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. John

    How's Vegas doing, Mr. President? Overstepped his bounds? I don't think so!

    September 12, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. John

    The comments about Romney failing are hilariuous! Someone steps forward and tells the country what it needs to hear, not what it wants to hear, and the left gets their shorts in a knot!

    September 12, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. clm

    Thank goodness we had a quick response from Mitt Romney. It is comical to watch all you Obama supporters try to change facts. Truth is, Obama didn't even comment on the embassy's ridiculous APOLOGY until 16 HOURS after they made it and ONLY because Romney addressed it. Had Romney not mentioned it, Obama would have let the apology stand, as he has ALL of his many apologies. Obama has a history. It will do him no good to try to run away from it now. Mitt Romney just educated him a bit on how a president of this great nation SHOULD conduct himself when our embassy personnel are viciously murdered.

    September 12, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. James1114

    Willard Mitt Romney is desperate to try anything at this point, seeing how he's losing to Obama. He still just doesn't get why he's losing though...and neither do republicans. And it's funny.

    September 12, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Bill in STL

    Sorry youdid not have time to aima drone at them there Barack!

    September 12, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. clm

    And wasn't it telling that Mitt Romney took questions from the media, where Obama made a quick exit without accepting a SINGLE ONE.

    September 12, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. wayne

    Sniping from the sidelines during crisis, Insulting GB during the Olympics, I bet the base of the Republican party must be secretly embarassed this election year. How far the elephant has fallen.

    September 12, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. junior36

    Another foreign policy success by Barrack the beautiful and Joe Blow. What would we ever do without this kind of leadership in Washington?

    September 12, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. wayne

    There really isn't an excuse for the comments Mr Romney made and the timing of the comments. I've heard the R party speak about leadership and question the leadership the current administration. We are witnessing an example of how our country would be lead during crisis by Mr Romney. Lastly, there really isn't anything wrong nor is it weak to condemn the video anyway. it actually should have been condemn. Many Muslims are apart of our American family as well as our internation allies.

    September 12, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. ug

    Sure he did...he made the right comments amd obama is on Leno's show...please get it right.

    September 12, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. RUKiddingMe

    The Cairo Embassy released that statement BEFORE there was any violence – in a DIPLOMATIC attempt to diffuse the escalating local tensions. Hmmm.... an embassy of diplomats trying to be DIPLOMATIC? And they weren't apologizing, because they weren't responsible for the film in question. In fact, they were only condemning the nature of the film as hateful (which it was). So Romney has it wrong on the facts, proving he doesn't think before he speaks.

    September 12, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    You are not running for captain of the polo team, Myth, you are in the big leagues now, and the ONLY thing a candidate should say is "I stand with the united people of this great country in denouncing this needless violence and deaths of these fine Americans".

    Period, no mas, finito, shut your pie-hole otherwise, you are making cheap political points of the dead bodies of your fellow Americans.

    And I cannot believe that even in the rarified air of the 1% that those actions are considered acceptable at any level.

    September 12, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. MP in VA

    If Republicans had any backbone at all, if they had any rational bones in their bodies, if they had any sense of decorum and honor, then they would follow Rep Coats' lead in criticizing Romney and asking for him to amend his gross error in judgement. Lord have mercy, if this were a Democrat making this kind of statement, cries of "treason!" "un-American!" "and "idiot" would ring across the conservative air-waves. Prediction: Republicans, in general, will shirk their responsibility to do the right thing, to admit their side did something wrong, ignore the log in their eye, and point out the sliver in President Obama's.

    September 12, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. Willard

    Thanks Mitt, only 60 or so days, and you will be gone! Thanks god!

    September 12, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. Richard Jones

    Well, it done look like da boy's chickens done come home to roost !!!!!

    September 12, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    State your opinions. Think what you will. I wanted someone to show backbone this morning and say something that showed we are a powerful nation. Mitt Romney's strong comments as well as Hiliary Clinton's gave me a feeling that at least one in this administration showed strength. Guess it will be Mitt Romney for this election and Hilary for the next. I felt the president came across as milk toast. I wanted more from our president and was very disappointed.

