February 21st, 2010
11:08 AM ET
11 years ago

Gov. Patrick: 'Unseemly' to root for Obama to fail

Washington (CNN) – A close political ally of President Obama predicted Sunday that critics of the administration who "root for failure" would pay a price because the country faces so many challenges.

"It's unseemly, to use a tactful term, to see so many people – so many people in office – sit on the sidelines and root for failure," Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Massachusetts, said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union. "I think most Americans, no matter what their political background or political party affiliation if they have one, want their president to succeed."

Obama "does not pretend to have all the answers" and has solicited policy ideas from Republicans, Patrick said.

"I think that the American people are going to hold accountable those who simply sit on the sidelines and root for failure," Patrick said. "We can't afford that anymore."

Patrick also said that, in his view, Obama has focused on the issues that matter to the public: health care, job creation, and the economic pain that has gripped the country since late 2008.

Gov. Jim Douglas, R-Vermont, who appeared alongside Patrick on State of the Union, echoed the Massachusetts governor's sentiments.

Douglas told CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that partisan gridlock in Washington bothers his constituents in Vermont.

"We have two major political parties in our country and that's fine," Douglas said. "They have different points of view and the robustness of the political process is that those views come to the table. They're debated and their reconciled. But, ultimately, something has to happen. The work has to be done."

"When you look at Congress – all the bickering, all the inaction – I think the American people are really fed up."
Patrick and Douglas are in Washington to attend a meeting of the National Governors Association, which is chaired by Douglas.

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soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. 1tah

    Bingo ! B I N G O

    February 21, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. katiec

    Never before has there been a political party behaving the way the republicans are. To try to destroy our president is to destroy our country and us. To put their personal gains, goals, big business, partty first and win at any cost regardless of the consequences over the survival of us and our country has put them on the path to becoming our most evil, dangerous domestic terrorists.

    February 21, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Audrey R. Paschal

    I've been a federal employee for 27 years. I have a sign at my desk for all to see that says "the opposite of progress is Congress." As long as it has been there on my desk, no one has asked me to take it down.

    February 21, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. dana

    One of the exact reasons why this former life-long conservative will never vote Republican again.

    February 21, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. craig

    Thank God! Finally someone with some common sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Dem in AZ

    Thank you. That is my feeling. Some many people are impatient about change there are starting to change there mind quicker then it takes the president to actually do his work. We need to be more united for President Obama. If he is going to succed in his 1st term he needs our confidence that he can do it. He is human too. Dont stop believing Pres. Obama cant do the job. UNITED US DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDANTS MUST STAND. REPUBLICANS ARE WELCOMED WHO WANT CHANGE!

    February 21, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. j

    It's not so much wanting Obama to succeed as wanting the country to succeed. I think anyone that cares about this country should be appalled at what the Conservatives, Republicans, and other naysayers are doing. This isn't the time to sit on the sidelines. The COUNTRY is in real trouble.

    The Progressives and Liberals are trying to do what they feel is best for the country. The Republicans and Conservatives are offering no solutions and no help at finding any. What the Republicans and Conservatives are doing is DETRIMENTAL to the success of the country.

    February 21, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Stallion

    If obama cannot stand the heat in the kitchen........the gap between what he has promised and what has been delivered is WIDENING......and what little pitance that he has delivered is sickening. He got the votes to do a job......all I can see are excuses, bad bills, bad judgement, blatant manipulations and a lot of parties and travel.

    February 21, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Fed up Monority

    If the repugs could stop running for office long enough.....maybe something could be done in America

    February 21, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Dave in Cincinnati

    Solicited ideas from Republicans? You mean after the bills were written? Give me a break...the democrat agenda is bad for America and Americans know it. Government bailouts and takeovers are not what made this country great. Want to cut the deficit? Stop spending more than you take in. Plain and simple. It's like balancing a checkbook. Any American can show them how to do it...it's not that hard. Maybe elitist politicians don't have to balance checkbooks??

    February 21, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Patrick could not be more correct. Americans agree that government is largely broken, and on election day, the majority of Americans will not reward those who sit in the corner and throw tantrums and disrupt the room without contributing anything besides yelling out NO!! A half-wit could see the Republican cause is simple: Deny Obama any sniff of a legislative victory on anything, then scream "HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING! HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT REAL AMERICA!" Obama's personal appeal still trumps anyone from this pathetic, intellectually bankrupt group of people who sadly represent a Republican party that used to stand for something.

    February 21, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Dean in DC

    What is unseemly is to vote for Deval Patrick or give him the time of day. He and his liberal progressive party is destroying America bit by bit. Obama and his union friends and slipn fall lawyers ARE the problem. Nov 2010 cant get here fast enough.

    February 21, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. gerrie grant

    I agree, there is a segment of our population that want to see the Obama administration fail, for different reasons, but the results would be the same.

    I am a very close person who told me "i wanted to see American banks go down, i did not want to bail out the autos" i told her "well the banks are beginning to pay back the money with interest, her reply was "i don't care"

    Even to my astonishment what i always thought of as mainstream republicans are blatently spreading outright lies and the republicans are not even trying to hide their "hoping for failure in this administration"!

    George Bush when the time came to introduce that Medicare could buy drugs in bulk, which would have not only decreased cost but made sure cost stayed down was outright rejected for a drug card to seniors that would save 10% to 15% and it passed! So after it passed what did the drug makers do? they increased prices of the drugs cost our government tens of billions more! that is what is going on in our country. God help us all.

    February 21, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. sara

    I watched this show and was very "impressed" with the Honesty between two different party governors.....This is WHAT and WHO Americans can look to, to move our country forward. Thanks, Candy!

