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. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    It would make about as much sense to present Twiggy's views as Rove's. He has no importance for today. He is old, old, old, old, old school. Please stop reporting on this vain disgusting distortion artist and maybe he'll FINALLY go away!

    November 28, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Anita Lowery

    Is this guy for real? Does anyone really care what this guy has to say. Carl Rove is knee deep in all the Bush decisions and tactics that has caused this country to spiral out of control. Rove your days are limited, so find the rock and call it home.

    November 28, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. MommaSchell

    Why is the mainstream media still covering Rove? Oh, PLEASE STOP. He's a lot of the reason why this country is in such a pickle. He's such a non-issue, a disgusting neo-Con, and as the criminal that he is, he should be, at the least, jailed. The American people have been so used to reading and listening to his dysfunctional blab that going to an administration with some sanity will feel foreign. PLEASE STOP COVERING ROVE, PALIN, MCCAIN, HUCKABEE...they are non-issues at this point. We have a new administration with FRESH IDEAS and FOR THE PEOPLE that will be taking over on January 20 led by a more than competent President and Vice President-Elect. Rove and the neo-Cons need to be laid to rest at that time – or put in jail – and never heard from again.

    November 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Jamie

    Who cares what this washed-up, war criminal thinks?

    November 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |

    What does this neocon creep know about solving problems – All Rove knows how to do is create them using the patented Rovian tactics of "Fear, Smear, Mock and Lie" underscored by repuglican partisan dogma...

    November 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Karin

    Is Karl feeling okay? Maybe trying to kiss a little booty so he won't be brought up on any charges after Jan. 20th? Hmm, interesting. Still don't trust him as far as I can throw him (that isn't very far).

    November 28, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Dixie AZ

    Though PE Obama was/is my choice, any praise from Rove is tainted by Rove's previous mode of operation in Politics.

    November 28, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. saftgek

    I wonder if there is anyone in the civilized world who can explain why anyone in the world continues to listen to Karl Rove? Complicit in the destruction of countless lives, lifestyles, our country's reputation, and our Constitution – Karl Rove is but another major piece of the Bush/Cheney Regime "pie."

    I pray that, soon than later, the medial will send Bush/Cheney/Rove to the halls of obscurity. They are undeserving of anything but contempt at the highest level for their despicable acts against humanity.

    November 28, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Yinka

    Who cares what this extremist thinks.
    If someone deserves to be in Guantanamo it's Rove.

    November 28, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Fred

    The majority of Americans, the AMA and a large and growing % of businesses want universal health care, and want it as soon as is possible.

    Running to the "extremes with government-run health care" would mean following Rove's advice in this area.

    What fine work by our president elect!

    The more Rove whines about this the better we know you're doing.

    November 28, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Kona

    The article is not that complimentary. He spends 2-3 sentences saying nice things about picking Geithner, Summers, and Ozerag and then proceeds with a long, calculating critique of President-Elect Obama's other picks, his policies, and his leadership.

    Rove is a typical Republican operative–always campaigning and always believing most people care what he thinks.

    November 28, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Who cares what this traitor has to say?

    Karl Rove and his cronies have put this country in danger, not only the treasonous ways by putting Valery in jeopardy but all the agents that have work with her around the world, how many of them have lost their lives because of Mr. Rove?..
    Don’t you have any shame?

    November 28, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. Dianne from CA

    I don't care what porky Rove says about anything. Rove should concentrate on his legacy. He is known for being the "brain" behind the worst president this country has ever known. Good going, there.

    November 28, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. SteveO

    Holy crap, something positive out of this man's mouth!

    November 28, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Billiam

    Jabba the Hutt has spoken

    November 28, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Ron of Baltimore

    Thanks anyway, Karl. The rest of the world seems to think Mr. Obama is on the right track with his appointments. You know full well he can't please everyone. He seems to be seeking, as you say, intelligent continuity with programs he deems in the country's best interest, as well as in the world's best interests.

    I'll take your (minimally-) qualified words as nothing but good news for all sides. Happy holidays-

    November 28, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Jeff Rhines

    Why do you care what Rove thinks? He has been demonized by the left for the past 8 years and now what he says matters to you and most of your viewers? Give me a break. See what algore thinks. He is what most of the people that read this site cares about. I check this site to try and get a balance. Too bad most other people ( on both sides) don't do the same. If they did, we could have a centrist government and the pendulum would not always swing too far to the left, or right.

    November 28, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. C W

    I don't trust a word Karl Rove says because his movtives are always self-serving. He trained at Lee Atwater's knee and is nothing more than a power-hungry manipulator and liar.

    November 28, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Joyce in Florida

    Rove, I hope you will be leaving the White House this coming January. Believe me, you WILL NOT be missed!!! You are just sucking up to the new administration hoping you will have a job there. Please just go away.

    November 28, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. katiec

    Who in the world cares what Carl Rove has to say about anything.
    The man should be in prison for all the illegal things he has
    instigated or did hisself.
    Do hope that Bush does not give a blanket pardon to his stall,
    I'm sure including Bush hisself, as the criminal acts they all
    have commited should not go unpunished.
    But imagine he will.

    November 28, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Joshua College Station Texas

    Shut up Karl.

    Put him in prison, please!

    November 28, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. JL

    Rove needs to go away. We are tired of him and his spread the wealth to the wealthy economics.

    November 28, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. Chuck in Maine

    Paleeeeease shut this guy up.

    November 28, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Lo

    Re: President-elect Barack Obama is drawing early praise from former top Bush-aide Karl Rove.
    Help! He is scaring me.

    November 28, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Tony

    Uh Oh. If Roves likes the picks, suddenly I'm less excited. I predict History will remember this guy as the most destructive, devisive, dispicable figure in our lifetimes. And we didn't even ELECT him!

    November 28, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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