President Responds To Question On Romney Criticism

CBS News' Steve Kroft asked President Obama to respond to Mitt Romney's criticism of the Administration regarding the Libya situation, The President's response:

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    cx: That's Steve Kroft (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Towanda on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 04:16:41 PM EST
    as I was reminded just this week, when he was in contact with our family again with kind comments upon the death of a family member, his first -- and, he said, his best -- boss, who trained him as a journalist, when they served in Vietnam.

    I can vouch that the guy named Kroft is a great guy as well as a great journalist.

    tks (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 04:18:25 PM EST
    Obama's statement (5.00 / 4) (#3)
    by cal1942 on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 04:34:37 PM EST

    Yes, cal1942 (5.00 / 7) (#4)
    by christinep on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:15:27 PM EST
    Is it almost every day now that Mr. Romney utters or declares something that causes the jaw to drop!  Even politico-me blanches at the ignorant statement he made last night--before the Libyan attack on the embassy, before the facts started to come in--seemingly driven only by fantasy of political advantage.  BTW, he now shows that he can't discern even that.  Clue to Romney:  Patience, boy...When you're chomping to attack the prey, listen first & think...and, at least wait until an "action" has occurred.  At least, be honorable enough to await the return of the Ambassador's body and the bodies of the other loyal American embassy staff.

    Frankly, Romney doesn't reach amateur status on foreign policy.  The "good will" trip to London & Europe during the Olympics was merely a preview.  With this kind of failure that Romney exhibited today, we are looking at someone clearly unfit to be Commander in Chief.  In fact, he seems to be running now for Lackey in Chief tom the neo-con warmongers who never saw a war they didn't embrace.

    When I return, my comments might reflect the uplifting spirits of fine (or not so fine) wine  spirits.


    The crowd that gave us Iraq, ignored al Qaeda (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by cal1942 on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 11:34:00 PM EST
    and wants to increase military spending.

    the neo-con warmongers who never saw a war they didn't embrace.

    And never fought in any war they embraced.


    Well put, christine. (none / 0) (#8)
    by Towanda on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 06:46:30 PM EST

    a toast to you, christine (none / 0) (#17)
    by The Addams Family on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 08:55:15 PM EST
    Romney always looks like... (none / 0) (#20)
    by desertswine on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 09:31:40 PM EST
    he's having a serious case of flop-sweat.

    The Guardian, in a news article (5.00 / 4) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 06:18:28 PM EST
    not editorial, reports:

    It could turn out to be one of the defining moments of the 2012 election, one that again exposed Romney's lack of foreign policy experience. It may have done him more damage than all the millions of spent on negative campaign ads over the last two months by the Obama campaign.

    Many senior Republicans greeted the renewed attack with horror, briefing reporters that Romney had made a catastrophic error of judgment that could have fatal consequences for his election campaign.

    Thanks for this (5.00 / 3) (#9)
    by Towanda on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 06:48:18 PM EST
    as this is a day for me without time to scan the foreign press, even the Guardian, to see that it wisely agrees with BTD.

    Romney is soooo not ready for that 3 a.m. call.  We would want to unplug the phone every night to be sure that he would not take us to war by taking a bad situation and making it so much worse.


    Romney would outsource (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by MKS on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 07:00:40 PM EST
    his foreign policy to his Super Pack contributors.

    Yes, this is so bad for (5.00 / 6) (#12)
    by KeysDan on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 07:18:05 PM EST
    Romney that he may have to release more tax returns just to change the subject.

    That seems to crystalize (none / 0) (#6)
    by MKS on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 06:37:32 PM EST
    the Republican sentiment.

    But there are a couple of Romney supporters out there who think what he said was just fine....


    Does "out there" include here???? (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 06:38:45 PM EST
    I was referring to Rumsfeld (none / 0) (#10)
    by MKS on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 06:59:38 PM EST
    Dan Senor, and Limbaugh.  Not sure if that is what you were asking.

    The Republicans in Congress seemed to know not to do what Romney did.


    Rumsfeld (none / 0) (#13)
    by shoephone on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 07:53:32 PM EST
    Did that guy crawl out from under his rock today too?

    Did you hear Jon Kyle's (none / 0) (#19)
    by MKS on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 09:11:29 PM EST
    comment, that the U.S. Embassy statement was like saying a woman who was "raped" asked for it?

