September 12th, 2012
04:21 PM ET
2 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
soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. Amrik Manku

    Romney seriously messed up, Obama has definitely won, this critical mistake made by Romney is clearly the icing on the cake for Obama..... #TeamObama

    September 12, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. mlwags

    In other words, " You lie Mittens"

    September 12, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. DC from NJ

    Irresponsible only begins to describe Romney's actions. We need a mature, thoughtful, and careful person in the White House, which is why I support Obama.

    September 12, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Jim Hahn

    Romney is an idiot when it comes for foreign policy. He proved that with his overseas trip. He makes George Bush look down right diplomatic. Irresponsible statements made in this country while trying to get elected are one thing, but making those types of statements while overseas or about about things overseas, is quite another. We need a diplomat in the White House, not a one-eyed gunslinger.

    September 12, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. mlblogscbgoldsmith

    I get that Mitt is desperate but as we learned from George W. foreign policy can't just be a feeling. Facts matter and in a dangerous world that moves quickly America can not again throw away soldier's lives and a trillion dollars on the hunch of a well meaning doofus.

    September 12, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Well we're judging and they were irresponsible. "Shoot first aim later." Good one Mr. President. Sounds like Bush to me.

    September 12, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Lyndell

    Romney at it again. How long will it take him to retract this one?

    September 12, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Phi Thomas

    This president has been attacked like no other president i could of think in recent history. Its funny how stupid some people are, 3 to 4 years can't fix decades of bad decisions. The funny part is the congressmen and women who made those dumb decisions just blame Obama and duck and will eventually get reelected. Keep in mind we dont have a king we have a president folks

    September 12, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Joan in MS

    Thank God we have this honest, sincere, caring, smart man leading our great country! Obama makes us all so proud to be Americans! Too bad the Romney/Ryan ticket does not share our American pride, beliefs, or values. They (R&R) are only out for themselves and the high-rollers who bankroll their campaigns.

    September 12, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. LocalVokal

    Class is in session. You paying attention Mitt?

    September 12, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. DJ

    Funny that the embassy apology came out 9+ hours before Romney said anything. And all the embassy said was to apologize, and as it turns out now, the attack was premeditated.

    September 12, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Darryl

    Romney needs to go back to Wallstreet..................

    September 12, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. ExRepublican

    President Obama I am so sorry that you are going through this crap from Romney.
    Romney is disgrace to our country and he will not be elected.

    September 12, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Robin: Henderson NV

    The President is extremely correct, Romney Statements were misleading and incoherent. We as Americans should not be surprised by Romney/Ryan incompetence. The Romney/ Ryan motto should read the Flip – Flopping – Lying express

    September 12, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. linda

    Romney is a good example of acting first and thinking about it later.......similar to Bush and the Iraq War......if you people want to get this country out of the debt we are in, then it isn't by voting for Romney, he just proved he will not cut the military budget because he is going to go after Iran, and anyother country he doesn't like......he is such buddies with Isreal, he will probably take on Iran just to show Isreal what a great ally we really are.......

    September 12, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. n

    "Shoot first and aim later" Romney in a nut shell!

    September 12, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. truth hurts

    wake up people... this was a 9/11 anniversary attack by AQ that the Obama administration was NOT prepared for.
    THAT is why they are spinning this to be about Romney's statement. smoke and mirrors times ten people!!

    September 12, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Lean6

    I wonder if Romney fired somebody for giving him stoopid remarks to make on this. He can't even pretend to be competent to occupy the Oval Office. He's clearly only concerned with appealing to the far right in this country. SOMEBODY told him that's enough to win this election.

    September 12, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    Well said Commander In Chief.No Drama Obama. A steady hand is better than a loose cannon. Eight Years of Cowboy Diplomacy did enough damage.

    September 12, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. ChristopherM

    Mittens couldn't even handle going to England without insulting them. Does anyone think he can handle serious foreign policy? If you are that delusional, surely his behavior today will show you the light.

    September 12, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Gurgyl

    GOP is so pathetic to chose mitt. Mitt is a clear-cut "IDIOT".

    September 12, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Ed from Watertown

    Romney should not be politicizing a foreign crisis while it is occurring. All he did was supply ammunition to the enemies of America by not backing the President. There is only one President at a time and there would have been loads of time for criticism in a few days but jumping into political attacks during the crisis just undermines American foreign policy.

    September 12, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Laverne

    So proud to call Barack Obama President of the US!

    September 12, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    President Obama is one on the most thoughtful POTUS ever!
    Forward with Obama in 2012!

    September 12, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Corlis

    Romney for president, if this is allowed to happen our nation will be no more. "Lord Please help those that I have lost their familys in this crisis. In God's name we all pray."

    September 12, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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