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. Nameking

    Why does any of the republican oriented comment always have to sound unsubstantial.. OR dumb? Lighten up Americans.. Aim 1st then shoot.. Not the other way around .. OBAMA 2012

    September 13, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  2. 4mayhem

    What everyone on here should know that as of August 30th, Romney was granted access to security clearence and intelligence briefings to some degree just as the current president in office was when he became a presidential Candidate in 2008. So is it really wrong for Romney to comment on the information released? If this administration had any forethought about 9/11 we would have had all U.S. Embassies on alert and properly secured. Just saying!

    September 13, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  3. Gus

    Gov Romney statements are testimonies of his weakness in foreign policies.is that the credentials Amarican people want in their leader! The answer is capital no.

    September 13, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  4. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    Why is anybody surprised. This is just what I expect from mitt the twit.

    September 13, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  5. Don Nelson

    President Obama cannot blame George Bush for this foreign policy debacle. First American Ambassador killed in over 30 years. I am sure President Obama will give a great eulogy at Ambassador Stevens funeral. Why didn't the President and Secretary Clinton provide adequate protection for our diplomats, especially in a country like Libya? Where were the Marines or other trained professionals. The terrorists were tipped off by Libyan security forces to Ambassador Stevens travel schedule. Please take responsibility Mr. President for something, anything! Can't blame Romney nor George Bush for this foreign policy train wreck.

    September 13, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  6. Axel Grothey

    The more I read and think about it – and to all my Republican-leaning friends, I don't take this lightly – Romney's campaign's reaction to what happened in Libya and Egypt discredits him as leader of the "Free World". I know we all stand for tolerance, human dignity, and the freedom of speech, we all condemn the mindless attacks in Libya and Egypt. But we should also reject unprecedented attacks based on political motives at a time when America should – and always has – come together.

    September 13, 2012 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  7. women for justice

    They say they can't find the person who made the film. Look in the Republican party, Obama is growning a bigger lead in the polls, so the Republican had to do something to stop this. Mitt Romey and the Republicans party will say or do anything to beat Obama. Wake up Americans.

    September 13, 2012 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    I have never seen such virtually consistent criticism of a presidential candidte as appear in these various blogs and ryan tries to justify it all aswell as McCain, Ari Fliescher and Guilliani. all of who as i listened to them ere pathetic and defende by referiing to other things not the current issue and the other things were totally incomparable Qed the defense incomprehensible and unjustified.
    Speak to the issue at hand not historical situations that are irrelevant.
    I suggest republicans back off this specific issue they lost big time already!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    September 13, 2012 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  9. Jimmy

    I'll say this to everyone who is bashing Romney. How are all of those Obama apologies working for you? How many people have died in Libya and Egypt since the so called Arab Spring? How many people have died in Syria while our so called President has sit back, done nothing, played golf, and oh yeah, don't forget the Letterman show.

    So how is all of t his working out for you? You probably voted for him in '08 to prove you weren't prejudiced. I can accept that. But don't vote for him in '12 to prove you are stupid.

    September 13, 2012 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  10. NameBobN

    At least Romney didn't apologize for us getting in the way of te bullets.

    September 13, 2012 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  11. JohnRomo

    Suggesting that Israel is in danger of an Iranian nuclear attack indicates an extreme lack of knowledge of atomic warfare.
    To start off, the target selection in Israel would most likely be Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Both of these cities have the West bank immediacy such that the extent of radiation from an atomic attack on either city would not only annihilate the targeted city intended but all existing life within the extents of the radius of nuclear action. That obviously includes cities in the west Bank where Palestinian, the very people that Iran claims to protect, live today..

