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. Rey

    Mitt the twitt stikes again! Of course I think he's a nice guy... in fact there are only 2 things I don't like about him.... his face.

    September 12, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. dontbow

    if you can't lead the country mr. fearfull obamya then get out of the way!

    September 12, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. myviewis

    Rey

    Mitt the twitt stikes again! Of course I think he's a nice guy... in fact there are only 2 things I don't like about him.... his face
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    Seriously, our people are dead and this is all you have to say????? What is your opinion on these terrible killings???

    September 12, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. dontbow

    obama the coward

    September 12, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Just a few more days then Romney will be out of our lives.

    We early vote in 26 days here.

    Obama/Biden 2012 for a calm steady hand going Forward.

    September 12, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Dragonmoon

    Watching Mitt;s "speech" this morning ,It looked like he was giving the Presidential Briefing to the Nation......Boy did he Fail at even looking Presidential....And when the questions from "the Press Corp" were not going his way , he looked nervous and quickly made for the exit......Mit please do not "play" at being President , You might can "play at being a Businessman ......but you canNOT PLAY at being the Presidant.......It really was not a smart move on you account....

    September 12, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. leftywriteagain

    Mitt Flopney is in panic mode. His comments today, is an indication of his lack of judgement and sense. He is a disgrace to his party, but they are too blinded by anger. Those pin heads would put GWB back in office if they could. Memo to mitters, the sand is running out of your guilded hour glass. Cant fake, flip flop or hide that fact. Two years of taxes, gaffe after gaffe, and downright shadiness = FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!!!.

    September 12, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Anthony

    Truth hurts, it is like taking money from children. I will take the bet. Please donate the $10 to charity.

    September 12, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Chucklingabit

    Yes that was an incredibly stupid statement. Just as it was *incredibly stupid* for Obama to repeatedly call for surrender in Iraq, giving comfort to the enemy who expected we'd be leaving any moment, and over multiple years refused to acknowledge that the violence was reducing, despite a cliff-like plunging graph in the death toll. Presidential hopefuls say the stupidest things, e.g., that the the surge would make the violence worse. Still, Romney should have STFU.

    September 12, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    poor poor republicans...you are fading into extinction. maybe change from elephant to wooly mammoth!

    September 12, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. mikle

    Obama say I learn-yes he learn and learn and learn, but still not president to me. Basic training, low bar for achievement- this his presidency.

    September 12, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Iamnotfooled

    Romney is NEW to Foreign Policy. Not ready for PRIME TIME.

    September 12, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    You can come to expect more of this kind of irresponsible, thoughtless behavior from a spoiled, rich traditional family of draft dodgers. America doesn't need or want this type of cowardly behavior, at least I don't.

    September 12, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. atest

    President please accept mistakes when you have made it.. Public will forgive you. If you blame somebody for your mistakes majority of people are intelligent. They will make it out. Run healthy campaign.. Work for people not for your motive if you want to win.

    September 12, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. lmc2011

    Romney was right on target. Obama is a disgrace to the USA. He tells the world the dates that we will withdraw, he supports the Muslim Brotherhood, he apologizes for an attack on the USA on 9/11 of all days and he has the nerve to criticize Romney? Interesting how the press is still not asking Obama and Biden questions yet they are full of co-ordinated questions for Romney. CNN should be asking Obama and Co. why Obama did not attend any Intel Briefings on the week of 9/11. Maybe if he showed up and did his job these people would not have been killed. But I guess that would get in the way of his campainging. Amazing, a US Embassy attacked on 9/11 and Obama is headed off to Las Vegas!!! Disgracefull!!!!!

    September 12, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    Correction, I meant: You can come to expect more of this kind of irresponsible, thoughtless behavior from a spoiled, rich traditional family of NON-MILITARY brats. America doesn't need or want this type of cowardly behavior, at least I don't.

    September 12, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. lmc2011

    Obama did not attend any Intel Briefings this week as he was too busy campainging. If he had done his job maybe these men would not have been killed.

    September 12, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. BillC

    Thank God we have a very responsible president! America, we should be very proud of President B Obama! He is a real head with a brain in it! And, he uses it to further our cause here and abroad! 4 more years!

    September 12, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. kay

    let the American people judge that,yess we are the American mitt lost his mind for real this time

    September 12, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "What is your opinion on these terrible killings???"

    I think Obama summed it up for us all very nicely, thank you. Please refer back to his comments.

    September 12, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. anoel2005

    Our flag is burned in Cairo and an Islamist flag flown in its place, 4 Americans dead in Libya on 9/11 anniversary and ........all the Liberal media wants to talk about is Romney's comments about the the US Embassy ( in Cairo ) statement.

    Defection ?

    September 12, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. alien

    In this day and age shooting from the hip is not what you want a president to do, have we collective amnesia,GW Bush should have taught us a valuable lesson in this matter, we as a nation are still suffering its effects,though mostly the human side has been forgot by the right the economical side has also been forgotten by the right

    September 12, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. strangerq

    Obama to repeatedly call for surrender in Iraq.

    ^ Typical GOP windbag lie. Obama has never surrended in his life.

    Surrender is George Bush saying: "I don't know where Bin Laden is, and frankly I don't even care".

    That's surrender.

    September 12, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. ETW

    I I am so proud of Mitt and am telling everyone I know that he has more courage than our so called president by coming forward and not hesitating by making a decision of what to say and stand by it. Obama can't even take a meeting with a world leader at a critical moment because it was messing with his re-election plans. That is disgusting and everyone of you that think by voting for Obama will make the world a better place is just wrong. This guy has spoken the pretty words and painted a nice picture of what a perfect world would be but in reality he has done everything to destroy the American spirit and the possibility of that dream. He speaks but does something all together different and acting like he is the smartest person on earth, he isn't he is just a man and if you really looked into his past you would realize that there are some dark secrets in his background. Please educate yourself – America deserves that at least!!!

    September 12, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. janelle

    "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.""

    Thanks for the laugh President Obama, I really needed one today!!!! (when has anything this President ever said been backed up by a fact. He thinks that because he says it, it makes it fact!)

    The truth is, that what Mr. Romney said is exactly what the President of the United States should say. He should not be out apologizing for the Freedom of Speech that we enjoy in our country.

    This whole incident only highlights the desparate need we are in in this country of a leader, not an incompetant manchild playing at being President.

    September 12, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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