Washington (CNN) - In the eyes of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, President Obama's press conference last week to address his deal with Republicans on taxes and unemployment benefits was "amateurish."
"The most bizarre part of the whole process was watching President Obama self-destruct at the podium yesterday," Huckabee told the National Journal in an interview published Monday, when asked about the tax deal.
"I was just stunned - I really couldn't believe that a man that was elected president was as amateurish as he was, and essentially launched from the podium at some of his own, taking aim and mowing down everybody in D.C. and walking away having not understood that he just lost a lot of people," he said.
Huckabee called the deal "the best anyone can hope for at this point" but said he had hoped that tax rates would be extended longer than just two years.
He also questioned why the president would kick the can down the road two years, assuring that the tax debate will be renewed in the middle of his re-election campaign.
"Politically, I was shocked it was going to be two not three, because it puts this whole thing in the very center, the bull's-eye of the 2012 presidential election," said Huckabee, who is considering a repeat presidential run.
Obama said during the press conference that he welcomes a campaign fight in 2012 over the GOP's economic vision, specifically their demand to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.