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. rukidding

    THey sit on the sidelines, root for failure, do whatever they can to make sure he fails, no matter how much it would hurt all Americans. BUT! worst of all, they do it while collecting taxpayer dollars and paydirt from the lobbies. Its almost treason.

    February 21, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Vince

    I agree with the above statements. We will throw out all the incumbents and get some young energy in there to get the job done and work with each other. We have to do in our every day lives.

    February 21, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Dr. Virginia Lubell

    Perhaps those in government need to have a university qualification in Governance that includes such capabilities as: listening, resolution, consensus, discussion,thoughtfulness,respect and civility.

    Keep in mind that 'civility' is all about acting within our capacity as citizens.

    Remember The United States Constitution is based on three simple words: 'We The People' not 'I The Person' or 'We The Corporation'.

    We have always been a Social Democracy and need people who govern with that consciousness.

    Given that reality, Obama comes from a background of being a community organizer. He understands the values of getting people to work together for the common good.

    Now is the time to require our 'representatives' in Congress to do the same.

    February 21, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Jesse Callahan

    I disagree openly with Gov. Patrick. I believe the President is fully aware of his actions that indicate he is trying to apply his Marksist/Lenin leanings to bring this country into the Socialist folds of the communist regimes. He is without a doubt in bed with the likes of President Chavez and Castro and for all I know, Putin himself. But to put it bluntly...it just ain't gonna happen.

    Jesse in Texas

    February 21, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Chris

    Let us say we were on a sinking ship and everyone was running around trying desperately to keep it afloat. Except there was this one guy who was doing nothing but complaing about what a lousy captain we had and how he really should have been captain. He refused to help man the pumps and made a point of getting in everyone's way. This was all in an obvious attempt to sink the ship just so he could be captain of the lifeboat after the ship went down. Wouldn't we need to throw that bum overboard?

    February 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. lib

    I find it very hard to believe that there has not been ONE entire bill which President Obama has tried to present to the Senate or Congress that the republubicans have tried to be biparitsan about. To me this shows a real problem in the Republican party. Never in the history of this country has there been so much gridlock. And it leaves me to believe that no matter what the conservatives or republicans say, their excuses are very petty and selfish. Some people will go to any length to continue to keep money in their pockets and not care about the needs of anyone else. Crying "Socialism" is to me a big coverup in what the real purpose is. Greed for one group of people and not caring about the rest. Have we forgotten or refuse to see that many of our homeless have been citizens who have fought for the freedom of this country only to have this country turn it's back on them because of greed?

    February 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Wanda Hawkins

    It would be interesting to see a list of those in government who are complaining so loud. Then have the list show which of them supported Bush Iraq war and its all consuming expenditures; the transfer of the Arabic families and Bin Ladins out of the US after 911 when no other plains were allowed to fly; the cover up of Cheney to expose a CIA Agent!!! ; other budget raising non-necessities... ; and many other items that they now say is wrong...

    Talk about other countries rebelling and causing government to fail...here are supposedly intelligent people in the Great USA who are so blind to see what they are doing by not trying to negotiate and move the USA along. The more the GOP and certain others won't cooperate...the more I stay behind President Obama and how he is trying to work with everyone.

    There has been steady wars, bombing, fighting for son long...that we – as people – seem now to have it ingrained in our actions. Please – people – stop fighting!!!!!

    February 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Obama is failing - thankfully.

    Obama is already failing. Wanting Obama to fail ? No – call it the repair and rehabilitation of the government, after the deliberate deception of the voters in the 2008 election.

    February 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Larry

    More history will come from the Obama failures than the people just talking about his extensive failures. If you beieve anything else, you are supporting the main part of Obama of 'blaming others'.

    February 21, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Hawk in Texas

    The ones that want the president to fail are the far right and teabaggers. the tea baggers are a collection of demented idiot's. and the far right republicans are mad because they have no ideas of how to continue to steal the middle class blind by giving tax breaks to their super rich fellow thieves.just look at their faithful line up. palin, limbaugh, gingrich, coulter beck, and the list goes on and on. they care nothing for america. only for their own twisted beliefs.

