November 19th, 2010
07:56 AM ET
12 years ago

Carville defiant on Obama comment

Washington (CNN) - Democratic strategist James Carville compared President Barack Obama to his Democratic primary rival and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday, implying in rather lewd terms that Obama needs to toughen-up.

And he's not sorry for it.

"If Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he'd have two," Carville said at a "Christian Science Monitor" breakfast discussion.

His comment was a response to whether Obama is taking strong enough stands on taxes and repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy.

Carville made a similar comment to "Newsweek" during the 2008 campaign season when he compared Clinton and Obama's toughness.

"If she gave him one of her cojones, they'd both have two," he said.

He reacted to the comment on CNN's "John King, USA" Thursday.

"If I offended anybody, I am not sorry and I do not apologize," Carville told CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King.

But he also said he intended the comment to be a joke.

"Of all the things people say about the president, I think this is fairly mild," Carville said. "I repeated a joke I made in the campaign."

soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. The reality is...

    Of course he isn't going to apologize for offending anyone; he's the strategist for the most offensive political party in this country.

    November 19, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Mark

    This is so shameful? No one seem to respect the President or the office he holds? Tis guy James never cared for Pres. Obama and for him to be a Democrat and talk this way about another wonder they lost the House. These folks never stick together like the Republicans do. It's just plain shameful...they are like crabs in a barrel!!!!

    November 19, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. l. coke

    disrespect seems to be acceptable behavior for this presidency.

    November 19, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Brian

    This is no different that Barbie Palin stating that Obama needs to man up. Of course, Carville is about 1000 times more intelligent and insightful as Palin. But, once again, America's inexplicable obsession with the peepee/poopie parts make a non story into a big story.

    November 19, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Debra

    I think Carvelle need to get two balls, why don't you ask for one of the 10 balls that President Obama have, because for a man to not act out on his opponents got more balls.

    November 19, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. DemInMD

    Yeah there are those of us in the Democratic Party that would like for President Obama to take a tougher stance and be more forceful against the GOP. However, and not to pull the race card, but I don't think America is ready to see a black man in that light. Most white Americans get very threatened by a black man exhibiting force (the same thing with women - white or minority). Acting in a forceful/tough manner is only for white males - it is seen as a sign of leadership. Anyone else, they are seen as irrational, difficult-to-deal-with or threatening. Remember, this was Hillary's problem during the President Clinton's tenure. It's taken a while for America to warm up to this and not all that much quite honestly. Perhaps the 2nd or 3rd black president will have this luxury.

    November 19, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. diridi

    What this nation needs, Obama is doing exactly the same thing....I vote for him, in 2012 if he runs for office....period. He is smart, and intelligent...look, GM is recovering, focusing on Solid Warranty, Quality, Energy Efficient cars, with Good Price, and offering IPO shares on market....nation is recovering gradually...Jobs are coming back...

    November 19, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. DaisyinAZ

    Talking about B@lls at a BREAKFAST discussion? I think Carville needs to meet Miss Manners! On a side note...nice to know Christians are discussing the Presidents B@lls, and here I thought Christians were prudes.

    November 19, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Laurie

    Just respect the presidency and quit with these type of comments. I think the country is getting away from respect and I don't like that. I don't like when someone yells out in Congress "you lie" to the President, I don't like when someone calls him "O'Bama" instead of "President O'Bama" just as I didn't like when someone called our former president "Bush" instead of "President Bush". (Even Bobby Kennedy called his own brother "President Kennedy" out of respect for the office.) These type of comments by James Carville, who I usually like, just add to this disrespectful tone our nation seems to be embracing.

    November 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Jack

    Mr. Carville, To make that comment in public is crude & obnoxious. It is something that should be said,if you want to say it, in a private venue.

    You just lowered yourself to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hanity level!

    You have a lot more class than that!

    November 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Scott

    This comment was made because James Carville knows that Hillary Clinton would have made a better Commander in Chief.

    November 19, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. marty

    Love him or hate him, James says things the way they are...Love her or hate her, Hillary's very effective and a patriot.
    If Democrat James and Republican Mary can get along, what's wrong with the rest of the country?

    November 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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