What tone should the president set on Inauguration Day?
Former White House chief of staff Andy Card weighs in
- Duration 6:07
- Date Jan 23, 2013
Former White House chief of staff Andy Card weighs in
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Well up to four years of partisan bickering and the economic crises went home should the president strike when he speaks -- Andy card is the former White House chief of staff under president George W.
Bush also acting dean at the bush school at Texas a and M university -- the card.
Good to see on the Sunday afternoon how -- Great to be with few American debut -- is always wonderful and -- I'm proud to be in Texas say now exactly what you're not in Washington obviously -- just a lot of Republicans -- -- be in Washington but what do you think we can expect.
From the president during a speech tomorrow.
Well first of all inaugurations are very very significant and very important and think about it this is a celebration of our constitution you've got article one.
Congress inviting article true the president to come and take his oath of office.
From article three the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court so.
It's a great time to celebrate the constitution what makes America great.
I -- look forward to the president sitting at home for the next four years and I hope that his phone will be a little different than what he practiced during his first term.
His first term was centered around a one letter word high.
It was a very much and I turned.
Term for Barack Obama.
I'm hoping that his second term -- be -- we've got to solve these problems together and I'm not talking about the political we used and yes we can.
I'm talking about we've got to work together.
Congress has got to work with the president the president has got to work with congress so that requires presidential leadership we didn't see a lot of it in the first term.
I'm hoping the fuel reach across the aisle to sincerely work to solve some of these big problems like our war on terror.
Like the challenges of the deficit and the debt.
And also ought to get a budget we haven't had a budget in a very long time some hoping the president will step up to the responsibilities.
Of being a president -- is inclusive rather than exclusive.
And focus on the word we can do it together rather than.
I will do it -- you well you have an interesting point -- a plot this morning FOX News Sunday saying that their theme is common ground and grand names.
But -- -- look.
And and compromise but his campaign organization.
Organizing for America they've changed that to organizing for action.
Some say he's going to be -- strident as ever pushing his policies how does that square with the theme of common ground that they say that he will strike tomorrow.
Well I think it's a little inconsistent.
The president should be listening to the people who also won election during the last cycle.
There were a lot of Republicans that one pretty solid elections and they are serving now in the house representatives.
I want to make sure that the president really is inclusive with the word week.
And he's got to work with congress and and try to find common ground with them rather than demand that they stand on his definition of common ground -- how is that possible it seems Republicans just on Friday for example dealing with the debt the ceiling.
And and mister Boehner says he won't even sit down with a -- want to negotiate anymore.
-- -- the president's gonna have to reach across the island demonstrates sincerely that he will listen and work and he's got to show up.
The negotiations he was kind of an absent president when it came to negotiating some of the solutions to big problems -- in his first term.
And he's got to be part of the solution and then actually work with congress to try to get things done.
It's that we watched George W.
Bush to a when he became president in a very very controversial election.
Both his first -- and a second term in the first term he reached across the island got tax cuts for everyone.
Even though the United States senate switched majority control from Republicans to Democrats -- In May of his first year in office.
And that he worked across the aisle to get some education reform done so it can happen but it takes a a president who's willing to be presidential and really lead.
Rather than just demand -- do you think this president can actually take a page from George W.
Bush -- -- you're there behind the scenes.
What did you advise the president that time and what lessons.
A fanatic spears to think that president Barack Obama can take.
As he enters into the central time.
-- president George W.
Bush had had the advantage of having been a governor.
Marie had to work with people in the other side of the aisle.
And he did that very successfully in Texas and we got to Washington DC.
He was committed to govern the country not just to be in the one who demanded change he wanted to work with.
The Democrats and Republicans to bring change to reality -- did get a pretty good job at the very first meeting that president George W.
Bush had the white house with people outside the White House.
Who -- the leaders of the Democratic Party you've brought in some of the gray beards of the Democratic Party.
Instead how he had worked as governor in how we want to do the same thing is present -- estates and it did make a difference it was hard it was an easy.
But we were able to get things done and I'll never forget how hard we worked to get that first tax cut through that lifted us -- of there -- many recession.
And really did provide economic stimulus for the country.
And we need that kind of worked -- by the president today -- you think -- dilemmas and sit down with mister Boehner and -- tomorrow at the launch of what's the like behind the scenes -- -- -- Take a -- from the well you know the lunch is first of all the -- is a celebration about democracy in the constitution.
And you'll have all branches of government there and it'll be.
Very polite but I think -- will probably not be a lot of heavy discussions around some of the challenges that president faces in the congress has to deal with.
So I'm I'm not expecting a lot of real work to be done in that -- that we'll celebrate the swearing in.
And that comes just before the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and that's exciting time.
I'm also excited about the staff that gets to reconvene at the White House and this'll be the new advisors to the president until probably have a new chief of staff and and -- some new members of the cabinet will hopefully be sworn in and those personality changes are also good for America because.
You know so often many of our policies end up being defined by the personalities that had to defend them.
We have some new personalities and maybe they can open the door for about a dialogue with congress as the president outlines his agenda so I guess it's -- the lunch and the pageantry and history tomorrow and then Tuesday morning.
Back to the grind and Andy card penalties can be a heavy lift that you -- -- -- thank you so much for joining us and.