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. Keith

    Democrats starting that very stance the minute GW was sworn in. They've had control of Congress for over 4 years and STILL can't make anthing work! Their response is "it's the other guy?"

    February 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Beef King

    You can't defend his arrogance and contempt for the American voter.
    Because there is no defense for lying, cheating, and stealing.

    February 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "I think most Americans, no matter what their political background or political party affiliation if they have one, want their president to succeed."

    Define "success."

    Obama's definition of "success" seems to be to drag the country a long way to the Left–an effort that must fail.

    February 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. rkidd

    obama is leading this country down the wrong path.

    We do not need or want a welfare society, we , the working people of this country, just want the opportunity to work and better ourselves.

    Welfare should not be a lifestyle, it should only be used to help people get on their feet and provide for themselves.

    Stop providing assistance to other nations , cancel any trade agreement that does not put this nation first,

    If our government doesn't wake up fast in 10 years we will no longer have a United Staes, we will be a satellite nation subservient to our creditors.

    February 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. ANGRY_Liberal

    HOT ON! OBAMA WON, help govern or get out of the way!!

    Obama won the 2008 election to LEAD and repudiated the Repug ideas that had been implemented for the last 8 year, remember the Repugs lied about the war against Iraq, refused to give any credence to Global Warming, the Repugs gave the Rich huge tax breaks and the drug companies huge subsidies; NOW Democratic ideas NEED to be given a chance to change the company – for the better!

    I believe these Tea Baggers are closet racists and I haven't seen much to change my mind on that. I also believe that the GOP wants to take away the vote from those who don't agree with them, just like they did the Blacks before the Civil Rights movement or the Voting Act.

    February 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Death Panel Sarah

    Sounds like Massachusetts and Vermont have intelligent Governors, and it doesn't matter which party they are from!!!

    February 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Well Forgivvvvvvvveeeeee Meeeeee !

    Forgive us, if we ask for Small Government, Less Taxes and More Freedoms. If that means we must block this adminstration's actions to build Big Government, To tax and spend more, to take away our freedoms and undermine the rights of the States, then so be it.

    February 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Gil Oberdas

    I'm just plain sick of my former party letting the hacks from the extreme right wing speaking as if they represent the party. Maybe that is why moderates and liberals in the party are fed up with the sarah palin's and Ann Coulther's who speak like morons about what the party is suppose to represent , but shouldn't to me it is truely now the Party of NO!

    February 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. stormerF

    Bedwetters defending wasteful spending bedwetters,what is new about this?How about some fiscal responsibility.Hell even we at home know you can not spend your way out of debt. Why is this so hard for Washington politicans to understand?

    February 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Socrates in Leominster

    Those ones that want this President to fail are those ones that HATE anyone that thinks different than them.
    They could care less about the country itself.. they are the ones when President Obama couldn't help to get the Olympic nomination for Chicago. Those one that could care less about fairness and INTEGRITY are the ones that didn't open their mouths when Bush and Cheney were destroying this country.
    Those ones that hate this President and care less about the country in general are those one that could care less about the 4,380 soldiers dead in Iraq or the 36,000 mentally and physically wounded. They are the Cheney look alikes. They are the self righteous and the ones that think that anyone that thinks different than how they think are communists. There is nothing we can do to expect INTEGRITY from those people.

    February 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Mickey

    To the idiots, both politicians and voters, who are on the side of failure for this administration, I have one suggestion:

    Be very careful what you ask for...you just may get it.

    Then who are you going to blame?

    The Republican party has become our newest domestic terrorist organization...don't sign on to their B.S.

    February 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. hard center

    It a shame the right wing is as unpatriotic as it get they are the true communistas that want our great country to fail

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

    The man is right. It is very un patriotic to want to go back to more failure. The republicans and Tea Party want to further destroy any success that Obama might have. All of this slamming and grade three put downs and jokes of the President make the US look very weak and feeble. It takes strength and the love of your country to stand together and forge forward to re build a nation. The weakness and slandering by the right is a sign of divided country and there is no place on this earth that will find success in division.The Republicans have turned out to be the biggest terrorism threat ever to hit America, and they are proud to destroy what made Americas great.Until the US unites, no other country will have confidence and trust in doing business with Americans.The road to recovery has to be straight and focused with everyone on board, and if that does not happen then there never will be recovery and further destruction will only make Republicans proud.

