McCain calls Obama ‘most naïve president in history’
February 21st, 2014
09:29 AM ET
8 months ago

McCain calls Obama ‘most naïve president in history’

(CNN) – While millions are transfixed watching the Olympics in Sochi, Sen. John McCain said he is focusing on Russia’s next moves concerning Ukraine after the Games.

“I’m very worried about what actions after the Olympics that (President Vladimir) Putin may take,” McCain said Thursday night on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live.” “… He will do what’s necessary to keep Ukraine the crown jewel of the Russian empire in the Russian orbit.”

The Arizona Republican said he disagreed with President Barack Obama’s assessment that the U.S. approach “is not to see these as some Cold War chessboard in which we’re in competition with Russia.

“The President doesn’t think it’s a chess game. Certainly Vladimir Putin does. Putin wants a restoration of the Russian empire,” McCain said.

In an interview with Phoenix radio station KFYI on Thursday morning, the senator described Obama as the “most naïve president in history.”

“Remember when he said tell Vladimir, said to Medvedev who was Putin’s puppet, ‘Tell Vladimir if I’m re-elected, when I’m re-elected, I’ll be more flexible.’ Remember the reset button,” McCain said, referring to the March 2012 controversy over Obama’s "open-mic" comments to then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

In same interview, McCain said the situation with Ukraine could easily spiral into a major international crisis.

McCain’s comments follow a statement he released Wednesday with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, urging targeted sanctions on the Ukrainian government.

“These sanctions should not, and will not, target the people or the country of Ukraine as a whole,” the statement said. “Instead, they will be narrowly focused on those individuals who must be held accountable for violating human rights and undermining democracy. We remain in contact with the Administration and look forward to working together on this legislation.”

soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. salty dog

    Sorry Kieth I forgot Lybia

    February 21, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. just asking

    Durundal
    For people who claim to love they us so much, they sure show a lack of respect for its processes and operation. What happened to professionalism? Elections and politics in general are rapidly deteriorating to a bs reality show. I suppose the only people who are to blame are the citizens that allow,encourage, or egg on this kind of behavior
    -–

    where have you been since 2008? why do you think obama got elected? it wasn't because of his extensive record of success and experience, because he had none. and look what he has done over the last 5 years with the endless campaigning and celebrity events? obama is the country'd first reality tv president. it is a bit embarrassing for the world's only superpower.

    February 21, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Oi vay

    salty dog
    Sorry Kieth I forgot Lybia
    --

    Sorry KEITH, I forgot Libya.

    You're welcome.

    February 21, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Jsa Vet MN

    You picked Palin – you are the King of Niave

    February 21, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Warren

    Can you say warmonger?? Now he want to start a war with Russia. Retire already..

    February 21, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Lynda Minnesota
    Indeed. That was the post. Good one too.
    @ Ol' Yeller
    I would like to co-sign your post.
    Well said, per usual, and with just the right hint of sarcasm to have the Teatroll's heads spinning.

    February 21, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. salty dog

    Hate to say it but, not our problem, we are hardly in a position to lead on morals, other countries see how corrupted our politicians are. They know any action by us is purely political, we take food from hungry children, to give tax breaks to billionaires. Who do we think were kidding, look at the Koch brothers, all but took over our house of representatives, and are increasing their influence with every election. Not even Americans.

    February 21, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. wendel

    this from the clown that went with Palin Really????????

    February 21, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. smith

    More double standards today. The dems are just as much as a warmonger as the repubs are. Come off your high horses.

    February 21, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Sniffit

    These guys grew up living breathing, internalizing, eating and crapping Cold War propaganda and mentality. Asking them to let it go at 70-some-odd years of age is like asking grandpa to stop with the pull my finger joke. It's why hey found 9/11 to be so awesome in the first place and were still playing footage of it at their convention a decade later and have implicitly sanctioned the demonization of muslims in this country in the same vein as the demonization of "commies" and "pinkos". They desperately need a return to that kind of mentality in politics and the agendas it permits and encourages and are everything Eisenhower warned us about with respect to the military industrial complex.

    February 21, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Just – What a jokester you have become. I realize that most republicans exhibit very few of the human qualities that make our current president popular. Remember when he ordered bin Laden taken out after returning from dinner? Remember how he was instrumental in saving the housing and automobile industry? Remember how he turned around the job loss under Bush, and now has 48 consecutive months of job growth? Remember how the market was under 7000 and is now over 16,000?

    February 21, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Tony

    You picked Palin, pal.

    February 21, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "and look what he has done over the last 5 years with the endless campaigning and celebrity events? obama is the country'd first reality tv president."

