The White House Calls Pat Robertson’s Haiti Remarks Utterly Stupid

At his daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about Pat Robertson’s comments that Haiti was cursed, because they had made a pact with the devil. He said, “It never ceases to amaze that in times of human suffering somebody could say something so utterly stupid.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

When asked for his thoughts on Robertson’s comments, Gibbs said, “It never ceases to amaze that in times of amazing human suffering, somebody says something that could be so utterly stupid, but it like clockwork happens with some regularity, what is, well I could have expanded on that.”

Gibbs wanted to say something else, but he cut himself off, before he took it too far. Nobody has stepped up to defend Pat Robertson’s claims yesterday that the Haitians brought this earthquake on themselves, because they had made a pact with the devil to gain their independence.

Robertson has been justifiably criticized by the left and the right for his stupidity and insensitivity. Even the king of stupid foot in mouth statements, Don Imus suggested that Robertson should be put to sleep. With his ignorance and stupidity Pat Robertson has managed to unify America against him.

16 Replies to “The White House Calls Pat Robertson’s Haiti Remarks Utterly Stupid”

  1. January 13, 2010

    Pat Robertson: Haiti?! I Thought They Said “Hades”

    Televangelist Explains Misunderstanding

    VIRGINIA BEACH (The Borowitz Report) – Just hours after saying that God was punishing Haiti for making a “pact with the Devil,” televangelist Pat Robertson retracted the statement, telling TV viewers, “Haiti? I thought they said ‘Hades.'”

    Rev. Robertson said that he had heard the report of the earthquake on the radio and had misinterpreted its location: “For the life of me, I thought God was punishing Hades, which does in fact have a pact with the Devil.”

    Apologizing for his “goof,” the televangelist told his TV audience, “Golly – people must’ve thought I was being an insensitive asshole.”

  2. […] The White House Calls Pat Robertson’s Haiti Remarks Utterly Stupid – view page – cached At his daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about Pat Robertson’s comments that Haiti was cursed, because they had made a pact with the devil. He said, “It never ceases to amaze that in times of human suffering somebody could say something so utterly stupid.” […]

  3. I’m starting to think the US made pact with devil to gain independence, because now we are cursed with Pat Robertson.

  4. Proof again that Robertson is the King of foot – in – mouth disease. How he manages to keep an audience with his stream – of – stupidity utterances is baffling to me, but there are people who believe in all kinds of idiocy.

    I agree with w / Don Imus said about him – Put him to sleep….. In a time when the world needs to be brought together, he tries to be an agent of divisiveness.

  5. Wow!… this is without doubt the most idiotic and ludicrous remark I have ever hear in my life!! what is sad is that there is an equally idiotic crowd out there that actually believes this kind of nonsense… These are the kind of people that make you ashamed to say abroad that you’re American. So much ignorance and blindness by zealot pseudo-Christian ideas that have nothing to do with the real Christian values.

  6. Pat Robertson ‘A Public Relations Nightmare,’ Says God

    Almighty Holds Rare Press Conference

    NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – In the wake of his comments about the earthquake in Haiti, televangelist Pat Robertson has become a “public relations nightmare” and a “gynormous embarrassment to me, personally,” God said today.

    In a rare press conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, the usually reclusive Almighty said that He was taking the unusual step of airing His feelings in public because “enough is enough.”

    “I pray that his TV show would just go away, but of course, when you’re me there’s no one to pray to,” God said, to the laughter of the packed room of reporters.

    While God held out no hope that Rev. Robertson’s “700 Club” would be cancelled any time soon, He did say, somewhat ruefully, “If Pat Robertson were on NBC he’d be replaced by Jay Leno by now.”

  7. I don’t know why the media is so hard on Rev Pat Robertson but I will tell you a story. A man went to his doctor for some heart problem he was having for some time.
    The doctor after having examined him told him that he has got high cholesterol.
    The doctor said:-“This is because of your eating habits, you are eating the wrong things and too much of it” and pointing to the protruded man’s belly he continued and said “you need to stop your gluttony and start eating the right thing and in reasonable proportion.
    Guess what? That man got offended and said to the doctor:-“Do you mean I am a glutton.” After that he left slamming the door behind him thereby rejecting the doctor’s recommendation. My question is: – Who is the stupid guy in this story?

