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. u2canfail

    The situation is beyond bizarre. The President is elected. He was elected by a majority. Now, tell me why exactly, you root for him to fail? This is still America, elected by majority.
    Hate may be interesting, political fodder, it even works ie Germany/Hitler.
    I simply find the rhetoric, UNAMERICAN.

    February 21, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. E.P.Sewell

    WWe who are supposed to be so proud to beo Americans need
    to be praying that God bless America and our leaders. With all the thiings that are happening all over the world, catastrophic things they
    without God's mercy can happen to the US also. God places Kings and dethrones kings.

    February 21, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Diane Portland Oregon

    No matter what happens to this country, republicans will never vote with Democrats to fix the problems we are facing. They would rather see us crumble than work together. People need to realize its time to vote all republicans out of office, at least until we get back on our feet. Maybe they can work on getting real conservatives back in office instead of these new tea party candidates.

    February 21, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Bill Surrey

    It is clear that the only policy the Republicants have is to destroy the Dems, no matter what the cost to the average American. When asked, what alternative does the Repugs. have to offer. Nothing, nada, squat. Their tactic is to destroy Obama at ANY cost. Is that a sound alternative? Very childish IMHO.

    Imagine haters like Coulter, Beck, Hannity, and Limbaugh back in power. Ask yourself, am I better after the last eight years of buffonery? Lucky you if you are. Most aren't.

    I believe corporate loans were a very bad idea, but what alternative was offered by the opposition? Absolutely nothing but racist garbage from W.A.S.P. tea baggers that just hate a black administration.

    You had your chance and now all you do is embrace the past. That's a losing strategy for sure. Demographics will destroy your beliefs.

    February 21, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. JFK

    Heartland Flyer, I hear your point that both sides are responsible. But all we hear is the right side complaining non stop. Its time to stop the double talk and come to the table and start having conversations on real solutions.

    Both sides have been partisan in the past. The more we as the people allow our politicians to be partisan, the less likely we will get anything done. Period! Now its time we demand the partisan scorched earth policies of the past to be stopped and everyone sit down and start working together. We cant afford to wait longer as both parties play politics and fight. I dont care if your a Dem or Republican, write your representatives and DEMAND SOLUTIONS! We elected them and we have the power to change the system. Speak up for yourselves and dont just say it here on this site. Write or call your representatives and demand the infighting stop now. Lets not forget who they represent.

    February 21, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. darrent123

    God Blessed us with Obama!! May he continue to bless us with his fair-minded and collective consideration he gives on some of the most important issues every in the history of the United States.... did y'all hear that – The UNITED States.... remember that?

    February 21, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Ann

    "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."

    Sure, make the 'critics of the administration' responsible for the incompetence of your president. Don't forget to call them racists.

    February 21, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Iowa Voter

    Again, please let me apologize for Rep. Steven King from Sioux City, apperently his election was a drunken practical joke gone horribly wrong on election day!~

    February 21, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. annie against biased news

    The far left-liberal lunatics are hilarious – if obama's spend borrow spend borrow and spend some more policies succeed, our country fails. Which do you want? You certainly cannot have both!

    February 21, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. rob

    He is absolutely right. I can not wait for the obstructionists Republicans (and some of the Blue Dog Dems) to pay dearly for what they are doing. Payday is coming soon.

    February 21, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Death Panel Sarah

    To ...Dave in Cincinnati....
    Yeah healthcare reform is bad for the country!!!!

    We don't need lower premiums!! That would be stupid to pay less!!!
    We would have a lot more people jamming up this country with healthcare reform, too!! They could afford healthcare and wouldn't die!!!
    It would overcrowd all of us generous, caring reptilicons!!!

    February 21, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Debbie

    The Gov is spot on!

    February 21, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Big Daddy

    Since when did it become my problem to help pay for the uninsured? This country was founded on something that few today understand and what Teddy Roosevelt called, "Rugged Individualism." In short, it means solve your own problems and quit trying to raise my taxes to pay for every individual out there who hasn't gotten a piece of the American dream. Everyone has the right to pursue happiness; there are no guarantees you will get it but government consistently thinks it shouyld provide an insurance policy at the expense of every hard working American who isn't asking for a hand out.