    Ah yes, the "Obama has done nothing" argument. Will we be hearing the "Obama has rammed his agenda down our throats and it's all of his policies that he's enacted and put in place that are causing every one of the country's problems" in the next article? Zip up, Jethro, your cognitive dissonance is hanging out.

    February 21, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yes. Naive like a fox.
    Who still listens to McCain these days anyways besides his wife?
    Who listens to the outloud ramblings of the same insipid mind that gave us Sarah Palin...for life?
    The same man who driven by an overblown ego bolted to Washington in the middle of his election because his "country needed him", only to arrive in Washington with not one clue as to how to deal with the impending disaster?
    He sucked as a soldier -oh yeah, I said it, he's been sucking as a Senator for quite sometime now.
    The only concession I will make to that "naive" comment is that the President was naive enough to believe that Republicans would indeed put country first.
    Yet once he disavowed himself of that assumption Republicans found that he had left them with enough rope around their collective necks to hang what was left of their Party.
    The President was "naive" enough to let the Rethugs get so comfortable in their hatred of him and this country's middle class that they put down any pretense, any semblance of civility and civic duty.
    Ask President Romney how the President's naivete worked out for him and his Party?

    February 21, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Tampa Tim

    To the brain dead, our president hasn't accomplished anything. Look at why they are so critical of Obama compared to Bush: No more unnecessary unfunded wars,, no more stock market under 7000, no more TARP, no more Great Recession, no more bin Laden, no more bankruptcy for GM and Chrysler, no more war in Iraq, etc. I guess in the eyes of a wingnut, that is failure.

    February 21, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. salty dog

    Smith, explain your position on that, I must have missed something, when has a Democrat declared war. All or most of congress didn't know Cheney and Bush had Intel fabricated, they couldn't have got it through. May I suggest you research that topic if that's what your referencing

    February 21, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Doyle Wiley, MI

    This coming from the man that picked Palin as a running mate.

    February 21, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    salty dog

    Hate to say it but, not our problem, we are hardly in a position to lead on morals, other countries see how corrupted our politicians are. They know any action by us is purely political, we take food from hungry children, to give tax breaks to billionaires. Who do we think were kidding, look at the Koch brothers, all but took over our house of representatives, and are increasing their influence with every election. Not even Americans.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Speak the truth and shame the devil salty dog!!
    Great post, breaks my heart to say it.
    Truth! Truth! It will set us all free!

    February 21, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. quinLee

    says the man who chose Sarah Palin. A trip to Shady Pines is long overdue.

    February 21, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. rs

    Tampa Tim

    To the brain dead, our president hasn't accomplished anything. Look at why they are so critical of Obama compared to Bush: No more unnecessary unfunded wars,, no more stock market under 7000, no more TARP, no more Great Recession, no more bin Laden, no more bankruptcy for GM and Chrysler, no more war in Iraq, etc. I guess in the eyes of a wingnut, that is failure.
    __________________________
    You give the Right too much credit for thinking about things. The Right reflexively hates and wishes to block the duly elected President of the United States- nothing more, nothing less.

    That is the function of the problem the Right has by being unable to explain why they hate government, and why they want to be a part of it.

    February 21, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. sonny chapman

    FDR was considered naive by his contemporaries who wanted a more robust American Foreign Policy prior to the Japanese dragging us into WW II on Dec. 7,1942. FDR did all right . If McCain had been elected Prez in 2008, we'd have had to restart the Draft to fight all of the Wars he'd of dragged the US into: Libya, Syria, Georgia,Iran, back into Iraq & deeper into Afghanistan &now Ukraine. Hell, he even hinted that we should go back into Vietnam.

    February 21, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. salty dog

    I'm confused, its Friday, so is Obama leading from behind (do nothing), or is he a dictator today? I don't have the gop hate based propaganda memo handy.

    February 21, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. smith

    @Salty dog- I never said declared war. Veitnam, Samolia, and Kosovo are some examples of democrat military operations.

    February 21, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    "You opened a Pandora can of hate the likes we have never seen in this country."

    Indeed he did. And sat back and laughed in glee. Whereas I might have given McCain the benefit of the doubt back in 2008 for not vetting her, he sat back and has said nothing - absolutely nothing - to give me the impression he regrets his "choice" and her "comments" since.

    John McCain is not a man I can not in good conscience honor for his service to his country. He wiped that slate clean by not reining in Palin.

    Country first? I think not. This man has spent the past 6 years smirking at what he feels is a mistake for not electing him and retribution against those who did not vote for him.

    February 21, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. foxghostwriter

    Sorry McCain.....our officers are busy in Iraq and Afghanistan and cannot police another neighborhood at this time. Just imagine if we kept even more troops in Iraq like you wanted.

    February 21, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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