December 31st, 2009
05:58 PM ET
8 years ago

New Years resolutions for Obama - from Karl Rove

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rove has some New Year's resolutions for Obama."](CNN) - If President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, or other members of the administration are having any trouble coming up with some New Year's resolutions for 2010, former top Bush aide Karl Rove is eager to help.

Writing in his weekly Wall Street Journal column Thursday, Rove offers a bevy of goals to the president himself, the vice president, and his top aides.

To the president - Rove says Obama needs to be more clear in what he is thinking - ensuring he doesn't leave a diverse group of people with the impression the president agrees with all of them - and must make sure to "mean what he says:"

Mr. Obama should work on his habit of leaving a room of people with deeply divided opinions thinking he agrees with all of them. That leads to disagreements over essential issues, like the meaning of his pledge to begin withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2011 and the nature of the new military mission there.

To the vice president - Rove says Biden should speak publicly less:

Every time he opens his mouth, the West Wing staff uses him to make the president look good by comparison.

To the president's staff - Rove says they should resolve to orchestrate a few less 'historic moments' and keep the president off TV more.

Why not resolve to have a few less "historic" moments? How many can one president really have, anyway? A little more grace toward his predecessor would help him, as would less TV time. He is wearing out his welcome and his speechwriters—judging by the quality of their work lately.

To White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers - Rove says she needs to keep an eye on those guest lists:

[She] should take a lead from Santa Clause and make her list and check it twice . . . at the White House gates.

New Year's Resolutions for Washington [Wall Street Journal]

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soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. Deedee

    Rove new tear resolution shoud be to stop cheating and TRY to keep a wife .

    December 31, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. MAT

    What is it with has beens that they feel the need to put their 2 cents in after the fact? who are they to speak out after the epic failure they just handed off? Rove and Chaney are two delusional peas in one mindless pod.

    December 31, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. grammieof3

    Areyou kidding me, Rove giving advice to this administration. He is a thief, war criminal and liar. He needs to go crawl under the rock he just left!

    December 31, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Florence

    Karl Rove’s days of giving advice are over. Look where he got Bush with his advice. He contributed to Bush’s being one of the worst Presidents in the history of United State of America.
    But of course he still can make one New Year’s resolution and that is to come out of the closet and admit that he likes boys and stop trying it with women. Sorry Karl, Bush is taken and no you can never have him. I know you’re still in love with him.

    December 31, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. A True Centrist

    I have to agree with Rove on a few of these points. The more I see the President on tv, the more I start to think he is more interested in being a celebrity than the leader of the free world. Did you see him at the Kennedy Center celebration, giving high fives to Springsteen and fist pumps to everyone he saw? He looked like a giddy teenager because he was hanging out with a rock star.

    And Biden...I haven't listened to anyone since Dan Quayle that made me question our political system more. How could someone this clueless have become our Vice President? He is dangerous when he speaks and I hope the administration does pull back the reigns.

    December 31, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. TW

    I resolve to completely ignore any more irrelevant commentary from corrupt and ineffective previous administrations and their lackeys. Whose with me?

    December 31, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Outraged

    Karl Rove is a despicable person with the moral backbone of a jellyfish. How does someone with his record of dastardly deeds get a high-profile position in an otherwise reputable organization? The only reasonable explanation seems to be that the people that put him back into a position of power, after repeatedly proving himself to be unfit to hold such a position, are using him to make money selling short on inside-knowledge that the next column with be especially scathing of the current administration.

    December 31, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    I can think of someone else who could benefit from his advice for Vice President Biden.

    December 31, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. fielding mellish

    A better resolution: Put Rove back in his hole where he belongs. The man should be in jail really instead of wasting our space and time with inanities.

    December 31, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Clint

    Advice to Karl Rove: Get down on your knees and thank God you live in a country that allows weaselly people to make money by pandering to people with extreme views. The President, VP and the present administration are doing just fine, considering the full court press of the vipers who were voted out of office to discredit and obstruct any chance that the country has to address its problems. Its country before party, Karl and country before ideology.

