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. Artie

    Just exactly what did you people do to Bush ? Exactly the same methinks!

    February 21, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Linda

    Read these posts and you know it is just not Republican office holders sitting on the their hands wishing for failure. It is a lot of folks that are willing to put their own prejudices before the well-being of our country. Be those beliefs religious or racial (for some both) it is their way or no way. The extremist that would have our country become a theocracy. They do not want a democracy, but that tight fisted theocracy of oppression, where there is no disagreement with them.

    February 21, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Linda

    Gi Joe great comment short and to the point most effective

    February 21, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Janice

    You morons have finally got 1 thing correct.I WANT OBAMA TO FAIL,absolutely I want Obama to fail-I do not like his policies and want him out and gone,He is a complete failure and spending money he does have.He is smoke & spin just like his party of smoke &spin.All he knows is blame his failure on someone else and it is getting old.Just like his party of blame someone else.

    February 21, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Eve

    Many are doing more than just rooting for failure. They make plans for it - engage in PR to accomplish the task, etc. Democrats are no prize but Republicans excel at being sore losers and determined to destroy if they are not in charge. I think they believe they then will be able to 'fix' what they distroyed once they are back in the White House. I would be in shock if they agreed publicly that things have improved since January 2009 (and that some of the things President Obama has done are the same things they would have done if they had been in the White House the past 13 months).

    February 21, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. P.Y. LA

    MY DEAR DEMOCRATS,
    please,try to understand,that WE,THE PEOPLE.
    at least the one's who pay taxes,
    can't afford any more changes and reforms.

    I am reading all of your comments on this board and thinking,which part of WE DON"T HAVE MONEY you people, fail to understand??

    February 21, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. MsDp

    To all of you who want our country and our President to fail, why don't all of you go and live in another country under the direction of another rule. Currently, our country's rule is to have congress work for the people, with the President in order to solve the problems associated with this country. Either corporate or we the people of this country will vote you out and vote in someone who will help the people of this country by working with our President to solve our problems. Get busy! or pay the piper-that goes for the Dems and the GOPs. Stop the ignorance and do the work because we are not going backwards; we will not be ruled by the KKK, the tea party or cpac who are adopting the rule of buckley. Like it or not this country is moving forward, besides this is 2010 not 1810!

    February 21, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. renobill

    I have no problem with anyone rooting for Obama to fail. I spent eight years hoping Bushy would fail. With his IQ slightly less than a rock that was a slam dunk.

    February 21, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Eve

    FYI to the people who think there is a difference between rooting for President Obama to fail and rooting for the country to fail: there is no difference. This is high stakes. If one fails, so does the other. I did not like George Bush but prayed and prayed that things would not become too bad or that they would at least become (magically) better despite my misgivings about him. (I also did not watch the news for 3 years in the second term so I could avoid all the wasteful American deaths from the mis-guided Iraq/Afgan wars and his overall idiot-speak that gave me no confidence in his abilities). My point is if you don't like it - modify your behavior for the now term, and then next election, make sure you vote intelligently with your available selections.

    February 21, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Death Panel Sarah

    To ...stormerF....
    They are NOT trying to spend us out of debt!!!

    They are trying to spend us out of the 'Bush Depression', which, by the way, all economists say is the CORRECT course!!!

    I think you should listen to the 'experts' instead of the 'hacks' from Faux news and talk radio!!!

    February 21, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Sandy SC

    I think that some people is over looking the problem. The problem is that the GOP wants Obama to fail. Now in order for him to fail is do nothing and don't react on any of his policies whether we suggest (GOP) or the Dems. People unless this country comes together no matter who succeed Obama hit will still be hell to pay the price to fix what is happening now. Everyone needs to encourage these people to work together and not say we don't want a BLACK MAN PRESIDENT. The change has come but some can't and want except it for what it is today.

    February 21, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Gerry NH

    I don't want Obama to fail but some of his policies are not good for the country and they need to be changed or fail. (Health insurance reform & Cap and trade)

    February 21, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. AK steve

    Do you remember how outraged the GOP was when people criticized their beloved George W. Just a whisper of complaint was enough to label anyone as "unpatriotic".

    Now they can't shut up about how Obama has failed and flat out wishing he'd failed. What a bunch of hypocrits. How can anyone give them credibility.

    Yes, GOP – hypocritical, un-american, partisan, progress preventing, whiny, cry-baby, losers. You may wish Obama fails, but no one could have failed the country more than you – look at the mess you left us in. The nerve you have to blame it on someone else.

    February 21, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Andi

    Some of you defending the GOP, I have a question: All I hear is how you want the Dems 'out'. I have yet to hear what the Reps plan on doing, only their shrill whining about 'power' and 'taking back' their country. Are they ever going to tell us what they plan to do, instead of just stopping everything?

    February 21, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. JP

    I do want socialism to fail, just ask the Greeks how its working.

