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. sick n tired

    Thanks Karl..................Now go away!

    November 28, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Like whatever Karl Rove says or thinks is the least bit important!!!!!!!!!!!!!Noone cares Mr. Rove!

    November 28, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. gt


    November 28, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Connie in Tennessee

    Who cares what this criminal says?? He should be in jail.

    November 28, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Johnny V

    Karl who?

    November 28, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Wolfin

    Not a sign of good tidings, Rove approving of Obama's financial team. It seems that maybe a bad sign for the economy-the more things change, the more they stay the same!

    November 28, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |

    Rove should be in a dark creepy prison just for not wanting Americans to do without health care.
    Our country, our new president, and the entire world will be better without Rove.
    With that said nice he approves of an intelligent person's choices for important positions.

    I wonder how Rove's health care plan compares to the average American. No one in my entire family has had health insurance for over 4 years. It is not extremist to want health care.

    November 28, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. erika morgan

    Ever the coat-tail rider, trying to make his disreputable self into something on someone else's merit since he has none of his own. Rove, the impeachment net is still looking for you! Democracy can not afford letting your, counter Constitutional inceptions of a unitarian Presidency, get off scott free; even if the Nixon folks got away with their indiscretions, since you decided to continue your egregious democracy killing ideas into our time. I know you got away with it before, fool us once shame on you, we can not allow you to fool us a second time Democracy is too precious to us.

    November 28, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Joe Green

    "Hi, I'm Karl Rove, and after turning our entire political system into a nasty reality TV show, I find that I am now totally irrelevant. Since the Democrats are now in power, I'm jumping on whatever bandwagon I can find. Please pay attention to me. Please...."

    Sorry Karl. Your 15 minutes are UP!

    Go hawk Jenny Craig or something.

    November 28, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. bill

    Karl Rove is using the word "expreme" about someone when that is his own middle name and legacy himself.

    That figures though, considering it comes from Karl Rove's mind.

    November 28, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. twiddly

    Shut up, Karl.

    You are largely responsible for the awful current state of affairs, so nobody cares what you think.

    You will go down in the history books as the worst presidential advisor ever!

    Your neocon movement is dead, Dead, DEAD.

    November 28, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    A note for the Obama Administration:

    Run as fast as you can if you see Karl "Rasputin" Rove coming your way.

    Or better yet, try to arrest Rove for crimes against humanity and particularly against Americans.

    November 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Waitaseccond

    Why isn't Rove in jail?

    Why are you giving him press?

    November 28, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Willy Brown

    Good Job Karl for getting Mr. One Term elected. This is going to pave the way for a take back in 2012 for the republicnas for the W.H. & capital hill. Kudos!

    November 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Allan Hanson Cameron Park Ca.

    This from the one who was instumental in all the mess that this Administration has made, particularly the disaster in Iraq and Afganistan.
    He is a real jewell, who should be tries for war crimes.
    I hope there is justice and all those responsible for the crimes this Administration has comitted will be prosicuted.

    November 28, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Cheryl

    Right – the same set of values = NONE. You didn't sell your soul because you don't have one. You sold out the very people you stole the election to supposedly help – AMERICANS.

    You violated the Constitution, the Geneva Convention, all established principles of ethics, and you sold us and the environment for PROFIT.

    You are despicable, a low, scut-smelling, scum-sucking pig. The only pro I see in this is that your children and your grandchildren and your great grandchildren will bear the stain of your lies, the destruction of human life, disregard of our education system, children, the elderly, the sick, and the vulnerable, the destruction of our economy and indeed, the world's economy for as long as history is written.

    You will be despised forever.

    November 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. blkvegas

    Who the hell cares what Rove has to say. Trying to show your just a "regular guy" Karl? Don't start moving toward the center now that Barack is in the White House.
    Just go away...

    November 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. gc

    Is he hoping to jump on the Obama band wagon? We really don't need him and haven't forgot the things he has done.

    November 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Is it just me, or is having anything approved by Carl Rove just a little bit scary?

    November 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Lee

    "Berkley" California is spelled Berkeley! Thought you might like to know.

    November 28, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Tomkatinseattle

    Why isn't this man behind bars yet?

    November 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Lee

    "Berkley" California is spelled Berkeley! Thought you might like to know.

    November 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. truebob

    This guy's opinion matters about as much as Geraldine Ferraro's. We are almost free of these azzclowns, and I am counting the days. They can take their bigoted racist arrogant values and spew them on their biased media outlets untill the end of their days, and I won't care at all. I just want to thank all of the Republicans who voted for Obama. You have restored my faith in this country.

    November 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Loyal Democrat in MD

    Like we CARE what that crook thinks!!

    November 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Dan in NH

    That is a scary thought! Personally I believe Rove should be in jail for leaking the name of a CIA operative, among other atrocities committed by the Bush administration. I could care less what a convicted felon from the Bush dynasty has to say! Yet somehow the media does. Strange, isn't it?

    November 28, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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