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. Is romney dumb?

    oh Romney.. why are you so dumb.. did you mother test had you tested for brain slowdown? how sad... it seems like you not only dont know how to speak and you have no clue on any issues. But apparently you have lots to comment eventhough you know all your facts are WRONG. Please fire your PR and writer's after that i think you can do much better by thinking for yourself. oh wait.. you cant think solo anyways.. lol

    September 12, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Rex

    Romney comments proves not only how out of touch he is with reality but foreign policies as well

    September 12, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Ryan

    Um...4 americans r dead. Obama has missed intelligence meetings...um...and we r talking about Romney telling the Pres what we already know that Obama is a complete idiot and his foreign policy's are beginning to smell like his domestic ones! Romney 2012!!

    September 12, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. just sayin

    i guess AQ got tired of hearing obama, biden and all the democrats chanting bin laden is dead and gm is alive and decided to send them a message of their own.

    September 12, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. alicia

    Romney has no core.. no patriotism ( like he claims) no foundation for what he wants to do. He just wants to be president b/c his daddy wanted him to and he has friends he would like to help with that power.

    September 12, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. anoel2005

    Romney comment pounded on by liberal media .......because they don't want to mention that 4 Americans are dead in Libya and our flag was burned in Egypt and replaced by an Islamist flag. Obama's foreign policy is working ??

    September 12, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Csm. Hb J-dogg

    @ A Humble Perspective Only in his and other Republican Dreams . Reality is He will never Run this Nation. @ R Hurley Go back to where your people are from. The Presidents White Grandparents Fought in WW2 and HIs mother is a american Citzen Thus making him one along with him being from Hawaii. Idiots

    September 12, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. thelastbrainleft

    No "facts" have changed since Romney released his statement. The feckless apology for the allegedly offensive film tweeted by the Cairo embassy was re-iterated 2 hours prior to Romney released his statement and 5 hours AFTER the embassy attack.

    It would be nice to see CNN actually do some journalism here, instead of acting like a campaign press office.

    September 12, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    $10 says that the obama administration classifies this attack as violence in the workplace, just like the ft hood attack.

    September 12, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Ken_In_Atl

    Romney shows in a ver spectacular way that he has ZERO business in foreign affairs. The man had no facts, no decency and no concern for the people STILL in harms way. This is as far from presidential as it gets folks.

    September 12, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Lizzie

    Right Mr. President, you wait untill you have facts, and if not you can always have a BEER SUMMIT?

    September 12, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Ken_In_Atl

    People like Ryan who made that stipid post are why America is as screwed up as it is. No thought just mouth.

    September 12, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Ashley in Missouri

    This is starting to look like Romney and Ryan are throwing pasta at the wall hoping at least one, just one, noodle sticks. Sigh.

    September 12, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    If tensions in the Middle East aren't already at a bursting point, Mitt Romney jumped to a conclusion and ran out in front of the media before he had facts, escalating what already was a tense moment. Proving once again he is not leadership material. Whether or not getting his dig in at Obama during a time of crisis was worth the damage he's done to American politics, only he can answer.

    Spin it all you want Republicans. Mitt Romney was wrong to do what he did.

    September 12, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Carol of Missouri

    Mitt shoots his mouth off before he engages his brain.

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

    Truth hurts. I'll take that bet!

    September 12, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    Remember woman told Obama “I am tired of defending you” today my parents and grand parents saying they are tired of defending Romney policies and his stupid action

    September 12, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. myviewis

    Khaleeshi

    Romney has a lot to learn about foreign policy – it sure was nice of President Obama to try and educate him.
    ---------------------------

    You are correct but Romney has such a hard time ignoring the reality happening around him.

    September 12, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. blissful

    @r hurley Thanks for that comment. It shows how ignorant and racist you are. Racism is still alive and kicking. You, my sir, should look at your immigrant ancestors and maybe you have roots in Africa as well. :-)

    September 12, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. myviewis

    Ken_In_Atl

    Romney shows in a ver spectacular way that he has ZERO business in foreign affairs. The man had no facts, no decency and no concern for the people STILL in harms way. This is as far from presidential as it gets folks.
    ----------------------

    Romney was right.

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

    All Obama can do is campaign – even today??! He shouldn't even be entering into dialogue with his opponent right now. A U.S. Ambassador was murdered. This speaks volumes on the president's priorities. Shameful, disturbing, dreadful.

    September 12, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Ancient Texan

    Romney is right! President Obama has sent so many different messages about the Middle East nobody including Hillary knows where he stands on anything!

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

    Ryan

    Um...4 americans r dead. Obama has missed intelligence meetings...um...and we r talking about Romney telling the Pres what we already know that Obama is a complete idiot and his foreign policy's are beginning to smell like his domestic ones! Romney 2012!!

    You sound as foolish as your boys Unfit Mitt and Lyin Ryan. Get a clue.....

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

    truth hurts

    $10 says that the obama administration classifies this attack as violence in the workplace, just like the ft hood attack.

    So far you owe 113 people $10.00,the real truth must hurt your Fox ears

    September 12, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. Csm. Hb J-dogg

    Lizzie He does and oftet kills the people responsible and not everyone in a Religion . People forge that there are American Muslims that are not Terrorist . IF A American Muslim made the Same kind of Video about Our God I wonder how many Conservatives would defend there 1st Amendment. The Bible warns about People doing things in the Name of christ but are False. SMH

    September 12, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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