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. Csm. Hb J-dogg

    Luke you are an Idot. What this means is Romney is an Idot. Romney Must be a prophet to comment on Attacks that didnt even happened yet. Second He does not get intelligent briefings so he really does not know what the hell he is talking about. Unless he Banked Rolled the operation. He is a Fool and even conservatives have callled him out today for his lack of decency or knowledge of facts.

    September 12, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. myviewis

    Helena Montana

    Once again President Obama has shown his eloquence, calmness & Commander-in-Chief abilities are far superior

    Get off the pot and try to understand that our people are dead.

    September 12, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. v_mag

    Look for Romney to follow his usual procedure here. That is, twist the facts, get caught twisting facts, and the twist some more, but at higher volume. Or in other words, repeat a lie long enough and it becomes the truth in people's minds.

    Mittler, it's not working any more. I would say, "Show us your tax returns or go home," but he's made so many gaffes at this point that his tax returns are almost irrelevant, since he's headed down the tubes with or without them.

    September 12, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. jmmjr49er

    oh my. read the statement from The One and read Romney.

    Obama – Failed President and little boy who is in over his head

    Romney – Adult waiting to rid us of Obama

    September 12, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. don in albuquerque

    Another example of how Mitt operates. Just like Bain and his taxes. Mitt is totally devoid of honesty and integrity (did I miss intelligence). The words honesty, and integrity might as well be arabic to him. Now we should add UnAmerican. Hiding in Paris from the draft, you could not pour his family on military service, and now attacking the Prez on this when he should be praising the sacrifice of these truely GREAT Americans who gave everything they had for this country. Mitt needs to take all the Mitt-Witts with him and leave this country. How anyone could vote for this liar is beyond me.

    September 12, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Tim

    Obama, you ignorant man. The situation occurred because of your wrong-headed policies. Romney pointed these out, as he should. He will be replacing you after the election. Stop blaming others and trying to distract from your failures.

    September 12, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!

    Mitt the Twit, is certainly NOT anyone we want answering the 3:00 A.M. call!

    Not to mention we have one President at a time and Myth Robme is NOT the President elected by the people to speak for the people.

    AND reading the the direct statement from the embassy, there was NO apology.

    Guess mittens gets his info from "the Internet".

    September 12, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Nuke 'em

    ... and to think, if Mitt is elected he will have nuclear weapons at his immediate disposal. Please vote for Obama!

    September 12, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Rob - NYC

    What an idiot! Thank you for Mitt Romney for helping Obama run away with this election. It's not a coincidence that in the days before this incident that 59% of likely voters say Obama will win the debates! He wants to cut deficits by raising taxes on middle class families and use the proceeds to invade Iran. He must be talking to GWB. I'm no idiot and hopefully others follow that same chain of thought to vote for Obama!!!!!

    September 12, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. E Parry

    Prophet Rick Santorum said Romney is the worse Republican to run against the President. He went Further to say It better we stay with Obama than Etch A Sketch Republican. What more could he have revealed to America

    September 12, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. r hurley

    Go home Kenya needs you we do not.

    September 12, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. American Judge

    I think it was a strategic move by Romney to make the statement. After the RNC he was criticized because of not talking very much about foreign policy in his nomination acceptance speech. I speculate that he was advised to "do something" soon and, if possible, try to make Obama look bad at the same time. However, Romney's tact and timing were regrettable. Him and the RNC chairman look like idiots to America and the world.

    September 12, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. J from Arkansas

    Romney views this incident as an opportunity for political gain Shame on you Romney..

    September 12, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Minnesota

    The last time we had such a weak response to a situation like this was when Jimmy Carter was president and Iran attacked our embassy. The middle east is clearly a more dangerous place after Egypt and Lybia were destabalized thru the support of this administration. Now you are seeing the inept and naive results of this president foriegn policy. At the same time this was happening he was also refusing to meet with our closest allies leader of Israel. Who side is this man on.

    September 12, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Csm. Hb J-dogg

    No he didnt Romney thinks he can rule out of fear . What conservatives dont understand is no one is afraid of you not here and not abroad. You idiots show your hand constantly Obama has already dispatched the drones. So most likley while they are celebrating there attack we will send a missile in there party. You guys are idiots . Romney will never lead this Nation . Nor will we ever support him.

    September 12, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. A Humble Perspective

    Romney will be the president in less than 60 days, and this will all just be a memory.

    September 12, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. ryche

    our current president has the blood of 4 people on his hands and look at the media.. they are talking about Romney.. HAHAHHA.. you libs must be so scared... Romney is not the weak president.. obama is.. So we have 4 people dead and our current president is off to a fund raiser in Nevada.. ugh you libs are so disgusting..

    September 12, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Ashley in Missouri

    Besides making political fodder out of the death of Americas, which is truly disingenuous, Romney is only going crazy over this to draw the attention away from himself. The fact that people in his own party are asking for details on his plans to help America couldn't be worse for him. We can't see his taxes, we can't see any of his ideas for helping the country, what next?

    September 12, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |

    And to think that this guy rose as the top republican to challenge the President when you had a very reasonal John Huntsman ... and all the republicans despise this guy. That's what you wingnuts bring to the table?

    September 12, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. myviewis

    cali girl
    Myviews, there is still turmoil and you can find it anywhere, even on our own soil.
    Both Egypt and Libya's governments apologized for the killings. It was a small group of extremeists, and of course Al Qaeda claims the bombings were there thing which they would love nothing more to do and spout off about.

    Hitting the bottle again?????? Let us know when you come back to reality.

    September 12, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Corlis

    I am so relieved that President Obama is The President of the United States! I shutter to think if Romney was the our Commander and Chief.

    September 12, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Some of you ppl should not have the right to vote with your idiotic comments. The pres is lying on this issue. Romney was only speaking about the egypt tweets that were put out apologizing for hurting muslim feelings. keep your heads in the sand people. Obama is a failure and is being exposed every day.

    September 12, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Tony

    Romney, your desperation (and inexperience) is showing!

    September 12, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Kef14

    Romney is the ultimate political opportunist. Just look at how he changes his opinion on a dime on any number of issues. Whatever his opinion needs to be to get ahead, that's what his opinion is. Any tiny opening he sees to berate his opponent, now matter if it's backed by proof or not, he's gonna take it.

    September 12, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Khaleeshi

    Romney has a lot to learn about foreign policy – it sure was nice of President Obama to try and educate him. Unfortunately, it won't help – Willard isn't even ready to be dog catcher.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 12, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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