    There are more than one Republican villain.


    I was thinking earlier that Romney's (none / 0) (#14)
    by ruffian on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 08:17:26 PM EST
    ststement last night sounded just like something Dan Senor would advise. He is so brainless and always seems to think he is such a social media maven I can see him pushing to respond to the tweets immediately with little to no information.

    Could you specify, oculus? (none / 0) (#15)
    by christinep on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 08:26:45 PM EST
    What are your thoughts about this turn?

    I was thinking of our resident (5.00 / 6) (#21)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 09:44:08 PM EST
    "liberal" jim.....  

    My thoughts:  too much hubbub about what people running for Pres. say, not enough respect for the people who died.  


    I agree completely (5.00 / 3) (#22)
    by lilburro on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 10:46:41 PM EST
    re: the lack of respect.  Somewhere around mid-afternoon I felt all my frustration build into a "screw this whole thing" moment.  Patriotic Americans and intelligent, wise public servants with families died.  Nothing is more offensive than someone talking heedlessly about other bs compared to that.  Even if you don't feel grief, respect that of others.  Show some humanity.

    Romney was rightfully called out for what he said.  We could've spent the day reflecting on these people who gave their lives, the remarks of Sec. Clinton and Pres. Obama, and other people in the State Dept affected personally by this matter.  He could've said something respectful and shut up and even if he thinks X or Y about the State Dept TWITTER bring it up another day.

    This is a shameful day in our country's political discourse.  Truly, just shocking.  And not to try to score points for my opinion one way or another which invariably people may interpret me doing, anyway, but so it goes, I recently - and for the first time - lost someone close to me, a friend.  Boy, grief sucks.  I never understood it before quite like I do now, and the one thing I am glad to have had is the respect and understanding of others to care for fellow grievers, to sort this out in my own time and way, to try to figure out how to honor the passed.  I'm doing allright and we're all coming out of the state of shock but, man, anyone who would've tried to fast forward me through those first few days would've gotten (and almost did) a sock to the face.  And it would've been deserved.  And it saddens me that we didn't get the opportunity to reflect and learn about with some measure of solemnity the lives of those who passed today.  That's just not right.  And I hope one day Romney and whatever addled advisers pushed him in this direction realize that.


    Yes. Grief sucks (none / 0) (#26)
    by sj on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 08:41:56 AM EST
    I'm very sorry for your loss.

    Thanks. I appreciate it. (none / 0) (#27)
    by lilburro on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 09:43:38 AM EST
    My heart goes out to the families and friends of the passed in these coming days.  Hopefully the insane politicking will subside today.

    Since he was from my neck of the woods (5.00 / 2) (#24)
    by nycstray on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 01:41:29 AM EST
    I was able to learn about who he was. And see the respect for him. I hope other 'outlets' pick up the real story. The fraternity showed up in suits with ties for the candle light. He was working on an Ed Center there with UCB, and they plan on moving forward. Just a couple of 'tidbits'.

    Jim's remark was just a gutter remark, imo. And in total disrespect.

    And yes, I totally got who you were thinking of.


    The ambassador's father is (none / 0) (#25)
    by oculus on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 02:22:10 AM EST
    a former supervisor of one of my colleaugue's.

    Sorry Oculus (none / 0) (#30)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 02:38:50 PM EST
    Not McCain... (none / 0) (#28)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 09:49:16 AM EST
    ...HERE he is promoting Obama's weak foreign policy.

    How sad it is to see JM slowly be consumed by the Fox Kool Aid, he barely makes sense anymore.  But it nice to know he and Mitt will someday reminisce over how the fanatical right killed their presidential hopes and dreams.


    JM was always ... (none / 0) (#29)
    by sj on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 09:58:40 AM EST
    ...weaselly.  Nothing new there.

    you'd think Romney (none / 0) (#16)
    by TeresaInPa on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 08:48:02 PM EST
    was being paid to sabotage his own campaign. Or maybe the real Romney was replaced with a space alien just trying to act human and not quiet getting it right.  The first clue was when he insulted the cookies from a local bakery and wouldn't eat them. He is an amazing clod.

    He's just a horrible candidate (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by ruffian on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 09:00:59 PM EST
    Even if I agreed with all of his positions on the issues I hope I would still see he is the worst candidate ever. And yet - best of the clown car full of loons the GOP put up this year. Amazing.