington bothers his constituents in Vermont.

"We have two major political parties in our country and that's fine," Douglas said. "They have different points of view and the robustness of the political process is that those views come to the table. They're debated and their reconciled. But, ultimately, something has to happen. The work has to be done."

"When you look at Congress – all the bickering, all the inaction – I think the American people are really fed up."
Patrick and Douglas are in Washington to attend a meeting of the National Governors Association, which is chaired by Douglas.

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soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. suresh

    Republicans would let you believe that only reason they are against Obama is because of his policies not anything else. However, they keep talking about " Taking our country back". Why have we lost our country if we elected a Democrat to the Whitehouse? Why they did not say that when Clinton was in the Whitehouse? It is very clear to me that Republicans are against Obama because he is African American. The racism is still alive in USA and embraced by Republicans.

    They talk about small government but when Bush/Cheney were expanding the government where were these folks? They talk about government takeover of health care. How a Public Option is not a choice rather than anything mandatory? They are against trying the terrorists in civilian courts but do not talk about the 300 terrorists that were tried in civilian courts by Bush administration.

    In short, the Republicans are a racist bunch of middle aged white people and they could care less for what happens to the country as long as they get their man in the Whitehouse.

    February 21, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Hypocrites

    The republicans were at the same ribbon cutting ceremonies of
    projects established by the stimulus bill. The same bill that they were
    against.

    Wake up America. These people are dangerous for our country.

    Vote them all out.

    February 21, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Get rid of "party line" voters. If they can't work FOR US, put them in unemployment lines WITH US.

    February 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. jwp

    We want his policies to fail. That means we want HIM to fail, not the country. We believe his policies will make things worse. We want HIM to fail! That is very simple and even libtards should understand the difference. I believe that you libtards not only wanted Bush to fail, you openly fantasized about his death. Now all of a sudden dissent is unseemly. Libtards, can;t stand'em and unfortunately can't shoot them.

    February 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. GI Joe

    We can fix it - Get rid of "party line" voters. If they can't work FOR US, put them in unemployment lines WITH US.

    February 21, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Heartland Flyer

    All I hear is BLAH, BLAH-BLAH, BLAH-BLAH. Both sides are screwed up. The Democratic President and the leaders of Congress have blamed the Repub's for the past 4 years. The (so-called conservative) talk show hosts have carried the flag for the for the Repub's. We sit at a stand still while they point fingers and say they don't want to play if they don't get their own way. We need health care change, but not a 1000 page bill full of crap. We need tax reform and everyone to pay his or her own way. But everyone wants to find loopholes for their own selfish desires. The Gov. of Mass. is blowing smoke up our ass just as much as anyone else. Sure they're intelligent but are they wise. Wisdom is shown by the wise use of knowledge. Something it would appear neither side has!

    February 21, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Doraine Gordon

    The Governor is absoluely right in everything he says. What kind of people are these who were elected to help run our country and then sit on the sidelines cheering for our President to fail? They are absolute monsers. What can they possibly hope to gain? Do they honestly think that the American people who voted for them will be stupid enough to re-elect them? I hope they aren't holding their breath because it won't happen. They are acting like a bunch of 3rd graders!!! Grow up and do your job!!

    February 21, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. debinaz

    this congress and white house need to correct the problems that they have made for this country instead of moving out west just a litte futher on the constitution....we have a bankrupt social security and medicare system...we the people dont need to own the banking industry and the car industry and aig the insurance industry either.....the only way to correct this whole situation is to cut back and stop spending so much money.....with in the last year i and all my fellow employees have taken pay cuts at work so that we can keep our jobs...maybe our government can follow that lead and learn to do the same...dont forget folks most of them are very rich and it isnt their money that they are bent on spending, it ours....i am not voting for some progessive that is out to take advantage of the american people..they have one goal in mind and that is to spend our money untill all of us are broke and have nothing....they are the elite and they dont care about the middle class in america...i dont strictly vote party and never will again as these progressives have elimanated the democratic party...what i want is the country to belong to the people and the government to take a back seat....we the people need to create jobs in the private sector...that is amerca and she will be strong with we the people running the country and not some elected officials..

