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. ronalde

    Mike needs to go somewhere sit down and shutup,it is clear that he has no idea of what he is talking about,he makes about as much sense as palin.

    December 13, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. Unbelievable

    Well Governor, what do expect from a rookie with no experience? The guy does have a nice smile though.

    December 13, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. Dave

    Wow, this comes from a wanabee presidential candidate who failed miserably in the last election and is now coming in no higher than fourth in most polls among republican candidates. Even Palin has more credibility than this guy.

    December 13, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Brendan

    The article should mention that Huckabee is playing on a recent Fox News fantasy, in which Obama is supposed to be suffering a mental breakdown.
    And the article should also point out that Huckabee just sank a couple million into a brand new mansion in Florida, and so is in desperate need for major campaign donors. In that context, these comments read as a sales pitch to the big money Republican backers.

    December 13, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Wayne

    Huckabee is correct on Obama. Fir all you idiots that voted for Obama, do us real Americans a favor next election and actually research the candidate for whom you will vote instead of being mesmerized on false rhetoric as you did.

    December 13, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Doggone it!!! This is a WHOLE week later and the DEAD AWAKENED to criticize something that most Americans FORGOT ABOUT because they suffer from STM!!!!!!

    I love it when people remain SILENT for days/weeks/months and then all of a sudden, BAM – they catch up with the news and then want to criticize. Does this mean HUCK-A-BYE is another PA'IN and DON'T READ???????? Come on now – President Obama has a style of his own and he is NOT LIKE Reagan, Bush, Lincoln, CLINTON, Tom, Dick or Harry – he's himself and in the future, other presidents just may want to be JUST LIKE HIM!!!

    STOP comparing President Obama with anything that walked in the past – JEEZ – he's NOT like YOU so get over it – My Case and My POINT!!!!! I’m really tired of the PUNDITS and the CRITICS trying to “remake” or “reshape” President Obama to be like something they can only recognize……… HE’S DIFFERENT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Let's continue to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD with ou5rcurrent leader, President Obama!

    December 13, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. Tony in Maine

    I love the way the hard right expresses such deep concern for The President. Rove and Newt even offer him advice on how to repair the perceived damage. Such kindness and compassion. I don't understand why it is President Obama who sits in the Oval Office and not them. sarcasm mode off

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

    So, he thinks it's the best anyone could hope for right now but he doesn't understand why the President did it. Republicans like Huckabee just can't understand when anyone else agrees to do something for the benefit of the country, even if it doesn't conform with their own party line, because Republicans think 'compromise' is a dirty word.

    December 13, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Jersey Bob

    "I was stunned," The Huckster said. Mike walks around stunned anyway..... And this ameteurish talk show wanna-be really shouldn't throw stones in his glass house.... He seems to think Obama was in a position to dictate terms in this compromise. Not. But.... Obama did get a second stimulus into the deal seemingly without the Republicans realizing it..... Pretty amateur, eh......

    December 13, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. AceRyder

    I don't watch Fox much, but since my dad is in town I have to occassionally – what was up with Obama telling a press conference that he had kept his wife waiting for 30 minutes and leaving? That was a strange performance. Did any other news channels play this or just fox? Was it a Jay Leno joke?

    December 13, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. TeeParti

    Well this "amateur" is still gonna be Huckabee/Palin in 2012.

    December 13, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  12. Willie12345

    Huckabee, you'd best keep your day job at Fox and do a little music on the side. That's all most people want to see of you.

    December 13, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. sara

    It's funny how the GOP loves putting down President Obama, when in fact they simply will not work with him. The GOP will not even work for the American people, which what we pay them for. I am tired of reading and listening to all of it. I am starting to feel like there is no point in voting any more. These elected Men and Women all say one thing and then do what they want anyway. They just can't be trusted and play like 4 year olds.

