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. Mad man

    What did you expect?

    December 13, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    In my view, the entire "deal" is an affront to the citizens. The wealthy should not get a tax break to become richer. The unemployed will never get any help with jobs, as long as the government is paying unemployment benefits, because the government has the stupid notion, that business is going to just automatically start hiring people, which is a lie. The estate tax is totally wrong, as it taxes monies on which taxes have already been paid......and usually in a high bracket. Absolutely none of this "deal' is justifiable, least of all, spending another 900 billion of our tax dollars.

    December 13, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Boytjie

    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
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    The Republicans originally kicked it down the road 10 years! What idiots.

    December 13, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Dennis

    I think Huckabee is right. For someoneone who is supposed to be so overwhelmingly intelligent, Obama makes some stupid moves.

    December 13, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. TJ

    It will be difficult to campaign against tax cuts in two years when you campaigned against them for 4 years, then defended them with the same words that those who support them. Where is the win in that?

    How do you slash revenue and borrow more to solve a problem? I'm lost, in every sense of the word.

    December 13, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Bob in PA

    Not to bust on Obama, but what was he supposed to do, sucker Bill ?

    December 13, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Jeff

    Duh, this President is among the most ill prepared in history. Never run a business, barely held political office AND came from Chicago politics. I'm surprised it has taken CNN this long to actually run a story about how unprepared Obama really was to be President. Everyone, especially the media, got all wrapped up in electing our first half white President.

    December 13, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Jay

    Shut up moron. People who ran in the last election and lost need to shup up and go away. If the populace of this country agreed with you and your "ideas" then you would have been the Republican nominee. You weren't the nominee.

    Now you're gearing for a second run, especially after all the free publicity thanks to your show on the selfproclaimed "Fair and Balanced" cancer in America, and trying to find silly and laughable criticisms. Hey Huck, instead of criticizing him, how about you layout how your support for the tax cuts would reduce our deficit if you were in his place.

    You lost last time and you'll lose again. If you do lose in 2012, then please after 2 elections get and idea, shut up and go away moron.

    December 13, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. MIlitantDem

    Mike Huckabee is "amateurish" if anybody is. He is a typical Republican slander machine and liar like all the rest. He has nothing to offer our country but "anti-democratism". More stupid "religion". That's all the Republicans are – just a bunch of anti-Democrats and irresponsible, childish morons who will never consider the consequences of their actions and the damage they have done to America.

    December 13, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Lyle

    Being called amatuer by a guy who insists on playing his bass with real musicans on his show is a serious attack against the President. Won't somebody just pay attention to the Huck. He seems to really need some attention.

    December 13, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. susiet123

    Pretty obvious Huckabee is positioning for RUN in 2012. It is easy to take pot shots from the sidelines......Perfection and grace under fire thy name is Hukclebee.... we shall see..

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

    "amateurish", really? Isn't this guy supposed to be educated?

    December 13, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Ferret out the B.S.

    Gee Mike are you trying to be part of the solution or part of the problem. My guess from your statement it's the latter.

    December 13, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. Huckabee is surprised?

    I knew from Day 1, watching Obama at his first primary "debate" that this guy was a snake oil salesman (and not even a very good one) and was a total empty suite without his teleprompter. Obama has been the biggest scam ever perpetrated on the American public. Thanks a lot, you miserable DNC and liberal media!

    December 13, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Sandy

    Who could possibly care what a low-level hack like Mike Huckabee thinks? Why do people even give him or his twin, Palin, the time of day. Regardless, Huckabee is a well-named huckster who himself is an amateur of the first order. Why do you even publicize these people whose only job is to manufacture headlines so they can line their own pockets.

    December 13, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. andrewstl

    mike first take on the sarah palin complex you ha

    December 13, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Pravaa

    Not as amateurish as pardoning a convict who comes back and causes untold misery to a family. All because of the idiocy of Huckabee.

    December 13, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. bj

    Obama is clueless. He needs to realize that Nov 2 the American people told him they disapprove of his job and attitude.
    He should step down and let another dem run in 12.

    December 13, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Lhaj

    According to the article,neither Mike nor the Peter say exactly how the president acted amateur. This is another example of disrespecting the presidency without any founded base. By doing so, makes Mike the amateur. The president said he had to negotiate with "hostage takers". He is right. The republicans have held the American people hostage to fulfill their pre-election promises to their rich friends. The president has no choice but to negotiate to ensure that the middle class get their own share. Economically, this is the best deal. Politically, it seems like a death trap.

    December 13, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Realistic

    Mike you tried and lost your parties vote of confidence. Now you want to try again by attacking the president and pretending you know anything about anything. Some would say you were amateurish when you were governor, releasing convicted felons into society. And yes Mike he was elected unlike you who were rejected by your own party, you religious zelous will be rejected by your party again if you try to run. And yes you will be rejected by the american people. We all remember what happens when hick gets elected to the white house, remember Carter?

    December 13, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Yes or No

    Huckabee is fool. The Republican will never choose that clown to lead them. He look like he can play the remake of Gomer Pyle.

    December 13, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. XWngLady

    Huckabee, you couldn't even win your own party's nomination. In terms of being the President of the United States, compared to you (someone who has NEVER been the POTUS) PRESIDENT OBAMA is a pro! Until you have been in his shoes, I don't want to hear squat from you....Win your party's nomination first. Until then, shut it up!

    December 13, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. Mike Kowalczyk, San Geronimo

    My conclusion: Mike Huckabee is easily shocked and quite prone to emotional reactions. President Obama? He might not have demonstrated perfect theatrics at his press conference. But then, he's not nearly as dramatic as Huckabee, Palin and others.

    December 13, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. carlos

    huckster.........you are a nobody, where does this man get over a million dollars to build a house in Florida????????....he is just a flimsy preacher, and not even good at it. Your point about the president is MOOT and coming from you: IGNORANT!!!!

    December 13, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Eric in Manhattan

    Who cares what this bigot thinks? He is so far to the right that any opinions he has are tempered by his bigotry. Why doesn't he just stick with being a preacher and leave the real world to real men?

    December 13, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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