    I also watched the "round table" discussion, and Evan Bayh is sooo Correct, while the "republican pundit" from New York remains very "partisan" while discussing ways to work with this President and the agenda, AMERICANS elected him to complete. We all know that democracy calls for "Compromise"......So start talking and compromise Republicans!

    February 21, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. USMC Mom

    Yes, and those on the sidelines need to be voted out....and you're in both parties! If I didn't do my job and merely said "no", I'd be fired ....what's the difference? We voted for Obama....I believe he won by a substantial lead....how can anyone say he and his policies are not what Americans want? My son is over there fighting for our freedom, yet he sees us stuck here at home, unable to make decisions that could impact his and all our children's futures. For those who want more of the same old crap we got last go-around, get over yourselves....you're like whining babies when you simply oppose any change at all that can help us. Start earning our tax dollars because most of us are fed up with it. The obstructionists all look like losers to those who are educated on the issues. Last time I looked my investments were doing better, why don't you focus on some positive things that have been happening under the new Admin., media? Wanting a President who truly cares about the middle class to fail should speak volumes to those middle class who support big money. It's like they are caught in this cultish behavior...oh wait, they are....I've seen Fox News. And don't call me a liberal....I'm in the middle for the most part. I vote on issues, not for parties.

    February 21, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. garc

    I can't think of anything more unpatriotic than for an American of any political persuasion to want the government, and the country, to fail. How messed up is that? I look at the last 8 administration, which the current one is trying desperately to fix, and no matter how many issues I had with that administration, I would never, ever had said I WANTED it to fail.

    February 21, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. rich motema

    I do believe this statement by gov. patrick to be true. the public has to come first. no matter what you believe in, its important to wish/rally the president to win. It only means the American people succeed. If the president fails or you keep blocking his agenda doing nothing history will never forgive.the coservetives risks to be know as the DO NOTHING PARTY!!. let the economy colaspse.. no bail out..let the people ride the recesion..let the jobs bill fail... let the healthcare pull the country down while the insuarance go high.. do nothing!!lets blame the president for the problems and let stop his attempots to do something about them the people will be upset and we will be back to power... They don't realize this are unique times this atitude will not help!! china, india, brazil, are all on the rise by the time they wake up!!!

    February 21, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. JP

    I think the context is missing here. I'm sure that those that opposed former President's George W. Bush's policies with regards to internal security (wiretapping, etc.) would have wanted those policies to fail. That is, for those policies to be terminated in legislation, or for them to be unworkable. The same can apply to President Obama. For an entire year, the Democrat Party had control of both the Executive and Legislative branch as well as the tacit underwriting of his policies from most of the media as well as Hollywood". If the right "message" was not delivered, or certain policies were not successfully enacted within that, largely permissive, political environment then that is a failure of leadership, or management, or both. And, there is very little room to credibly blame any other party, or political interest, for those failures. President Obama is just in his first year. He is a very intelligent man. Let's see if he can really lead the country through these adverse conditions while, at the same time, establishing policies that will benefit, not only his political base, but the Country at large and in the long term.

    February 21, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Fitz in Texas

    Gov. Patrick states Obama "does not pretend to have all the answers"

    Well, Obama certainly seems to have all the answers when he's out campaigning. He certainly had ALL the answers when he was campaigning for the number one job. The problem here is people don't "root for failure" because this administration can take full credit for the failure.

    February 21, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Dave

    When are the Dems going to realize that they have more problems in their own party; than they do with the Repubs.

    February 21, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. annie against biased news

    #1 – obama DOES pretend to have all the answers – the problem being is the answers he has will destroy our country. That is why people want his (either by stupidity or by the evil intent to destroy our country) policies to fail. This administration CANNOT even keep their math straight on money spent, jobs saved, jobs created. timmie turbo tax cheat and rangel tax cheat should not be anywhere near our government. The only jobs being created our government jobs which produce NOTHING to resell or that are in demand. This only creates an additional tax burden on the REAL AMERICAN TAXPAYER who are losing their jobs. So this helps NO one! The wind turbines and the solar panel so-called job creation was sent to china and spain. This is why REAL AMERICAN CITIZENS want to see obama's plans fail!

    February 21, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. IndependentAmerican

    To "root for" or desire the President of the United States to fail, is the most UNPATRIOTIC thing one can do!

    Imagine if the Democrats had gone on TV & radio, and said "we want George W. Bush to fail!" Imagine the outcry from the conservatives! Imagine the shout of "anti-American!" or "unpatriotic!" we would have heard!

    To want President Obama to fail= You want America to fail!

    Are you listening, America? The Republicans want the president we elected to fail!

    February 21, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. ted

    It will be the governors, like Patrick and Douglas, that will state the issues. with clarity and intelligence. In effect, they are running small countries and have to balance their budgets by law. There are many other good governors such as Mitch Daniels, who was written up in Barron's this weekend. We need men like that running the country. The fact that these two from different parties agree means that Washington stinks and is out of touch with you and I, the working stiffs. While the Dems are at fault, the larger culprit of the gridlock is the Grand Obstructionist Party, aka the Party of NO. They all, Dems and Repubs, need to pull their heads outof their butts and start listening to the people OR they will all be fired.

    February 21, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Pat F

    I would say, Governor Patrick, that it is unseemly to wish failure on any American president, not just the Obamessaiah.

    Was this your view when Bush was president, or are you a recent convert to good manners and patriotism?

    February 21, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. parker

    Obama has had one year to undue the calamities, trespasses and ruinous regime of W. The Republicans are purposefully and without conscious forgetting the war, forgetting that W went after Iraq because of 9/11, and allowed American soldiers and Iraqi civilians to die for his 'kingdom'. They still promote his regime as one that kept the USA safe. Well, 9/11 happened on HIS watch, not Clinton's. I daresay that no one, especially the likes of Palin, can undue the crap that W did.

    February 21, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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