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]

Filed under: Extra • Karl Rove
soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. Slider

    Karl, socialists don't take advice, they give it, whether we want it or not.

    What we have in Washington power circles now are a small group of elites who didn't learn anything of the mistakes that were made during Kennedy's presidency.

    All borne of hubris, and a complete misreading of the way Americans expect their government to govern.

    It will begin crashing down in November, and it won't be repeated until our population has enough young kids to hoodwink to replace those that have lost faith in Democrats and the political process.

    December 31, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Heralynn

    Don't care what you think, Rove. From what I've seen in recent news, sounds like you should be focusing on yourself.

    December 31, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Eddie

    Here is what is very puzzling to me; Why is it that when anything goes wrong, it is due to "the failed policies of the former Administration"? When Obama (along w/his Chicago gangster/thug Rham Emanuel) repeatedly told us during his campaign era that they heartidly disagreeded with all those policies.....Why didn't Obama simply "change" all those "failed" policies???? They have had a full year to do so yet they did not!
    The errors made that led to Americans becoming unsafe in 2009 are plain and simple the fault of the "Obama Administration failed policies" NOT Bush's.......Like it or not, Obama has to begin to accept responsibility and stop blaming Bush!

    December 31, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Max

    This from the man who advised George W. Bush for eight years?!

    December 31, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Craig from Pa.

    Rove ought to make a resolution to just disappear forever!

    December 31, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Michael

    It's astounding that this man has any bully pulpit whatsoever, considering his apparent role in outing Valarie Plame, his refusal to comply with a Congressional subpoena, and his lack of ability to advise on governance, only elections. Who cares what you think, Mr. Rove? You're obsolete, ineffective and, frankly, bombastic.

    December 31, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. David Rex

    You take advice from the nastiest of political hitmen? Get real. We are trying to get away from the trash talking,not embrace it again.

    December 31, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Joe

    If that is the case nobody in congress should get any gifts.

    December 31, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Cynthia in FL

    If Karl Rove really wants "privacy during this difficult time" maybe he should keep his fat mouth shut.

    He and his evil sidekick Dick Cheney ruined the country and sent who knows how many American soldiers and innocent Iraqi civilians (including children) to their deaths in an unjustified war, and now he wants to tell Obama what to do?


    December 31, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Aviate

    By all means, President Obama, listen to Turd Blossom's advice. Whatever he recommends, do the opposite!

    December 31, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. ToGetherWeStand

    Wow! Here is the man who helped orchestrate the most failed U.S. presidency in history spreading his word of "WISDOM".

    Thanks, but no thanks, Mr. Rove! You know who to (re)elect a total loser for president, but you have nothing to say when it comes to running a country.

    Please do yourself a favor and disappear gracefully from public life.

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

    Here's a resolution for Mr. Rove: dry up.

    December 31, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. D. Tree

    For some reason the so-called "genius" Rove believes he is entitled to give everyone advice. The worst part of it is that some people actually think his advice is worth listening to and reporting on.

    Mr. Rove's "genius" advice didn't do anything good for our country during the Bush/Cheney presidency – Why would people continue to listen to him now?

    December 31, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Mercy Me

    Karl – go home and work on yourself

    December 31, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Larry

    Rove, if we cared what you think we'd ask you!

    December 31, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Marlene the Dream

    Surprisingly, those aren't bad suggestions. I guess compared to the comments from Rove's former partner in crime, Cheney, nothing would sound very bad. I have fully supported Obama but he does need to demonstrate more often that he's on top of everything instead of putting the public in a position to hope and pray that he is while waiting for his reaction. He assumes that Americans know what he's doing and that those of us with half a brain understand what's going on – but people would have more confidence and feel more secure if he acted a little more urgently.

    December 31, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. kiva

    this man belongs in jail. What a complete idiot. I can't believe they let him on TV. The networks hate us. They are complicit in this man's crimes. What a slimeball.

    December 31, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    I say that the president should quit canpaigning and get to work, he can do what ever he does from the White hHouse and does not have to fly AF1 across the country to sign a bill! He should also support our troops. going to Ft Hood days after the incident showes that he really has no clue on what that did to the loral of the troops, he should have been there the next day!

    But then what can you expect from someone who has not experience in running anything! He should read the Conmstution, since he doesn't bother to abide by it!

    December 31, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Jane/Seattle

    T-R-A-N-S-P-A-R-E-N-T! Protect Bush et al! Critical, Ideological, Passive-Aggressive! Just why does this FRAUD have a JOB? Answer: Because the Corporatocracy needs the Voices of Confusion to Confound and Confuse the Masses upon whom these depend to maintain Ignore-Ance....leading to continued Control without Violence! Now if these sleeping masses with veils over their eyes EVER RISE UP to See, then they have Xe to handle the Protests to avoid the Truth of this Swindle! Happy New Year if you dare speak out and truly Make Change! If this move toward greater Fascism continues, it'll just be the Same Old, Same old Garbage masquerading as a Government! The very old Code of Hammurabi paraphrased: The duty of government is to protect the Powerless AGAINST the Powerful!!! Something to consider? Peace

    December 31, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Chris D.

    Here is my advice........The GOP should strongly try to work w/ the President in 2010.
    Also, get ready for a great fight in 2010......if the GOP wants America to put them back in power, they will have to fight for it every inch of the way.

    December 31, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |

    Good gracious, who cares what this over-fed windbag thinks? If he's so "smart," why did he leave in such disgrace? Shame on CNN for thinking that this fool's opinions are "news."

    Oh, and those "family values" that Rove trumpeted while Bush was in office? Rove's divorce was announced today. Heckuva job, Rovey.

    December 31, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Mason

    Really???!!! A good idea would be to shut your mouth. You had 8 years and they all sucked. Thanks for leaving us with this crap. Congrats on being an idiot.

    December 31, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Bob (Illinois)

    And here is one for Karl Rove: Please shut up. You are no longer relevant!

    December 31, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Normal Citizen

    I think Mr. Carl Rove should focus on him home first . The person who could not keep his home and marriage intact is not the right one making resolutions for others. He should make some for himself first.

    December 31, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. ivan

    Mr. Rove the country will be better off if you just shut your mouth and be grateful that American politics is protecting you and the rest of the Bush administration from facing legal charges. Unlike Great Britain and Israel where leaders do face real accountability for their actions.

    December 31, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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