Not all Bush administration officials, however, are aligned with Rove. Ted Olson, who served as solicitor general under President Bush and whose first wife died in the plane that crashed into the Pentagon, today expressed his support for the Islamic center and said Obama was right in commenting on the issue.
"I think probably the president was right about this. I do believe that people of all religions have a right to build edifices or structures or places of religious study where the community allows them to do it under the zoning laws and that sort of thing," Olson told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "And that we don't want to turn an act of hate against us by extremists into an act of intolerance for people of religious faith. And I don't think it should be a political issue."
The Fox News contributor, who has faced his share of controversy over the years, also panned Obama for "unpresidential sarcasm."
"He's right to be out there raising money for Democrats, that's how he can help them. But he's wrong to be out there with this sort of unpresidential sarcasm and attempting to be the messenger for Democrats," Rove said.
At an fundraiser for Sen. Patty Murray in Seattle Tuesday, the president found a new line of attack against the GOP.
"You remember our slogan during the campaign: 'Yes, we can.' Their slogan is 'No, we can't,'" he said to laughter from the Democratic crowd. "'No, we can't.' It's really inspiring."
Obama chided Republicans for obstructing the agenda he and his fellow Democrats are trying to push in Washington.
"No on help for small businesses, no on middle-class tax cuts, no on clean-energy jobs, no on making college more affordable, no on Wall Street reform," he said.
Rove argued that the president's delivery only hurts Democrats in what is expected to be a tough midterm election year for many in the party.
"He doesn't make it better for Democrats by constantly being on the stage and by attempting to set the tone for the fall, particularly with this kind of sarcastic and negative tone," Rove said.
The former adviser predicted that, as in the 2006 midterm elections, this year's races would also likely be decided by a narrow margin of votes.
"This election itself could be very close. We're going to find a number of contests settled by a very small number of votes with huge consequences for the political outlook in the country," he said.