    February 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Sam Sixpack

    Why on earth would anyone want this crook to succeed in stealing their grandmother's medicare dollars?

    Why on earth would anyone want this crook to funnel even more "stimulus" money to his fat, greedy masters?

    Why on earth would anyone STILL praise Obama? Either they're in on the scam or they're stupid.

    February 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    February 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Greg

    Unfortunately, the Obama administration only focuses on the big words and have no results to show. The stimulus, besides rewarding corporate executive opulence, has created infrastructure jobs where there is no career advancement just standing around with a traffic sign and directing traffic. No intelligence required to hold a traffic sign and no career growth.
    Believe it or not, the US has enough empty homes and commercial buildings to last 5 years. So why i the stimulus pushing to enlarge the surplus? Most of the materials, equipment, and accessories required for construction are imported. The typical US worker has no work ethic and we don't BUILD things here any more – the MBA's offshored those good paying jobs to reward the executives with lowered costs(???)
    The US bounces between the political extremes, far right socialists and conservative religious zealots, because that is where the BIG mouths are. Since politicians cannot take the politics out of their asinine discussions the integration of technology and commonsense is IGNORED.
    Political solutions for health care and job creation are detrimental and more costly than a business and technology solution. Neither is possible because the human animal has too many flaws and personal desires to allow a well thought out technically integrated solution. The solution would then have to rely on the corrupted US corporate leadership and inept government oversight. The political solution will penalize many in the US and continue to enlarge our inefficient and useless government.
    Very few of the 537 elected officials should be retained and most of the appointed and assmotic appointees should be put to work on road projects like the Obama stimulus job creation plans want. Kick them all out.

    February 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Cappicola

    Governor Patrick, President Obama is deliberately tone deaf to what the American people are saying. At some point, trying to stop him from plowing ahead and over a cliff can no longer be construed as "hoping he'll fail" but rather as saving our Nation from his overly-ambitious agenda and freewheel, irresponsible spending. While the best he can ever hope for is a grand total of 8 years as POTUS, our great-great-grandchildren will be paying off the debt he's incurring now well into their nineties.

    February 21, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Hugo

    Failure in inevitable to failed progressive policies, if Obama were a leader he would be listening to what America is telling him and that is to govern from the center and NOT from the far left... Too late Barry, one and done.

    February 21, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. cindy ex-republican cause of people like rush

    Do they not realize if they try to make Obama fail, we the people fail. The POTUS is trying to help us, really help us. People, take off your blinders and do not let the republicans fool you to think they are for your best interests. Look, it is so obvious they are just out to make our President look bad. I think it will come back to haunt them soon.

    February 21, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. leftisloony

    obama wasted an entire year trying to push through healthcare reform that was way over the top while the economy continued hemorrhaging jobs and entered into a death spiral.........and, obama has NOT solicited policy ideas from republicans, despite what the loon from massachusetts states.......clearly, with obama it has been "my way or the highway" in his approach to conservatives......conservatives have been forced to sit on the bench, being shut out of meetings but yet they have made many proposals; its obama and the left who have tuned them out and then have the gall to repeat democratic talking points about how the republicans have nothing to offer...... and obama's agenda was absolutely rejected as evidenced by recent elections, including sen. brown' s election in patrick's own state....... ....( is deval suffering from amnesia?denial?delusion?)......rooting for failure for obama and his policies is not the equivalent of rooting for failure for America......its the fear of devastation that obama's policies will bring down on America that people reject his policies/agenda, fight against them, hoping the liberal agenda fails, all the while hoping sanity returns to DC and the government......and hopefully, AMERICA itself finds its footing, avoids "failure", and prospers with a center right agenda that is most of America.....have a nice day

    February 21, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Regina Megivern

    I agree with Deval Patrick and Jim Douglas with their thoughts about Congress's action toward President Obama. We all are so disgusted with the childish actions of the Republican's in Congress. No wonder it is difficult to get health care bill passed. I believe the Country is tired of their actions and actually feel sorry for them because of their lack of maturity. They certainly are not thinking about the people in our Country.