    February 21, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Monkey wrench

    Please libs you're killing me with this BS rhetoric of get on board GOP. The Obama hijack cruise pulled up the boarding planks and sailed away from the dock headed due west, the Dems left all out that disagreed with far left policies out of the fray and Harry, Nancy and Barry decided policy on their own. Stimu-less, failed miserably other than to keep State bureaucrats in their jobs that are typically anti-commerce, think it, give tax money to continue the government onslaught on private property rights. Now that money is spent and soon the government employee will be looking for a job like the rest of us in the private market. Healthcare reform by the Dems is a quagmire of debt trap, yes, the Conservatives blew it over the last 8 years but the message is clear based on what Obama has delivered thus far, it is time to go back to the basics that made this Nation great. And those that still expunge racism as the reason for Obama's failures, ask yourselves who fought the civil war for the black man, who marched the civil rights for the black man, only blacks? Time to step up for yourselves, the New society free hand-up that turned into a 50-yr free hand-out days are OVER, baby daddy broke!

    February 21, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Scott, Tucson

    We have listen to the liberals here attack and criticized just about everything George Bush or the republicans have done or said, so now it's obama's turn to get the same treatment. At least Bush had some leadership and legislative experience whereas obama is learning by OJT and he's doing a poor job of that. You would have been better served by putting Hillary in the White House but sadly you all got wrapped up in the whole Hopey-Changey slogans of a community organizer.

    February 21, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Bob from Pittsburgh

    We have a debt and we must pay it..

    How? Higher taxes less spending.. Just like a credit card you don’t pay, the balance gets bigger…

    Or we can continue as the status quo.. Fighting like two tribes that hate each other..

    Funny.. afraid of Iran, and we behave like fools..

    United we stand… he he he… funny…

    Have a great day..

    February 21, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Benn

    I believe that a case can be made for comparing the "grassroots" movements of the last year and the ones that emerged in the South after the Civil War when "conservatives" there suffered a similar "change" that they felt threatened by.

    A segment of the white population embittered by the defeat of their "ideals", sought to 're-tool' their approach and stymie any further evolution of the "foreign" agenda represented by the very notions of blacks in parity.

    Their first response was to do "nothing" and wait for their moment that they were certain would come without their help and say, "I told you so!"

    They weren't "Americans" then and "they" are not "Americans" now.

    February 21, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. John

    Gov. Patrick: 'Unseemly' to root for Obama to fail

    So true. However, Republicans are unseemly people.

    February 21, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. guest

    Heck.. I want the Prez to succeed no matter what party he is..But this guy has to plan... He has never ever seen a project through to completion. That is why his ideas are so broken as is our government he leads...

    February 21, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Hannah

    What I am seeing in this country with the conservatives and the tea party people is a movement to get rid of all social programs and privatize everything that is government run. What we have to do is look at our current "health care" that is run by private enterprise insurance companies. How is that working for us. Wellpoint , Blue Cross, Blue Shield is raising premiums by 39% and at the same time denying coverage for those who get sick. These companies only serve the insurance companies not the people. Government will work for us if we allow it. Medicare is working, Social Security is working and if these programs had not been stolen from through the years they would be fine today. Bush tried to privatize Social Security. Can you imagine if what would have happened if we had allowed that to happen. And what would happen if there was no Social Security; pensions in private companies have been reneged on, our seniors would be living in poverty.

    February 21, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Jerry in NC

    Enough is enough! When are those of you, who "take sides", going to be honest with yourselves and everyone else? Stop pretending that you want your country to be healed and succeed! All you want is for your own selfish needs and desires to be realized. And that goes for both sides of the fence. I, myself, voted for the President, because I was tired of the downward spiral of this country. He is working as hard as he can to fix those things that have been broken for decades, including the ridiculous political climate that exist right now. Republicans, conservatives, religious-right, tea party.....what ever you want to call yourself or align with...please stop trying to hide your selfishness, and hatred in a political dressing. Those of you who claim to be so knowledgeable about the economy, socialism, health care, etc.,...stop spouting off with the lies and "gloom and doom" theories! The majority of the debt that this country has right now, was already there before President Obama was ever sworn in....FACT! No, you can't spend your way out of debt, but when coporate america abandons the country, like they have, the govt. has no choice but to spend money to keep people who don't have stock portfolios, from starving to death. If you are a true patriot, and call yourself an american, then you should want ALL of americans to be "well"....not just the "haves". You on the radical right had better be careful about what you wish for....the last time this country was so divided, politically and economically, remember what happened! Only this time, i guarantee you, that you won't survive with your "plantations" intact!

