November 19th, 2010
07:56 AM ET
8 years ago

Carville defiant on Obama comment

Washington (CNN) - Democratic strategist James Carville compared President Barack Obama to his Democratic primary rival and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday, implying in rather lewd terms that Obama needs to toughen-up.

And he's not sorry for it.

"If Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he'd have two," Carville said at a "Christian Science Monitor" breakfast discussion.

His comment was a response to whether Obama is taking strong enough stands on taxes and repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy.

Carville made a similar comment to "Newsweek" during the 2008 campaign season when he compared Clinton and Obama's toughness.

"If she gave him one of her cojones, they'd both have two," he said.

He reacted to the comment on CNN's "John King, USA" Thursday.

"If I offended anybody, I am not sorry and I do not apologize," Carville told CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King.

But he also said he intended the comment to be a joke.

"Of all the things people say about the president, I think this is fairly mild," Carville said. "I repeated a joke I made in the campaign."

soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Ernie

    I'm not a big James Carville fan but this time he is dead on.

    November 19, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Expat American

    I support my President. While at the same time I support what James Carville is saying (just not is such a biologically specific manner). President Obama has not been vocal enough in describing the legislation that his administration is working on. He has not ‘fought fire with fire’ so to speak, or shown the defiance needed to stand up to the GOP whose only sole interests lie in his failure. It’s time for the Democratic Party to take a few pages out of the Republican playbook and meet them at the 50 yard line, instead of simply going as far as drafting a star quarterback whose linemen don’t want to block.
    I am not saying that the Democrats have to lie to the country and other nations in order to commit genocide and mass murder in order to put into place a GOP-esque propaganda culture of fear; and take away civil rights and spy on Americans like the Republicans did for 8 years (and would do again). I am saying that the Democrats and the White House need to toughen up….

    November 19, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Bob the Observer

    Carville is an unrepentant, blatant Clinton apologist, and everyone knows it. There is no reason to be surprised at this statement. He feels the thrill run up his leg every time he hears Bill, Hillary, or Chelsie say anything. That's okay, if he wants to be that way, but no one should mistake him for an objective political commentator.

    November 19, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Gordon Shumway

    Carville makes Rangel look like a decent sort of a politician.

    November 19, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Jorge Washinson

    He is a jewel,no pun intended.I love him.He talks out of the center of his mouth unlike politicians. Maybe a crude definition, not found in Websters, but fitting.

    November 19, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Ryan

    Just imagine if a Republican pudit had said this. Hypocrisy at it's finest.

    November 19, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. ATL Guy

    Obama's biggest headache is the Democrats, not the Republicans. Since he's been in office, dealing with those guys is like giving a bath to a litter of rabid cats. These Democrats complain too much. If you look at the Republicans, they all stick together even when they are dead wrong. They can keep up the BS for so long that people actually begin to believe that their BS is actually fact. Democrats however start complaining right out of the door. If you asked every Democrat their position on an issue and you'll get 200 different positions. Republicans will give you just one.

    November 19, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Terry

    As near as I can tell he'd still be one short.

    November 19, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Jorge Washinson

    Oh, I understand now why so high brow on the censorship.The great John KIng is involved.Sorry for the intrusion of the upper crust, the high paid flunkies.

    November 19, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Bob in PA

    And this is a surprise why ? We all already know Carville is never sorry about anything that slithers out of his mouth.

    November 19, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. John Reith Jr.

    James Carville is right. I have alot of respect for President Obama and the Democrats but if there is one area I feel lacking is a certain toughness/tenacity especially when dealing with the Republicans/Tea Party. President Obama, it is time to get tough, the Republicans and Tea Party folks are interested in one thing and one thing only, getting you out of office. Being nice won't get it done. These folks are not interested in bi-partisanship or cooperation or helping our country, they are interested in making the wealthy even more wealthier and throwing you out of office and maintaining the status quo. You scare the hell out of Republicans/Right Wingers. Fight for us, the people, the people who really want to see change in our country who want our country to be the best it can be. The Republicans are a shill for wealthy white people, that's all they care about. Thanks,John.

    November 19, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Judith Sedgeman

    I am really sick of political discourse that wallows in the gutter. It's not bad enough that so many supposed tough Tea Party women are questioning the manhood of their Democratic opponents, now a lucky-to-have-air-time, has-been political commentator joins them in the sewer. I'm disgusted with James Carville. I hope he loses his CNN pundit status over this. There are plenty of thoughtful commentators who have intelligent ways to express their disagreements.

    November 19, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Gary D.

    He has nothing to apologize for. I thought it was funny and somewhat true. I'm really a big fan of Obama, but lately I'm not seeing much outward action from his presidency.

    November 19, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Daniel

    I have always been a fan of Carville. But, if this is the only way he can express himself, he needs to see a geriatric specialist and have his mental acuity tested.

    November 19, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Lucas Breen

    Democrats and liberals always manage to do more damage to themselves than anything Republicans could do. You go, James!

    November 19, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. Megs

    James Carvelle isn't exactly a "manly" man himself so mayhe the same advice applies to him.....

    November 19, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Marcus

    Your 'jokes' are the cause of libel sir, be aware of that.

    November 19, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. stevegee

    And then Obama would hand over his new cojone to his boss, George Soros.

    November 19, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Oy Vey Az

    The blowhards are running the asylum.

    November 19, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. blue

    James, your fifteen minutes are up. Hillary did not win, get over it. The best man won, and at the end of his first four years you and the world will see that he made a difference for the betterment in the world's standing. He saved our country from total failure.

    November 19, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Ancient Texan

    Funny and probably true. She could also be of help in the realization of what's going on in the real world, not just in Obamaland.

    November 19, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. Citizen

    Mr. Carville
    With all due respect, show some deference for the Office of the US Presidency. I have always admired your political shrewdness, however it makes one feel sad that a man of your caliber stoops to the level of people like Palin. Be gracious and issue an apology.

    November 19, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mr. Carville, whether your comment was made in jest or not, it is and was inappropriate and disrespectful to the office of the President.
    It never ceases to amaze me how those that are doing ALL the work are maligned and disrespected, and the useless, boisterous, and irresponsible leeches are exulted and rewarded.
    America you're going to get what you deserve in the end. Literally, and figuratively.

    November 19, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. SoS

    I think I like Carville after all. The only people who'd be offended by this are the ones too blind to see the truth in it.

    November 19, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. Baby Boomer

    Carville's comment was filthy, just like Palin's comment along the same lines a few weeks ago. This is just more of the piling on older W Americans feel they have a right to do with THIS President. Never has such disrespect been shown for a sitting President and whether we want to admit it or not, WE ALL KNOW WHY... Let's not forget, Carville was never a supporter of President Obama so this comes as no surprise. But HERE'S THE REAL DEAL. The courage it took and takes for President Obama to get up everyday, knowing that people like Carville and Palin from both sides of the isle will be attacking him, is more courage than all those old angry W Americans could put together in a year. He faces challenges everyday that Carville will never experience in a life time. I am so tired of these unearned privilege folks having their say on a daily bases about OUR PRESIDENT... Carville and others like him have no clue what it takes to be BLACK IN AMERICA let alone a President in America who just happens to be BLACK...

    November 19, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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