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. Gaposso

    Romney is not ready for the Job and surely, his fellow Republicans who have become blind because of hate cannot see the writings on the wall. Is Romney suggesting that the 9/11 attacked took place because the then President Bush had his foreign policies wrong? Indeed this man does open his mouth without putting his brain in gear.

    September 12, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. peace08

    I despise Romney and "most" of what the Republican party stands for. Their policies haven't changed at all from Bush' – policies which brought this country to its knees. Who in their right mind wants to return to fear based politics; enemies around the world (he's already called Russia our biggest foe – axis of evil anybody?) – increased defense spending to allay our fears, tax cuts for the truly wealthy to add to the already troubling income disparity in this country. Not to mention his running mate's tendency to spew lie after lie – I'd rather have Biden #2 any day.. This is the best the Republicans could come up with?

    September 12, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Really Woman in California? Since when was being rich bad? And to call the Romney family "draft dodgers"? Do you know what you are talking about? Which member of the family was ever drafted, let alone dodged that draft? Please get informed before you venture online again. Thanks so much sweetie....

    September 12, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. Alois

    For the past 3-1/2 crackhead obama has shown us how incompetent he is and he needs to keep his mouth shut and stop blaming others for all his failures. Freeloader obama is a huge failure and everything is doing and saying now is evedent that obama the fraud is not capable of leading our country .

    September 12, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. JTaizan

    Terrible for the deaths...Video or no video tragedy like that should never happen.
    Stupid of Romney to speak on another topic he is probably waaay mis guided on. Hey, at this point, I bet Ryan will follow with an opposite take on libya. Lol
    Republicans are a mess, a train wreck, an out of control caboose. They want things sooo bad that they are willing to look stupid doing it.
    "shoots first, then aims". Lmao, greatest statement so far! Thats what the whole presidential running thought is for romney. Thought he could run and not get audited, obtained a VP he thought would sway votes, yet all he does is the opposite of romney! Speaks and then quotes HIMSELF as mis speaking, makes a fool of himself in europe by embarrasing the US and dis respecting europe, the guy is a tool...

    September 12, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. gregg

    At least Romney has the balls to go against the Muslim wackos world Obama probably setting up taxpayers money to the attackers for there grief and suffering of film

    September 12, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. ERB

    There are two issues here – Libya and Egypt.

    Libya is the Wild West, yet the Obama Administration had low level security. Actually, less security then our Embassy in London. If they had the level of security that was required – a Blackwater type group that we have in Iraq, Amb .Christopher Stevens and three employees would still be alive.

    In Egypt our Embassy has been breach. Does Iran come to mind? Why have we not evacuated non-essential employees? Why didn't the Embassy security response team come into action and repel the invaders? Or does this Embassy now have a low level of security?

    The Obama administration is not up to the task of defending our interest and our people, and needs to be replaced.

    September 12, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. Carole

    I think it is time to give our nations condolences to the family of the man who was representing the United States in Libya. Now is not the time to make this tragic issue a political one. Mitt Romney was way out of line as he is not representing our country and should refrain from making any comments.

    September 12, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. enuff

    Romney shouldn't be taking about foreign "policy" like he is president. He is not in that job, and his harsh words could actually endanger american lives. I just pray that the other countries realize that he does NOT speak for the United States nor is he in a position to represent any of us.

    September 12, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Marilyn Micheletti

    Romney was right. Someone needs to show some strength. Obama is a gutless president who has put us in danger. I will be proud to say President Romney. At least he has some balls

    September 12, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. Selam

    This is sad for Romney to shift this news to his attention. This is not the first time muslim terroists attacked americans. Why is it Obama's fault this time? It has been since Bush Senior in Somalia all the way to sep 11. Tragedies like this used to unite Americans but not anymore since we have a black president. Shame on America !

    September 12, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. EManuel

    A country without a strong leadership is nothing but a weak country. It is better not to run for president of the United States of America if you just want to lead from behind. America is worthy of something better. A strong nation needs a strong leader, one that when he speaks, the enemies will tremble because he always means what he says.

    September 12, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Brett

    Ha. Romney has no idea about foreign policy. Awful.

    September 12, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. USwatcher

    Romney is not only wrong...Romney is just wrong for America.

