How Romney Spent All Day Calling Obama A Foreigner


Written by Igor Volsky

Mitt Romney’s campaign is hoping to distract voters from the growing drum beat of conservatives calling on the former Bain Capital executive to release his tax returns by smearing President Obama as a foreigner, in a not-so-subtle effort to revive the right-wing conspiracy theories surrounding his birthplace.

Indeed, the Romney team, and even Romney himself, spent all of Tuesday painting the president as not a “real” American. Here is a timeline of the campaign’s orchestrated smear:

11:00 AM — OBAMA IS ‘SMOKING SOMETHING,’ GREW UP IN INDONESIA: Obama “has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia, and, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago.” [Co-chair John Sununu, Fox News]

11:30 AM — OBAMA HAS TO ‘LEARN HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN’: “The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses, from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world. It is the American way. And I wish this president would learn how to be an American. [Co-chair John Sununu, Romney campaign conference call]

11:30 AM — OBAMA’S AMERICA IS ‘SOCIALISM’: “It seems to me that the Obama America, there’s no risk but there’s plenty of reward. That’s called socialism to me. In the small business America, there’s a lot of risk, and a chance of reward, and that’s called capitalism, and that’s what made the United States the greatest nation on the face of the earth.” [Businessman Kyle Koehler, Romney campaign conference call]

1:35 PM — ROMNEY SAYS OBAMA’S POLICIES ARE ‘EXTRAORDINARILY FOREIGN’: “Celebrating success instead of attacking it and denigrating making America strong. That’s the right course for the country. His course is extraordinarily foreign.” [Mitt Romney, Pennsylvania]

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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teresa floyd
teresa floyd5 years ago

And this from a (man) who has never work a day in his life.
At least Obama is trying to help us all.Ulike that MORON who is helping himself and his so call rich friends.All Romnny cares about his money.
At least Obama was a coomunity organizer,unlike Romney who only organized to put bussiness out of work.
Obama is MORE AMERICAN Then Romney,but that is just my point of view

ElegantGypsy Rose

@ linda w- obama has not changed. he was a snake in the grass and he still is. he was skilled @ saying what the left wanted to hear, but he never really commited to "yes we will" he talked about "yes we can". not the same at all. mittens is an animal abusing, tax dodging, pyscho rabid capatilist liar....neither of them are fit for office.
so this year I am casting my vote for Goldman Sachs, Bane (intended spelling) and the Koch Bros for national offices. they are gonna win anyway, so I should just bypass the puppets and vote for the real winners. this matter who bets elected, I win. what fun.
america is way overdue for a rearrangment of the power structure. maybe a page from the french revolution? a few heads in baskets on the steps of the marble halls of congress, and the white house....see if perhaps the power brokers wanted to change the game?
first step cut the pipeline that runs from wall street to k street to capitAl (intentional spelling) hill -

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

A vote for Romney is a vote for more right wing judges (Citizens United) and less rights for women.

Obama Biden 2012

ROLF P5 years ago

Mitt is RIGHT!

Grover S.
Grover S5 years ago

The birther BS is the only thing they can fall back on.

Mittens is a LOOSER.

Grover S.
Grover S5 years ago

Mittens is now a little farther over the cliff into the looney canyon.

Are the republicans really going to nominate this idiot.

He looks more stupid everytime he opens his mouth.

Linda W.
Linda Woodard5 years ago

I have never witnessed such vitriolic campaigning on both sides and so early on. And who has the time to see what mud-slinging is actually correct or taken out of context??? TO me, there is no hope for any of us this go-round, and it will be the first time in my life, that I just may not vote. Obama has changed, and neither candidate shows the character and integrity needed for this office.

JT S5 years ago

Leonard B., I would have thought that the white elephant in the room is that one of the Republicans was already ILLEGITIMATELY made President.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

Scarlett...A cross and a flag...a very dangerous combination. Perhaps we are still fighting the crusades.

Leonard B.
Leonard Bowman5 years ago

Why all the Republican effort to brand Obama as an alien?

I wonder. Maybe it has something to do with that huge unacknowledged white elephant in the Republican living room. After all, it simply can't be true that one of "them" is legitimately the President of the United States, can it?