Karl Rove Compares Obama’s Commencement Speech to a ‘Drive-By Shooting’

Karl Rove, a former adviser to former President George W. Bush, received criticism this week when he said that President Barack Obama’s commencement speech to historically black colleges and universities amounted to a “political drive-by shooting.”

Rove appeared on Fox News on Monday morning after Obama’s commencement speech over the weekend.

The former White House aide said, “It is so unseemly for a former president to take the virtual commencement ceremony for a series of historically black colleges and universities and turn it into a political drive-by shooting.”

He continued, “I mean, this is a moment where these young graduates could be inspired to a life of service, to recognize that life is going to bring challenges and how we handle the challenges is going to demonstrate our character. There are lots of positive messages that the former president could have delivered.”

Rove went on, “But the news that we have out of this speech, out of this appearance is, ‘The pandemic has finally, fully, torn back the curtain that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing, don’t know what they’re doing, lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.'”

He also accused Obama of slandering “not just the president, who is his political target and he made it clear a week ago that he was going to go after him, but he’s taken a slap at the vice president who has done an extremely effective job as head of the coronavirus task force.”

The remarks were quickly criticized by figures like CNN contributor Keith Boykin, who wrote, “If Karl Rove thinks a black president speaking truth to power is a ‘political drive-by shooting,’ then a white guy lying about a black president’s birth certificate for 5 1/2 years must be a damn cross burning.”

Former Obama White House aide Tommy Vietor was just as blunt, opining, “Karl Rove absolutely chose these words on purpose. Fox News will never cover the actual gun violence epidemic in this country. Instead they’ll book sad old hacks like Rove to racial resentment and tone police Obama while Trump tweets like a lunatic.”

Obama has been largely silent since during Donald Trump’s tenure but in a recently leaked phone call to his former staffers, Obama called the Trump team’s response to coronavirus “an absolute chaotic disaster.”


  1. Remember when Michele said, “When they go low, we go high.” Well, that was another lie from an Obama. Democrats and the Obamanation are the lowest of the low. They criticize America at every turn, both here and abroad. They lie, cheat and are as corrupt as can be in their attempt to gain power and control. The grinning fool, Obama, whose administration has literally been wiped away, except for the scandals, has nothing left but to complain. In 8 years, he didn’t complete one positive thing for America. Now, he supports the ones that are trying to further degrade the Constitution and America in their quest for control. He’s a racist that has divided America and set race relations back 60 years. He criticizes the response to the coronavirus, but during his administration H1N1 had 60.8 million cases and nothing was done about it. What a loser!!!

  2. Any chance to bait racial discord, this STAIN ON AMERICA will do!!

  3. OBAMA was and Is Despicable. A Wonderful Opportunity to send an Uplifting Hopeful Message to the Students. He did not. Obama is a Disgrace and a Stain on the Presidency.

  4. Firstly, Trump was not a past President taking a swipe at his predecessor when he questioned where he was born. Trump was a normal citizen who had every right to criticize people in government. Secondly, Hillary started the birther movement when she was Obama’s political rival. Trump didn’t start that, he merely continued the discussion. Finally, Obama’s presidency was so inconsequential that you could literally just wipe away those 8 years from history and nothing would change. I love the people who argue that he’s protecting his legacy. What Legacy? He had two accomplishments in 8 years of any note – Obamacare, which turned out to be an unmitigated disaster, and killing Osama Bid Hidin’. Anything else he did with a phone and a pen, which has allowed Trump to literally wipe it all away as if none of it existed. Obamacare will be gone soon enough. Obama’s legacy has quite literally been reduced to once sentence about killing Bin Laden. What are they going to put in the other 49,999 sq ft. of his Presidential Library? I’d recommend a Chik-Fil-A.

    1. And let us not forget, when the Navy Seals reported that Bin Laden was in their sights Obama HESITATED to give the order to shoot, like, what, let’s not kill my brahthur!!!!! And too, Obama DID NOT kill Osama, Robert James O’Neill, U.S. Navy SEAL and special warfare operator fired the fatal shot!!!

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  6. Obama is looking pretty petty. But I repeat myself. He is so butt hurt that his ridiculous ineffective “legacy” is worthless that he interjects it on these young adults’ graduations. Vietor is just another cry baby. Actually it was Hillary who began the “birther” issue. To quote Boykin’s “truth to power” what DOES that really mean?

    1. You are one dumb cunt Obama is 1000 times better that Trump the only thing Trump deserves is a ride on a caisson in his coffin

      1. LOL!!!!!! Are you that ignorant? Obama isn’t worthy enough to wipe Butt-Waste off Trump. Let me rephrase that. Obama is a useless, worthless, racist, America hating, Gay, Muslim piece of Butt-Wipe. Isn’t it time to get of your mommy’s basement.

      2. Another well thought out response. No facts. Merely someone Who can’t think for himself.
        Flights to Venezuela Are available – somewhere you can really enjoy “your” political View

      3. Just another Neanderthal with that protruding forehead. For Democrats this language is typical.

      4. Tom – You prove how low the Democrats are every time you comment. Poor sore loser.

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