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. USA

    Shoot first..pay later...wow Romney, you really should have let The President and The Secretary of State handle this one without your partison election day politics. People died....

    September 12, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Bob

    Yeah a "Broader lesson to be learned" Stay out of other countries issues.

    September 12, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. blacks for obama

    Go Obama

    September 12, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. luke

    obama is such a joke...romney is finally calling him out on his weak foreign policy positions...this disaster just killed the election for obama

    September 12, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Patriot Awesome

    If Romney was president right now he would probably respond by cutting taxes and invading Iran.

    September 12, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Tony

    Romney seemed more than willing to talk before he had all the facts on the consulate attack in Libya. So when Romney is holding back he must be hiding something. Where are your tax returns, Mitt? Can you tell us what loopholes you will close to pay for your tax plan?

    September 12, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Alan Simmons

    Right, keep riding Obama's coat tails and keep blaming Bush for everything that has gone wrong. Remember when Bush was in office and warning was given about regulating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from Bush, Cheney and others, the Democrat held House and Senate scoffed at the notion. Then once the balloon popped who got blamed but Bush, even though a Democratic president took away the regulation for watching the bad mortgages and the Democrats in the house and senate never checked it out even after warnings. Sorry, but Obama clearly isn't the answer and unfortunantly neither is Romney.

    September 12, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Retrostar1000

    Romney is not even close to being qualified to be President!

    September 12, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Lahdee Dah

    Romney should be pink-slipping some of his staff at this point. There have been way too many factual errors made by his campaign – and this incident is beyond the pale.

    September 12, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. deangarr

    Obama responds: Romney tends to 'shoot first and aim later'
    By NBC's Domenico Montanaro and Matt Loffman

    President Obama responded today to Mitt Romney's attack on him for his administration's handling of the violence in Egypt and Libya, saying the Republican presidential nominee has "a tendency to shoot first and aim later."

    "There's a broader lesson to be learned here, and, you know, Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later," Obama said in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes. A portion of the interview aired in a CBS Special Report. "As president, one of the things I've learned is you can't do that. It's important for you to make sure that the statements you make are backed up by the facts, and that you thought through the ramifications before you make them."

    Asked if he thought the statements made by Romney were irresponsible, Obama said, "I'll let the American people judge that."

    September 12, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. jeansees

    Yes MR. PRESIDENT the American People need to Juge this act of Mr. Romney... He is NOT a LEADER!!! You Mr.President are a great leader America is Blessed to have you and Mr. Biden at the healm. WAKE UP AMERICA Romney tried to use an statement issued by an Embassy trying to defuse a situation and make it as a weak step by our President BEFORE the ACT of TERROISM happened... That is scarry seems like Romney had some kind of inside info... WAKE UP AMERICA VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN...

    September 12, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Amused

    Message to Romney: You are not the President. You do not set policy. You do not deploy troops. You have no command over anyone in this situation. And you could have potentially made a bad situation much worse by running your mouth. Put a cork in it.

    September 12, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Rush Dimbulb

    It is reassuring to have a cool headed leader in times of crisis. Romney once again shows he cannot offer the kind of leadership Obama epitomizes. Truly a disgrace.

    September 12, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. bb

    Facts ??? Oblunder u make me laugh, Fact, things in the mideast are unstable, fact as USUAL you and your admin werent prepared LOOK AT THE DATE why wasnt security stepped up.???? Fact more people killed on your watch.
    Fact point and blame somewhere else, u dumbocraps make me puke, this guy is inept, how can u miss that ????

    September 12, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. TommytheT

    wow Mr Obama, I seem to remember that being applied to you, now it seems talk first and do nothing later.

    September 12, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Joi Gibson

    And that folks is our president. Four more years!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!

    September 12, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. M-W-T

    MITT ROMNEY IS STILL,........ THE WORST REPUBLICAN ON THE PLANET FOR POTUS........
    My advice......CONCEDE......just walk away
    I really feel sorry for Paul Ryan......Romney is making you look sooooo BAD.....you had a promising career....not anymore.

    September 12, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. yasmine

    @ truth hurts..

    you are something else...

    keep spinning though.. you might land on a gold mine

    September 12, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Nickydwdc

    I am proud to be an American woth a President like OBAMA. I want the debt to go down and I want jobs to come home and I want healt care for all. I will see this with another 4 years with our president. I am sorry MR. PRESIDENT for the rude comments from your rival.

    September 12, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. DDM

    NUFF SAID: "A timeline of the events suggests Romney was WRONG in his accusation that the Obama administration's "first response" on Tuesday was one of sympathy for those who started the violence itself–as the violence came after the first statement was published."

    September 12, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Anthony Heyward

    Romney is truly no good, like as a person. You can see it in his eyes.

    September 12, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. J from Arkansas

    Romney demonstrated his lack of character in trying to make political gains out of this incident. Is this an example of what the American people need for a president? Not now or ever!

    September 12, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Dave

    Wow, Mitt is in a bit of a bind. Maybe he should release his tax returns as a diversion.

    September 12, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Cat

    Did somebody really bring Bush into this discussion? I don't recall his relevance to the current situation in Libya, nor do I remember anyone blaming Bush for it. POTUS hit the nail on the head with his statement... Regardless of your party, foreign policy requires somebody to look, listen and think, then decide on a course of action. Romney's tendency to jump right in and start talking without assessing the situation correctly first... Terrifying.

    September 12, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Kedric

    Romney needs to fire his entire staff including himself from the election. He makes himself seem so dumb, which he is! If he was a President, every country would be against us and we would stay in war. #Obama2012

    September 12, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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