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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. NGANGA in Austin TX

    Ooook! Now go to jail!

    November 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Lola

    aahhh yes, and we care so much about what rove says because?

    November 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. NYbywayof Texas

    Karl Rove????? Your name is synonymous with extremely dirty politics. Who cares what you think?!!!!

    November 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Lisa

    If Rove praises something, then it's probably wrong ....or illegal. Makes me concerned about Obama's team now.

    November 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Savvy

    DEMOCRATS: WAKE UP and get your _ _ _ _ _ back on track!

    The ball's in your court again, and you have the gall to create confusion and mayhem inside your own camp?

    Just what the Losers need; a group of adults acting like sixth graders!

    I hope that the majority of you are wise enough to understand that the new president is responsible for your strides, and will have enough sense to support him!


    November 28, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. David S. Robins

    Frankly, who cares what Karl Rove thinks now? He is every bit as rotten and corrupt as GWBush and Dick Cheney. He belongs in jail along with them. Let this fat little worm fade into the obscurity that he so richly deserves. His day is done.

    November 28, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. tommyboy

    Who is Carl Rove and why should anyone give him the time of day?

    November 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Mickey in Texas

    Like President-Elect Obama needs Karl Rove's approval or opinion....what a suck up!

    November 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Neal

    Rove is making nice...
    He's worried about going to prison.

    November 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Rorschach

    Hmmmm. Guess Karl Rove must be one of them socialist Commie pinkos if he says Obama did something right.

    November 28, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. jason

    who is this fatty

    November 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. ML

    Why do you guys keep quoting Carl Rove. George Bush would never have been Governor much less President without the control of this horrible person. The only way to treat him is to ignore him. He and Rush Limbaugh should never ne quoted or heard from again. They are the devil's pawns.

    November 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Mamoune

    Hah Carl!
    You are trying to cover your butt!
    Hopefully your former Boss Bush
    will commute your crimes and
    President Obama won't send you
    to where you belong:

    November 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. nancy

    Rove, who the heck cares what you think......Same mentality of the disgusting Bush admininstration.

    November 28, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Andrew

    It is BERKELEY, not "Berkley," Alexander

    November 28, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Dave G

    I can't believe anyone ever listened to this guy.

    November 28, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Ron in Los Angeles

    Here's another hack who won't tear himself away from the spotlight. He should remember his name, "Rove," and go on a long trip somewhere else.

    November 28, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Does anyone care what Rove thinks?

    November 28, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. MD

    Oh please do shut up Rove. You are a has-been who engineered the downfall of America by helping Bush become president.

    I have always maintained that the world is suffering at the hands of Rove. It was he who sold Bush to America.

    November 28, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. steven harnack

    didn't anyone ever teach this fat bully to have some respect for the President-elect?

    November 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. mitchell

    as a liberal progressive, you moderate dems can take this statement ,by rove, as a good indication of our why our eyebrows are raised! the nat sec picks are much worse!

    November 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. GOP=Epic Fail

    Rove should shut up and go to jail.

    November 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. dottie

    isnt it amazing how all the bush cronies are kissing obamas but by flattery now that there on there way out, I hope obama doesnt fall for it and holds all you bush cronies accountable for what youve don to our country!!!

    November 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Alisha, MN

    Surprisingly, I couldn't agree more with Rove!

    November 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    I don't believe this. Throughout the campaign, Karl Rove has given Barack Obama good advice, he predicted that he would win the election, and now he says that his cabinet is a good one.

    And now, I have just looked out the window and saw several pigs flying! 🙂

    November 28, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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