Romney grades Obama: 'F, no question about that'
May 31st, 2012
07:07 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney grades Obama: 'F, no question about that'

(CNN) – Asked in an interview Thursday what letter grade he'd assign President Barack Obama, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney answered unequivocally.

"Oh an 'F', there's no question about that," Romney said in the CBS News interview, saying the grade was for issues "across the board."

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Even factoring in the decision to kill Osama bin Laden, which he said he "appreciated," Romney said his grade would remain the same.

"When I look at foreign policy, when I look across the board in foreign policy, I look at the fact that he was looking to have a force of American troops staying in Iraq securing what was so hard to have been won there with a status of forces agreement. He failed to achieve it. I look at what's happening in the Middle East. The Arab Spring has become the Arab Winter, That's hardly a success."

Responding to Romney's interview, Obama's re-election campaign released a statement from former Ambassador to India Tim Roemer, who called Romney's assessment "misguided."

"Governor Romney's comment assigning a grade to President Obama's foreign policy is just as misguided and misinformed as his statement about Russia being our top geopolitical foe," Roemer wrote. "Since taking office, President Obama has responsibly ended the war in Iraq; decimated al-Qaeda's leadership, including Osama bin Laden; is winding down the war in Afghanistan; reduced the threat of nuclear weapons; strengthened our alliances; increased our exports overseas, creating jobs here at home; and led the world in putting crippling sanctions on Iran. Gov. Romney is out of the mainstream even of his own party on foreign policy, and many prominent Republican experts have recognized President Obama's accomplishments on these issues."

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Colorodan

    Wow, an F, that's harsh. Wonder what he would give Bush then since he and his policies left us losing 700,000 jobs a month by the time he left office and Obama has now helped us to 26 consecutive months of private sector job growth. An F is especially harsh since anyone would concede that things have gotten better since Obama took office after the Republicans left us on the brink of the another Depression and Romney's policies sound a whole lot like the ones that got us into that mess in the first place.

    May 31, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Jerry

    Mr. Romney was very gracious and giving; an F- would be more correct. Again, make that across the board.

    Mr. Obama and chums, thanks for bankrupting our country!!! Our children and grandchildren will thank (despise?!) you all for the rest of their lives.

    How you like that Math Mr. Axle Rod?!

    May 31, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    There goes Mitt lying again...

    May 31, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. mms55

    this should show everyone what a low life romney is.he can't even give credit where credit is due.thats not the kind of president i want ,i want one big enough too tell the truth about a person not lie.this man has no spine.just look how the gop push him around .no backbone what so ever.

    May 31, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Guess you've been listening to Rush too long... He was giving grades before Obama walked in the White House door. What a patriot. Wants America to fail. Shameful!

    May 31, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. ST

    Is Romney really serious ? When people are keen in what they are persuing, they show seriousness. I do not think this man is up for the job!

    May 31, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. Arch

    Romney: finding no cause he won't pander to.

    May 31, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. timz

    Too bad Obama managed to avert the Bush Depression that was looming when he took office. That's a major F!

    But no worries. Mitt will fix that. One more Republican presidency should be all it takes to finish the good work that Bush/Cheney started. When Mitt has "fixed" the economy he'll be able to hire workers for a crust of bread. Talk about your cheap labor! And he'll be able to fire them whenever he wants, because everybody has to have a hobby . . . a little time to just kick back, chill out and do something simply because it feels good.

    May 31, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. RegisQuando

    The important lesson to draw from Romney's statements is that he thinks Obama isn't intervening nearly enough for his tastes. If you want more of your tax-payer money to go to John Bolton-esque visions of destroying and rebuilding nations, Romney is your man. Just know you won't see a penny of its benefit, either financially or in terms of security.

    May 31, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. Bleedingheart

    An F might be a bit strong, I think a D would be more appropriate. He just can't cut it, and we had such high hopes for him. That's what hurts. But will Romney do any better? I believe Obama really cares about the average American, but doesn't know how to help him. I think Romney considers Donald Trump an average American.

    May 31, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. normajean @ verizon ,com

    i wouldn't be able to give him a grade do to the many times he has run for office and lost plus his below acceptable handleing as govenor of Massachusetts.I'd' send him back to 1st grade! and send a note home!!!!

    May 31, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. sayer

    And what would you do differently, Mitt? You never talk about what you would do or what you have done in any detail.

    May 31, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. Karm99

    Of course I understand foreign policy, I can see Russia from the window of my Utah temple...........

    May 31, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. the Situation

    This coming from a guy that said, 'LET DETROIT GO BANKURPT"

    This coming from a guy that said on National TV that he would advise the president to use what he did in his state for healthcare?

    This coming from a guy that said that he won't spend money or energy on searching for Osama Bin Laden.

    This coming from a guy that State was in the mid 30's in job creation, when he entered office to 3rd last in the Union by the time he left office.

    This coming from someone that was for gun control when running for govenor and now talking about his 2nd Amendment Rights are being stomp on.

    Bottomline, Willard is a FIp Flopper, can't run on his record as Govenor so that's why he always talking the same crap about his business experience. He said the same thing in Massachusetts in 2002 and is now trying to sell the American people on his experience. He proven he could create jobs in CEO of a state, imagine now if he was elected POTUS. Ciites like Detroit and other industrial states will indeed go bankrupt under his watch. If you think the 8 years of George Walker Bush was bad, people, you haven't seen nothing yet!

    May 31, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. the Situation

    correction: he couldn't create jobs as CEO of a State!

    May 31, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Stephen in VA

    So he's pulled troops out of Iraq, and for that Romney calls him a failure? Seriously?

    May 31, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. F Minus

    hmmm, I would have given him a F-

    May 31, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Ed1

    Agree 100% that's what happens when we have a no commander in charge of the US.

    You need to wake up America and make sure Obama is a one term president and I am black and voted for him glad I have the chance to and correct my mistake.

    May 31, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Blindersoff

    This is ridiculous. What has become of this once great nation? The failed, so called journalist, have turned into clowns at a sporting event. Romney is not the one. Period.

    May 31, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. connieb

    That's F for fabulous

    You, however, get an A–for A**

    May 31, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    More projection from one of the GOBP's worst candidates ever, a virtual GWB v.2. Rmoney can't run on his record so he lies and calls pulling the US out of the GOBP's Great Recession, complete with a rising Dow and falling unemployment rate, and "F." And Rmoney's comments about bin-Laden are just bizarre.

    May 31, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. Larry L

    Romney's response was childish. He has been caught in so many lies and flip-flops he's making the Republican Party look foolish for nominating this preppy jerk.

    May 31, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Crooked Bridge

    Romney reminds me of Greg Stilson, the character played by Martin Sheen in the move the Dead Zone. Yes, I could see him grabbing a baby to use as human shield.

    May 31, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    So now the POTUS is responsible for what Arab countries do? Mittens, you are a disgrace to humanity!

    May 31, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    I wonder what grade Obama would give Romney? Probably an I for incomplete because he can never seem to make up his mind on ANY issue. As far as Mitt's grading system i don't expect anything different for a guy who hangs around with Trump and Newt...both who have bashed him in the past and are about as honest as a pit of vipers.

    May 31, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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