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. jack greco

    rove and cheney advised the boy idiot into the worst presidencey in this nation history , why in the world would anyone care what advise they are offering.

    December 31, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Roger

    who cares what you or cheney thinks...the reason we are all suffering now is because of wacko's like you & the entire GW administration...As we all know GOPers do as they are told & believe what wacko's like you tell them....but we dems & independents have minds of our own so your spewing at the mouth means nothing to us....

    December 31, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. rosslaw

    Oh and also,
    1. don't loot the federal treasury through secret, no bid contracts structured for the commission of fraud by your sleazy friends and campaign contributors;
    2. don't start a war based on a pack of lies;
    3. don't confuse lying about winning wars with actually winning them;
    4. don't embolden the enemy by making it clear you will not increase taxes to support your wars but instead cut taxes or otherwise in no way call upon the American people to make any type of contribution or sacrifice on behalf of our service personnel;
    5. don't cut the legs out from under our service personnel by not providing necessary equipment, repetitive rotations overseas and providing medical care in the form of the Walter Reed Hospital amputee ward that you would not put your dog in;
    6. don't have Jack Abrahoff physically visiting the White House on hundreds of occasions to advise on "financial" matters like money laundering.
    This would not be an exclusive list of what not to do but its a good starting point.

    December 31, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Scott Cramer

    Why does CNN continue to give this clown a voice? You continue to put his views out there as if they are on equal footing with more liberal views. Karl Rove is one of the most partisan individuals whose motives are strictly to polarize and promulgate conservative talking points. His comments always go unchallenged. Karl, go home!

    December 31, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Barbara Indpendent in NY

    Please President Obama, don't take any advice from the man who brought us George W Bush!

    December 31, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Enitan

    Rove is not in a position to give advise, it was under his president's watch that the country went from robust to bust, got the country into a war of revenge in Irag, was attacked with more than 3,000+ lost their lives.

    Finally in light of the fact that, he failed miserably at home, he does not get to give advise. what a bloody hypocrite, failed big time at one of the things that matter most in life, yet he has the audacity to give advice????? What an arrogant jerk.

    Liar Liar Liar. and a complete idiot.

    December 31, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Marwan

    PPS. Here is a story worth listing under your news ticker...DHS is harassing two journalists (Chris Elliiott and Steve Frischling) after they blogged on a some silly passenger restrictions that DHS has sent out in response to the recent attempt by the terrorist to blow up the passenger plane.

    Where is that story?? and where is my original comment on this story

    December 31, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. irishprince

    Karl Rove should speak less; take more responsibility for the advise
    he and his pals gave that got the country into this mess out of the public spotlight. He is just a blow hard egotistical jerk!

    December 31, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Brad A.

    This advice coming from the man that assisted the G.W. Bush administration to go down in history as the best President in American history...NOT!

    December 31, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    wonder if Karl can give Obama some marriage advice since his worked out so well.....You mean he got??? Oh, never mind then.

    December 31, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. jeff

    I wonder if it was Mr. Rove's sarcasm that contributed to his failed relationship with his wife? I certainly don't think it's going to improve his relationship with Obama.

    December 31, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. gerald

    Karl asked your exwife what your new Year's resolutions should be???

    December 31, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Poor little pigboy,he should give himself some advice for the new year and get ready for he and Cheney to do some hardtime in prison.Lets hope the year ends well for Rush Limbaugh and we never hear from him again.

    December 31, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. NS

    Hmmm... Advice from one of the "top advisors" to the Bush Administration. I think I'll pass. No, I'm positive I'll pass. Why is it that these people simply will not GO AWAY?! Rove, please take Cheney, Palin, Limbaugh, and any other Republican moron you can find and crawl into the deepest darkest hole possible. Americans are tired of your old, boring, idiotic statements.

    December 31, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Brian

    Wow, for once I agree with Mr Rove, what is the world coming to! His divorce must have given him some temper towards attacking the president.

    December 31, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Brandonious

    Karl, you need to go away. Judging by how things turned out for YOUR administration you are the last person that should be dishing out advice about ANYTHING. You and Cheney need to find yourselves an nice cozy cave somewhere and go shack up, seeing as how you are now divorced again and all. Just don't let him take you hunting. Now, get your sorry pathetic rear-end out of here!!

    December 31, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. tmart

    The following people have destroyed political decency in this country:
    Dick Cheney
    Tom Delay
    George W. Bush
    Karl Rove
    Newt Gingrich
    Donald Rumsfeld
    Rush Limbaugh
    A bunch of angry, old white men. It is people like these that have, over time, made me increasingly more liberal in my political views. I am grateful that Democratic politicians are not as innately hateful as these and other, more current Republican politicians who unwisely copy these monsters' ways and their extraordinarily self-centered, immoral, and anti-Christian ways. (Bush excluded, because he is an innately good man, but he was a political pawn used by the others).

    December 31, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Barb Lucas

    Our President should mature somewhat (actually, a lot, since he IS the leader of the greatest power). By adhering to the maturation process he realizes that he cannot "bow" down to people; he can't go around apologizing for this "big, bad America," and he certainly can't formulate the opinion that this last terrorist was an "alleged" terrorist. Hey, Mr. President, this guy DID it. He was CAUGHT with the explosive strapped to his underwear. WAKE UP, Mr. President. Your citizens are in grave danger with mindsets like the current administration-that is, charm the folks (terrorists) and they will love us. Political correctness is over. Let's protect our country.

    December 31, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. pat c.

    how about a lot less face time for you carl are the problem here not president obama. you should be ashamed at the way your party has treated our president. how about your new years resolution be that you nasty republicans realize that you LOST the election! if we had wanted to hear what you have to complain about then we would have voted for the grump mccain.
    please republicans just shut up and take your seats for 2010.
    a proud supporter of our president ..BARACK OBAMA.

    December 31, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. democratsruinwhattheytouch

    Add to this list, lying less frequently (like everytime he opens his mouth). Stop accepting phony awards for doing absolutely nothing. Stop stealing taxpaying Americans money to give to the unions and all of the lazy, non taxpaying drug addicts that just love him. Stop apologizing for the previous administation actually fullfilling its constitutional oath and admit he isn't.

    December 31, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. David

    This is the same Karl Rove which gave George W. Bush advice in the White House. I don't think the Obama Administration needs Mr. Rove's advice because he ruined the Bush Administration.

    NO THANKS MR. ROVE! Who asked for your opinion in the first place?

    December 31, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Minnie

    I guess CNN still haven't figured out yet that most people don't care what Karl Rove thinks.

    I wonder why they continue to publicized his garbage? The real question is about CNN judgement not Karl Rove nonsense.

    December 31, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. George

    The only thing that Mr. Bush made clear is he and his administration not only didn’t have a clue about running country, they didn’t even suspect. Terrorist in Iraq and not in Afghanistan was pretty clear.

    December 31, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Sniffit

    my list for obama is even longer than that

    put the check book away for starters


    mr obama, its your economy, its your war, its time for you (and your coward advisors, friends, czars) to stop blaming bush

    and dont you dare claim to inherit a health care problem during your second term..........bozo

    December 31, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Al

    you should keep your mouth shut

    December 31, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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