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. JC

    Obama does not aim or shot, knowing the 9/11 anniversary is coming and the movie and no one tell the embassies
    to be ready for some problems. Obama and Hillery are incompetents.

    September 12, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. DC Observer

    I applaud Romney's criticism; I deplore Senator Kerry's outlandish response; and I laugh at Obama's incompetence....

    The broader lesson is this -– The US has no true allies in the Mideast –it has paid countries to quasi support us -– time to pull the plug on foreignaid to Egypt, Lybia, Iraq, and Afghanistan

    Saudi Arabis kicked us out; Iraq did also; and Afgahn is going to do the same.

    Islam is a dangerous pseudo religion and it is 101% anti Christian.

    September 12, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Helena

    I can't wait for an experienced leader stepping up and doing what needs to be done with nitwits who think it is ok to slaughter our people within our "sacred ground embassies

    September 12, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Joan in FL

    Mitt Romney showed again today just how unfit he is to be President. If he really cared about our country he would just pull out of the race right now. He just doesn't have what it takes to be President!

    September 12, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. Helena

    I find it hilarious for those to post that Romney has no foreign policy experience – the oman had 'ZIPPO' four years ago and Hilary has brought him along these past four – Romney has more foreign policy experience in his little finger than the Oman has in his whole body

    September 12, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. jake

    Obama is a twit. He is all bark and no bite. Terrorists know this and know Obama will say a lot of things right now but will have no follow through. He only will do enough to look good. That gets nothing done.

    September 12, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. mrmagoo

    It don't matter how deep Romney sticks his head in the sand, Republicans will follow. I changed over to Democrat because I know Obama is a stronger leader. GOP is becoming irrelevant and distance to main stream America.

    September 12, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. pchelp, Juneau, AK

    I note that Romney, when condemning the administration's response, didn't tell us what his response would have been. Would he have sent troops to Libya to 'punish' those responsible? (Along with thousands who weren't responsible, of course.) Would he have applauded the 'American values' of the film that dissed Islam? Would he have simply said nothing? He's not going to get my vote until he says something positive-bashing Obama, while it might be fun, isn't a viable long-term policy for a President.

    September 12, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    If Romney said nothing, he would be condemed for that. The real problem here as you will see in a few days, is that President do-nothing will again " do nothing

    September 12, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. ga.democrat

    Romney's comments were irresponsible and inappropriate. Shooting first and aiming later describes Mitt perfectly. Trying to capitalize politically on a tragedy of this magnitude shows Mitt's ineptness and desperation, but more importantly speaks to the character of this man running for President. There is a reason Romney is not trusted or likeable, and he bri

    September 12, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. John

    Romney is in the depths of preparing for the upcoming debates with an emphasis in boning up on Foreign Policy. It became clear with Romney's recent comments that his secret trainer is George W. Bush because the approach is exactly the same – shoot from the hip and jump in with both feet before looking. Well Romney is waste deep in it right now and that is fine with me. The only problem is that if he were president, he would bring the entire country along with him. We cannot afford the same Foreign Policy blunders of George W Bush. Very scary.

    September 12, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Did not think Romney could surpass Palin or Bachmann in saying something really stupid and insidious, but he did it. No wonder the GOP/Tea Party conservative establishment is abandoning him. As Limbaugh describes him, the bumbling "Elmer Fudd" of the party.

    September 12, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Another foreign policy success story for " Barrack the Beautiful" and "Joe Blow." How could we ever maintain a prestigious prersence in the world without these two bumblers?

    September 12, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. NameAlfromdabronx

    Mitt will never be president

    September 12, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. David G

    Mitt after these comments shows a propensity for "Open mouth insert FEET".

    September 12, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. rome

    when will mitt shut the hole in his joseph smith face
    becareful what you say before you blert out stuff you dont know facts on.
    no foreign policy experience man mitt please you must learn from your mistakes and looks like you havent

    September 12, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. jeansees

    Mitt Romney needs to Apoligize to President Obama and this country for his distasteful remarks!!!I Political nonsense is not the place or time to try for votes when we have and international crisis.... I would be SCARED for MITT ROMNEY to have his mittens on that RED PHONE!!!!

    VOTE OBAMA/
    BIDEN 2012...... GOD WILL BLESS AMERICA!!!

    September 12, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. Surfers for Obama

    Mitt, it’s time to pack your magic underwear and go to your Planet Kolob forever!!

    September 12, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. ga.democrat

    Romney's comments are irresponsible and inappropriate. Shooting first and aiming later describes Mitt perfectly. Trying to capitalize politically on a tragedy of this magnitude shows Mitt's ineptness and desperation, but more importantly speaks to the character of this man running for President. He continues to demonstrate on a daily basis that he cannot be trusted, is dishonest, will not make his taxes available, will not answer a straight question, can't take a real stand on any issue, and cannot display the common curtisies most third graders have learned. I certainly don't want this person making any foreign policy decisions.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 12, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. mrdeepblue

    I admire consistency, Mitt never fails, it's like a "gift" he will say the wrong thing at the worst possible time.
    he managed to "score" a scandal in every country he went, how does he do that?

    September 12, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. Bruce

    I find it extremly laughable when Romny speaks howmany backwrards reubs come to hi defence, even when he is lieing out of both side of his face. Have you no shame supporting this lieing,cheating hiding his taxes so called leader!!!

    September 12, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Kathy

    Romney/Ryan just what to expect out of these two. They love to jump on the bandwagon and talk down the President on their take on what happened in Libya and Egypt. Of course Romney feels he's the President already, I mean he has it all under control. Yeah typical of a Republican, "Attack" is what they do, that's all they know, and isn't that so much like a "COWARD". Just like the terrorist or any group that does Vile Acts on innocent people and children. Who are these animals that feel what they think rules, well it doesn't, there is a higher power that is more powerful, that all the acts of violence and harsh criticism shall prevail. Instead of joining in mourning the tremendous loss of such a great man as Stevens and they other men that died along with him. This is the main reason why Romney and Ryan can't hold the office of President and Vice President. What do they think this is, a company that you can simply restructure, or buy out then sell it. What idiots these two Republicans are. Better Romney kept his mouth shut, oh but he can't, if he doesn't fire off like Ryan, they'll fall apart. They don't know how to handle or work with "CALM" all they know is Attack, Shoot. These two make great problem solvers.

    September 12, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. JHA in Texas

    Republican Congressmen are even criticizing Romney. GOP McCain former advisers are calling Romney " UNFIT" with these ill-timed idiotic sympathizer lies against President Obama. Instead of waitng for the actual "FACTS" to come out, Romney is only interested in his political gain. Being US President is not about creating political hay out of the deaths of US Embassy ambassador & staff members. The United States Embassy was attacked, Unites States citizens were killed – this is not a Republican or Demcorat event!!! A tragic heartless mistake from a GOP Presidential candidate who is behind in the polls and in "PANIC" mode. Romen's action / words on these attacks is all about self-service, where is your humanity Mr. Mitt Romney????

    September 12, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. andrew

    Romney is a Flimflam man! A Flipflopper! He is not worthy to be President of the USA!

    September 12, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Sanity

    July, 2009, Obama – " don’t know – not having been there and not seeing all the facts – what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two that he Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home" .

    September 12, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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