    September 12, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. adam

    of course irresponssible. He is just shooting for the vote, whichhe will never get.

    September 12, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. cgire

    I'll have to disagree with Mr. Romney's statement that "it's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was ... to sympathize with those who waged the attacks." Instead, I believe it's disgraceful that Mr. Ryan and Mr. Romney reacted without thinking and thereby put our missions in Egypt and Libya at further risk.

    Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan claim (unjustly, I believe) that the Egyptian embassy "apologized" by stating the U.S. position that no one should denigrate another's religion. Isn't that indeed our position?

    The U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt were under attack. One would think an approach to show solidarity would be in order. For example, a candidate for the Presidency could state the ultimate goal of all Americans to demand and fight for the protection of our overseas personnel. That would "project strength."

    Instead, Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan chose to immediately attack Mr. Obama and his entire foreign policy. So, rather than back up the President and our country while our personnel were under attack, we got ill-considered outbursts. How can those statements not weaken our position?

    I don't see Mr. Obama or Ms. Clinton making those sorts of statements. They're coming only from Romney and Ryan.

    September 12, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. Jimbojoe

    Whatever happened to rallying behind ones leader, most of all during a time of tragedy, or at LEAST not jumping on-top of him when nobody even knows entirely what happened yet?

    I thought that mostly supporting the commander in chief was a republican value of sorts. What the hell do republicans even stand for anymore?

    September 12, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  18. Jeff

    I am amazed at the irresponsibility and down right lies of Mitt Romney. I actually had a small degree of respect for him at the beginning but he is really veering off the deep end at this point.

    September 12, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  19. Mack

    How long before Romney would be launching nuclear weapons all over the planet? And we are worried about the Iranian's having nuclear capability.

    September 12, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  20. Bob in NH

    Romney's mouth endangers our service men and women around the worls, as well as tens of thousands of US citizens in foreign lands. Twitt Romney appears to not even begin to understand the ins and outs of foreign policy. One thing for sure, you have to be careful about what you say publicly in order to not fuel the fire. I don't understand the craziness of the Islam furor, but we have too many US citizens at risk to just mouth off.

    I'll be voting for Obama in November.... maybe if the GOP actually nominated someone with intelligence, I would vote differently (Do you all remember Jon Huntsman?? - the only really qualified GOP candidate this year?). I would never vote for those two spoiled children (Romney/Ryan), they act like 2 immature high school kids.

    September 12, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  21. joy ll

    and you have to remember romney was the coward that said don't go get binladin well he's got he is a poor excuse for a man and if this was the mafia days they would be scratching there heads saying is he stupid or what you talk to much pitt you never shut up see ya never!!

    September 12, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. JOHN

    The president is a weak leader. He has poor leadership skills, and is helping to cause the stand still in Wash. D.C.

    September 12, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  23. johnbull1776

    If Romney loses, his campaign would have set a record as one of the worse in U.S. history. On foreign policy he continues to make political blunder after another. First he said that our number one enemy is the Russian (what is it about Russia with republican candidates.] Then he went to London and insulted our #1 ally, and off to Israel were he made a derogatory statement about the culture of the Arabs. Now he has turned an American tragedy into a political blunder. What makes a losing Presidential Candidate an Elder statesman is resisting the temptation to "throw the sink" when he is losing. Governor Romney please LOSE Gracefully and maintain your dignity. There is life after a PRESIDENTIAL LOSS. .

    September 12, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. B.

    Romney showed us all his true colors this time along with his sidekick and co-lier Ryan. These two are way beyond the bounds of their authority on this one and into dangerous territory.They had no knowledge of details that could jeopardize real responsible people attempting to deal with the situation.

    Yet another example of their incompetence as potential leaders of this country.
    What a frightening thought that is!

    September 12, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  25. Gail

    Obama has already proven he's not a coward when it comes to making decisions- not just taking out Bin Laden, but anyone remember the pirates he ordered snipers to take out to save the American ship captain? That was one of his first orders after he took office. He doesn't mess around with stuff like that. Romney doesn't have the conviction to make those kinds of decisions. He doesn't know what he's talking about and needs to sit down and shut up.

    September 12, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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