Huckabee: Obama self-destructed at tax deal press conference
December 13th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
11 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. Paul

    Huh? As is often the case when I really pay attention to what Mike Huckabee says, I can't help but feel he's on a different planet than the rest of us.

    Or, alternatively, he figures attacking the President is a cheap way to grab the spotlight from Sarah Palin. A small and petty man.

    December 13, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. USA 1

    This guy is full of himself...

    December 13, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Diane

    Considering that the headline next to this story says "Huckabee builds million dollar home", I guess he benefits pretty well from tax cuts for the wealthy. And you can bet if Obama built a million dollar home right now we'd be hearing the screaming from the right.

    December 13, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Huckaberry is such an insecure person he can't even imagine what a REAL AMERICAN MAN IS LIKE.

    What's new?

    December 13, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. 4szzl

    Mike Huckabee, you will always be my favourite Amateure.

    December 13, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. Adam

    That's okay, Huckabee. You self-destruct everynight on your show. The show is never informative and is largely "amateurish."

    December 13, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. ST

    Huckabee should go and pick up his bass guitar and enjoy playing music. He should forget 2012 bid as he increasingly show every time he speaks, he is not aware of how the campaigning should be done!

    December 13, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. Twainland

    Just come out with it, Hukcbabee – You're running for Prez, right?

    December 13, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. JJ

    Mike, remember that first and foremost you are a retread loser candidate wanna-be. Everything that comes out of your mouth should be tempered by the reality of that fact.

    December 13, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. jdunc

    Mike Huckabee seems like a nice guy with rational ideas- until you talk about economics or evolution. Then he shows himself as just another supply- sider like those that started this whole debt thing back under Reagan. You can't balance the budget by cutting taxes and revenue- it defies logic- you can balance the budget by cutting government spending on programs that help the poor, the elderly and veterans. That's what republicans really want to do- put us back to 1928! As for evolution- I really can't vote for any candidate that denies overwhelming verified scientific evidence- they are just not smart enough to be a leader!

    December 13, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  11. SlackerKeith

    I just spit coffee out of my nose! Huckabee calling anyone else "amateurish" is one of the more blatant pot/kettle scenarios I've ever heard.

    December 13, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "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.

    Probably means Obama has already decided not to run again and, in a fit of pique, is deliberately setting up his would-be Democratic successor, the scurrilous ingrate, whoever he or she may be, to wear that bull's-eye.

    December 13, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. damassa

    Hey! Barry had a party to go to. He couldn't be bothered with those "taxey" kinda things. haha

    December 13, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. capnmike

    SCHMUCKABEE is a far-right religio-fascist wingnut who has no place calling Obama anything. I'd rather have Obama in the White House than ANY lying, crooked Repiglican.

    December 13, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. Cranky Yankee

    Once again we have the "right" not getting it. The wealthy have claimed they need tax breaks to create jobs. They got the breaks but didn't do it under Kennedy, didn't do it under Reagan, didn't do it under Bush I, and didn't do it under Bush II, so what makes them think that we'll stupidly believe that they will do it now? Get real! The wealthiest of this nation have NEVER paid their fair share of income tax. Never. They pay a smaller percentage of their income in tax than does the rest of the working population which actually does the work which generates the income for the wealthiest. Maybe it IS time for a REAL taxpayer revolt.

    December 13, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. Eric in RTP

    Is it possible Mr. Hucakbee that this President is more concerned for the health of our nation as opposed to playing politics and doing what best for the next election? Sometimes the things that need to be done are not popular. Fortunately we have a President who is willing to compromise unlike Bush who vetoed everything in his last 2 years; even some that would have prevented the "recession".

    December 13, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  17. Seattle Sue

    Huckabee is sort of dumbish. Mike why don't you just stay in Florida and build your multi-million dollar mansion? Did your church followers help pay for the mansion?

    December 13, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. Gil

    I guess when you work for FOX that makes you a professional. A professional liar?

    December 13, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  19. kyle

    These tax cuts should continue to be called the Bush tax cuts because they are worthless, except for the rich, why should Obama claim them or extend them further without being held hostage by the GOP.

    December 13, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. Tony F

    Would love to see an Obama – Huckabee debate.

    December 13, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. FatSean

    Democrats...now is YOUR time to "just say no". Let the cuts expire for all, work on a new bill next year.

    December 13, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. ToGetherWeStand

    Man, once again Huckabee shows to us how unfit he is to lead this nation.

    Of course you will want to have an open debate in two years; these tax cuts are temporary measures to create jobs. If they are implemented for a long time, it will only hurt the deficit.

    Obama 2012

    December 13, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. jeff

    Yet, he got elected to the White House and you did not. Go figure. Who really is the amatuer here?

    December 13, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. Shante's Mom

    I was very dissappointed in the way Pres. Obama handled it. No fight, we all know he was in a difficult position with the republicans but a little more backbone would have been nice. Then he wouldn't have had to come out an explain to the American people that we were being held hostage. I think we knew that on our own.

    December 13, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. Ryan

    I used to like Mike Huckabee until he became just another FOX news blindly right pundit. His politics are a disgrace.

    December 13, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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