    December 31, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Kitten

    What a putz

    December 31, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Sadie

    The Republicans really have all the answers don't they? After the mess they made of the last 8 years.........the people of this country have a lot more respect for Obama then they did of Bush, his ratings were in the 20's when he was in do you think that Obama and his administration should listen to these loud mouth bafoons.........don't think so

    December 31, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Michael from Ventura

    Mr. President: I'm sure you know this already......When Kommandant Karl gives advice, do the OPPOSITE! He is totally irrelevant!

    December 31, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Joe E.

    All very good points Karl, if the President's goal was to have the people forget about you and your miserable friend's record in this nation. However, I prefer to be reminded that I'm awfully glad that you're gone. So, the next time you try to make a point, remember that you needn't bother, because you have a permanent one on top of your head.

    Go away and have a nice day!

    December 31, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Mj

    Every now and then Bush, Rove and Cheney like to pop up and remind us of how much they ran the country into the ground for 8 years.

    -Health Care Premiums – Doubled since 2001.

    -Gas prices and energy costs – Doubled since 2001.

    -Tuition and College Education costs – Doubled since 2001.

    They more than doubled the deficit from 5.3 trillion to over 10.6.

    Could not win two wars, while given 6-8 years to win them.

    We'd be best suited to take Karl Roves list, and on each point we just do the complete opposite.

    December 31, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Frank

    When will Karl Rove realize that his advice to Bush was all bad, and that all the the Bush policies are massive failures?

    December 31, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. BDiddy

    The President IS HISTORIC,
    everything He does will be HISTORIC because he's the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN President. DUH... But I forgot it's Karl Rove we should speak slowly and use small words....

    December 31, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Jason Manley

    George Bush took advise from Mr. Rove and look where that took the nation. I would offer this advise to you Mr. Rove. Take a good hard look at the damage you are personally responsible for and start making amends.

    December 31, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. KJS

    What an idiot. I mean really, what an idiot.

    December 31, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. American Me

    The Obama admin should listen to Karl because he gave such great advice to the last admin.

    Yes, please President Obama. Take away more of our civil liberties in the name of defense again terrorism. That is what our forefathers, past and present soldiers, fought, bled, and died for. Isn't that right Karl? Isn't that right Glen? Isn't that right Hannity?

    December 31, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. marcus (seattle)

    advice ?? lol.. c'mon CNN. you can do better than that.. karl rove should advise dick cheney to talk less.. advice is obama telling W that iraq was the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time. rove doesn't advise democrats. he badgers them. and, let's be honest, rove was a mastermind of the disasterous bush administration !! lol.. do any of us really think obama should heed the "advice" or someone whose claim to fame is the collapse of the world's economy, an unnecessary trillion-dollar war in iraq, and having sat idly by while terrorists killed thousands of americans on US soil ?? CNN is quickly becoming the People magazine of politics.

    December 31, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Do we really need to hear from Rove when has advocated torture and other Neo-con ideas that run counter to the American ideals that most of us hold true. There are some Neo-cons that don't share the idea that other countries have to want to use a democratic governmental system.

    December 31, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. JT from MO

    The Labor Department said Thursday that new claims for unemployment insurance fell by 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 432,000, the lowest since July 2008.
    The number of jobless workers continuing to claim benefits, meanwhile, dropped by 57,000 to 4.9 million, also better than the increase that analysts expected.
    Karl Rove, can you give him advice on how to do better with that? I am being highly sarcastic if you cannot catch how I worded that sentence.
    Mr. Rove, every time you open your mouth, I think of this word, credulous: the dictionary definition of that word is, naive, gullible.
    Speaking of checking your list twice, tell fox news to do that; it might help them. It might help the entire media, I think.
    Mr. Rove, so you are saying that all other speechwriters for other presidents did not write the same thing once in a while? If you did your research, most politicians have their own speechwriters. That includes both Dems and Repubs.

    December 31, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Emilio

    Who gives a crap what this turd has to say? He and the other traitors from the Bush Crime Syndicate are feverishly working to avoid the consequences of their wrong-doing by muddying the water. The tactic has, up to now, worked as Obama remained silent on their silliness, however, there are more reasonable people who are watching the decline of our national debate brought on by these Neocon Republicans who hate this country.

    December 31, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Joe

    Why does anyone give Karl Rove such a platform, he has never said anything good about this administration. A pure critic. Spreading negativity. CNN always reports such negative and nonsensical criticism. I have been thinking about getting my news only from NPR... That may be less frustrating.

    December 31, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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