January 27th, 2010
10:16 PM ET
12 years ago

Castellanos: Saying one thing, doing another

(CNN) - The same president who yearned for less partisanship tonight also resorted to it without hesitation a few sentences later, blaming his problems on his predecessor, one long year into his own administration.

That same president who yearned to reduce deficits also called for a huge expansion of government and a bagful of expensive new Washington programs. The same president who said, "We can't wage a perpetual campaign," just brought in his campaign manager to do exactly that. And the same president, who said it was urgent to reduce the deficit, said we would start next year.

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Rudy Mata

    Come on, Castellanos. Be more sophisticated and fair in your analysis. One year after eight years of Bush really is not a long time. It will take generations to recover from the past eight, especially considering this fiasco of a needless and expensive war. You know that.

    The President's goal of reducing deficits is to be achieved with strategic public investment, adding value to public assets and creating jobs in the process. Investment requires spending money; wise investment brings returns down the road. The President is proposing investments that seem wise and are value-driven.

    What's wrong with waiting a year to begin? It seems a cautious and responsible approach, not knee jerk. The President is only being sensible, with the best interests of struggling families in mind. What's wrong with that?

    January 27, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I agree that President Obama needs to control spending...but any Republican who blames Democrats for running deficit spending is just being hypocritical. The vast majority of the national debt has been run up by Republicans. Why don't both sides DO something about it rather than just point fingers when it's not-their-turn-in-the-White-House.

    January 27, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  3. Adam

    Irrelevant comments from Castellanos. If all you have to attack the man for is who wrote his speech, then what are you really saying?

    January 27, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. Dave Jaxtheimer

    What's the matter Alex, can't handle the truth? None of the so called conservative movements like the Tea Party Express (a PAC, not so cleverly disguised as a grass-roots movement) bother to mention the fact that our deficit doubled during Bush's administration...for the EXACT reasons that Mr. Obama said...it's not some smoke and mirrors voodoo economics it is in black and white - maybe, before you go shooting your mouth off you should do a little research...

    It amazes me how the "Greatest Generation" raised this generation of ingrates...

    January 27, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  5. Tracy Carpenter

    The most articulate president ever.

    January 27, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  6. Oscar Sanchez

    What ideas does the Republican party have. They are quick to point the finger at Obama and his administration ,but what has the GOP done.

    January 27, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  7. enough already

    Hey Castallanos. Why don't you tell what he said that was a lie instead of trying to divert attention from the truth. Hypocrit.

    January 27, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  8. Tom

    I'm not surprised that you would continue to ignore the President's repeated attempts at bipartisanship.Even your newest guy is calling himself Mr. 41. There's the Republican version of bipartisanship!! I'm one of those who advocates going on without you. You have offered nothing but NO! By the way, his references to his predecessor are ACCURATE, even as you continue to rewrite history. You people are a disease.

    January 27, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  9. James

    He never blamed anyone. Where in the script does he purposely say it was the republicans fault he stepped into what he did. He was merely stating facts without condoning or condemning. It is what it is.

    January 27, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  10. Ken

    Just keep it going.... blah, blah, blah

    January 27, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. Michael Marshall

    Sounds like you were just as attentive as the Republican Senators. I am glad you are on TV telling thousands of people what to think since they don't seem to want to themselves.

    January 27, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. Tom B

    I thought Republicans loved everything that Reagan did... When did Reagan first take responsibility for the US economy? And how long did he blame it on the administrations before him?

    The Republicans set fire to our country over the last decade, and now complain to the fire brigade that the fires are not totally out.

    January 27, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. Paul

    Great, Alex. Facts are now "partisan." As much as you may hate it, the deficit really did rise by that much in the Bush presidency.

    January 28, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  14. L T

    Really, in one year how fast do you think the republicans could have fixed the economy? It really irks me no end that the republicans keep pointing out that on Obama's watch the unemployment rate went higher than 8%. Give me a break. This is an example of this petty bickering. The man just told you he inherited the "republican" snowball which started before he walked in the door. He did not like the bailout any more than you did, but I think your republican snow ball was way out of control and bigger than any one single person could slow down. Let's see, what would have happened had we suffered an additional eight more years of republican snowballs? The impression I got from this president is that he is trying to do the right thing by the American people, especially the middle class.

    January 28, 2010 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
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