    February 21, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Mike in MN

    Time for these lying Democrats to tell the truth. The truth is a majority of voters do not want Obama and the Democrats to continue with their agenda that will lead to a failed America.
    Republicans are in agreement with the majority of voters that did not want the stimulus bill and still don't, that do not want the cap and trade bill that is stalled in the Senate and do not want the House and Senate health care reform bills.
    Democrats can lie and spin all they want about the Republican opposition, it will not fool or impress the majority of voters who are also oppsed to the same bills and join the Republicans in voting NO.

    February 21, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Andi

    surash:
    They were whining about taking their country back when Clinton was in office, too. Remember Ed Meese went on about Clinton needing 'bodyguards' if he visited and all the 'he's not MY president' t-shirts?

    February 21, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Liberal wing nut

    Yes so we should just accept Obama's big gov't socialism being that they know whats best!

    February 21, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Mike in MN

    Republicans believe Obama has both failed to live up to his promises and that his policies are leading America to economic failure before this decade is over.
    Republicans do have ideas and the during the 2010 elections the independents who determine who wins the elections will be listening closely.
    They will hear Republican ideas on cutting spending, reducing the size of government, small goverment free market econonmic solutions, small goverment free market health care solutions and returning more rights back to the states so people can govern more from the local level.
    Democrats will offer more of the same of what they are doing now that poll after poll shows a majority of voters have rejected. More big government, more spending and bigger deficits.
    Based on the polls the Republicans should win in a landslide.

    February 21, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    The GOP wants Obama to fail, and if so, would you please tell us what you would do different or that Bush was just tremendous; that way the country can get a clear picture of the chaos you intend to inflict on the public.

    You can start by outlining your helath care plan, which you better on February 25 – with the whole country watching! You don't want any health care plan because the doctors, pharmaceutical interests and medical industry you pimp for don't want it!

    February 21, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Monkey wrench

    C'mon Jake gimme a break!

    This President is trying to get health care for all people
    (The President's plan is a non-sustainable plan that expands bureaucracy while the free market tactics to get better insurance premiums for the MAJORITY of Americans by the GOP has been ignored, TORT Law reform, open ins pools, pre-existing condition limits, etc.)
    This President is trying to get keep folks in there home (the majority of people that are in homes they can't afford now should not have gotten into them to begin with, Thanks to the Dems with Freddie and Fannie, why should responsible tax payers pay for someone else's mortgages?)
    This President is trying to help brings jobs
    (Expansion of Government jobs does not create commerce from which taxes are paid, Obama doesn't get this because he has never really had a job related to free enterprise, clueless)
    This President is trying to help in so many ways, I just don't get it.
    (You are right, you don't get it and you never will, quit trying to help(spend) and maybe the economy can recover)
    Why are the people so angry.
    Why are they trying to stop or say NO to everything the President present? Some one answer me! I'm confused as to what this country really wants from a President.
    (Americans want anything in the way of governance that goes along with the freedoms defined in our Constitution, we do not need a bunch of lawyers to translate what those freedoms are, America wants a free market not controlled by corporations and lobbyists, America wants jobs, peace and a corruption free political system, that is what America wants.)

    February 21, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    When people see you're succeeding they always root for failure. Republicans are rooting for Obama's failure as if this is a big Super Bowl game they're betting on with a big payoff from lobbyist.

    February 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Ken

    History teaches that Obama's lurch to the left will be destructive to our Nation. I am chearing the Nations survival – and therfore, the failure of the left's attempt to subjigate the Nation to liberal – socialist policies and enslavement to the governement.

    February 21, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Miriam

    Obama is not failing. He is doing exactly what his sponsors intended, turn it all over to the corporate interests.
    Let's remember this guy voted for TARP, appointed Geithner (Wall Street's bag man) to Treasury, and the centerpiece of health care "reform" is that the insurance cartel gets about $5,000 per capita for every American. I guess that way they too can be "successful businessmen" who have earned their 7 & 8 figure bonuses.
    Obama (and Bushy) and his cronies already gave the entire Treasury to Wall Street. Now they're setting up a deficit reduction commission so they can strip away everything including Social Security benefits.
    Folks we've (and I include myself as a former avid supporter) been had big time.
    Obama is an incredibly capable politician. He is also the perfect person to complete the stripping of poor and middle income people of our last remaining assets while pretending to be on our side.
    I don't pretend to have a solution. But at least let's not buy into the hype.

    February 21, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. healthcare for america

    As a Soldier deployed to Iraq, it pains me to know that so much are rooting for the President to fail. After all, if O had been another Bush, I don't think anyone would care. Every American that is HONEST and has INTEGRITY knows that Pres/CIC O was handed a BANANA REPUBLIC pretty much. The GOP for 30 years chip away at the laws and ended up rewarding their wealthy plutocracy, facistocracy and oligarchy cabal and it is a fact that teh GOP and the DINOs are truly Corporate plants. They defend at every turn the right of the corporation, I hope to one day be a millionaire and I know if I make above really 150K I don't pay anything in tax because I can write it all off. The funny thing is that the GOP is in bed with the corporations. OBAMA is a threat because he is hell bent on fixing America's fake Freedom and corrupt system, that is why he must keep Geithner and all the De Rothchilds cabal because they must be called out for who they are. It is time to ensure A MORE PERFECT UNION!

    February 21, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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