It all started when the US Embassy in Cairo issued a statement condemning “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” They were responding to the backlash from Muslims over a US film that offended the Prophet Muhammad. Hours later, there was an attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. A “consulate employee” was killed. We learn later that Chris Stevens, the Ambassador to Libya, was also killed in this attack.
Without knowing the whole story and the nationality of the consulate employee, Romney issued this statement:
“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
OK. First, shooting from the hip when it comes to an international crisis is never a good idea. Second, when something tragic happens, you see it as an opportunity to slam your opponent in a campaign? Seriously? People died. You could have offered your sympathy and prayers. It wasn’t the time to sucker punch your political opponent.
A lot of people criticized Romney for this response – even members of his own party. He was asked if he regretted what he said.
But it’s also important for me, just as it was for the White House last night, by the way, to say that the statements were inappropriate, and in my – in my view, a – a disgraceful statement on the part of our administration to apologize for American values.
Man, he’s hanging on to his mistake like it had a handle on it. And using “disgraceful?” The only thing disgraceful here is how Romney handled the incident and reactions to how he handled the incident.
It’s OK to admit you were wrong. Actually, people might respect you more for it. Instead, you slam the administration again by calling their statement “disgraceful.”
“Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that. That, you know, it’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make ’em…And my tendency is to cut those folks a little bit of slack when they’re in that circumstance rather than try to question their judgment from the comfort of a campaign office.”
Thank you. That was presidential. What Romney did was reckless and thoughtless – words you don’t want used to describe a President.
Message to Mitt: Act now, think later is exactly what we don’t need. You proved to the world you don’t have what it takes to lead this country. After this debacle, the thought of you being POTUS scares the living crap out of me. Honestly, I hope you don’t just lose in November. I hope you lose big.
September 13th, 2012 at 2:53 AM
1. Romney states that, “it’s also important for me, just as it was for the White House last night ..”
NO IT WASN’T. Obama is the President of the U.S. He is a mere nominee for the opposition Party. In matters like this he needs to either speak sympathetically about the victims and support his President or simply keep his yap shut.
2. Thank god the media is actually condemning Romney for doing this.
September 14th, 2012 at 12:26 AM
OMG that is exactly what I was thinking – that he isn’t the POTUS. And thank GOD for that.
September 13th, 2012 at 5:14 AM
Stooping low was one thing, but he doubled down …. a sad commentary on the state of our politics.
September 14th, 2012 at 12:28 AM
The “doubling down” got me too. I remember in 2008 when McCain was on Letterman who was pounding away at him for a mistake (in a joking way, of course). It was refreshing to hear McCain say, “I screwed up.”
September 14th, 2012 at 4:06 AM
Interestingly, Romney’s double-down doesn’t get him votes, but will likely cost him.
September 13th, 2012 at 7:27 AM
Romney is one of those guys who is simply never wrong. Whatever he thinks or believes is right, and he’ll stick to that. No class, no moral core, no critical mental competence outside of stealing money and destroying jobs.
I’m glad to hear that he finally scares you. I’ve been spewing about him for months. Not that it does any good, other than keeping my blood pressure from blowing a hole through the top of my head.
September 14th, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Better late than never, I guess. 🙂 It’s the foreign policy angle that scares me most about him. I shudder to think what how he would handle a nuclear Iran.
September 13th, 2012 at 3:52 PM
Perhaps he thinks by the double down and repetitive offensiveness he can give himself enough time to buy a box of support to match his shameful comment.
It’s one thing to be in a tough race and come out swinging. It’s another to gleeful and obviously turn the death of innocent people and violence in a nation into a pounce for power – smirking like a schoolyard bully while he does it. That showed the immaturity and hubris that should prohibit him from office of any kind.
Also – when the first person to defend you is Sarah Palin (aka ala Frank – The Nincompoop) you know you’ve messed up bad.
September 14th, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Oh man, Sarah Palin defended him first? Yikes. I thought it was bad enough that Rush Limbaugh was praising him like he cured cancer or something.
I’m glad you used “schoolyard bully,” considering he actually bullied a closeted gay classmate when they were in high school 😡 Bullying and Mitt Romney’s Empathy Problem
September 16th, 2012 at 6:02 PM
So now that we find out the Obama regime let their guard down, Romney isn’t wrong after all. The Marines have no bullets and the Embassy’s have no security. I’d say Obama and Clinton has blood on their hands.
September 17th, 2012 at 7:45 PM
I think Romney was definitely wrong in saying that Obama sympathizes with the attackers. Good to see you Kini! 🙂