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. Lori in St Pete

    Mr. family values could benefit from more fiber in his diet and a greater appreciation of Mark Twain who said, " It is better to keep one's mouth shut and appear a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

    December 31, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Marie

    THis from a person (certainly NOT a man) who cannot even keep a wife.... NUFF SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Al

    I love all the advice from these bafunes who totally screwed the country when they were in power.

    December 31, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. AKoslik

    Who cares what Rove says?

    December 31, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Manny1955

    I think that he might want to concentrate on his own personal life....nobody cares what he thinks anyway.

    December 31, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. shucks

    We are happy that we have a thinking president Mr. Rove. Americans were so blindly lead by the nose from your administration that we still don't know what was true and what were lies. We just know that we were all lied to on numerous occaisions. Hence the election results last year. Keep you advice to yourself and your fellow liar Mr. Cheney. We are still sick of the last administration, and are working very hard to correct all the liabilities that you caused our country over 8 years. It will take another 8 to correct them all. Your wife asking for a divorce at this time in your life shows that you will be a lonely and angry senior citizen along with Cheney and the rest of your lying cronies.

    December 31, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Mo

    Why anyone needs advice from Karl Rove? Didn't he advised Bush? Just go away.

    December 31, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Tammy

    Your kidding, right?! He of all people?

    December 31, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Dem

    LOLL. It is kinda funny, and I can't believe I'm going to say this... He's right. (ugh)

    December 31, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Dave C - NJ

    Obama is crystal clear in everything he does. Anyone with an IQ over room temperature can understand what his goals are.

    Everything he is doing is in fulfillment of his campaign care and getting out of Iraq and more into Afganistan.

    Dough boy was either not paying attention, or just looking to score points....but I can't imagine any GOP figures just taking shots at him for no reason other than personal gain, right?

    December 31, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. AJ

    Uh oh, something is really wrong if I agree with Karl Rove on anything! Really, Obama needs to be less focused on making "historic" moments and more focused on doing the right thing for the nation. The man can't make a speech without declaring something "historic."

    December 31, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. John

    Taking advice from Karl Rove is like taking advice from Lucifer on how to decorate Christmas tree. Its funny that the fools like Karl Rove and Dick Cheney still considers themselves important.

    December 31, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Babe

    Karl Rove? Who's he? And why are his comments worth hearing? Isn't he one of the architects of the disastrous last decade?

    I think he should go quietly into the night and maybe focus on his current divorce and his future retirement from public life - altogether.

    December 31, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. adam

    Advice from a divorced defender of the sanctity of marriage? Yeah I think I will pass.

    December 31, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Steve in Denver

    Mr. Rove: While your divorce from your wife was in the papers this week, your divorce from reality is much more problematic.

    For example, Desiree Rogers had prepared the guest list appropriately. The couple that beat security got past the secret service. It was in all the papers. You should read an actual news source once in a while.

    This President encourages discussion and exchange of ideas before he makes major decisions, like starting or conducting wars. Your administration had a fellow in charge who led with his gut. You obviously can't come to grips with the reality that he bungled two wars which are still ongoing. Especially Afghanistan, seven years later, and the taliban, al quaeda, and bin laden are all alive and well. Your team bungled these wars by having a decider in chief who thought the almighty shared his divine plan with him. Obviously, you all were grossly mistaken.

    Every time Biden opens his mouth? How 'bout "fool me once, shame on you er me uh, fool me twice uh er, uh, won't get fooled again?"

    December 31, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |

    I have some advice for rove, shut your lying mouth. confess all the crimes of the bush administration. including all the lies that this bunch of scumbags told the american people. also pay back the billion's of dollars that was stolen from the american people.

    December 31, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. jerseylou

    The giant the shiny turd blossom is at again,trying to tell the current President what to do. What you and your repugs need to do is go to hell and stay there.

    December 31, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Charlie

    Advice from the Crystal Creek T*rd Blossom is just what America needs.

    December 31, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. John McVey

    What an extremely appropriate picture you have chosen to use of Karl Rove! It really captures the essence of his persona: Bloated Gas Bag! Looks like Boss Hog here with his rhetoric-filled jowls can't stop tooting his horn. Blowing out yet more advice for this administration that he couldn't seem to make happen with the previous administration. Less TV time for the President and aptly placed duct tape for the VP? Would that he could have accomplished that with ol' G. W. and the Dick. It certainly would have made the last 8 years a little easier for most Americans.

    December 31, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Henry

    Who cares what Turdblossom thinks? He couldn't even hold his marriage together.

    December 31, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Brett P.

    A resolution for Karl Rove, and the rest of those from the Bush Administration that are most vocal: a little more grace towards the current president.

    All we heard during the last 7 years (since 9/11) was you can't criticize the president during war. They have said we are still at war, which we are. But once a Democrat is the president, they can criticize him all they want.

    I don't have a problem with honest differences, but there is a difference between that and the rhetoric that seems to eminate from those that seem to wish it were still 2001.

    December 31, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. th

    Rove, go back into the closet that you came out of. Your comments are as useless as you were when you were in the white house.

    December 31, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. ATL Guy

    Sure got over the divorce rather quickly didn't you? I'm sure the wife got tired of your continous obsession with Obama. You and your bunch of angry white friends angry that his black man become President and you want to take your country back to the way it was with the founding fathers driving around in horse and buggy carriages. You people sicken me.

    December 31, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Linda32

    Seems like Rove should focus on his personal life and leave the running of the government to the ELECTED officials.

    December 31, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. katiec

    CNN, why should ANYONE care what one of the most evil, dishonorable man we have ever had involved in politics says
    about how the White House should operate??
    If justice is served, future rantings will be behind bars.

    December 31, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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