    February 21, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Jeff in Jersey

    Patrick is right on the mark!

    February 21, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Ryan from Bloomington

    If you think that the policies that BO is trying to push on us will have a negative effect on the country, than to want the president to fail in his implimentation of those policies makes sense.

    Example: If you think the proposed healthcare bills are bad for the country, than wanting the President to fail to get them to passed is good for the country.

    Wanting the president to personally be successful and wanting the country to be successful only coincide if you think what BO is doing is good for the country.

    February 21, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Chandra Bates

    Thank GOD for Pres. Obama;the little people, whom the news media does not target, like myself, would like to say to the whole country..."GET OVER IT!!!!" Republicans all over the country do everything in their power to make the President of the United
    States look bad-why?-not because he's a Democrate, but because he's black; I'm sick of the polls-should he be elected in 2012?, etc....not one of you guys asked the question of Mr. Bush, who never should have been in office-he's the reason we're in a war....and this economy has been failing since forever, and people want to blame the man who's trying to help...I'm for healthcare, I'm 100% for my President. I wish you guys would call the Republicans on this issue-what they are doing borderline on treason-I was taught that you support not denounce your President...come on guys!and now you've got the nut who is now linking the healthcare bill toTiger Woods ...I say-leave married people along, because, freankly, we are tired of hearing about it-we turn on news to hear news, not scandals and slangs on people...Tiger plays golf when he on the field, amking hiimself and many companies lots of money, but when he's off the course, he should be his on man-we've got more important problems that the issues the news keep bringing....I pray that we as a country, hopefully united, can stop in 2010 judging the President of the United Stated because of his skin.

    February 21, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Saul- Virginia

    I don't understand why Americans are so amnestic to the past. Why would you think that the best replacement of our current government is the group of politicial, who caused this mess just in the recent past.
    They are talking about the same things that they talked about 10, 20 or 30 years ago yet the results have been in the opposite direction. do not be fooled by the politicians, particularly republicans who are doing everything in there power to gain the majoritie regardless of cost to the country.
    The CPAC conference was a joke and its amazing how they keep talking about "solutions" but offer no solutions.
    I hope they show up to the healthcare summit tomorrow with ideas and how they will pay for healthcare reform instead of stupid talking point. I am expecting a detailed healthcare p0lan with real numbers instead of nonsensical and worthless talk!
    The hypocracy is Out of control.

    February 21, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Nick

    If by success that means his policies succeed, which means our country fails, I hope this guy fails!

    February 21, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. psgmichigan

    Republicans have "voted" against Obama and this country since the beginning. They have the mentality that the only way their party can succeed is if the country and this president fails. Shameful politics and they should be voted out.

    February 21, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Big Jim

    He isnt my president, and I want him to fail because "success" for him meant changing my country in a way that we dont want it changed.

    February 21, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. rick Atlanta

    I think its funny how the Tea baggers claim to want less tax, but still enjoy that tax cut for 95% of american... only people that Obamas policy effect are the people who BANK role the the TEA PARTY...

    February 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Clay

    The very idea that these republicans would rather see our entire country fail simply because Obama is African-American is reprehensible beyond words. How could hatred, bigotry and ignorance so cloud these people's judgment as to listen to the likes of Limbaugh and Beck? And why does the media continue to lend their ideas credence instead of exposing them for the uneducated obstructionist force they truly are? I sometimes wonder if these people are even human.

    February 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Russ in Benton AR

    The Republicans that are rooting for failure think after the government is destroyed they can, like the Phoenix Bird of mythology. raise the country up out of the ashes and start over. With these Republicans in power of course.

    February 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Sean

    It's so easy to simply throw all the current faults onto Obama, and then force people to take away the blame from Bush, and Clinton and Reagan. I think Americans are not smart enough to see the plot behind this whole deal, and that big corporations will eventually hurt American's interests if their actions are not controlled. It diverts attention away from reality... and then push all the blames onto one party. This has been done in every country that has a democracy. Sad... but true. The world is as corrupt as you think, even right here in America.

    February 21, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. From the south


    February 21, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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