Obama compares Romney's rhetoric to 'cow pie of distortion'
May 25th, 2012
07:12 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama compares Romney's rhetoric to 'cow pie of distortion'

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – President Barack Obama returned to the politically-important state of Iowa on Thursday for the third time this year for a mixture of official and campaign business.

But in all cases, he took the opportunity to attack his presumed opponent.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Pres. Obama is spot on in saying that Gov. Romney is distorting facts. Pres. Obama should attack Gov. Romney's self designated callling card, that he was a job creator at Bain Capital. Gov. Romney still has not produced any facts to bac up his claims of having created 100,000 jobs while AT Bain. Romney has rolled badck that figure to tens of thousands, thousands, and soon to be hundreds of jobs.

    Gov. Romney brags about how 80% of Bain investments turned a profit. I would hope so, but notice that the Romney is not mentioning how many jobs were created or cremated for that matter. So far he has done an amazing job of convincing people that his personal financial success equated ot job creation. Bain Capital is about returning a profit on investments. Go read their Mission Statement sometime.

    May 25, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. gt

    classless statement....this election is going to be nasty...show some class mr. president..act like you have been there before...

    May 25, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  3. Sydnium S. Washington, PI, Anti-Pres. Obama

    Guess who'll be thrown back with cow and mud pies? Obama IS! And he's got the Mad President Syndrome. Symptoms include not looking at what did happen from the start until to date, wanting to be re-elected just to be like Ike, derangement and saying hypocritical criticisms.

    May 25, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  4. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Of course, Romney distorts facts. That's what the GOPers do.

    May 25, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  5. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    All Rmoney has to run on is lies. And to the low information hatewingers, referring to a rising Dow, falling unemployment and a dead bin-Laden as a "failed presidency" is a LIE.

    May 25, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    I think it is republicans to show some class. Mitt is all about myth, flip-flop. Didn't he say "Corporations are also people, my friend, Let Detroit go bankrupt, I hate poor" all these comments, how can you forget so soon. You got to be an idiot. Watch YouTube, when mitt Romney came to town..enjoy.... Yes, on obama12.

    May 25, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  7. Marie MD

    The DNC needs to get their act together also. The ads of some "majority" right wing group here in MD are showing campaign ads about the President's policies and they are distorting good things he has done.
    The sociorobulky, hiding under the skirts, is not mentioned but we know his money and rich friends are behind these lies.
    I do love the way BS of the flip flopper turned to cow pies. As long as you tell the truth about the flip flopper's lies yiu can say anything because there is plenty to bzck up the truth with against the bishop who buys companies, fires Americans workers and closes plants and companies. That IS the truth!!

    May 25, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. Mr. 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" would outsource the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    Just goes to show the impact that a graphic description stated in plain old English, spoken by a sincere spokesperson really can have!

    Thumbs up, President Obama!

    Gives a whole new meaning to "tell it like it is"!!!

    May 25, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Church

    It seems to me that Romney is falsely attacking Obama’s record but refuses to address his own record as governor and as head of Bain. More smoke and mirrors that reminds me of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney tactics.

    May 25, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Cow pie of distortion"....hee, hee!
    Oh I can't wait for the debates.
    The combination of our President's erudition, eloquence, and "ethnicity" is going to prove to be fatal for Romney.
    Mittens won't know what hit him.

    No where to run to Mittens, no where to hide.

    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    May 25, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Deep in the Heart of Texass!

    "A president who broke his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term has no standing when it comes to fiscal responsibility," Romney's spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement."

    ouch, what a stinging rebuke

    Team Robme is gonna have to come up with better responses to campaign hits like this, this and that Andrea chick are very lame and do nothing to blunt the impact.

    Oops, I suppose that could be considered "aiding and abetting the enemy"

    May 25, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. MDNA = MaDge Not

    "A president who broke his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term has no standing when it comes to fiscal responsibility,"

    I have seen 'Game Change' and I see that statement for what it is, it is called a GOP "pivot".

    P.S. Also, I can now say the movie validated that at least one8 member of the GOP has some ethics, Nicole Wallace.

    May 25, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. love344@tiscali.it

    take the gloves off Mr President......call them out!

    May 25, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Unless you are one of the many who have lost your job to outsourcing or downsizing, I don't think it matters. Having been in that situation, I can honestly say that most people simply don't care. It became a "oh - too bad, did I tell you we just bought a new ( fill in the blank )". Truth is, we lost a few friends because they felt we weren't "keeping up" with them materialistically. Bit embarrassing for them to acknowledge that a once well respected "peer" is now a part time retail associate holding down two jobs to make ends meet. Yada, yada, yada. If our fellow citizens have no idea of the devastation Mitt Romney was willing to inflict in effort to line his own pockets at the expense of others and their families, not only won't folks listen, they'll just tune out altogether.

