Former presidential adviser Karl Rove says President Barack Obama displayed arrogance in the debt-reduction negotiations and his response to S&P’s downgrade of America’s credit rating shows he is “disconnected” from the fundamentals of the nation’s fiscal crisis. Rove also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday Obama in recent months has wiped out his image as a strong leader.
“I think the debt negotiations and the downgrade and the president’s involvement in the former and his response to the latter show three things: They show first of all, the president is at times arrogant and disconnected,” Rove said. “Second of all, that he really is somebody who, while he can say the words, can’t do the words. That is to say, he can talk about the need to have a plan — and then not produce a plan.”
Rove told Hannity Obama’s responses to the nation’s fiscal malaise — or lack thereof — also show his policy to “spend our way to prosperity has come to a dead and screeching halt.”
“The president is unable to deal with that — and as a result, he’s stripped away over the last seven, or eight months in particular, a lot of the image that he had as a strong leader — and that’s the most precious asset a president has,” Rove said. “If we see a strong leader, it gives us confidence. If we see a strong leader, even if we don’t necessarily agree with him on everything, it gives us willingness to say, well, maybe he knows better than I do and I’m willing to follow him.
“But how the president has handled himself, particularly in the last 10 days, how he’s handled himself, if he is defeated, we’ll look back and say, this was the moment where things got locked in,” Rove said.
Hannity noted there are reports the Obama campaign’s prime objective is to make former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney look bad, because the president can’t run on his record.
“Look, for weeks — for months — it has been apparent with these lousy economic numbers, the only way the president and his people see that they have a path to victory is to radiate the Republican nominee, to take whoever that is, whether it is Romney or you name it, and . . . disqualify them in the views of the American people,” Rove said. “What’s interesting to me, is this comes from the president who denounced this kind of campaign in a fashion that I heard in 2008 — because he kept saying he was going to get rid of Karl Rove’s style [of] politics.
“But look, this is exactly what they are going to do — it is the only way that they can win,” he said. “And I hate to say it that conceivably, if we have a weak candidate with a weak response to this kind of thing, they could conceivably win,” he said.
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