Rumsfeld criticizes Obama, says he's 'proud of America'
February 20th, 2011
09:23 AM ET
4 years ago

Rumsfeld criticizes Obama, says he's 'proud of America'

Washington (CNN) – Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said there's no evidence to support the premise that the United States is "liked" more now that Obama is president, an idea touted by his supporters.

"No, and I don't think there's data that supports that," Rumsfeld said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think he has made a practice of trying to apologize for America. I personally am proud of America."

He was also critical of the president's Nobel Peace Prize that he received shortly after taking office in 2009.

"Well, he had not accomplished a thing when he got the Nobel Prize," Rumsfeld told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "It was given to him on hope. Had to have been because there wasn't anything that he'd done. He'd been in office 15 minutes."

And despite receiving some boos when he recently was honored at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual gathering of conservative activists, Rumsfeld said the Tea Party has brought "a lot of energy into public life and public affairs."

He said he's "deeply worried about the budget" and that the country needs to start saving money now.

"My goodness, every year the Congress was stuffing $10 billion down the Pentagon's throat that we didn't want," Rumsfeld said. "There's no question that there's money there."

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soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. annie s

    We're not proud of what you and your cohorts did to this nation, Mr. Rumsfield. President Obama was right to apologize to the international community for your war crimes.

    February 20, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Marcus

    "I think he had made a practice of trying to apologize for America"
    Why would he need to apologize for?
    The unjustified war on Iraq?
    The fact that he (and GWB) let Al Qaeda and its supporters in Afghanistan regroup and become again a treat to the people there and elsewhere?
    The 'Either you are with us or against us' treat disguised as foreign policy directive?
    The 'torture is not so bad when it's really needed' excuse to go against international laws?

    February 20, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. cecilia

    Where do these has beens come from – they had 8 years and screwed America every day – now who the he!! does he think he is making statements – he is just trying to rewrite his miserable history – we are not buying it this time around bud

    February 20, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Sean

    Donald Rumsfeld and his ilk symbolize everything that is bad about America. Because, contrary to what they espouse, neither they nor this country are perfect, and pretending otherwise is to whitewash its problems in a sea of feel-good patriotism that distracts from the real destruction these people are wreaking upon our shores.

    February 20, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. myself

    Bush may have been a little slow – but he had balls. Obama does not. Obama makes America look weak.

    Weak presidents are bad for our international image which is bad for everything. The truth is, you can't have a strong president each and every term.

    Hopefully Donald Trump will run. If anyone can fix this mess – it's him.

    February 20, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. Jw

    Donald who? A mere footnote in the "trash bin of history".

    February 20, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. November 2010

    So if Secretary Rumsfield is a war criminal, why is he not in jail? Just saying...where's you're proof Annie and why haven't you shared it with anyone????

    February 20, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. tlmess

    rummy, wake-up, your lies and tactics are still not beleivable. I just was watching and I shouted out "you lie" they cannot re-write history no matter what they say. hey candy, throw him another softball. (real tough news reporter) funny stuff.

    February 20, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. laurie

    "My goodness, every year Congress was stuffing $10 billion down the Pentagon's throat....
    Are you telling us that as a high level government official who loves America that you could not have stopped it or advised differently. Boo indeed. He tries to rewrite history to deflect from his actions.

    February 20, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. ED FL

    One thing for sure is that America is NOT proud of Rumsfeld,Cheney or Bush. talk about three stooges,this three need to be tried in a court for murder of so many innocent people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 20, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. roro

    Go away, Rummy. You and your administration cohorts have done enough damage to this wonderful country, both home and abroad. Stop making excuses for yourself and everyone else, and accept that what you did was wrong and dangerous.

    February 20, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Putnam Green

    No data? Check with polls in every single country around the world. The U.S. is much more favorably look upon now that crooks like Rumsfield are gone. Any luck with the WMDs?

    February 20, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. nick p.

    what an idiot! i dont know whats more dangerous, witnessing what he did to the country and our standing in international community, or the overblown sense of self importance in believing by just refusing to appologize for mistakes and huge errors he is being a strong leader to the world, hate to see how he raised his own kids, "never appologize when you are dead wrong about things!"

    February 20, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. jim

    sounds like rumsfield is suffering from a serious case of "sour grapes" to me. obama has done more for our country then the previous administration did which he was part of.

    February 20, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. chad

    He's trying to lecture Obama about facts and evidence? I guess he's forgotten how many lives his "evidence" for the war in Iraq have cost this country.

    February 20, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Meteorite

    Rumsfeld = murderer and war criminal.

    February 20, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Desmond Sequeira

    O...h USA! When are you going to save the world from these pathetic people like Rumsfeld. You bet, and I speak as a non-USA person, and I believe the world will back me up : YES, I LOVE THE USA A ZILLION TIMES MORE NOW, WITH OBAMA AS YOUR PRESIDENT, THAN I EVER DID. When criminals like Bush and Rumsfeld were in control I considered your government among the most despicable on earth, not least because you pretended to be "holier than thou" – you had nothing to be proud of. Now you do!

    February 20, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Bill

    Way to go Mr Rumsfield. The US has nothing to apologize for, and to most rogue states it is a sign of weakness. The POTUS should try for a change to keep his mouth shut, or better yet, step down and let someone take the job who knows what they are doing.

    February 20, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. Jason

    obama had to apologize for the mess these scumbags made.

    February 20, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Mike

    America has bullied and committed war crimes for the benefit of corporations. Proud Mr. Rumsfield? I'm proud to be American, but I'm not proud of what America has done around the world.

    February 20, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Jacqui

    I am having great difficulty understanding why it is that Republicans think that if a person apologises for something wrong that was done that that translates to being un-American and weak. These are godly principles taught by none other than Jesus Christ, whom these Republicans claim to follow. Does being proud to be American mean that you never have to say sorry? You people are so pure in your own eyes, but have not been cleansed of your filth. Check that out in the Bible you claim to follow.

    February 20, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. Jimmy Lee

    So blasting President Obama justifies the lousy job he and his cohorts (Cheney, Wolfowitz, et al) did in leading us down the path to a nightmare that failed miserably??

    February 20, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  23. Debbie

    Obama doesn't apologize for America, just the actions that were done in America's name by Bush.

    February 20, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. patriot

    What kind of person doesn't apologize at all for anything...so the USA is perfect...nothing man does is perfect...apologizing doesn't mean not being proud...it take a big man to admit one is wrong and usually respect is given to the humble at heart...go Mr. President...make America proud...arrogance builds the hatred...Though we may help the world overall we must show humility as well...

    February 20, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. SPLAT!~

    "Well, he had not accomplished a thing when he got the Nobel Prize,"

    Well, he succeeded in becoming the first minority president of the United States, I think that alone is quite an accomplishment.

    February 20, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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