    It becomes a "let's talk about something more pleasant"...

    Until they are next in line on the chopping block.

    May 25, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    gt wrote:

    classless statement....this election is going to be nasty...show some class mr. president..act like you have been there before...
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    Gov. Romney's statements are inaccurate and misleading. Romney claims 80% of Bain investments turned a profit. Good for him. Only a fool would believe that means that 80% of Bain investments created jobs.

    If Bain Capital was so good at job creation, how come the Romney campaign has yet to put out an ad refuting the accusations that Bain Capital was all about profits and not job creation. They have had months of opportunity to do so. Rick Perry called what Bain did "vulture capitalism" and Romney could not refute it. Newt Gingrich made similar accusations and again Romney could not refute it. Perry and Gingrich were acccused of attacking capitalism, when in fact they were attacking Romney's incredulous claims that he "created 100,000 jobs while *at* Bain." Gov. Romney can silence all of the critics with just one ad showing how Bain created jobs. Why don't they do it? Because they can't. Gov. Romney has been promoting a "cowpie of distortion" with his claims of job creation.

    May 25, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    GT, Republicans/teabaggers have never respected or accepted the fact that President Obama as the Commander in Chief from day one and admitted their main objective was to get rid of him, now that's classless. President Obama doesn't owe them any courtesy and I expect him to shovel the you know what right back at them.

    May 25, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. Cayman Islands

    For those city folks unfamiliar with cow pie - it is the lovely round steaming piles of delight a cow, or a bull, leaves in his / her wake - in other words steaming heaps of BS. Which hits the mighty mitt nail right on the head. He can't get through an entire sentance without either a gross distortion or a flat out lie.

    May 25, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Romney carpet-bombed his poorly-funded opponants in the primaries with negative ads without ever really defining who and what he is. Romney's negative campaining has defined him as someone who makes accusations and has no solutions. The fact that he's whining about the tone of the campaign further dillutes his already boring persona to that of a spineless frat pledge, eager to impress his new " brothers". The spectacle of him complaining about his treatment at the hands of the president's campaign does not fill me with confidence that he can make any real decisions on his own, but reacts to what others do. This is not a leader, but a child having a tantrum.

    May 25, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Jake

    Cow Pie is putting it mildly. Anybody see alexithymic Mitt's take-down on Huffpo, yestereday? It was hilarious and caused an internet sensation. Go President Obama--clean the floor with Mitt.

    May 25, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Sydnium S. Washington, PI, Anti-Pres. Obama wrote:

    Guess who'll be thrown back with cow and mud pies? Obama IS! And he's got the Mad President Syndrome. Symptoms include not looking at what did happen from the start until to date, wanting to be re-elected just to be like Ike, derangement and saying hypocritical criticisms.
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    Why has it been so hard for the Romney campaign to refute the accusations that Bain Capital was all about profit, not job creation? They have had months to respond with a simple ad refuting the claims against Romney. Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich hammered Romney on "vulture capitalism" more than 6 months ago. So far, the Romney playbook response has been the arrogant position, "they are attacking capitalism".

    Where are the jobs Gov. Romney claims to have created? It would be simple to show us just one example. What are they holding back? The truth? Romney brags about how 80% of Bain investments returned a profit, and fools believe his storyline that that means he created jobs. No, Gov. Romney made a handsome profit, just like it describes in the Mission Statement at Bain.

    May 25, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Independent Voters

    Great Job President Obama ....This why Romney is going to lose because he not for middle class american.

    May 25, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Paul

    I would be nice to see journalists start to act like journalists once again and not treat bold-faced lies as something worthy of debate. And, by the way, 95% of these bold-faced lies eminate from the overly emotional and grossly immature far right.

    May 25, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Thomas

    Do we really want another GW Bush ?

    Romney , a man of no reason .
    Didn't Mitt go to Harvard ? Oh , thats right , he did ! And he puts Obama for going to the same University.

    Mitt Romney / Dick Cheney 2012 ?

    May 25, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Highland

    Doesn't the President have a better command of the english language than to throw around words like"cow pie"? It's not a big deal, just stupid.

    May 25, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A vote for Romney is a vote for Paul Ryan and his budget and throw in Grover Norquist's pledge while you're at it. Ryan's budget is no more than Norquist's pledge to insure the 1% keep theirs and the 99% can start pushing up daisies.

    May 25, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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