December 24th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Pat Robertson criticizes Bush, praises Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Robertson gave Bush low marks Tuesday."] (CNN) - Pat Robertson is "remarkably pleased" with President-elect Barack Obama, the conservative leader told CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux – and believes President Bush’s administration has not dealt with the nation’s economic crisis in a “professional manner.”

“Well, it's hard to assess blame, but I, over the years - I hate to be critical, I mean I am a Republican, and this is the president of the party that I'm a member of - but I think we've had some serious goofs along the way,” he said on the Situation Room Tuesday.

“The Katrina matter was terrible. The rebuilding of Iraq has been terrible. The [handling] of the economy right now has been terrible. It hasn't been handled in what I would consider a professional manner.”

Robertson said history may be kinder to Bush than current opinion. “But I believe I would look at about a C-minus right now if I were grading him,” he said.

The evangelical leader has been a supporter of Bush's presidential campaigns.

Robertson said Tuesday he was optimistic about the incoming Obama administration. “I am remarkably pleased with Obama,” he told Malveaux. “I had grave misgivings about him. But so help me, he's come in forcefully, intelligently. He's picked a middle of the road cabinet. And so far, if he continues down this course, he has the makings of a great president. So, I'm very pleased so far.”

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  1. Joe D

    Thanks that Americans are starting to wake up. Yes Bush is an idiot, yes Pat Rob is also a divider preacher. But let point the finger to ourselves for electing these idiots to run a great country with plenty intelligents people. I always wonder how all of this could not have been discovered when the entire world had noticed that Bush was an idiot. To Christians, on this xmas day, let call for Jesus to teach us again "love" which is the epicenter of our well-being. If this country is in deep hole right now is because we Christians are not living to the real christianity.We have lost love for eachother and put greed at the first spot.
    Merry Xmas to all.

    December 25, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  2. Dawid

    From our perspective [Polish] Obama is crazy and not well prepered, but Bush is good, of course not perfect, but he has so much good things too.

    December 25, 2008 04:12 am at 4:12 am |

    Is our perspective simillar to yours?

    December 25, 2008 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
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