November 28th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
9 years ago

Rove says Obama economic team 'reassuring'

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(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama is drawing early praise from former top Bush-aide Karl Rove.

Rove, widely credited with orchestrating President Bush's two successful presidential campaigns, writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Obama has assembled a "first rate" economic team that has "provided surprisingly positive clarity."

Specifically, Rove praises Obama's choice of New York Fed Chairman Timothy Geithner for Treasury Secretary and Obama's pick of Larry Summers, the former Treasury Secretary and President of Harvard University, as chief of the National Economic Council.

"Monday's announcement of Mr. Obama's economic team was reassuring," Rove writes. "He's generally surrounded himself with intelligent, mainstream advisers. Investors, workers and business owners can only hope that, over time, this new administration's economic policies bear more of their market-oriented imprint."

Rove also offers praise of Berkley Economics Professor Christina Romer as Obama's choice to head up his team of economics advisers. But Rove criticizes the choice of Melody Barnes, a former aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy, as Domestic Policy Council Director.

"Putting a former aide to Ted Kennedy in charge of health policy after tapping universal health-care advocate Tom Daschle to be Health and Human Services secretary sends a clear signal that Mr. Obama didn't mean it when his campaign ads said he wouldn't run to the "extremes" with government-run health care," Rove writes.

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soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. David, Silver Spring, MD

    It's amazing that after eight years of economic disaster, the one thing that cheers up guys like Karl Rove is the thought that the new economic team would follow the same path.

    Personally, I'd rather someone like Paul Krugman (who warned for years about the impending housing collapse) rather than guys with the Wall Street stamp of approval, but I trust for now that Obama is looking for ways to prove his opinions through challenge, rather than leave them untested and unexamined until they're put into action.

    November 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. chad

    Can someone please explain to me why anyone of any merit would even pause to listen to this ridiculous man??

    I cannot imagine any reason for keeping Rove around in the political media arena.

    November 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Peter (CA)

    Philosophically, is it a good thing when Satan thinks you're doing a good job?

    November 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. John in Utah

    We can all rest easy now. Rove has given his okey-dokey.


    November 28, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Carl Smithley

    Americans, watch out! Obama thinks he knows better about your health care than you do. When the US government owns your health, they own YOU. This is bad for the USA.

    November 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Kevin

    Mr. Rove doesn't have a leg to stand on when he criticizes others for pandering to political extremes.

    November 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Pete

    The Republicans reach out, the democrats whine.

    November 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Ted:Canada

    China coming out with BIG infrastructure plan –

    commodities should do well – positive impact on the market – stick with big commodity firms

    China three times the size of the US and bigger than all European countries when it comes to "spending" – largest impact on current market

    Be Good!

    November 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. FL for Obama

    Who cares what this man thinks/says. He's trying to "play nice" now so that he doesn't get arrested for all his crimes! Just GO AWAY, Rove!

    November 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. A San Francisco non-believer

    This man's opinions are of no consequence. Shame on CNN for even providing a forum in which his opinions are given merit. Rove, along with Cheney, are the embodiments of greedy, self-serving power brokers who have no love for our country or its citizens. Hopefully at noon, EST on January 20, 2009, their voices will be silenced forever.

    November 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. payback

    I don't know if I should be scared by his praise of Obama, Or run for the hills?............I guess, I'll accept the fact. He decided, if you can't beat him with his slime-ball tactics. Just join him and hope he ressolves. The mess of the past eight years.........

    November 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    I Still Dont Understand Why This Man Is Not In Jail! It Is My Understanding That If You Are Issued A Subpoena And You Dont Go You Are Jailed! Am I Correct About This? Someone Please Inform Me If I Am Wrong Hear!

    November 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Brian

    Obama will make a good president with his very own "Dream Team" administration. 😀

    November 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Joe - STL

    It's pretty easy for Rove to criticize health care reform from his gilded, prosecution proof throne.

    If anything, he should be in jail, not writing op-eds for the media.

    November 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Dave, Illinois

    I'll post this here since the other bloggs are closed. I just read the typical high-school level rants from the Obamites regarding the Bush family meal at Camp David. Many of the comments posted were in regard as to how many hungry people that meal could feed. What about the 600+ million dollars that Obama raised for his campaign? He has plenty left over that could help a lot of people. Instead, he buys president-elect seals and other vanity items. What a bunch of hypocrits!!!

    November 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. RJ

    Praise from Rove? – He who convinced millions of mindless idiots to install the Howdy Doody regime for 8 years – give me strength.

    November 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. insanity

    Who else thinks Rove is sucking up now ?
    He's worried that he won't get a full pardon from bush, and sucking up to Obama so he won't launch an investigation into the Siegalman case. 🙂

    November 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Brian, Quad Cities

    It's a shame good persons and excellent selections have to be dishonored by Rove's comments. These people deserve better.

    Imagine after a career of hard work and dedication to public service getting endorsed by this criminal and traitor. Thanks for nothing.

    November 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. C Spurgeon

    Does anyone care what this little jerk thinks.? I am a little worried when he approves of something but have a lot of faith In Pres. Elect Obama,,,

    November 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. ber6964

    Who cares what this fat man thinks??

    November 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Carrie from Dickson, Tennessee

    Who cares what Karl Rove thinks??? Go away........................

    November 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. sirrickett

    Who gives a rats butt for what this jerk off has to say about anything.
    Line him up with Bush and company and let the indictments begin.

    November 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. roderick charles

    rove – is he still out of jail???

    November 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Savvy

    Rove, you should have stopped at praises for President-Elect Obama's choices!

    You don't know what Ms,Barnes will do in her position. It's time for Pundits to shut up, and give the new administration a chance!

    Just like all of the other accomplishments of this gifted man, the coming attractions will amaze you!

    You can't predict what you've never experienced before! HA!

    November 28, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Texas Trail Kitty

    Oh Lord, now this is scary. Karl "The Terrible" Rove likes something about President Obama. And the Republican party continues its decline. If this keeps up, Limbaugh and the other "conservative personalities" may have to go out and find honest work.

    November 28, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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