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. rep

    Romney can't say anything about foreign policy without putting his foot in his mouth. I still can't believe he went ahead and got a running mate who *also* has ZERO foreign policy experience. Despite all of Romney's scrw ups in this arena and despite the fact we're already involved in one war and on the brink of another with Iran (if Isreal has its way), it's almost as if Mitt doesn't even take this part of the job seriously.

    I know you GOPers hate Obama, and if so maybe you should tell Mittens to at least ACT like he cares about getting this stuff right and not just about getting elected. god help us if he does...because it's clearly WAY easier to get is into more expensive, useless conflicts by acting like a "tough guy" than to get us out of one!

    September 12, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. strangerq

    "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."

    Romney is desparate. Desparation clouds judgement.

    He is the opposite of Obama when under pressure.

    Whomever attacked our patriots overseas will pay for it.

    President Obama will make sure of that.

    As for Romney?

    Romney who?

    September 12, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. difoderit


    Obama. More blame – less leadership.

    More blame – sort of like Mittens blaming the Obama administration for the attack kind of blame?? Or Mittens blaming the Obama administration for not enough jobs kind of blame? or Mittens blaming (Insert every single speech he makes) kind of blame? Do you see the propblem with the statement you made yet

    September 12, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. kevin lanigan

    First Romney stepped in it. Then he put his foot in his mouth.

    September 12, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |

    Between Romney going off the deep end and Fox News posting a picture of the Ambassador's body with the annotation that he wasn't dead yet, what the heck is wrong with these Right wingers. You saw what happened when Bush reacted and attacked Iraq for no real reason other than to show he was doing something and war was the best idea for him. There are crazies on Fox all day saying we should attack all Muslim countries. Of course it isn't their family and children going to war like Romney whose closest Armed Service was passing a convoy in his Cadillac wants war.

    September 12, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    The twit has overstepped and stepped on everyone since he was a kid. The tropper dress up, the bullying of a gay student, the animal abuse, the sad story of eating off an ironing board, being pro choice (1994) and now he isn't, standing for Planned Parenthood and now he doesn't, telling women to go somewhere else for health care. Not being for Obamacare (twin to his MA romneycare) then being for some thingsa and now he is not. Not showing "you people" his TAXES. Lying in all the ads after being called out.
    Just watching him self destrruct with a smile on his face. What in the world is inside that brain!?

    September 12, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Klint

    There was no rescue attempt we have a whole fleet of ships there and nothing was done. Obama left a U.S. ambassador hanging.

    September 12, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. leanneloval

    There are FOUR dead Americans! and all you can do is attack Gov. Romney for what he says? But you've forgotten Rahm's exhortation to "Let no good crisis go to waste!" Oh, and BTW couldn't potus stay in D.C. instead of jetting off on Air Force One for a fundraiser in NV.?

    September 12, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. bombastus

    Obama must be fuming and with justification. There is no way a candidate running for President who does not hold an office should have a press conference after such an event. Of course Romney is getting desperate since he is slipping in the polls and the right wingers want him to get tough but this is no excuse. At a time like this he should have shown his statesman side and deferred comments to the current administration and then move on to bash Obama on the economy but not criticize Obama for how he did/did not respond to the mideast killings. Totally tasteless and won't help one bit. Makes you wonder about who is advising Romney. Very sad.

    September 12, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. Dana

    I have no problem with the political season being in full swing, but too often I think candidates need to save their hypotheticals for the debate. Romney isn't privy to information like Obama and the committees within the Senate and House. He should continue with political attacks "economy is bad, Obama is not moving forward." but until Romney is actually back governing (if given the opportunity) just save it...

    September 12, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. actnow2012

    A vote for Romney is a vote for more wars. IRAN here he comes. Let's see how many republicians cry then.

    September 12, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. jonat

    No Obama your foreign apology policy portrays a weaker USA and invitees exactly what we saw on 9/11 once again. This was a pre-planned attack that dates back before the muslim video was posted on Youtube

    September 12, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Annie1010

    This story is not even worth reporting. Romney disses the WH for apologizing to Muslim extremists, Obama disses Romney for speaking out of turn (truth be told, Obama's just covering for the WH's bad decision) but the real story is the attack on Americans in Egypt and Libya. The fact that so many of you are allowing the media to divert your focus from the real issue is worrisome.

    September 12, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. ogthug

    This was a 911 moment when it was about the families who lost the their loved one.President Obama realize that and took no questions because he knew that would take focus away from the real issue, but poor ole Mitt open his mouth to show respect then quickly flip flop on the president for not doing his job according to him. That is the difference of knowing when to play politics and be presidential.

    September 12, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. lean6

    Mitt Romney is as sharp as a bowling ball, but the bowling ball wins hands down on wit and and Presidential stature.

    September 12, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Tazabi

    Mitt; why do you hate the guy so much? he's your president. Let him do his job without interfering.

    September 12, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. macarter

    The way that Obama responds is very noble and note worthy, unlike Romney with his constant verbal attacks that are designed to personally put Obama down and serve no significant purpose for proving he the man for the job.

    September 12, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. WhatNow

    And that, folks, is how a responsible, presidential person responds to irresponsible attacks.

    September 12, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. RudyG

    The only lesson to be learned here is for Obama! Embassies work for the president. When one of them makes a statement on something like this Washington should know about it. If the White House knew shame on the president! If they didn't know shame on them for not knowing. Apologists for the Muslims, or incompetents, either way, Mr. Obama, the lesson is for YOU to learn!!!
    Get your ducks in a row!

    September 12, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. Izza Rollin

    For those criticizing Obama for setting deadlines for withdrawal. What's the alternative? Surprise you guys, we're out of here tomorrow! It would be total chaos and all gains lost. Some people have their heads stuck where the sun don't shine and unfortunately speak for these dark alleys.

    September 12, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Ajanni

    Mitt Romney didn't mourn the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi as we and other Americans did, he reveled in it. The smirk on his face while leaving the podium definitely shows that this man lacks character and empathy for the fellow man. America would be doomed to put this unsympathetic, opportunist in office. We are not here to stroke his ego and grant him the highest office of the land. Vote wisely America.

    September 12, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. mastering

    Mr. FLIPFLOP has done again, luckily we have a few days remaing before he disappers from our lives...please November 6 come ASAP...PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEase

    September 12, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. hudson5585

    I agree with the president on this one. Romney statement was premature and hurt us.

    September 12, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. Name Emmanuel

    Romney just show how inexperience, opportunist and desperate he is. I was thinking of voting for him before but he just lost my vote because we can't afford to have him as a president

    September 12, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. tkret

    Mitt Romney was an adult in responding about Libya and Egypt. He told the truth. In doing so, he also reminded us that if we are perceived as weak and not responding to attacks, we are setting ourselves up for many more attacks.

    September 12, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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