September 12th, 2012
04:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: Romney overstepped on Libya, Egypt attacks

(CNN) - President Barack Obama, responding to criticism from his rival Mitt Romney on the U.S. response to attacks in Egypt and Libya, said Romney had spoken before making a full assessment of the facts.

"There's a broader lesson to be learned here," Obama said in a CBS interview. A clip of the interview was aired Wednesday afternoon.

"Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later, and as president, one of the things I've learned is you can't do that," the president continued. "It's important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you've thought through the ramifications before you make them."

Asked if he thought Romney's statements were "irresponsible," Obama said he'd "let the American people judge that."

Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. charlesName

    This romney cat is a nut case!!! He's not stable enough to run this great country. Say no to romney a he is so shameful!! This cat will do or say what ever. If this is tea party I say no thanks we don't need this!!

    September 13, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  2. NamePat

    Poor Mitt! What a BOOB! This man is too irresponsible to lead this country. Hopefully this was the final gaff.

    September 13, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. Dissappointed Patriot

    The US ambassador to Lybia is dead as a direct result of the ill conceived war waged by the last administration. By ignoring their own intelligence (that would be a misnomer) on WMD and rushing headlong into a situation they did not understand, they did more to set back the US image around the world than any other act. The Bush administration is solely responsible for this situation. I am not a big Obama fan, but I will concede that he has handled the entirety of what he was given much better than could be expected.

    Bush ignored the warning signs before 9/11, he ignored his intelligence staff by insisting WMD existed in Iraq, he ignored the greater threat in Afghanistan and through it all he bankrupted the country. Now this twit Romney takes those war rattling reigns and expects that will win him the election. Look at Romney's advisors, most from the Bush administration. I certainly don't want those buffoons back.

    Romeny in my view is seditious. He has given comfort to our enemies by not standing beside the president. He is small minded, self focused and bad for this country. He uses religion in the same manner as the Taliban, as a litmus test for loyalty. I don't know about you, but I do not want to live in a teochracy.

    September 13, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
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