March 20, 2009

ICYMI: Mitt Romney on LKL last night – on Obama, AIG

Posted: 07:30 AM ET

Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, but John McCain snagged the nomination.  Last night he appeared on LKL and had a lot to say about President Obama and the economy, as well as the state of the GOP.

Here's a part of the interview:

Larry King: Some are seeing a problem with the president doing the "Tonight Show," the first sitting president ever to do a late-evening [talk] show. Do you have a problem with it?

Mitt Romney: Well, this probably isn't the right time for it. I line up with Warren Buffett on this. I prefer to see the president focusing all of his time and energy on the economy.

King: That's what he was talking about.

Romney: He is talking about it. He's out doing a rally in California. He's posing for the cover of magazines and doing a number of things. He's putting together a health care plan, putting together a cap and trade program, a lot of things on the agenda.

And frankly, if you're doing too many things, a couple of important things can slip by. And one of them that slipped by was the AIG legislation that allowed AIG executives to get these bonuses. It was put in a specific bill.

King: Are you as angered over this AIG thing as probably 90 percent of the public?

Romney: Yes, my view is that this is really the fault of two parties. One, the members of our government that weren't paying attention, at best. That's the most favorable way to characterize it. ...

The other, of course, is the folks at AIG. And you ask yourself, why couldn't they have done what other enterprises do that get in trouble, which is people come together; they talk about the sacrifice they are going to make to try and keep the enterprise going. But these guys seemed not to be willing to do that. ...

This is a president who is learning on the fly. He's never turned anything around before. He hasn't had the experience of leading a nation or a business or a state in trouble. And the first rule I can tell him is focus, focus, focus.


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Allen Higginbotham   March 20th, 2009 8:22 am ET

from Allen H stationed in Germany
Mitt Romney interview;
Dear larry
Mitt Romney Hindsight is more than 20 20.
At present Mr Romney has No Constructive ideas, only destructive critisizm .

What over all didnot appeal to me about the Mitt Romney interview is the general sour tone of jealousy like President Obama is neglecting his duties to solve finacial problems for takin a night on the Tonight Show

I did´t like about George W. Bush is that
,(Mitt Romney,& George W.)
they were not self -made Men, but supported by and( I use the word "Propped up ) by their very wealthy Family members of the old ways of thinking that got us into
this mess in the first place.He critisizes Obamas efforts for making health care for
all Americans not only the well to do like Romney.

Mommies and Daddys. Born with a Silver spoon, and a big mouth so to speak.
So when Mr Romney crittizes Pres. Obama for the AIG executive bonuses., if Mr

Romney was so smart why didn´t he warn the American People about putting a protective clause in the stimulus bill, but Mr romney had No positive imput here.

Fact is from the War in Iraq ; how many Billions or 100´s of Billions were lost or taken
from the American tax payer for Companies doing bussiness; from the War in Iraq.
Plus the war has been costing us ! Billion s , By the way
another million refugees were released from camps in Syria, and Jordan.

1. one couple with grandparents who´s young son was once captured and held for ransome, now have their passports stamped to emigrate to Germany, and find Peace.( Millions, have fled to germany allready ) By the way these `ìnnnocent
refugees are allready a result of the war whos responsibilty also economically speaking are they?

2, Mr Romney talks about we have `àlmost won´´the war in Iraq.
He can´t be serious, if that´s so true let see Mr Romney go to Iraq and live for a while, like other Iraqi families are expected to.

3. Mr Romney was probably one of those people who Nai´ve ly thought "Mission was Accomplished, that day when President GeorgeW Bush Landed on the aircraft carrier .

4 Mr Romney Unfortunately didnt make the grade in the Presidential race
Its then a fact; most American people dont support Mr Romney´s outdated,

3. The Iraqi "Gov´t´´should be able to take responsibility for their own country
by now, they have our money, and manpower since over 6 years now.
That should be enough time, when we can say its enough, we who didn´t agree
with the war in the first place.
Mitt Romney says we are winng the war in Iraq like its a game of college football.
The fake smile
Mitt Romney reminds me of a smilig opportunist who makes him self look tall by cutting off the heads of others, in critisism.

rudy   March 20th, 2009 8:55 am ET

I have no clue why Rommey cannot not get over the fact that he "LOST" the election!!! I mean he and John McCain are just crying babies!!!

Obama, has his short comings but he is dam smart, cool and moving ahead and not thinking about the Bullet Twins mentioned (Blank and Dud)! If you Rommey and McCain cannot be part of the solution we do not need to hear your crying and jealousy and guess what-no matter what you say people can see through your rubbish and anyone who was or is "STUPID" enough in the GOP to endorse Palin never needed to be considered for Commander In Chief of our great country.

Rommey! Get over it you are the loser and will never, ever be elected President of the USA! Never!!!

olga   March 20th, 2009 10:40 am ET

Mitt Romney is l o n g GONE ! arrogant ! so negative about Pres, Obama's efforts. he threw away 22 million of his own monies running the President..oh so much ..could have been put to better use,,now his house in UT ison the mkt for 10 million !

