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. Kristine

    golly, whatever would we do without his wit and advice? *rolleyes*

    December 31, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Advice to Karl: Stop spending so much time with the "honeys" at Fox and your next marriage may work.

    December 31, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Gary

    Why does cnn print anything this criminal says.rove belongs in jail, not writing newspaper columns.It is hard to tell if you are reading cnn or fox news.

    December 31, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. David Hayward

    Karl Rove's advice to George Bush helped get Obama elected president. It would be pretty stupid for Obama to listen to his advice.

    December 31, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. George Holman

    Who cares what Rove or Cheney thinks? That God they are out of power. What a mess they left for us all!

    December 31, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I am sure that if the Obama administration does what Karl suggest, they will be as popular as Bush and Cheney. Thank, but no thanks, karl.

    December 31, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. JSL

    Advice to Karl Rove:
    Clean up your own back yard before you start handing out advice.

    Too bad your country didn't hand you a divorce.

    December 31, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Sam Smith

    Well, now that we know what Karl Rove is thinking we know what to do: the exact opposit. If Karl says high i say low, if Karl says stop i say go. And if the President, the VP and the WH staff do the same we might get America back on track faster than expected.

    It is pretty inconcievable to me why these people keep crawling out from under their rocks once in a while to spout these things. Do they really believe anyone is still interessted in them? Do they really think we still believe a single word of what they say, any idea or conept they try to sell us? Do they think we have already forgotten how they brought this great country down with wars and lies and greed and selfishness? Do they think will will ever FORGIVE them? Then they are greater fools than even I thought possible...

    December 31, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. ScaredForFuture

    Karl Rove's New Years Resolution:

    -To realize nobody cares what he thinks

    December 31, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Gpenn

    Advice on running the country from Rove is about as useful as his advice on a successful marriage.

    December 31, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. gjohnson

    Why would anyone still be interested in what Mr. Rove has to say? The man has absolutly no integrety left after all of his shenanigans in the Bush era. Mr. Rove, much lick Mr. Cheney, should quietly fade into history. And the news media should stop giveing them a voice.

    December 31, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. John in WV

    And to Rove and Cheney. Follow the lead of their ex-boss and keep their mouth shut. They've done enough damage as it is.

    December 31, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Q

    Any advice for Mrs Rove?

    December 31, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. forty

    Maybe if the GOP had left this country in better shape there wouldn't be so much room for diversity. Maybe Rove should be paying more attention to what's happening at home, maybe is wife wouldn't have left him. You can't blame her, it would be like being married to Dr Spin.. Spin good to bad, spin hope for despair. Maybe he should spend less time under the desks of people like Hannity, Limbaugh, and Beck.. This man would do or say anything to get his name in the news.

    December 31, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Stephanie

    The Republicans just can't stand being out of power. They were rejected by the majority of Americans and should just be quiet.

    Why is it that CNN keeps giving these has beens such a forum...all for ratings rather than actually reporting something news worthy??

    December 31, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Gabriel

    When we give importance to the nonsense that Rove says in his analysis we wonder if his brain works properly. That guy should keep his mouth shup to allow us to heal from the sickening politics of the Bush era. When you hear guys like Rove, Gingrich, Cheney, Limbaugh, Hannity and many others trying to give advice to Obama, you wonder if they are educated or if they live on earth. Their chauvinistic approach sickens me while they try to make their followers believe that they are the only ones who can make a sound analysis of the current political situation. Those guys are poison for political debates.

    December 31, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. neuroperson

    Say what you want about Rove, but he is one of the most interesting, and influential person in modern politics and what he says stings of truth albeit from a partisan view. One can imagine this sort of frank talk happening when he was talking to this own camp too, a sort of "incovenient truth"

    December 31, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. dave

    I don't think Karl Rove should be giving advice.

    December 31, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Kernel Karl Klink says, "Bush's trashing the constitution was good for Americans." During the Bush years, there were only 25 terrorist attacks on American soil from Sept. 2001 to Dec. 2001, if you include the anthrax letters mailed to Daschele, Leahy and others in real media.

    December 31, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Tom from VA

    Worthless wind bag. Enough said. Lindbaugh's waiting for company in his hospital room.

    December 31, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. JT from MO

    Stocks are up even more substantially since bottoming in March. Since closing at a 12-year low on March 9, the Dow has gained 61% and the S&P 500 has gained 66.5%. Since closing at a 6-year low on the same date, the Nasdaq is up 81%.
    Can you give him advice on how to do better with that as well, Mr. Rove?

    December 31, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We hope his wife makes a fortune with a tell all book.This guy should be in prison.

    December 31, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. John

    can this guy just go somewhere and off himself please!!!? Of all the Republican evagelical liars i cannot beleive this dork is even on here? Did'nt the jerk just ditch his wife? Oh ya excuse me another saintly christain HYPOCRIT! go away!

    December 31, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Chipster

    New Year's Eve is the time to make New Year's resolutions for yourself, Rove! You and your boss undermined our constitutional rights, dismantled our economy, diverted our resources away from those who attacked us, and now you think you can even make our resolutions?

    After the mess your incompetent boss left for us to clean up, you really have no authority to make suggestions to anyone. I wouldn't take advise from you for anything, anytime, anywhere.

    December 31, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. American Expat

    The man has more brass than a tack factory! With eight years of nothing but starting wars, impinging on citizens rights, proposing torture, putting the economy in a toilet bowl, and the list just goes on and on. And He wants to give advice? No thanks Mr. Rove. The patriotic thing for YOU to do is just keep your peace and not keep reminding us that YOU were part of that eight year mess!

    December 31, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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