    September 13, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  12. NameBobN

    I have never seen anything like this. If you are a Democrat or a Republican you should be outraged that our leaders let this happen. We had to know this was iminent. Egypt is responsible for the safety of our consulate. Why didn't they try to stop this burning of our flag and destruction. Why dos our President throw in a 3 minute sound bite prior to telling the country how important Nevada is in his re election campaign for 30 minutes. Why isn't his campaigning put on a brief hold while this is dealt with in a decisive and strong manner. He is the President. He is responsible for the safety of America and Americans serving our country ...isn't he. Democrat or Republican these acts against our country should discust you. We are the greatest country in the world and our leaders should not allow this to continue. We should hold someone responsible and make an example of them. We pay the Egyptians 1.5 Billion in aid for this. Something wrong here? Let's join together in asking more of our leaders and not worry so much about which party wins. We need respect in the world. We do not need to be everyones friend. Obviously that does not work. My heart goes out to the families of those who perished. It could have and should have been avoided. We do have intelligence in these countries. Let's pay attention instead of paying more attention to who gets elected.

    September 13, 2012 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  13. Rebecca

    FINALLY SOMEONE WHO STANDS UP FOR US NOT KISSING POLITICAL LINES OF THE MUSLIM WORLD. The people will judge if anyone over stepped their political bounds. Far as my vote goes Romney did what any true americian would of done. Stood up for the americian people and our core values.

    Whose sorry here? Who was attacked here? We need a leader whose for the americian people not some tail tucker with his lips puckered to kiss the enemy.

    September 13, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  14. Steve

    It seems out of place / character for Mitt to be reactionary. He must be losing badly.

    September 13, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  15. scott

    Nope Milt did not overstepped, Obama's foreign policy is to support a Muslin nation and the end of Isreal, he has clearly back up his muslin brothers by throwing Isreal under the bus.

    September 13, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  16. SICKOFOBAMMY

    Romeny stepped up because Obammy did not

    September 13, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  17. Gregg H

    Miscues like Romney made will cost him the election!!..His staff should be put in check! But it's too late now, you can't unring the bell!! ;(

    September 13, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  18. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    shoot first and aim later

    OBAMA:
    I do NOT know any of the facts... BUT...
    "The cop's acted stupidly"

    September 13, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  19. Mary

    These countries like getting our money and then do nothing to protect Americans within their borders, they support these murders by not shutting them down, CUT DOWN THEIR MONEY TREE, take this wasted money and put it toward our dept. Where is their military? We have to send OUR military there to try to stop these murders. Murders are NOT marters, the ones they kill are the marters

    September 13, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  20. Q

    Romney should stop getting his information on Fox news.......just sayin

    September 13, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  21. Jon

    romney's only foreign policy experience is shipping jobs overseas...

    September 13, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  22. jdun

    Mitt desperately wants to be our president, and he is acting desperate. He has no idea how to be commander in chief and it is really showing. We don't need any more neocons running the country from behind the curtain like the Bush admin. Obama offers us a steady hand and wise decision making in this turbulent time- I see no reason to change course.

    September 13, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  23. njbchicago

    Whatever. Romney was absolutely correct in that the last thing you want to do when our soil is attacked is apologize. Doesn't matter whether he said it before or after our people were killed. Romney was right. Peace through strength is what we need. Obama tried playing nice with people he didn't know. He failed again, big time. No strategy. Just the fact that it was 9/11 and we didn't have beefed up security at our embassy's is proof alone that we didn't have our eye on the ball. And what does our President do? He holds a fundraiser and talks to a DJ so that he looks cool.... What an idiot. What he'll do is lob a couple of bombs and say that was his attempt at justice. I don't know about you, but I'd take Romney any day over a President who would meet with a DJ when our country is under attack. It's Carter and Reagan all over again.

    September 13, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  24. fryuujin

    this is not just politics, nobody knew exactly what had happened and who, if anyone had been killed, yet Romney used this horrific event to attack Obama. Now that we know, it shows how out of touch he is and what a major POS he is. Add Fox AGAIN to the "news" network of no principles, since they tried to spin Romney's terrible remarks and beyond low life timing

    September 13, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  25. njbchicago

    And for those of you who say Romney is NEW to foreign policy, let me remind you that Obama was NEW to foreign AND domestic policy when he was elected. Our press pulled the wool over the public's eyes and now they are trying to do it again. Idiots, all of them. Romney has WAY more experience in the world than what Obama did when he was elected. It horrified me actually. And for good reason. Look at this powder keg. Idiots.

    September 13, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
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