Obama signs U.S.-Israel security act on eve of Romney trip
July 27th, 2012
12:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama signs U.S.-Israel security act on eve of Romney trip

Washington (CNN) – The day before Mitt Romney makes a highly publicized trip to Israel, President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill passed by Congress designed to increase security ties with the Jewish state.

Both the timing of Friday's event and the presence of TV cameras opened the White House to accusations of political maneuvering in a presidential election year.

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Filed under: 2012 • Israel • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. Fair is Fair

    "Both the timing of Friday's event and the presence of TV cameras opened the White House to accusations of political maneuvering in a presidential election year."
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    Obama executing political maneuvers? Nah... must be a mistake...

    July 27, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Both the timing of Friday's event and the presence of TV cameras opened the White House to accusations of political maneuvering in a presidential election year.
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    TRANSLATION: You "outmaneuvered the GOP and their not-ready-for-anything-much-less-primetime presumptive clown AGAIN!
    Well done Mr. President.
    If they want to play with you let them step up their "game". Oh wait....they ain't got none!!
    Obama 2012. Because we don't have time for the bs.

    July 27, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Georgia Tee

    Don't hate the player , hate the game...

    July 27, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans have one only choice to win the house dump Mitt Romney and nominate Jon Huntsman

    July 27, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    but but but...MUSLIMS!!! BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA EVERYBODY PANIC!!!!

    July 27, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    So Mitt will find something wrong with it, correct?

    July 27, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    ""Both the timing of Friday's event and the presence of TV cameras opened the White House to accusations of political maneuvering in a presidential election year."
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    Obama executing political maneuvers? Nah... must be a mistake..."

    And what do you think Mittens meeting with the quasi-fascist Netenyahu is? Mittens is powerless and will remain so. It can be NOTHING BUT politics for him to be over there, traipsing about, insulting our allies and playing pretend that he's already POTUS.

    July 27, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Oh, sorry, I forgot...the Teatrolls talking opint parrots don't read the articles...so here, let's bring attention to this paragraph to illustrate how silly they sound complaining about Obama "playing politics":

    "Such preempting of messages and events is a time-tested trick of campaign politics. For example, Romney's campaign has scheduled regular conference calls with reporters and events with surrogates on the same day, and often in the same city, as Obama campaign events."

    July 27, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Expat American

    This development proves most intriguing. Will Romney respect the unwritten rule not to discuss differing policy while abroad; or will Romney attack the President for this action, that is increasing security ties with our ally, once he sets foot in Israel – that is once he pulls his foot out of his mouth for saying something stupid – which is also bound to happen?
    Tick tock tick tock….hmmmmmm.

    July 27, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    As usual, the president is a step ahead especially now that – that idiot Willard is out on his "learn and listen" tour.

    July 27, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Hal

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it, alexithymic Mitt.

    July 27, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Thomas

    I'm sure Mitt Romney's meeting with Sheldon Adelson in Israel will be just as Important.

    Romney " The Deal Maker 2012 ".

    July 27, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. WiredweirdinSF

    You know if it was not an election year, he would have vetoed it. As far as saying something stupid,"you did not build that." And Californians thing Romney is an idiot? Romney was not the guy who gave a trillion dollars worth of tax money to dope addicts, welfare frauds and corrupt union bosses and then told us that because he did, unemployment would not rise above 8%, nor is he the one who declared that the 2010 was the "summer of prosperity" Get off the dope woman.

    July 27, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mitten walked right into this one not knowing and understanding President Obama and other Presidents have always sent funds to Israel to aid in their defense spending. In fact, I believe it was Nixon who publically announced when he sent aircraft to Israel for their use. It doesn't surprise me that Romney doesn't know the history of U.S. support by Presidents to Israel, he wasn't interested.

    July 27, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    "Both the timing of Friday's event and the presence of TV cameras opened the White House to accusations of political maneuvering in a presidential election year."
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    Well, wasn't it Congress who recently voted on and passed the bill? The president has changed his schedule completely around over the past 7 days. How come Republicans didn't accuse the president of skullduggery when he suddenly went to Colorado? Maybe the plan was to sign the bill earlier, but the president changed his schedule. Maybe this was the first day that all of the folks looking on could get back together for a ceremony. Romney's trip has turned into a walking, talkling nightmare.

    July 27, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "I'm sure Mitt Romney's meeting with Sheldon Adelson in Israel will be just as Important."

    Indeed. I'm sure there's plenty they can talk about on foreign soil that they technically can't talk about on US soil, in light of campaign finance rules and such.

    July 27, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Is Romney now the Republicans Palin?

    July 27, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Thinker23

    It sounds pretty comical but none of the messages posted between 12:50 and 1:20 makes even little sense. Almost all posters tend to insult Romney for supporting Israel while praising Obama for doing the same...

    July 27, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Adelson going to Israel with Romney only means one thing, Romney can't diss the President on foreign soil but Adelson can but Romney should be held responsible.

    July 27, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Bill

    Too rich. The bumbling, buffoonish and brylcreemed Romney is a laughing stock. Well done, Mr. President.

    July 27, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Romney is traipsing all over Europe hoping for political photo-ops (while making an absolute a$$ of himself) and Obama gets called out for "political" maneuverings by simply being the current President of the United States and signing into law that which was recently passed by our Congress?

    Imagine that.

    July 27, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. n

    Its politics smell the rose.

    July 27, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Is Romney now the Republicans Palin?
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    No.
    Sarah Palin, alas, is leaps and bounds ahead of this twit. God did I just say that?!
    She may have spoken in word salads doggone it, but they were HER word salads not her puppet masters. Ormaybe they were her puppet masters but she had conviction....oh who knows, all I know is that MItt sucks worse than Flailin Palin which is probably why McCain picked HER over HIM to be his V.P.
    Can you imagine making that choice?!!

    July 27, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Jules

    Passed by Congress and signed by the President – that's how it works folks – not that we've seen much of lately so it's good to have cameras to remind us what it looks like. Maybe if the GOP were not such obstructionists we wouldn't need the cameras to remind us what cooperation looks like.

    July 27, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Southeast

    Thats the damn problem right there. He's our President act like you know. He does'nt have to wait on mitt.

    July 27, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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