Huckabee: Obama self-destructed at tax deal press conference
December 13th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee: Obama self-destructed at tax deal press conference

Washington (CNN) - In the eyes of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, President Obama's press conference last week to address his deal with Republicans on taxes and unemployment benefits was "amateurish."

"The most bizarre part of the whole process was watching President Obama self-destruct at the podium yesterday," Huckabee told the National Journal in an interview published Monday, when asked about the tax deal.

"I was just stunned - I really couldn't believe that a man that was elected president was as amateurish as he was, and essentially launched from the podium at some of his own, taking aim and mowing down everybody in D.C. and walking away having not understood that he just lost a lot of people," he said.

Huckabee called the deal "the best anyone can hope for at this point" but said he had hoped that tax rates would be extended longer than just two years.

He also questioned why the president would kick the can down the road two years, assuring that the tax debate will be renewed in the middle of his re-election campaign.

"Politically, I was shocked it was going to be two not three, because it puts this whole thing in the very center, the bull's-eye of the 2012 presidential election," said Huckabee, who is considering a repeat presidential run.

Obama said during the press conference that he welcomes a campaign fight in 2012 over the GOP's economic vision, specifically their demand to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • President Obama • Taxes
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. commonsense

    If Huckebee is such a pro, why isn't he President?

    December 13, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. james Miller

    Our system of gov`t says religion and politics should not mix. Huck should stay in Ark., preach and forget his "visions" of national political grandeur. ----- We don`t need an evangalist for President.

    December 13, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. sami

    Since you are supporting this mess, Huck – your statements are just posturing for the future dem. nom.

    You are nothing more than more of the same.

    December 13, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. chester drawers

    Huckabee thinks the earth is 6,000 years old.

    December 13, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. CTYank

    Gee, is this his way of saying "Sarah's out of town; listen to me for some truthy do-do about tax cuts for Bechtel, the Kochs, and such."? Largely, a Foxian non-entity making noise.

    December 13, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. deelove

    this guy is a true nut case,, i would vote for my dog before i vote for him

    December 13, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Well, Huck would know about self-destruction: He's gaining back all that weight he lost. Once a food addict, always a food addict ...

    December 13, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. FoolKiller

    "amateurish"? Obama isn't THAT good...

    December 13, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Dean

    Obama is an amateur. The left complain that Palin has no experience yet she has substantial more experience in governing than Obama has. Hope all you people are enjoying the "change" you voted for.

    December 13, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. nunzi

    That Press conference was PATHETIC! Obama turning it over to Clinton seemed a self acknowledgement that the issues were beyond his capabilities. The contrast between the two was outstanding & also very revealing! (not that this isn't already known...) Obama is simply a 'media created product'!

    December 13, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. malabar

    I have to believe huck. i mean, lefties apparently knw every reason and intent of every republican without asking, so it must hold true the other way around. my condolences to all the libs who thought they were the only ones who knew everythng, including 90 percent of the all knowing who post here on PNN

    December 13, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Kris L

    Tax cuts should have been extended only one year, and then many of the changes the deficit commission recommended should be implemented. The CBO has already stated that the tax cut extension would raise future deficits. So how can the Republican Party, which has been clamoring about deficits be okay with extending tax cuts? Oh, I know, because a majority of their base would be mad at them.

    December 13, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Whammybar

    Okay, he agreed that this was the best deal that we can hope for at this point but choose to trash the President anyway. The president does have many who are against this on both sides. Most of whom have their own agenda to fill not what is best for the country as a whole. Their already tacking a bunch of pork on this. Disgusting behaviour by all of them. Especially for Huckabee.

    December 13, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. chris

    Okay while I am not a fan of the tax cut propsal the President created, but how in the world can Huckbee say what he is saying in paragraph one and then say "The deal "the best anyone can hope for at this point" I mean is that not what the President was saying to everyone? In regards to Huckbee statement of this being a campaign issue, he is right because the President and the 70% of folks who wanted the wealthy to pay more taxes will see that the GOP was about giving breaks for corporation and the rich!! So, like the President said, I think this is a fight that he would be looking forward to because the GOP would probably not win. Now, if you ask me the GOP would be smart not to bring it up in 2012.

    December 13, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. LegendRx

    How many times has Huckabee self destruct . . . Rejected a number of times in his bid for the presidency. No shame and again, desperately, will be running again. Huckabee just don't get it . . . Who cares what he thinks.

    December 13, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Huckawho?

    If someone knows about being amateurish it would be Huckabee.

    December 13, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. JT

    Obama looked amatuerish? LOL....Well, let's see Mike...could it be that's because HE IS an amateur? What I laughed about was him turning the press conference with Pres. Clinton OVER TO CLINTON and then leaving for lunch with Michelle! He's so done for......Lord help us just survive this next 2 years with him there. Next time you want hope and change folks......hope for someone that doesn't change the US from the US we know to something none of us recognize.

    December 13, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Jeff in Virginia

    Keep it up Hamby- your continued shilling for all things (R) just further discredits CNN.

    December 13, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. GOP = Greed Over People

    While I agree that President Obama lost a "lot of people", me included, due to his hypocrisy, his announcement was not amateurish, he came right out and said take it or leave it. He was forthright and upfront.

    However, here is an example of how "amateurish" Huckster is at being a "man of God"!

    The Huckster is ready to build an 8,000 sq. feet GLASS temple to his ego, just like Billy Graham did with his mountain top "get away" and his private jet or Joel Onsteen and his golden Rolexs embedded with diamonds.

    Next, Huck will be asking all you sheeple to send in "prayer cards" with a small donation, as the new digs still needs landscaping.

    Keep "walking in the foot steps of Jesus" you Huckster.

    You might want to reconsider the ocean front property, too many stones nearby...

    December 13, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Mr. T. Bag

    Well if creepy hypocrite Mike Huckabee says so, then it must be true...

    December 13, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Crystal mason

    Well my comment is that its alot of people on unemployment if they take that away how people going 2 provide for their family and pay rent etc yall so smart tell me its hard out here 2 fine a job.

    December 13, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Mike from MN

    "Amateurish" will watching the GOP presidential candidates scoop down to Sarah Palin's level in order to get media attention. That will be fun and embarassing.

    December 13, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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