    September 12, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. Mickey

    Obama is directly responsible for the ambassador's death. He illegally intervened in Lybia and used military assets without congressional approval to have The Lybian leader removed. He did the same in Egypt. North Africa is now in chaos and in the hands of Muslim fanatics. They murdered the ambassador due to his throwing that area into turmoil.

    This happens on 9/11 with no advance planning for defenses by his admin. and on the same day Obama refuses to meet with Netanyahu the leader of the country these Muslims want to wipe from the face of the Earth. There should be no doubt he he has nothing but contempt for Israel.

    September 12, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. Richard Jones

    Did any of you libs see Hillery's pathetic TV response to the Libyan disaster ?? What an absolute loser !! She needs to resign right now !!!

    September 12, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. jkkc

    Is this not the same approach the democrats have taken about President Bush? What's a matter, don't like having that shoe thrown your way?

    September 12, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. judy

    mitt the twit and his buddy little eddie munster need to learn to keep both their big fat mouths closed. without any facts they don't get breifings they decided to make this into a political thing. Shame on them and shame on all rpos that believe them. what a disgusting lack of patrioism and lack of leadership this shows. Stuipd remarks calling the president a coward. All these people that keep pushing for war want someone elses kids to go not their own.The repo party is on its last legs. Vote them all out Forward.

    September 12, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. David

    The deaths of the US personnel in Libya are a direct result of the failed policies of the last Republican administration. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest of the war cabinet had no idea except they wanted to play with the military toys they had. There was no respect for the men and women who were asked to sacrifice, they would not listen to any reason, in short they were hell bent on showing the world what a bunch of big men they were. We will be fighting their legacy of aggression for generations. They bankrupted the country with their ill conceived ideas, they were, frankly, idiots. The new Republicain nominee has shown that he fits right in with these cowboys. Shoot first and figure out where to aim later.

    I am not a big Obama fan, but when I see these ridiculous, uneducated (in the global sense), self centered bozos that call themselves Republicans I just cringe. Someone please tell me the difference between the Taliban and these tea party conservative Republicans. OK, I know the tea party does not do suicide bombings, at least not yet. But, they are afraid of women, anyone who disagrees with them, they want a state religion, they would impose their religious teachings on everyone and berate those who choose to think otherwise

    I dispair for my country

    a patriot

    September 12, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  22. KellyF

    I just read that the GOP thinks this is a game changer in their favor! Wow! Are they really that delusional? lmao I've been all over these forums and EVERYONE besides "those who can not even spell" are nauseated by this political attention grab on the backs of our dead Americans. This is a game changer to be sure. Romney is FINISHED.

    September 12, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. mjw

    I am not a conspiracy theorist but sometimes you have to wonder. It was on 9/11 "someone" lied that the president refused to meet with Nethanayu. There was no such request from Israel to meet with the president...this supposedly Jewish person produced a film to instigate violence in the middle of the election.....hoping to create enough propaganda to give Romney an edge? Then Mitt the Twit could not wait to pounce on the trouble in Egypt and Libya....but it backfire! When digging a hole you never know who will fall in it.

    September 12, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. undecided

    Mitt has my vote. The more I watch Obama have a great time with all his peps the more i like him. I am not sure but I am for both. It is the most stressful time for our country. I have never seen Bill Clinton beg for votes. It is a completely strange election. I am a little more in favor for Mitt, but I really like Obama too. It will be a very hard decision. Just stating this because of the attacks it is really awful how unsure I feel about the attacks.

    September 12, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  25. Jim

    Quite frankly, seeing and knowing the Republicans MO and their past record, I wouldn't put it past Rove, Cheney, Romney, Ryan, and Netanyahu to have exposed this video to create the unrest with a total disregard for human life.

    September 12, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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