Terry, TX   March 20th, 2009 11:18 am ET

The Democratic Congress, Democratic Senate and the 3 Republicans who voted yes on the Job Pork Stimulus...without even reading it....owe Mr. Liddy an apology for what he has been put through....and they need to be under oath in the same chair as Mr. Liddy was in. I add the media needs to apologize as well. We need to know who told Chris Dodds from the White House and the Treasury Dept. to remove Republican Snowe provision and put his in... this is why the bonuses were parceled out. We have been Blagoviched with an "F".

This Democratic show grilling was heinous....and beginning to smell of Chicago Politics....notice Obama is out of town when it gets hot….Jay Leno and California. The buck stops with this entire problem was started by him. The "My Fault...I am the President"..the "buck stops here"....not good enough anymore...getting real old. This Obama show has put AIG employees in danger....and the media can take their share of the responsibility.

Romney was the candidate who was qualified..who had governed a state and business...even the explain to me why a 2 yr Senator, with no governing or business experience was elected...we are paying for it now...

Terry, TX   March 20th, 2009 11:38 am ET

"from Allen Higginbotham stationed in Germany"
This guy is a liar....our military soldiers do not use their names on open wide blogs /internet or mention where they are stationed on blogs/ internet ....who do you think you are have breached security and the security of your fellow soldiers. Soldiers are versed in this leave a man behind....I am sure soldiers reading this have already reported you.

You are either a radical liberal or Arab...pretending to be soldier....the jest of your Book blog gives you away....because you don't know anything about the military and it is all pro Arab...

patrick   March 20th, 2009 12:26 pm ET

Romney wants the Presidency so badly he can smell it..he's beginning now to lay the groundwork first & covering all the bases..he'll begin by writing a book & appearing on TV shows, this guy has never wanted for anything, 5 sons & No one in the military.

simonsays   March 20th, 2009 1:54 pm ET

Romney's right. Our current Prsident has had no experience running any thing except a voter registration drive for AKORN. An organization that is now under federal invetigation for voter fraud. People voted for his charisma and his "change " slogan, not knowing what change really meant. We now know that what it meant was spending the money we give to our govermnet as fast as possible with no descernable plan.

Allen Higginbotham   March 20th, 2009 2:08 pm ET

Hi Terry, TX, who do you think you are calling me a liar I never said I was a soldier.!ITake a deep breath fellow Texan!Calm yourself young person!!
said I am "Stationed Here´´. I am from Texas and work here.Thanks
Thanks for your insults.
Since when are Americans Citizens not entiled to their opinion:`??

Allen Higginbotham   March 20th, 2009 2:10 pm ET

The only people "Pro Arab´´ are the ones continuing the war in Iraq!

rudy   March 20th, 2009 2:42 pm ET

No need for those on here to put all the blame on Obama the previous Administration had no experience but look what the WORLD was left with! It was not Obama fault it was Bush Listening to Dick C. and what a mess he put us all in.

Ref. Rommey if he is so good at doing anything and I am sure he is but for some reason he could not raise enough support for the Presidential Race and went in debt spending his own money trying to win. That would tell you he is a man of total GREED and would do anything to get in that seat-if he were a true American he would not be running off at the mouth about what Obama done wron but what he could advise him to do right!

In the end Rep/Dem we are all in this mess together-one good thing I like about Obama is he does not dwell on the pass but know its better to Move on!

Dawnna Clark   March 20th, 2009 2:49 pm ET

At one time Mr. Romney would have been my choice as the Republican candidate but he was a real disappointment on your show. I think President Obama taking a couple of hours off from his insanely busy, stressfull schedule that DOES focus on the economy is a very human and refreshing concept for his position. I think it makes him more real to the public – something that he and Michelle are showing us more and more each day. As for his other comments – good gracious how mcuh more are you Republicans going to cry about loosing to Mr. Obama. Quite frankly, I take nothing the Republican say to heart – you had eight long years to do all these wonderful things you are NOW talking about and you blew it BIG TIME.

Rosemary Goodwin   March 20th, 2009 3:00 pm ET

I live in Massachusetts and I wish Mitt Romney would just go away. He STUNK as a Governor of this state and runs around the country now bad mouthing Obama and his administration. He is just a rich pretty boy who never had to suffer for a dollar in his whole life. I resent his comments saying he wants Obama's liberal agenda to fail. He should just shut his mouth like all the rest of the Republicans and stop acting like a spoiled kid at the playground just because his party lost this time around. Us Democrats had to suffer with Bush and Cheney for the past eight years. Us middle class people need a break and definately need a health care system that is fair and works!

