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Top 5 Obama Punches from Debate 2

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PRESIDENT OBAMA: The day after the attack [in Benghazi, Libya], Governor, I stood in the Rose Garden, and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror. And I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime. And then a few days later, I was there greeting the caskets coming into Andrews Air Force Base and grieving with the families.

And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the secretary of state, our U.N. ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, Governor, is offensive. That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president. That’s not what I do as commander in chief.

MS. CROWLEY: Governor, if you want to reply just quickly to this, please.

MR. ROMNEY: Yeah, I I certainly do. I certainly do. I I think it’s interesting the president just said something which is that on the day after the attack, he went in the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror. You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror. It was not a spontaneous demonstration.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Please proceed.

MR. ROMNEY: Is that what you’re saying?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Please proceed, Governor.

MR. ROMNEY: I I I want to make sure we get that for the record, because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Get the transcript.

MS. CROWLEY: It he did in fact, sir.

This was perhaps the most damaging moment in any of the first three debates, and the damage fell entirely on Romney. Obama had already made a strong statement, taking responsibility as president for the deaths of Americans in Benghazi, pledging to bring the attackers to justice, and shaming Romney for trying to make political hay out of a terror attack.

What Romney did next, however, he did to himself. Romney, buying into right-wing echo chamber logic, immediately tried to get a “gotcha” moment, claiming Obama never called the Benghazi attack a terror attack. Obama could have gotten heated, or argued it. Instead, he let Romney make the accusation, let Romney try to entrap him. He didn’t short-circuit the attack by rising to the bait; he let Romney state that Obama had never said such a thing, when in fact, he clearly had.

In the end, Romney ended up getting called out by the moderator, fact-checked mid-debate. Whatever point Romney had been trying to make evaporated in the moment. Obama looked strong, resolute, presidential. Romney looked petty, inaccurate, and small. One of Obama’s most devastating attacks of the night was a classic rope-a-dope: let your opponent beat himself.

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12:42PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Can I point out that the cost of oil and gasoline may have another factor?? Almost everything we use has ingredients made from petroleum in them. Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, cosmetics, shampoo, soap, perfumes, air fresheners, plastics, and probably a heck of a lot more. We are surrounded by the things made from petroleum. And more people are buying and making more of them every day. That is why they want to 'drill,baby,drill' all over the place. Also, if you have a captive market with no real competition, gasoline is going to cost an arm and a leg. That is how capitalism works. If there WERE competition in the industry, you could just buy out the competition or merge with it. Oh, right, they did that already. And all the petroleum and gas CEOs get together in meetings and agree on prices. Capitalists aren't supposed to do that, but they do. Don't you understand now why they demonize regulation and the smallest little hint of social democracy?? Heaven help the rich folks if such a thing were to actually happen!! They might have to live on only 10 or 15 million dollars a year! Tragedy!!

4:59PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

I am a senior, retired, receiving Social Security that I paid into all of my working life. I am on Medicare that I paid into all of my working life, and still pay into each and every month. The payment comes out of my Social Security check automatically. I still pay taxes. So where is it that I am getting something for nothing? At least I pay my fair share of taxes Mr. Romney, unlike you.

4:54PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Vote republicans out of office in every state at every opportunity. Romney and Ryan are the wrong choice for women, children, the middle class and America.

9:46AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

David, the fact that you refer to the 47%ers just shows how stupid and mean you really are. Some of them are veterans with PTDS, some are elderly who fought to give you the right to flap your gums, some are ill or disabled. Yeah, they're all a bunch of assholes aren't they? Some are college and university grads who can't get more than a McJob because your idols have outsourced to India, Mexico or China. More assholes. It's SO easy to disparage people on line rather than to their faces. You remind me of the prick who threw dollar bills at the disabled man with Parkinsons claiming he was too lazy to work or pay for his own health care. He was a professor, well educated but had spent all his savings trying to regain his health. Another lazy asshole by your definition. My dad suffered from Parkinsons, a dreadful disease, but fortunately was Canadian and well cared for. May some such fate befall you so we can include you in the 47%. Then WE can call you a lazy asshole too.

6:29AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

I just can't believe any female would vote for Romney!! Or anyone who's ever owned a dog. Or anyone with a brain frankly.

6:36PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

So many care 2 posters (47ers) will be sobbing in their children’s laps, when in a few weeks they find out they are no longer entitled to their children and grand children’s hard work.

5:34PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

I just came up with an update to my original post.

"I am not familiar with what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was." - Mitt Romney, May 17, 2012, while speaking to, Sean Hannity.

Maybe he should put everything he said into binders so he could look them up when he needs to. Each statement will have to have additional sections each recording the different things he said about the same thing in different ways at different times, so he can chose the one that he thinks fits best for the moment.

3:39PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

"I am not familiar with what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was." - Mitt Romney, May 17, 2012, while speaking to Sean Hannity.

3:27PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Kudos to Chris C and Kevin B! To John H: If the fact that I'm still voting for President Obama "tell's (sic)..." you that I "...have "sh$t for brain's (sic)," then that's your opinion which you are entitled to. I can accept criticism and still spread hope, as I'm a very optimistic and positive person. If in fact I have "sh$t for brain's (sic)," then that's problematic for me. But I have good news for you. I believe all your spelling/grammar problems can be fixed in 3 easy lessons. And fortunately for you, they're the first 3! However, about the voices in your head that "tell's (sic)....." you things, I'm not sure much can be done about that. Try not listening to Fox News.

11:28AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Per James M (another hero of mine) who said:
"Even as he was saying "Please proceed, Governor," I was hearing "How much rope would you like to hang yourself, idiot."

ME TOO! That was the best moment in the debate for me!


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