    February 21, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Conservatism equals illiterate ignorance

    Too bad the likes of the Repugnants cannot see that rooting for Obama to fail is the same as rooting for the USA to fail, in other words treason.

    February 21, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Jilli

    Gov. Patrick is right. If I remember correctly..."you're either with us or against us", right fellow Americans? Or has that standard changed now too?

    The governors appearing on the sunday shows were all so reasonable and intelligent. Could we trade them for what's occupying space in Congress now?

    February 21, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Mary

    All politicans who have the opportunity to vote on the healthcare reform bill should have their cadillac healthcare insurance SUSPENDED until they can decide on a good healthcare reform bill for the American people. Even though I have great health insurance through my employment, I think this is the only way for politicians to realize what millions of people are experiencing in this country today. To see the politicians "just saying no" is downright un-American and I wish they would relinquish their posts of responsibility to others willing to compromise.

    February 21, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. JLM

    The GOP is saying, we don't want the stimulus, but we want the money. That proves that they want everything this President does to fail.

    February 21, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Socialism-do not work-live on the government

    Only could dems could spin the facts.PLEASE TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHY YOU DID NOTHING WHEN YOU HAD THE MAJORITY? We are waiting for an answer,maybe your tongue is too tired from yoour lies.862 billion and NOTHING to show.

    February 21, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. delia

    He's right though for the Republican sake if they really want to gain back power . They should make sure that they will not be left with the big mess like the one that their past Presiden Bush hds given Obama to clean up.
    If they want power they should at least help this President. Do they really think they will succeed with just pure lies and rhetorics.

    February 21, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Only a moron can't see the Republicans are once again rallying their "base" with the usual hate, fear, division and lies to get them to the polls – and then do what?

    Make government smaller? Under Bush, the government grew at an astounding pace.

    Lower taxes? Yeah – if you're a millionaire.

    Make our country safer? Right – by invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and letting Osama bin Laden slip into Pakistan?

    Strengthen our military? Sure – by deploying our troops over and over and over again (stop-loss) and then cutting their benefits when they get home.

    Help small businesses? OK – if you call sitting by the sidelines while health care costs go through the roof a good thing – when it's the #1 expense for small businesses.

    Like I said, only a moron would vote for Republicans and their tried-and-failed policies.

    Wake up, folks!

    February 21, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    It's funny, because the ones calling for our President and our country to fail claim they are the "true Americans" and "patriotic."

    Isn’t working to harm our country treason?!?

    February 21, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    jwp says, "Libtards, can;t stand'em and unfortunately can't shoot them."

    Ah, the "base" of the GOP at its finest – must make Lincoln proud!

    February 21, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. mw

    Repugs sound and act like hatemongers. Bunch of money loving lobby lovers. None of them appear to care about a government of the people and for the people. Replace all politicians who have been in their current office for 6 years.

    February 21, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    @Just Jake – You NIPPED it all in the BUD!!!

    It was the RepubliCAN'T'S goal to make the President FAIL – that's DEAD because Americans remember and the majority of Americans put President Obama into office.

    I blame the Democrats for not having the BALLS to stand up with the President and help him PASS what he promised the people – Health Care with a Public Option among other things. And then they JUMP SHIP because they are MORE afraid getting reelected than dong FOR THE PEOPLE!

    And then there are the Independents – the WISHY WASHY Independents who are SO AFRAID of being a part of any party and then going BACK and FORTH – whichever way the wind blows at the time – and standing for NOTHING – electing S BROWN in MA showed just how "short-term" their memory is.

    This will all backfire on the RepubliCAN'Ts because they have a lot of RHETORIC now with NO BASE – just running of with the MOUTH about NOTHING!!!

    February 21, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. perryrants

    how ironic. one failed politician (change and hope slogan tried here first) supporting another hope and change failing politician.

    February 21, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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