Country music star Charlie Daniels told The Daily Caller on Monday he thinks Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would have been a better president than Barack Obama, even though he’s hardly a fan of either.
Daniels said he thinks Obama has surrounded himself with an inner circle of policy and political novices, something that isn’t conducive to running a tight ship inside the White House.
The fiddler — famous for his “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” hit and others — added that while he’s no fan of the policies pushed by the former first lady and New York Democratic senator, he thinks Clinton would at least have run a productive White House.
“If you look at what Obama did, he went out and hired a bunch of amateurs — a bunch of greenhorns, people who didn’t have any experience doing anything,” Daniels said in a phone interview. “Being a great president is being a great leader, which means surrounding yourself with good people.”
“Look at who he’s got. Geithner? Come on, man. I mean, then there’s this guy who was the secretary of whatever it was who went out and had all these wrecks?” a reference to now former Commerce Secretary John Bryson.
“Where’d all these people come from?” Daniels added. “Where’d he find them? These people do not understand the way America works and, you know, I’ll tell you what — I’ve never been a Hillary Clinton fan, but I’d much rather see her be president than Barack Obama. That’s me saying something, that’s how bad I think it has gotten.”
If Obama gets re-elected — or if the country doesn’t generally change direction — Daniels said he expects riots in America’s streets.
“I see a danger in this nation, which is literally a part of there being so much class envy and so many distraught people in this country that you can see riots going on in this country — Rodney King-type riots going on in this country,” he said.
“I can see the economy of this country falling completely apart. I can see the day coming when there won’t be any more entitlement checks coming for the people who don’t understand why they don’t print more money, why they don’t go out and do it. I can see the dollar falling completely apart around the world.”
Daniels said he views this upcoming election as “the biggest election we have ever had.”
“I think the lines are more plainly drawn in this election than any one that I can ever remember — and I go back, and I wasn’t old enough to vote then, but I go all the way back to [Franklin Delano] Roosevelt,” he said.
“I remember all the elections since then — and, it’s just, what are we going to do? Are we going to be America anymore or are we going to become Greece?”
“Do we want everybody living on the state and when we run out of money going out and rioting in the streets and do we want all our businesses to move out of the country?” he continued. “Or do we want to encourage small businesses and encourage people to get off of entitlements and encourage people to have work ethic and stop this class envy thing that has run rampant and terrible and one of the most dangerous things that’s going on in the country?”