    February 21, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. A Dennis

    We know big governmet is not the answer, but we must understand when you have a country and an econmy that is about to go under because of the previous administration spending money and makeing policies that only help corporate america and the politicians who were pushing the policies then I don't mind for a short period of time for the government to step in and correct it before the problem gets worse.The only thing that Obama is trying to do is use government to correct most of the problems that were created by the previous administration and not for this to happen again. I really appreciate what he is trying to do, but all of this fighting in Washington by ALL parties must stop. Think about it. If Obama fails what do you think is going to happen when the next President gets up there? It is going to be worse. We are in too much trouble to "root" for someone to fail. This is crazy and I for one am tired of it.

    February 21, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Michael from Ventura

    This is a voice of reason, and I hope he's correct. The party of NO needs to be held accountable for their absolute disregard for the American people. To put their hatred of the President above the needs of the country is unforgiveable.

    February 21, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. B. Hanson

    Sure, he concentrated on the things that matter the most, like a nobel peace prize when he's at war in two countries. Oh and his failed attempt to land the Olympics. We all wanted Chicago to get that.

    February 21, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Just Stop

    I'll begin to believe the Repubicnan rant, laced with their unhealthy, unpatriotic, anti-common good agenda, when we finally find those weapons of mass destruction that immorally led us into a $12, 000,000,000 a month war. True, that war was not an act of socialism, since only a select few benefitted from such deceit.

    February 21, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Rob - Indy

    One question – Can anyone honestly say they think McCain and Palin would have done better for this country? I still shutter at the thought. If they don't like Obama, then blame the RNC and the republican political machine for putting up such unacceptable candidates.

    February 21, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. willowood

    My ability to sit here and type a comment to be read by so many should require some common sense, restraint ,and at least an attempt to address issues.
    Internet aka 'Pandora's Box' was opened about 20+ years ago with hopes of bringing information to all corners of the world. We now have bloggers, twitters, dimwits, and hate mongers able to get their messages played along with voices of reason. Only we can decide who makes more sense in solving problems rather than exacerbating them. All names should be required to post comments. Brings done the hype on all sides.

    February 21, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. G in BR

    Truth-Bomb Thrower February 21st, 2010 11:47 am ET said:

    "If someone is trying to burn down your house, why would you want them to succeed?"

    This is the type of ignorant nonsense that will doom this country. There is a difference, moron, between a fire fighter and a fire starter. If your house was on fire, would you be mad at the firefighter that busted out your window, broke down your door and sprayed water on your walls if they were trying to put out the fire? No, you wouldn't!!! So, yes some of the country's windows will get busted out and some doors will get knocked down while this unpleasant event we call a recession is turned around. The President DID NOT create these problems. Your logic is exactly what our enemies are counting on. Keep up your good work and you will walk out of your house one day and find out that the enemies of this country have answered your prayers!!!!

    February 21, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Karen, Maryland

    While all of you are slinging mud at each other you are missing the point.

    The folks in Congress are supposed to be the best and brightest of us. Yet none of them are interested in anything but buzz words and their own personal agendas. An those who scream loudest on this board and others are playing into their manipulation. What is wrong with you folks?

    As long as there is the gridlock in Congress and the ideologues hijack both parties, nothing will get done.

    February 21, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. B

    With the country facing unprecedented challenges, we have idiots actually stating that they would like to see Obama fail, which is unconscionable!

    It only leaves you with the notion that racism is at the core of it.

    It takes a very long time to evolve away from tribalism to civilization and it is moving very slowly.

    February 21, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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