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. Michael

    I have never seen a more idiotic set of suggestions. Why won't this man go away??

    December 31, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. william

    Im sure the white house is looking for advice from karl rove. Really just help me understand why a crook like mr rove gets his nerve from please take my advice for the new year mr rove go away you have done enough

    December 31, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. me

    And 4 u Mr. Rogue...please go on a diet, get some work done on those sag'n jawls, get a tan, move 2 Saturn...

    December 31, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. John

    Rove one of the most feared men by the Democratic Party......

    the man is smart......he wouldn't be feared if he wasn't....

    December 31, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Avi Shlomo

    To Karl Rive...2 marriages to motherly like family values. It is time you come out of the closet.

    December 31, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Tayo, NY

    Mr. rove should have keep his home right before counseling others!

    If he cannot works this right in his home he has no basis for giving advise to others.

    December 31, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. josephine onuoha

    Amen and Amen. I am not a republican but I agree with Mr Rove this time. Too many promises and hands into too many things is distracting and at the end little is accomplished. I am scared and confused as to where we are heading to. Mr President, stop listening to EVERYBODY. Do what is right and what the American people want you to do. You cannot please every body, take control please.

    December 31, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Laurie

    Mr. Rove needs to shut his mouth in the New Year

    December 31, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    CNN, this guy was involved in alleged criminal activity during the 8 years of the Bush administration. Why would you cover anything he says as credible news on your web site or broadcasts? We don't care what Karl Rove says. He should be in prison awaiting trial. The fact that he's not is criminal in itself. And you quoting him gives the appearance of condoning right wing talking points. That crosses the line into the area of what you should be doing and what Fox does. Now do you understand why your viewership is down?

    December 31, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. IndyVoter

    Why is Karl Rove worried about ANYONE ELSE's New Year's Resolutions? How ARROGANT! Oh ye who is known for your nefarious behavior and personal moral missteps. Please get the beam out of your own eye before worrying about the splinter in the President's. The New Year is a time for SELF reflection. But I suppose, given Rove's history, he doesn't have a clue what that is.

    December 31, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Meanwhile in reality

    Why is this news? You're reporting on an op-ed piece! Ergo, you're simply reprinting news.

    December 31, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. vlad

    talking about historical moments engineered by Mr. Rove and his team, one comes to my mind... MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

    December 31, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. byron

    To Karl Rove: If republicans preach about the santity of marrige, do not get divorced... oh and turn yourself in.

    December 31, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Hawktyme

    Here's a guy we never want to see or hear from again, and he never shuts up and he's on TV daily. No wonder his wife dumped his ass – he's always got an opinion that's different than what thinking people have. He was the brains behind the biggest failed regime since Mussolini, and he brags of their accomplishments. He screwed up GW's Presidency for his own ego driven resume.
    Poor little fat bald man !!! It's called the he Costanza Complex

    December 31, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Joe citizen abroad

    Thanks, Turd Blossom. It would have been vastly more interesting, and more sincere, if you were to share your own resolutions.

    December 31, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Think

    There are no boundaries for the absolute crassness and rudeness of this man. Absolutely none.

    Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes (pres of Fox News, and GOP campaign advisor - I can't bring myself to say "former" when the evidence is to the contrary) have mounted a campaign of snark and outright lies to poison everything about this country until the voters are scared witless and vote for a white GOP or a goodlooking, smart-mouthed woman with no clue and little intellectual curiosity who can be easily manuevered into turrning over the reins to the same clan who ruled us during the Reagan/Bush, and Bush I & II years.

    December 31, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    like dick cheney we don't care what Karl Rove has to say other than ,when he turns himself into the authorities for crimes against the UNITED STATES . and we will make a deal if he turns on CHENEY for his war crimes . so other than that .someone shut this freak up. 🙂

    December 31, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |

    Rove should not offer advice to anybody. Likewise Mr. Cheney. They had their chance and they failed completelly

    December 31, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |

    Why is CNN giving this buffoon the time of day?

    Let me be clear, I have no interest in anything Dick Cheney or Karl Rove have to say.

    What record of success can they point to that would convince them they should give advise to anyone?

    December 31, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Michael Bindner

    I think Mr. Emmanuel is smart enough to listen to Rove and other Republicans and do the opposite thing. If John Kerry had been that smart and had put Gen. Clark on the ticket with him, we would not have had a second Bush term and the Kerry/Clark team would be in its second term now (with Clinton and Obama preparing to duke it out for 2012).

    December 31, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Muse

    Why is the media even allowing Rove to be considered to be relevant on the eve of 2010? This sort of tripe simply foments controversy and divisiveness. There is enough hard news to report without having to go to these lengths to create manufactured political conflict.

    December 31, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. anotherGDlefty "how to make a marriage last", family values advice ?

    Karl, as a taxpaying voter, you & Uncle Dick are no longer my employees and your "opinions" mean nothing.

    I hope the current administration listens to you as much as you listened to the administration before you..............shove off.

    December 31, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Karl in SLC

    Who cares what that tub of lard has to say. Or anyone from that administration. Their track record is 8 years long and is marked by one failure after another.

    Go away Rove, go find wife #3.

    December 31, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. Smith

    I think Carl Rove is on the money. We need less talk and more action relating to terrorism. We also need a president who supports the wishes of the American public.

    December 31, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Big John

    As if President Obama needs advice from a warmonger

    December 31, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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