In final state of the state address, Barbour takes dig at Obama
January 11th, 2011
09:01 PM ET
3 years ago

In final state of the state address, Barbour takes dig at Obama

(CNN) - In his final state of the state address Tuesday night, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour took a swipe at a number of President Obama's policies and legislative accomplishments.

The speech was closely watched by political insiders as Barbour ponders a possible bid for the 2012 Republican nomination for president.

On health care reform: "If the Obama administration's health care mandates actually go into effect, employers don't know what their costs and responsibilities will be, so it impedes hiring," Barbour said.

On energy: "The Obama administration's energy policies are driving up the cost of energy…the administration's energy policy can be stated in one sentence: Increase the cost of energy so people will use less of it."

Barbour also rebuked President Obama's energy secretary, Steven Chu, who said in 2008-before being tapped for Obama's cabinet-"Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."

Chu later walked back that comment.

Barbour used the majority of the nearly 40 minutes he spoke to tout his proudest accomplishments. He opened by making light of how much has changed since he took seven years ago.

"To start with, I did this speech on my new iPad. In 2004, iPad is what Marsha [Barbour's wife] called what I did to my weight during Christmas."


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. jerryburr

    People should never forget that real health depends how well you take care of yourself and not what health insurance you carry but I agree health insurance is important for every one. Search "Wise Health Insurance" online for dollar a day insurance plans.

    January 12, 2011 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    If we did "boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," what would that mean? Would we surely die?
    I know wealthy and/or famous residents of Europe who happily move about their highways and byways in nothing more spacious than a small Fiat. They seem content at gas stations, and I much prefer their food to ours–as well as their waists. Have most of us noticed that President Obama, in spite of whatever his energy plans might cost, is not obese?
    I did love Detroit's 1950s motor cars, just as I love big motor boats.
    Maybe it's time to learn to sail.

    January 12, 2011 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  3. mjbrin

    does anyone really want such and unhealthy looking gentleman as their president? Makes me wonder what his real opinion is about healthcare of any kind

    January 12, 2011 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  4. LGNY

    Please finish one job before starting the next. As governor of Mississippi you surely have many problems to solve.

    January 12, 2011 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  5. Southern Piggly

    This southern pigglette would like to hop on a swing and have someone push him and serve him grits. And he thinks he can run for President...

    January 12, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  6. AEK

    Maybe if Mr. Barbour had worked over his years as governor to focus his energies toward fixing the multitude of problems in the State of Mississippi they would not be stuck in the cycle of poverty and ignorance in which they find themselves. But just like the other Republican current and former governors and half term governors in the political mix for the GOP nomination for President, he has spend his time pandering to the right-wing base and criticizing President Obama. I do not believe his record as an administrator in any way warrants a promotion to the position of head administrator of our country.

    January 12, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  7. Redleg

    And two years of President Obama is responsible for Mississippi's long standing 3rd world conditions how?

    January 12, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  8. JimM

    Haley Barbour: What a dismal excuse for a civil servant! The only "legacy" for which this man will be remembered is releasing two sisters on the condition of one agreeing to an organ transplant for the other. That condition (whether the sisters had "agreed in advance" or not) is ethically repugnant. It's NOT how a morally competent, "with-the-times" public servant would want to be remembered. And attacking the policies of others isn't constructive or helpful either. More business-as-usual mud-slinging - just what we all need.. And this man wants to run for President??? Governor, I sure hope you find a better career path 'cause I wouldn't vote for you to be dog-catcher.

    January 12, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. Limabugh is a liberal

    Barbour for president! He'll make sure EVERYthing will stay the same, the way it has worked for the past century! Just like in his state which has stayed at the bottom of most measures of quality of life in America during his governance, and continues to leech federal dollars disproportionate to other states to balance its sheets only to tell the federal government to suck it when they ask for anything in return.
    Oh, and of course, tar balls on the beach are normal, every day fun! Why change any of that?

    January 12, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  10. Matthew

    I wouldn't elect someone with a double chin. Sorry.

    January 12, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. harvey 60

    Boss Hawg does it once again. The price of gasoline at my pump was $2.829 on Election Day when Hawg's party won the House, now it's $3.139. Has nothing to do with the Obama Administration, Hawg, but everything to do with your phony cronies on Wall Street and in the oil market bidding up the price and making the Bushes, the Koch Brothers, and the sheiks richer. And as for healthcare, anyone with a brain knows that your wonderful State of Mississippi under your fabulous stewardship has one of the worst healthcare systems and record in the country, and some of the unhealthiest people.

    January 12, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. sammieb51

    Did Haley mention his brother, the general contractor, was awarded on no-bid contracts the rebuilding of MS after Katrina (think it was something like $200 Million)?? Probly not. Wonder how much Haley got?

    January 12, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Seriously?

    Another nut job looking for a better job. God help us!!

    January 12, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. TruthAndBeauty

    Mississipi is where it is on all the measures of development for a reason.
    And getting people to go along with Barbour's nonsense will keep it what it is: a ward of the U.S. government that takes more from the treasury and nation than it gives back and keeps the majority of its citizens poor and uneducated.

    January 12, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Bill, NY

    If this yuk yuk gets in be prepared for a reversal of Dredd-Scott.

    January 12, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Beverly - NYC

    Healthcare reform passed Haley get over it . Here's a clue , if you don't want to buy health insurance don't, on the off chance you need medical attention don't expect those of us who responsibly insure ourself to pay higher cost to compensate for your irresponsibility, this has gone on too long and it needs to stop. If you want to play Russian Roulette with your health no one is stopping you. Just expect to live in your car when you get the bill . As for employers not hiring because of it give me a break, whatever the cost employers will come up with a way to pass it on to the employee. In vegas or the corner store the house always wins.

    January 12, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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