Romney Surrogate: I Wish Obama Would ‘Be An American’

Former N.H. Gov. John Sununu said that President Barack Obama was an un-American, pot-smoking, Chicago-style, lying socialist on Tuesday.

In an interview with Fox News, the surrogate for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said that 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,” Sununu continued, “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.”

Earlier, in a conference call with reporters, Sununu said, “I wish this president would learn how to be an American,” and added that members of the Obama campaign were ”clearly and unequivocally liars.”

The attack drew plaudits from far-right conservatives, but it was denounced by the Obama campaign.

Joseph Farrah, editor of birther website World Net Daily, said in an email to Buzzfeed that “America will, quite simply, not survive another four years of Barack Obama in the White House, so the stakes need to be made clear to one and all. Rush [Limbaugh] is right! Obama hates America and all it stands for.”

Obama campaign spokesperson Lis Smith blasted Sununu. In a statement, Smith said the Romney campaign had “officially gone off the deep end.” She added, “This meltdown and over-the-top rhetoric won’t make things better — it only calls attention to how desperate they are to change the conversation.”

The Romney campaign did try to walk back the statements. In an interview with MSNBC, former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is considered a potential running mate for Romney, said that Sununu had been talking about Obama’s economic philosophy. He said that Sununu “clarified and walked back his statements by saying he meant that President Obama really doesn’t have a familiarity with what it means to be in the American entreprenurial and private enterprise system.”

“Obviously, Gov. Sununu has a knack for colorful language and can be very informative and entertaining,” Pawlenty said.

Sununu later said that he “misspoke” when talking about Obama, but he didn’t back off his criticism.

“I shouldn’t have used those words. And I apologize for using those words,” Sununu told CNN, “but I don’t apologize for the idea that this president has demonstrated that he does not understand how jobs are created in America.”

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Ralph Henderson
Ralph Henderson5 years ago

So the republicans are now officially going after the "stark-raving-mad" section of the population?

You know, it just might work for them; nothing else will.

Dr Clue
Dr Clue5 years ago

In the circles in which Mr. Romney travels it is a reality totally alien reality with it's own definition of American values and apparently a complete disconnect about what actually runs the economy.

** Off-shoring jobs is to off-shore the revenues required to run a government.
** Off-shoring wealth to tax havens is to off-shore the revenues required to run government.
** Tax cuts for those committing the above deprives the revenues required to run government

The only methods championed by Mr. Romney is to remove the social safety nets currently overburden'd by the refugees of the off-shoring Mr. Romney champions.

Off-shoring employment is to off-shore the fruits of employment for both America,it's citizens, and in the end the corporations themselves who off-shore their very customer base.

In typical right wing fashion the victims of their beliefs are made to shoulder the blame, with such dishonesty being a family value of both Mr. Romney and the republican party.

Katie K.
Katie K5 years ago

What were the Repubs thinking throwing ROMONEY's hat into the ring? They don't even like this guy so why would they ever think the People would find this A-hole even remotely capable of being the most powerful man on the planet and making decisions for us to live by. They really didn't think this through. If this comes to pass I fear for us all.

P B.
P B5 years ago

Think about it. In 1961 would any American woman fly to Kenya to have her baby delivered there?

Abject silliness.

By virtue of age and education, Obama is "foreign" to the 1% and their lackeys because he doesn't subscribe to the Cold War America First Capitalism Ideal. Mitt on the other hand fits their ideal almost to the letter -- enough so that they'll overlook that pesky Mormon thing.

Beth Davis
Beth D5 years ago

Did you ever notice that every time a republicon gets caught up in their lies, they just say "I misspoke" and we are supposed to think "Oh, OK , no problem" but when Obama has a slight trip up in word choice yet the message is clear to those of us with a brain, they jump all over it? Then whine because we hit them right back, they cry and get their feelings hurt - BOO HOO!
Well, I wish romney would learn how to be a HUMAN!

Dr Clue
Dr Clue5 years ago

Steve R was invented to make the national enquirer look credible.

Beth K.
.5 years ago

Steve R, the whiner - go away.

Steve R.
Steve R5 years ago

Beth K - I'll go away when you go away.


Steve R.
Steve R5 years ago

Kenneth M - well again - blow me down - here I am back again! Not exactly following your assessment of me, am I?

Can you not discuss anything without resorting to ignorant insults?

Yes I was born and raised in South Africa and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). So what?

I'm not trying to be president of the United States and claiming that I'm a great American, whining about Bain and Romney's tax returns while I've never run anything at all and all my records are sealed.

Have you ever seen Obama and his wife sing the anthem? Yet he makes fun of Romney singing it!

Have you ever seen Obama and his wife salute the flag the way they're supposed to? You ignore what Obama said about the flag:

"There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all. It should be swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I might salute it."

I guess that's "American enough" for you, right?

Now be a good chap and try to engage your underutilized brain before you try to be a smart Alec!

You're not very good at it!

Robert K.
Robert K5 years ago

Sununu and everyone who agrees with him and anyone who thinks Romney is a better American than Obama are, quite simply, just plain stupid. And none of you seems to have any idea what constitutes socialism, communism or capitalism.

There is no such thing these days as a rational conservative beyond the old paleo-conservatives. The last honest conservative politician was Goldwater and he's been dead for years. Every Republican in congress is, in the truest sense of the word, a traitor.