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
soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. CM46

    Mr. Romney spoke before he thought. He also didn't gather his facts and get them validated. It is scary to think of this man potentially running our foreign policy. By the way, Mr. Romney, Benghazi only has a consulate not an embassy.

    September 12, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. Jaun in El Paso

    Nice liberal media deflection! Obama's entire administration miss handled this. Romney looked Presidential and Obama looked like a cold fish who was lavishing in the fact that he got to send a few Marines to Lybia where he will be leading from behind.

    September 12, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. Norma Vessels

    When our President makes mistakes, he lets us know. Mitt Romny should take notice and follow suit, but he won't.
    Mitt Romney is wrong this time, yesterday, last week and the weeks before .. he's been so wrong so many times,
    there's no way to count them! Have I heard that first apology? Nope.

    September 12, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. zucccchini

    Obama is a Whuss. He has absolutely no idea what he is doing. He needs to grow some....but he has had four years and nothing has happened. Empty suit, empty chair. No place in the history of the world has his policies worked either in the financial area OR foreign policy. He is Carter's second term. UGH..

    September 12, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. undecided

    It is hard to imagine how this was overlooked and When i had heard about it earlier this week. -I was still involved with the election why are we not mentioning things in the media to take care of business. We left these people there with out helping that is the way it seems.

    September 12, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. LolDems

    More distractions from the amateur in chief. let the leftylibdem decentralized propaganda machine ask some adult what security precautions or investigations were undertaken after the June 5 bombing outside the consultate in Benghazi? like what security did the Libyan government provide when 2 bodyguards were injured in the June 6 attack against the British ambassador in Benghazi? like what level of security alert did BO/Hillary invoke after the attack on the UN Red Cross in Maserati? like what did the amatuer BO do in the 12-18 hours between the attack on the US embassy in Egypt and the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi? like why weren't there any US Marines stationed at the consulate, especially after previous violence? like does the POTUS or SecState feel in any way responsible for failing to act responsible to the intelligence and threats and 8-10 hour demonstrations preceding the deadly attack in Libya? like did any Libyan demonstrators attempt to impede the assination or did any intelligence surface before the attack, given the obvious planningm coordination, and likely 2 waves of attack by 20-50 jihadists. like after Libyan security forces "drove off" the attackers, how many attackers were killed, wounded, or captured (preliminary answers are 0, 0, and 0). amazing isn't it? not a single attacker harmed in a 2-3 hour raid. but please leftylibdems, don't hold your breath to get any answers to these questions. most of you don't really want to know how our amateur POTUS reacted and those who do, are too busy angrily blaming and castrating Republicans. and don't wait on the liberal media to do any fact-finding or investigative reporting. It's not gonna happen with a leftylibdem administration. we all know it. so these leftylibdem hypocrites can stop with the soft, touchy "we reallly care" statements, and faux strength's benign negligence at best and stupid ignorance and naivete of the kind that gets people killed at worse.

    September 12, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. Galactus93

    Why should the US Government ever have to apologize to anyone about anything done in the United States that is legal. Too bad the Federal Government does not enforce its own laws when it comes to illegal immigration.

    September 12, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Fortinbras

    Mitt Romney is a foreign affairs novice. Dont kid yourselves, folks. The man needs to shut his mouth and continue his crash course in foreign affairs 101.

    September 12, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  9. Thinking Texan

    They are republicans. They don't use facts.

    fake WMD to start the IRAQ invasion.
    Obama is hiding something on OBL death; their whack jobs argue he is not dead, been dead for 10 years, works for the CIA, 9/11 was a US government conspiracy, the SEALs are cowards protecting Obama's lies, on and on.

    The rest of the world really likes watching nut cases taking over a world power.
    Our foreign enemies sit back while crazies in the US do the job.

    September 12, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Tacitus Talks

    The American people are judging. Most of us remember the Iran hostage crisis and this happening all across North Africa and in other parts of the Middle East in 1978, 1979. We had a relatively trustworthy ally in Mubarrak and a Ghaddaffi – who wasn't an ally, but would never dare have let this happen. These were replaced with radicals who are also apocalyptic Muslims that believe the end comes by massive war.

    September 12, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. trc1962

    I always have thought that Mitt Romney was like a "plastic man" with no feelings. Now I know he is. To try to profit politically at the time was beyond poor behavior. The man has no soul. Many republicans on the forums make the comments like "well, poor people need to not have everything handed to them, it doesn't get them anywhere." Well, it didn't get Romney anywhere when he was born ultra rich, he doesn't even know how to behave in many situations. Shameful behavior and it shows that Romney and his team are thinking bipartisanly first and as a country of america second. I hope this drops him a few more points down the ladder-he deserves it.

    September 12, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. sase

    "Obama is a coward, Obama's hardly presidential material".how about real reasons why I shouldn't vote for Obama ?...more to the point, am I suppose to like Romney just because I hate Obama ?

    September 12, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Geoff

    Advice for Mitt: "Shut up. Sit down. Don't move. You don't have ALL of the intel, and you're NOT the Commander-in-Chief. And if we can help it you will NEVER be."

    September 12, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. SearchingForAnAtheistExtremist

    If the political party tables were turned the GOP would be arresting the DEM nominee for treason and bombing some random middle eastern country that wasn't even involved in the tragic events...perhaps a re-invasion of Iraq?

    September 12, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. anne

    "You have to have the facts before you make a statement"

    Jeeze, when has a little thing like facts ever stopped a Repub from talking, this is the party that said that they wouldn't let facts get in the way during their convention!

    September 12, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. mtbeau

    Romney screwed up! But he should be used to it!

    September 12, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. mark ducharme

    Nothing seems to stop you from attacking him. Why should you get a free ride with anythng you do as president?

    September 12, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. Steven

    Mitt the twit is in over his head. Conservatives now only hope to hold on to the House of Reps. The White House and Senate belong to the Dem's.

    September 12, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. Katie

    Romney, who has NO foreign relation or policy experience, absolutely overstepped.

    September 12, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. opinion8it

    Mitt the twit strikes again

    September 12, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. citizenofepicfailure

    What a huge embarrassment the current leadership is. Our sovereign nation was attacked people! The host nation did NOTHING militarily to support us! But we apologize? And we give them our tax payer money? And you crazy people attack the only possible light in this darkness who wants to stop the madness????
    I feel like I"m living in an alternate reality!!! God save us!

    September 12, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. kmc

    Mr. Romney's comments show that he was not thinking about the victims when he heard this awful news, he was thinking about himself and his political motivations as he is down in the polls and the election is nearing. This is similar to his employment at Bain, he was not thinking about his employees but about his financial gains (which he placed in accounts outside of the U.S. to save himself money).

    September 12, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. mjw

    With some of the comments from haters of the POTUS, no wonder you have people like Romney thinking he is already the president. I am really not sure how these people survive ....they refuse to think for themselves and evaluate each situation. I am not sure how you can have so much hate for one person without any real reason but just because he is who he is. In the end so many of you will have to eat your words.

    To the President I remember a verse of scripture when the angel said to Gideon "there are more for you than against you" even though you may not see them.

    September 12, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. 1234

    i belive that obama is one of the most educated presidents we have elected so far. and giving him four more years may give him a chance to prove himself

    September 12, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. NameRaymond Wisniewski

    Shame on you former mayor Rudy juliani (excuse the spelling). I can't believed u defended Romney I thought u were smarter Just as we all united after 911 behind our leaders including yourself , so should we all now. What a fine example u set. I have lost all respect for you. Such a sad sad disgrace.

    September 12, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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