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The Day Everyone Got Mad At Romney

The Day Everyone Got Mad At Romney
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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was criticized on Wednesday for criticizing President Barack Obama in the middle of a foreign policy crisis.

Responding to the deadly attacks on the American embassy in Cairo and American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Romney criticized Obama for not taking a tough stand.

“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,” said Romney.

Romney based the attack on a statement that had been issued by the embassy in Cairo criticizing an anti-Muslim film, which depicts Muslim prophet Mohammed as a pedophile and fraud.

Romney’s attack, however, was quickly condemned by neutral observers, Democrats and Republicans. The embassy’s statement, which condemned “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,” had been issued before the attack on the embassy. The statement was not cleared through Washington.

“We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack,” said Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt in a statement.

Nevertheless, Romney reiterated the attack on Wednesday, saying in a press conference that the embassy “clearly sent mixed messages to the world, and the statement that came from the administration, and the embassy is the administration. The statement that came from the administration was a statement which is akin to apology and I think was a severe miscalculation.”

Deadly Attacks Kill Four

While nobody was injured in the attack on the embassy in Cairo, the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stephens.

In a televised statement, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the attacks in no uncertain terms.

“This is an attack that should shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world,” Clinton said. “We condemn in the strongest terms this senseless act of violence and we send our prayers to the families, friends and colleagues of those we’ve lost.”

Clinton added that the attacks had been carried out by a “small and savage group” that did not represent the Libyan government or people.

President Obama also condemned the “outrageous and shocking attack,” saying the victims “exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.”

Libya’s interim president, Mohammed el-Megarif, called the attack “cowardly,” and vowed to bring the attackers to justice.

“We extend our apology to America, the American people and the whole world,” el-Megarif said.

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8:45AM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

This is the same Mitt Romney that said that it wasn't worth the time and the money to track down and kill Osama Bin Laden.

This is the same Mitt Romney that demonstrated in favor of sending our young men and women off to fight and die in Vietnam, then headed for a chalet in France where he could sit out the war while learning French, sending Ann little love notes that he carved while lounging in the sand on the beach, and riding his bicycle a lot. Mitt never mentions the name of the republican president who also rides his bicycle a lot. Perhaps 4 years ago is too far back to use as a reference for what republicans do in office.

58,000 of our brave military men and women gave their lives in the war that Mitt Romney lauded as a place where others of his age should serve. All the while he hid out in France. Mitt Romney's 5, military aged sons did not serve in the War in Iraq that all 6 Romney males supported with rhetoric. In fact no Romney family male has EVER served in the wars that they fully back as a place to send the youth of American families, other than the Romney family.

Now Mitt thinks he's qualified to criticize the guy who killed Osama Bin Laden and ended the Iraq war. Disgusting human being.

7:41PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Pat B I am as disturbed by this and in shock that it continues to happen, and that no one seems to be able to stand up and stop it.

7:19PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

The GOP got a majority IN 2010 on the promise that they would get Americans back to work. They lied. They've defeated ever bill introduced aimed at job creation. They flat out refuse to compromise, treating it like it's a sign of weakness, even though most of a functioning government is finding a middle ground. They're very open in what they're doing. Kill Obama's chances AND THEY DON'T GIVE A DAMN WHO THEY HURT.

And with all that, and Romney continually showing his unfitness for the role of President there are still people who insist he will turn the country around and get everyone to work -- the ones that want to -- and he will balance the budget.

7:18PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

From the moment Obama was elected the Republicans openly said they were going to do everything they could to destroy the President and make sure he wasn't reelected. They couldn't do much for the first 2 years, except bad mouth everything he did or said and tell lie after lie about him. Then when it was obvious Obama wasn't going to fix what 8 years of Bush had inflicted on the country the GOP began the blame game. It wasn't Bush who tanked the country, it was Obama. Sadly, some Americans have very short memories and began to accept the lies and never looked past them. The bigots in the party began to spread slanderous lies. The birther issue, which even though it has been proven wrong beyond doubt is still believe by some. Obama has had to prove his legitimacy over and over in ways that not a single other candidate has had to. They've even demanded to see his school transcripts, I'm surprised they haven't demanded to see his kindergarten records, or maybe his dental records. Then when his opponent is asked to do what every other candidate did willingly, which is show his tax returns for 10 years, he refuses. Yet apparently some of the same people who hound Obama accept this without question. What do you think would have happened if Obama had done that?

And conservatives insist that none of this is racially motivated.

6:23PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

I was unpleasantly but not surprisingly stunned to learn of Romney’s questioning of why windows on jets don’t open. I suppose we all have a tendency to forgive the candidate we support of their gaffs but where has he been when examples of suddenly depressurizing planes have been splashed on the front pages of Newspapers and the screens of our TVs? Has he never seen Nova? Is the reason the Republicans always want to defund PBS; is it the result of an aversion to science. I have noticed they would rather deny science than attempt to understand it on a host of subjects.

6:23PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

I was unpleasantly but not surprisingly stunned to learn of Romney’s questioning of why windows on jets don’t open. I suppose we all have a tendency to forgive the candidate we support of their gaffs but where has he been when examples of suddenly depressurizing planes have been splashed on the front pages of Newspapers and the screens of our TVs? Has he never seen Nova? Is the reason the Republicans always want to defund PBS; is it the result of an aversion to science. I have noticed they would rather deny science than attempt to understand it on a host of subjects.

6:23PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

I was unpleasantly but not surprisingly stunned to learn of Romney’s questioning of why windows on jets don’t open. I suppose we all have a tendency to forgive the candidate we support of their gaffs but where has he been when examples of suddenly depressurizing planes have been splashed on the front pages of Newspapers and the screens of our TVs? Has he never seen Nova? Is the reason the Republicans always want to defund PBS; is it the result of an aversion to science. I have noticed they would rather deny science than attempt to understand it on a host of subjects.

6:17PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

I was unpleasantly but not surprisingly stunned to learn of Romney’s questioning of why windows on jets don’t open. I suppose we all have a tendency to forgive the candidate we support of their gaffs but where has he been when examples of suddenly depressurizing planes have been splashed on the front pages of Newspapers and the screens of our TVs? Has he never seen Nova? Is the reason the Republicans always want to defund PBS; is it the result of an aversion to science. I have noticed they would rather deny science than attempt to understand it on a host of subjects.

12:34PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

What if?

http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/tnawa2/key-and-peele-obama-s-meeting-with-republicans

6:33AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

James C - Obama is neither dumb nor evil. I think it is sad that some have so bought into the pathetic rhetoric of the right and have not been able to think for themselves. Certainly Obama has not done all that his based would have liked to have seen accomplished, but then he accomplished a hell of a lot which the 'right' only bashes, or never mentions. I only wish in 2000 through 2008 we would have had a leader who wasn't trying to achieve personal glory, and had the intelligence and compassion of Obama. We, without a doubt are a divided nation, but that is in no way Obama's fault. If anyone has tried to be a president for all Americans, it has been Obama. But, he has been constantly maligned, and the 'hell no' party has never given an inch and in fact proven they are not leaders at all. The GOP are the real dividers and I'm tired of them constantly accusing Obama of being the one who is divisive. NO, HE ISN'T, NOR HAS HE BEEN! I've been donating to Democratic candidates in a number of states, not just my home state, and I hope others here are as well. Remember Sherrod Brown in Ohio where the super pacs are pouring money into the Republican candidates coffer. We need every Democrat possible seated in both houses so that Obama may have the ability to put Americans back to work and start re-building this country.

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