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. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Is it possisble that Rove is thinking of becoming a DEMOCRAT?

    November 28, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. fielding mellish

    Karl Rove has been sooo wrong sooo much of the time, do we really care what he thinks. He's old news....put him out to pasture.

    November 28, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Lloyd

    What Karl Rove likes or doesn't like about President-elect Obama's decisions is as interesting and relevant to me as how many Labrador retrievers can fit into a VW. Karl: Crawl back under your slimey rock and stay there!

    November 28, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. james smithington

    Bush was always blind to the suffering he helped to cause. He cares not for the innocent Iraqis whose lives have been destroyed, the people who suffered thru hurricane Katrina, the 50 million Americans who live without health insurance, the soiled reputation of America. The list of Bush failures is endless and the fact is this man is a criminal who knowingly and willingly lied to engineer the greatest fraud in US history, The Iraq War. Bush and his co-conspirators should face justice for thier crimes.

    November 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. John

    Can"t wait for Rove to write his tell all book, you know he has secrets that he is just dying to reveal.

    November 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Susan, Macedon New York

    Who cares what Karl Rove thinks? The fact that he did orchestrate Bush's two terms is nothing to recommend him. Look what a mess we're in and it's all Bush's and the Neocon's fault!

    This is what happens when you eliminate regulation. Even Alan Greenspan underestimated the greed of the Bushies and t heir buddies!

    Rove needs to go sit in a corner somewhere and think about what he's done to this country!

    Macedon, New York

    November 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. david

    This coming from someone in an administration that has tanked the economy and believes only the wealthy should have health coverage paid for totaly by their place of employment while everybody else has to pay out of pocket for less coverage.

    November 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Jeremy Johnson

    "Change" I am starting to lose faith in. Maybe we can't?

    November 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. John

    Wait a sec....did I just see a pig flying overhead?

    November 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. David

    After all of the negative comments that I read from Dems about Rove, how could they possibly agree with anything that he says? But they will say "He is right this time"?

    November 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. slack al san diego

    who cares what Rove says...he should move to Alaska and coach Palin into seceding from the Union and starting Wingnutlovia...and all the Wal-Mart trampling gay hating bigots can all move up there and teach creationism to their obese kids

    November 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Billie

    Oy, that we should be listening to anything Karl Rove says after he's left his grubby finger prints on Bush's so-called legacy is proof that we haven't learned from our mistakes and are doomed to repeat them.

    November 28, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. jason

    so, basically, if Rove agrees with you, then you are doing something asnine. i get it now...

    November 28, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Breaking News

    This scumbag should be in handcuffs.

    November 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. shel, Seattle

    Oh, gag. As if anyone would believe anything that man says - WHY is anyone still asking him questions about ANYTHING??!?!?!

    November 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Matt

    After he picked Biden for a running mate, that was the red flag that his rhetoric of change wasn't going to live past the campaign ads and now he's even getting Kudos from the guy who gave W all of his myopic ideas. I imagine we'll still be in Iraq in 4 years, we'll still have an economic mess and not a single progressive social idea will be advanced. Health care is the DNC equivalent of what abortion is to the GOP, it brings out the base and makes for good speeches, but there's no pragmatic incentive in actually deliver on any promises regarding it. Why would you give people what they want, when it's the desire for it that motivates them to go to the polls. Simple concept, yet the plebeians keep going back to their two parties every 4-years for a fresh serving of disappointment.

    November 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Jana

    Yes – Obama is the leader for these times. Godspeed to him and us.

    November 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. chuck

    This creep should never be allowed to speak on TV for life.He should be in jail for the balance of his life with Bush,Cheney and Rumsfeld.

    November 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Cathy Agu

    Only if you say so mr O V E R ....U sank the economy.

    November 28, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Dexter Skagway

    Is there any opinion more discredited than Karl Rove's? Why should we listen to the architect of extreme partisanship, the designer of a portfolio of foreign policy disasters, the mastermind of internal spying and Guantanamo, the guiding light of economic chaos, the stacker of courts and government agencies? Everything Karl Rove did led to complete disaster and an undermining of American principles. His plan to make America a one-party country succeeded . . . for the other party. This guy belongs in Alaska with Palin.

    November 28, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Please CNN...

    I am not to proud to beg...

    No more Rove...pretty please!

    November 28, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Disclaimer

    Rove is an indicted has been who deserves prison time. He can't put his personal hatred of Ted Kennedy aside for the good of the nation. He has large responsibility in the Bush train wreck that we now must face.

    November 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Kathi Geukes

    Only Rove would speak up like this because maybe he's gonna need a j-o-b!!! This out of touch neo con needs to back out gracefully and shut up.

    November 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Marquis

    Since when is universal healthcare an "extreme" position. People have a right to be treated for sickness and injury irrespective of their background or financial situation. Just as Independants and social conservatives believe a baby has a right to leave so does adults who have committed no crimes against humanity. Universal healthcare is not an extreme position but a humanitarian one.

    November 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Farnk, Las Vegas

    Does Anybody Really care about anything that Carl Roves says or thinks anymore? Just because Fox hired him (no surprise there) after he had to leave the White House in, shall we say less than honorable conditions. So let's be honest, if he wasn't a paid advertisement on Fox for the GOP, where would he really be now? Just another washed up, old time political adviser who's tactics no longer work on the American people. Can't we lock him away in the past along with um, Palin?

    November 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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