Nicole Webb   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Mr. Romney, is a true party man and hack. I have lost all respect for him. He will say and do anything for himself and his party. Doesn't he think people notice?

glenda   March 20th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

another right wing nut who can't stand the fact that the Pres beat the CRAP out of all of them and bought the whole party to a halt enough of Romney,fat mouth rushmore and Failing Palin we love you Mr. President and God bless you

Judith   March 20th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Romney was born with a silver spoon in his mouth so he has no idea how the real middle class lives.

josef   March 21st, 2009 9:23 am ET

Mitt Romney is "toast"...bye bye ,,

Dave of Detroit   March 21st, 2009 9:27 am ET

It is better to be criticized for doing something that not to be criticized for doing nothing. As far as Romney goes, he was asked the wrong questions. Instead of asking about Obama, he should have been asked about what his plan would be to get the economy going! What would his plan be to confront the Iranians, Russians, and North Koreans? Finally, he should be asked why he never ran for Congress but pefers to stay in Governor's Mansions where his looks and personality control the situation with a modicom of executive skill and not gotten down in the dirty politics that run Washington that he really wants no part of-He might not look near as neat in his high priced suit after being asked real questions!

peter   March 21st, 2009 2:30 pm ET

Romney big ego strong ego ! he wants to be the president,,no ifs ands or buts..& he'll begin by writing a book,,,,& covering all the bases...then he'll be on all the talk shows..he has a plan..but not my vote !

Jerome   March 21st, 2009 3:25 pm ET

AIG is just another example of companies looking out far who
do not need looking out far. If the President did not say anything or the
government did not say anything the 160 million would have been paid
out to the 10 or 15 top people and then the company would have and
is going to lay off 5000 to 10000 workers to save the company 160
million. Now that is helping 10 to 15 who do not need help and already have maybe 500 million in the bank. And turn around and hurt
5000 to 10000 who most likely will never see 1 million in their bank
account in their whole life time. So why act like AIG is not a common
practice in the world with companies, and the thinking of rich people
as a whole. They big, we little, they matter, we do not. Rich people
crying about paying more taxes. Make 100 million a year and pay 25
million in taxes. Crying that it is hard to live on 75 million a year.

isadore   March 21st, 2009 4:04 pm ET

whatever Pres Obama has..M Romney doesn't have..we are born w/certain qualities & talents...Pres Obama will be out "idol" and our "role model" for many yrs to come. the young people of America really need this..Caroline Kennedy wrote, "A President like my Father" excellent article in NY Times !

debbie   March 21st, 2009 4:55 pm ET

That is what the White House needs, another rich Republican in office, we seen how that works already. The Republicans need t0 wise up and know for every remark against our President they make it only wants us to keep President Obama in office. The President spoke more on Leno than I heard Bush do in 8 years, and we could understand President Obama. Romney is a perfect example why we elected Obama, Republicans don't even take any responsibility for the economy and their actions that led to the fall. President Obama was already in California so it didn't hurt for him to go on Leno. The Republicans just never thought about it first and that angers them. I have never seen such bad behavior from the Rebulican party as I seen since Obama was elected. The Republican party idol is Rush Limbaugh, there is no leader with sense.

gewe   March 21st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

just another good old rich boy whos never work a day in his life ask him how many jobs hw sent overseas this week and how much money he and warren are spending in cummunist china on the electric car i hope they never let them sell them in north america

Pietro Sirianni   March 21st, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I guess the rich paying their fair share of the tax burden is a "liberal policy."
Well then I am 100% liberal, 100% American, and 100% Capitalist.
The republicants only wish to bring back the aristocracy and keep the little guy down.
By the way.........we "little guys" make up 95% of the population!

kmcgary   March 22nd, 2009 1:14 am ET

Yeah, and 60% of you 95% of little guys don't pay taxes. I'm tired of paying your way and I am middle class, not rich. This generation is a generation that expects "entitlements" and no accountability. I have kids and grandkids and there is a world of difference in their attitudes as far as what they expect to be "given". Why don't you go live in one of those socialist countries and see how you like it. True capitalism is what made this country rich and prosperous; greed and evil is what will make it eventually like a "third world country". We are becoming a lawless nation with violence and anger taking over. you have no idea the energy taxes along with all the other taxes it will take to pay off a budget that is three times as much as Bush ever thought of leaving, not that Bush was our greatest President, he wasn't the worst either if you know your history. Quit drinking the kool-aid.

Pietro Sirianni   March 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

You're not paying my way buddy. Didn't I see you in "Grumpy Old Men?" And you have been blinded by republican rhetoric if you think 55% of the country doesn't pay taxes. What are you an idiot?

Terrissa Spiller   March 22nd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I am really disgusted with the negative criticism about our President. He is unique – finally. He understands and emphatically "gets" the struggles that lower and middle class Americans face everyday. I am so tired of hearing the unrealistic opinions of Republicans whose party is largely responsible for the economic catastrophe America is in.

I'm relieved to have a President who is willing to go on national television and shoot the breeze with Jay Leno, and many American's who may not read the news papers. This President is unique – thank God! What a breath of fresh air!

I don't remember the republicans whining when Bush Jr. would run off to his ranch when he should have been paying attention to what his decisions were doing to our economy.

Finally, after eight painful years a President who is involved and makes sense to me.

Mr. Romney, go away. You'll do anything for some t.v. time. If you were a responsible American politician you would support your President, and his decisions while he cleans up the mess made over the last eight years.

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