    December 13, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. michael

    Why don't you just joint up with Palin, two tv commentors running for president, whats next beck or limbaugh? Nobody likes extrremeist from either party huckaberry lol

    December 13, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. Anonymous

    He's right, I too was shocked when he got Bill Clinton to speak for him. That is NOT presidential and yes, it's amateurish. What happened here was an idealistic guy with enough charm to win the masses after the media destroyed Bush's image. The problem is idealism has no place in any administration. This is the real world, and it's an ugly one. You have to be realistic and able to understand all points of view. Obama propped himself up on liberal and socialist ideals. He forgot that in the real world this doesn't work and you end up having to pay for it. Come back in 12 years when the wet behind the ears dries up, Obama.

    December 13, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  16. Chaz

    I'm sure Huckabee wishes Obama had pushed the tax cut debate more than two years down the road. In two years, the American people will have had time to think about why they're in the position they are, why things aren't improving the way they should and what it will take to make the changes. The 2012 presidential election will determine if the American people are able to put two and two together.

    December 13, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. steven harnack

    What will it take to get through to people like Huck here that they had their chance to put their ideas in front of the public two years ago and they were roundly trounced and rejected, so take the hint and just shut up! Bunch of sore losers!

    December 13, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. Al Moncada

    I supported Gov. Huckabee went he ran for president; he is one of the most reliable persons in politics we have so I am not surprised that he calls president Obama an amateur or that he acts like one, after all Obama is not a career politician. What I am concerned about is that an amateur can gather career politicians under one roof and put together ""the best anyone can hope for at this point" for our economy and the people! So if Obama can put together the best package for us, I am running for president in 2012! May God save America... but not from Obama but from the so called career politicians an "amateur" was able to convince. Well done Mr. President!

    December 13, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. HCX

    Obama is dumb like a fox. Get a clue Huckl! This will make quite a big election issue when the tax break for the wealthiest still doesn't create jobs by 2012. All the GOP incumbants will have some explaining to do. Can't wait.

    December 13, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. Bill

    That's fine Mr. Huckabee has his poor opinion about barak Obama. The american people have already shared their opinion of Mr. Huckabee. I would MUCH rather have Mr. Obama's presidentail level of expertise than that of the entrenched, back door, poisonous, insider ways of some of the good old boys we've had in there lately. Maybe his non-confrontational ways will be reciprocated. What a concept.

    December 13, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. Dave

    The last thing Huckabee (or any other Republican) should be calling Obama is "amatuerish." These people can't come up with an original idea to save their lives, they act like spoiled brats when they don't get their way, and most of them barely have the IQ of a canned ham. Amateurish? Huckabee and the rest of the GOP should take a long look in the mirror.

    December 13, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. detada

    "Amateurish" like a fox. Over the next two years, republicans will be exposed for who they really are, agents of the wealthy and big corporations. Rhetorical code words and phrases used by republicans, such as "the will of the american people", will be clarified and voters will finally realize that, when translated, the phrase actually means "the will of the wealthy". My question is, knowing this is what they really mean, why don't they just say it? Republicans continue to advocate the concept of trickle down economics even though they know the concept is not reality. But, it does make the rich richer and it enables the wealthy and big corporations to maintain control over the lives of the "not wealthy". Why don't they just say that?

    December 13, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It isn't clear as to what Huckabee is talking about. Obama is showing some realism and practicism. He knew that he couldn't things done very well now, and it would be harder later when the Republicans take over the House.

    December 13, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. Patchw3rk

    um.... Last time I checked a majority of people are in favor of what he wants: Extending the tax cuts for the middle class, and not for the top 2%... Seems like a smart move to set this up to be at the center of debate in 2 years to me.

    December 13, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Santa Fean

    At least ol' Huck isn't in Wikileaks. Huck is a tool of corporate America just like almost all "politicians". Democracy died in 2000 when the Supreme Court decided that "awol" would be president. I like Obama but he too is dancing to the tune of the super rich who control and run America. Nothing to see here, run along and play your Xbox. Do you see anything to help the disappearing middle class? No, you don't.

    December 13, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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