February 12th, 2009
05:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Gregg withdrawal shows Obama's inexperience, senator says

(CNN) - Sen Judd Gregg's decision to withdraw his name for Commerce Secretary is a sign of President Obama's inexperience, Republican Sen Bob Bennet of Utah said.

“I think it is a demonstration of inexperience. You don’t attract someone of Judd Gregg caliber into the cabinet and then take steps that would cause him to leave without at least talking to him and understanding that that might happen," he told reporters Thursday.

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  1. Re: Obama's inexperience?

    I think not. This supposedly "experienced guy" lobbied for the job & then allowed his fellow Republicans to bully him out of it.

    The President needs to move on & appoint a fresh face – someone right out of Silicon Valley or some much more progressive and well trvelled internationally.

    I'm sickened by this line of thinking – inexperienced my foot!

    Rock on Mr. President!

    February 12, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. John

    "Everything is obama's fault to republicans. What is new!"

    Everything is bush's fault to democrats. What is new!

    February 12, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Texas Teacher

    NO, it shows that Obama tried to play nice. That is ALL he has to do... try! And when the People see what regular AS.... I mean butt heads you are... if they did not already see it.... you will be laughed right out of your jobs! You have NOTHING the American People want! That richest 5% are not running anything now. The People are in control now... that is all Obama has for a BASE! Unlike you bozos! *LOL*

    February 12, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Sue

    Wow. Can you believe the scare tactics. This administration plays the head game better than anyone to date. Yep things are horrible right now but to paint a picture that the Republican party and the previous President of 8 years have just trashed America is sad. Never heard that we destroyed our relationships with every country in the world until this election. Darn while I was serving in the mil and TDY to other countries I heard nothing but good things about our country and our leadership. What has happened in the last 6 months?? All you hear is doom and gloom from the media and the Obama administration. We are in dire straits with the economy but we have only ourselves to blame. Mortgage companies lending to people they should not have and people being stupid by not thinking; reading the lending paperwork, understanding what you are doing, and buying homes they could not afford. You cannot live beyond your means, must have an SUV with fancy wheels, designer clothes/accessories, and keep up with the Jones'. I am tired of people who bought homes they could not afford crying because they cannot make the payments or are forclosed on. You are the fool–take responsiblility for your actions and quit asking for handouts. For the people that cannot keep up with their payments, feed their families, and pay bills because you have lost your job it is a different story and I wish you hope, success, and hopefully a new job.

    February 12, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. DavidinCA

    Unfortunately, this is the kind of drama you see when someone is learning how to manage. Surprises are certainly something an experienced leader learns to avoid. They are not productive.

    February 12, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Ed, Fl

    Shame on the republicans, the american people want bipartisanship not political gridlock. They think they have it all figure out...following Rush Limbaug.
    Rendez-vous 2010...They will pay for it.

    February 12, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Steve

    So now the Republicans are recycling discredited PUMA arguments? Sad.

    February 12, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. David

    Greggs decision shows just how blind the idiot Republicans are. They are the party of Right Wing Nuts that eat there own anytime one of them has their own opinion. Look at how they have all turned on the Senators who supported the "economic recovery" package. They would rather see millions out of work and homeless just to prove there Right Wing Agenda. And for all these Republicans that have suddenly become a fiskal conservative, where were you when Bush & Cheney were looting the country and paying off their oil buddies?

    February 12, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. klc5

    Hey, Jon in CA. 56 other states? As The Obamination said, you won. Why are you still so bitter? You're going to keep getting your gov't check for the foreseeable future. So you can stay home and watch "wife swap" and other gutter shows while the rest of us work to support you. Just what I want to do, support a bunch of lazy people who only know how to take.

    February 12, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. BARBEE

    MR, Gregg asked for the job. As an American, it says that our President will honestly reach out to your party, because he has a big heart and a GREAT LOVE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, but of MR. GREGG, it just says "smelly old partisian politics. You guys accused the candidate Obama of being the most liberal of the liberals, so why would Gregg want to apply for a job with him if that was what he really thought. You guys ought to let your politicans grow up and be the leaders they could be, instead of the partisians you like to brag about. He now looks like an idiot,swinging from one job to another, and making people wonder if he has some tax, sex or other kinds of problems. God send us someone with intelligence, leadership qualities and a love of this country beyond partisian politics, because if this president fails, "ALL Americans fail, and it takes a man with courage to go into "Daniel's firey den. Mr. Gregg is not that man, and neither are you.

