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. diridi

    I think he needs to tell to reject all the visitor's visas including to India...too...there lot of Maoists, lot of ICI, Naxalites...separatists...etc., reject all the visas who are below 55 years or less...period...including india's doctors, engineers too...lot of turbulence...

    December 31, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Just Me

    My New Years Resoluton to Karl: Get Lost!

    December 31, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. glenn-Florida

    Stop perpetrating you trash on the American people! You have no creditiblity. Your pretending the election didin't happen! Face reality karl, you and Cheney need to go away and work on you habit of lying and tell the truth of what you did to our country!

    December 31, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Cat, Holt, Mo

    Who gives a fat rats butt, what Rove has to say about anything. He is dumber than a box of rocks. Typical Republican idiot. He and Palin should get together and show just how stupid two people can be.

    December 31, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Dan Sczepanski, New York

    I'm no fan of Karl Rove, but this time, I must admit I agree with a lot of what he says here. President Obama makes way too many appearances and it is too easy to lead with your chin here. Also, President Obama has to be more forceful at times, there is something to be said for the "I am the decider" type of thinking.

    December 31, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Bradley

    This doesn't surprise me. The wall street journal hasn't been relevant for years, possibly pushing two or three decades now, so why not get a once-renowned citizen with overly charged political opinions to write a column? Two ghosts of the past struggling to keep each other relevant in a time that has long forgotten to care that they exist. It's all very sad, almost Shakespearean.

    December 31, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Bill Surrey

    Let's hear Mr. Roves advice on keeping married. Uhhh...

    Never mind.

    December 31, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    All of this petty politicing is contrived to keep us divided into us and them. It's just a distraction so that the people don't realize that global capitalism is busy stripping wealth from the working class and the rapidly diminishing middle class and concentrating it in the hands of the few. They use the illusions of participatory democracy, the "free" market and social mobility to keep us docile while the Wall Street puppeteers pull all the strings. It goes without saying that the media is complicit in all of this. They are just as easily bought as our politicians (on both sides of the aisle). I take solace in the fact that such a system is, ultimately, doomed to collapse. Perhaps this will be the decade where people finally realize how badly they're being used. Or perhaps not. Keep maintaining the status quo, fellow consumerbots, and your situation will be even worse at the end of this decade than it is now. I hope I'm wrong. Have a nice decade!

    December 31, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. L for Legend

    He's probably trying to be funny, actually he's as stupid as Cheeny. Here's some advice to him: lose a few tons of weight and climb under a rock forever.

    December 31, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. al

    he should also quit smoking if hasn't already.

    December 31, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Ken, Arizona

    After eight years of Rove, no one, not even republicans, wants any advice or suggestions from him. He should offer some resolutions to his do nothing, know nothing GOP leaders, like pick up a shovel and help clean up the crap they left after eight years in power.

    December 31, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Ken Hirsh

    Mr. Rove,
    You and Mr. Cheny would do well to crawl back under the rocks from which you emerged in 2000. We had eight years of both of your bad advice. We don't want it now.

    December 31, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. andy

    Since when does anyone that is or has been a government official refer to the president as Mr. ? I Disagree with everything that President Bush did but I would still refer to him as the President. Republicans and their lack of respect, such poor losers.

    December 31, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Comment

    Bush/Cheney/Rove = 3 thousand plus dead on 9/11 + 4 thousand plus dead in Irag + 2 thousand plus dead in Afghanstan + shoe bomber captured.

    Obama = pants bomber captured no one is dead.

    The count is 9 thousand dead compared to O for Obama. I wonder who is better on keeping America safe..?

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

    This is the same jerk that advised Dumb (Cheney) & Dumber (Bush)?

    He should not be giving advice, he should be seeking some for his marriage ....if anything!

    December 31, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Antonio

    Is it just me or does it seem like half of the CNN Political Ticker posts are

    of the "[Republican] Slams [Democrat]" or "[Republican] has [advice/suggestions/constructive criticism] for [Democrat]" variety?

    Does anyone really think that Karl Rove is offering heart-felt advice to the President to help him politically? Really CNN? Really?

    I had this beautiful dream the other night in which there were people who went out and collected stories and fact-checked the politician's speeches. They would then summarize their findings in some sort of newspaper or website. I think this would be a great idea – we could call them reporters.

    December 31, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. laurence

    new year's resolution for mr. rove. stop sleeping around with other republican men in washington. it might have saved your marriage?

    December 31, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Republicanssuckbigtime

    I still can't quite figure out why this nimrod isn't in jail. Oh and thanks for the WORST President this country has ever had. Who listens to this very unattractive, morally corrupt person anyway?

    December 31, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Robert

    Karl, not every President needs to be a total goof-off like your boss. Fewer "historic moments"? Everything this President needs to do (mostly cleaning up the destruction of the economy, environment, U.S. world standing that Bush left as his legacy) is going to be "historic". Let's also not forget Obama needs to restore the Bill of Rights that were shredded by Bush's Patriot Act and his signing statements. No, Karl, Obama can't afford to spend 43% of his Presidency on vacation while terrorists plot and attack our nation like your masters (Cheney and Bush) did. Sure Obama will probably have to forgo cheating minorities out of FEMA assistance or committing treason like you and Dick Cheney did when you outed an undercover CIA operative, but Obama can't be expected to do absolutely EVERYTHING you guys did.

    December 31, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Russ in Benton

    Mr Rove is a self-righteous fool.

    December 31, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Republicanssuckbigtime

    Heard Karl was emulating Republican family values once again by divorcing his wife - ahhhhhh, you can't help but love Republican family values.

    December 31, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. N_OHIO wife is not the only one who can't stand you. I wish as a country we can file for divorce from you.....GO AWAY!!

    December 31, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. John Jennings

    And who would know more about an idiot Vice President shooting his mouth off about things he utterly misunderstood than Karl Rove, who is fresh from 8 years of on-the-job experience?

    December 31, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Kirk

    Why would anyone care what Karl Rove says???

    Why would anyone care what the Wall Street Journal says???

    December 31, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Bill

    Karl Rove's New Year's resolution should be to crawl in a hole, shut up, and never be heard from again.

    December 31, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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