    February 21, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Paul C.

    The Republicans are so upset at being out of power, especially beaten by a half black man, that they will do anything to stymie any progress. They are gambling that the voters will be so upset that they will forget the 8 years of Republican rule and vote them back in power.
    I ask the voters to remember the 8 years of Bush, the rush to an unfunded $1 trillion war of choice, condoning of torture, multibillion dollar no bid contract to Cheney's Halliburton and Blackwater and yearly government growth with budget deficits every one of the 8 years, just to name a few. Republicans look on those as the good old days.
    It is amazing that the American voter thinks nothing of the $1 trillion for a war of choice but consider $1 trillion for health care a waste!

    February 21, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. carmilla

    obama is going to fail for sure.obama is no good for this country.he is to liberal and a socialist.i am an independent and im for the conservetive tea party movement supporter.we are going to make dam sure the democrats are out of commissn this year and obama out in 2Ol2.most independents and young people that voted for this guy are sorry we did,we have turned our backs on obama and we will make sure he dosent get a second term.millons of us.NO MORE OBAMA.

    February 21, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Vigla

    For the first time in many years, we have an opportunity to fix things that are broken such as health care, the way taxes are collected, & stopping the hemmoraging of jobs to India and China.

    Instead, Republicans could give a hoot about all this. They did nothing to improve things from 1994 to 2006. 12 years of nothing except for maybe the unfunded perscription drug benefit (which benefitted drug companies, not people), the Terry Schiavo case and padding the courts with conservative justices.

    Why should we go back to that? Borrow and spend and we get the likes of Gingrich and Tom Delay runing our country. I'm sorry, I'll take Pelosi to Delay any day of the week. At least she isn't a crook.

    February 21, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. deb

    I couldn't agree with what this governor has said more! How can you possibly profess to "love America" but sit back and "hope Obama fails"? It is contradictory, hypocritical, mean-spirited, hateful and VERY UN-AMERICAN. It seems to be the republican agenda to get people to forget all of the failures the previous administration made just to get the republicans back in power. It's insane! Our country has always been about pulling together for the common good and in our current situation we need this more than ever. Please, people, don't be swayed by all the republican propaganda being thrown your way. We need to give President Obama a chance. The republicans need to get on board and actually offer some solutions, not just sit back and criticize. If this doesn't happen, God help us all!

    February 21, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Yancy Dennis

    The behavior in Washington is reflective of the world. There are a lot of rats. A rat is the reason that I don't have a job and having difficulty finding one due people in power who misused their power.

    February 21, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. jp,michigan

    The President is late in his dealing with job creations. Only jobs created were, governfment jobs. He has let down the private sector. It is obvious he does not believe in free enterprise and small businesses. His priority is with big businees, banks and auto companies. He easily gives out tax payers monies to control big business , banks and auto companies. Small banks have failed, small businesses that supply jobs were allowed to fail.

    February 21, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Terry from West Texas

    "Unseemly" is a very mild word. "Unpatriotic" is the more precise term. Also, "Stupid" is a good adjective for this behavior.

    Conservative voters are a mostly middle-class group of Americans who support policies that result in lower middle class wages, fewer jobs that pay middle-class wages, fewer benefits associated with those jobs, reduced availability of health care services to the middle class, and fewer GOOD jobs for the middle class.

    They want fewer middle-class children to get a college degree (I guess because they will be flipping burgers or unloading boxes and you don't need a degree for that). They want America to fall behind China and India in wealth and productivity. They want to be in a global market where America is dependent on its enemies for fuel, clothing, food, and consumer goods.

    They want Americans to be tenant workers in their own nation, which will be controlled by foreign owned global corporations. They want 99% of American wealth to be owned by 1% of the population (95% is not good enough for them).

    And they want to be proud of themselves.

    February 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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