    February 12, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. Donna

    Says that Obama took the high road and was sincere in his attempts to work across the aisle..says more about the yellow spine of Gregg and the scare tactics of the Republicans..time for Obama to ignore there arses and work with those that apparently want to work for the people WITH HIM...

    February 12, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Babu

    Bob is right. Only republicans are experienced. They know how to wage unnecessary war, transfer wealth from poor to rich and preside over a culture of corruption.

    February 12, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. John

    I blame Bush!! lol... what ever, if BO killed a baby and ate him you would all be defending him by blasting the GOP.... I was a Bush supporter, but I disagreed with some of the things he did (its called making your own choice). So for the last 8 years it has been the GOP's fault and for the next four years it will be the GOPs fault–where the hell are the other leaders??????(Dems)

    February 12, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. Mary

    Any comment coming from Republican's politicians these days, you need to take them a big grain of salt.

    February 12, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. rightsaid

    Happy to see this development.
    Gregg wasn't a good fit.

    February 12, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. Christian

    I would find it hard to reach across the isle. I feel like Obama is doing the right thing when all of the republican vote against him. Look what happened when they had control.

    February 12, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Obama 2.0

    What has not been experienced before is the unpresidented level of bi-partisanship Obama has displayed, not since Lincoln. The problem is that the Neo-cons don't know whether to poopy or go blind!

    February 12, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. Joan , Ontario

    It shows that President Obama took him at his word and Sen. Gregg didn't live up to that expectation. He obviously does not fit into the necessary mindset now in Washington which puts country before politics. He felt it was more important to fall into line with the Republican leaders such as Boehner, McConnell, Limbaugh, McCain, Steele and Hannity. These are NOT ordinary times. It is not like any other time in history after a change of administration. Your country is on the verge of collapse which is unprecendented. Get a grip and support your new leader. Get over the jealousy. When your economy is stable again there will be plenty of time to flex your political muscle but it is not appropriate now.

    February 12, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. paul (staunch Moderate)

    After the GOP admitted putting pressure on Gregg, I wouldn't so much call it a case of inexperience as I would a case of GOP partisanship.

    February 12, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. IKP

    My my my....this is the 21st century. And the Republican are still living in the 16th century. What's up with that. This President is trying so hard to include the Republicans in running this country and they just refuse to accept it. Well ya'll whether you like it or not, he's the boss. Period. Get over it and let the Boss do his job pleeeeease.

    February 12, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. sam

    ......And the RepubliCAN'T party are denying that John McCain's "Sexy Librarian" (Sarah Palin) VP nominee was inexperience as well!!!

    February 12, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. Steve (the real one)

    Holly 65 February 12th, 2009 5:07 pm ET
    Everything is obama's fault to republicans. What is new!
    Everything is Bush's fault to democrats. What' new?

    February 12, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Marty

    Bobby-shut up.

    February 12, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. Will we have a Commerce Secy by 2011?

    Symantec boss John Thompson is on a two-person shortlist to fill the role of the next US Commerce Secretary.
    Former Time Warner chairman Richard Parsons is reportedly the other person on the Commerce Secretary shortlist.
    Obama officials confirm that the candidates will arm-wrestle and submit a 500-word essay on why they support the stimulus bill.

    February 12, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Tim from Eugene OR.

    Senator Bennett,

    For being so against the Dems. what a donkey you are. Please run Palin in 2012! Please keep letting Rush give your party marching orders! Please let Hannity keep his show on Fox news! Oh and please let the woman with the adams apple keep spewing her crap on tv!

    Most Americans are ok with the fact that we don't all agree on every issue. You need only to bring up politics at a family Thanks Giving meal to become aware of that. But the GOP (GREEDY OLD POLITIANS) and Karl Roves ideas have ruined any good since that most Republicans had and you just don't get it.

    We are in real trouble in this nation and when you are in this kind of danger even cowboys and Indians would at least temporarily team up to deal with the danger we as a nation are in. But NOOOOO! not your party. You don't get it because you only love money. I am thinking you are a party that is almost becoming traitors!

    February 12, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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