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. J.C.

    How about having a referendum for us all to vote for a healthcare reform bill?
    For example, the Congress and White House can come up with three potential bills for us to vote for one as the final bill?
    This is where math education comes into play for the health of the nation.
    If our population knows a thing or two about math and social ills, we may choose the right bill for us. If not, we will vote for a not so good one.

    Why can't we depend on our Congress to negotiate and select the best health care bill for us? With this Wall Street bailout, it proves that our Congress isn't much brighter than the voters, who voted them into Congress. I think we desperately need a basic qualified exam for all candidates running for a public office. I don't mean a Ph.D. qualified exam. I mean a High School equivalent exam. This is how sad the reality is today, but this won't disqualify anyone without a college degree, either. We should let the Supreme Court make up the qualified exam for potential candidates for our Congress. What do you think? Just my 2 cents after having too much turkey!

    November 28, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Kim From PA

    Rove is one of the most genuinely evil, manipulative, pathological liers this nation has EVEN seen! His empty words mean NOTHING and the sooner the honorable decent republicans rise from his ashes and reclaim their party... the sooner those of us who left, will give serious thought to returning.

    November 28, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Bill

    i'm sorry. please explain to me why anyone cares what this guy has to say.

    November 28, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Robert in raleigh

    I hope that he wrote his op-ed on a piece of fire wood , and someone sticks it up his....... ,no that's not right, it should just be put in aplce that the sun don't shine.........

    November 28, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Betty

    Why isn't this FAT MAN in prison somewhere. Who cares what he thinks, don't think he has been asked for his opinion. Sure PE Obama has been waiting for his opinions, NOT.

    November 28, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Shucks

    Who cares what Karl Rove thinks about Obama's team. He is truly irrelevant.

    November 28, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Angel

    Rove is so obessed with Obama...i bet he voted for him.

    November 28, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. mmd

    I ask the same question about rove and palin, who cares what these want to bees have to say.

    November 28, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Lisa P

    And I should pay the slightest attention to this snake-oil salesman because...?

    November 28, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Kim

    Crawl back under your rock, Mr. Rove.

    November 28, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    this man is irrelevant

    November 28, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. The Rovian tactics retirement committee

    Does anyone actually care what Rove thinks anymore? I thought that he would go the way of the dinosaurs now that his puppet is leaving office.

    November 28, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Tom

    Go roll in some mud, you fat pig.

    November 28, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    Why hasn't he been charged with war crimes?

    November 28, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. sharkcellar

    Why is he not in chains?

    November 28, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Sumaya Conners. East Chatham, NY

    And why is that important? Why is his views news?
    Rove the porcine! Go away and rot and rut in the mess you and your president made of our country.

    November 28, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. REG in AZ

    Could Rove be trying to attain forgiveness and peace? Likely just trying to avoid prosecution either in court or in reputation.

    November 28, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Aaron

    Karl Rove is the devil. Suddenly I find myself wary of Obama's picks when I wasn't before.

    November 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Milhouse van Houten

    I am always a bit more than skeptical when this man endorses any-thing.He may possess an acute acumen for the political process,but
    he adheres to the gutter politics that have reeked havoc for years now.
    The sooner he leaves the national scene altogether,the better the country will be.He has been refered to as Bushs' brain in the past,well
    that answers one pressing question.

    November 28, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. G.R.I.T.S - Girl Raised in the South

    Wow, the linchpin of the axis of evil has spoken. Saying nice things about our President Elect will not make us forget all of the heinous, deceitful, harmful things you have advocated through the years. You really should be in jail.

    November 28, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Dr. Anthony Costonis

    Like - does anyone really care what Rove or any other member of the gang who couldn't shoot straight really think??????

    November 28, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. teriwebb

    Is he making nice now?

    November 28, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    It's good to have him on board. We need the best and the brightest to save America and it has to be NOW that we put our BRAINS to good use. Bush did his part on putting a lid on terrorism, now it's Obama who needs to speak softly and carry the torch forward. I think if they look behind him, he's got some heavy GUNS behind him (Hillary to Gates to Jim Jones..)

    November 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. aaron

    Uh oh....Rove likes it...this is going to be bad. Or is he switching teams now?

    November 28, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Sergio Pastor

    Rove :
    Shut your mouth and retire to the moon, you are respossible for the debacle of the Republican party filosofy:
    -Pandering to the hispanics,
    -Your touchy feely BS,
    -Spending the peoples money in wasteful programs
    -You and the President are RINOS

    The American people want men with "cojones"

    Sergio Pastor , Latino, democrat and proud conservative

    November 28, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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