    Well Rev. Pat Robertson never said that this earthquake was God’s judgment. Rather by analyzing the various misfortunes of this nation and examined its history he made the comments which is causing such an uproar. He was just pointing to the root cause of these misfortunes and not only of the earthquake. To those who are skeptical about the consequences of making a pact with the devil, please watch this video:-

    The fact is the Haitian leaders back then did make a pact with the devil. Anyone can verify this claim. On 14 August 1791, a black slave and witch doctor named Boukman led the slaves in a voodoo ritual. They sacrificed a pig and drank its blood to form a pact with the devil, whereby they agreed to serve the spirits of the island for 200 years in exchange for freedom from the French. The slave rebellion commenced on 22 August 1791, and after 13 years of conflict, the slaves won their independence. On 1 January 1804 they declared Haiti the world’s first independent black republic. To this day an iron statue of a pig stands in Port-au-Prince to commemorate the “Boukman Contract”. This Pig Statue is proof of what has happened 200 years ago.

    Well the devil is not a nice guy. Just because you made a pact with him, he does not feel obligated to bless you. In fact as the Lord Jesus said the devil has come to steal, kill and destroy. This is what the devil stands for. But there is HOPE for the people of Haiti because our Lord Jesus has crushed the devil under his feet on the cross for us and if we would just believe in the Lord Jesus we can overcome this curse and break the pact with the devil. So as Christians we need to pray for the people of Haiti and do everything we can to bring them to Christ and help them break this curse and this pact with the devil.

    Coming back to the video link above, I just want to relate the story of the young missionary that God sent to a village in an African country. Upon arriving she noticed that the people there were very poor and in addition to this there has not been a single drop of rain for years with the result that food was scarce and the people were starving. She then led the people into repentance and turn to The Lord Jesus. Guess what happen just after they have done this, rain started to fall.
    Here is the link again to this video:

  8. and you reduce christianity to something abhorrent.

    If you can really believe this crap, you need mental health professionals rushing to your side, and a lonnnnnnnnnnng stay in one of those rooms with ‘padded wall paper’

  9. Hello Dog Gone

    My mental health is OK..Did you see the video?Just see and please remove any bias outlook.Thanks and God bless

  10. Amazing, utterly amazing. Not only is the “reverend” Robertson still spewing his stupidly arrogant and inane diatribes against everything he sees as “evil”, his followers are now chiming in with THEIR stupidity.
    Best of all, they KNOW how stupid it all is. They are ashamed to even sign their named to their stupidity. Just look at the signature on that long-winded, arrogantly stupid “explanation” on why Robertson’s utterances are “believable” — it says “Anonymous”!
    –A.B.., Minnesota

  11. Well AB
    I don’t know if you watch the news but one French media recently qualified this tragedy as a curse and nobody made a fuss about it.But when Pat Robertson made the comment everyone is on him.The fact is Rev Pat Robertson called for christians to pray for Haiti because as followers of Jesus we believe that every curse can be broken when we put our trust in the Lord Jesus.And even if there is no curse these people out there badly need the loving compassion of our Lord Jesus.You seem to obliterate the fact that Rev Robertson called for us to pray for Haiti.
    I suspect you are a very bias person totally anti christian and you are after Robertson just because he is a christian.
    God bless you anyway

  12. anything that has happened in Haiti – or anywhere else – results from devil pacts, you not only are utterly bereft of even the most minimal skills essential to critical thinking, you are seriously delusional, and engaging in the kinds of “magical thinking” associated with mental illness. Your silly videos reflect a disturbed mind and a truely tragically flawed belief system.

    You should read my earlier piece here on Politicus, laughing at the notion witches curse all Halloween candy.

    (You do understand, don’t you, that Harry Potter and Voldemort are fiction, right?)

  13. He is not anti-christian, he just doesn’t seem to find Robertson very Christian in his voo-doo religion approach – he, like me, sees it as actually UN-Christian in its assumptions.

    Tossing in prayer with his hateful statements doesn’t negate the hateful statements that promote ignorance and superstition.

    I along with most mainstream people of faith, don’t believe in the power of curses, and therefore don’t see the need to break them.

    I’d love to see your references to the French referring to the Haiti earthquake as a ‘curse’. My Germand and Spanish are a bit rusty, but my French is quite fluent. I’d like to read / view / listen to this myself. I’m betting this isn’t a fair translation of the actual statement.

    Perhaps you and Robertson would do better to pray to God for enlightenment yourselves, along the lines of the mote-in-the-eye / beam-in-the-eye parable from the Bible.

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