September 13th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney, Obama navigate Arab world turmoil

Washington (CNN) - Is this week's anti-American chaos in the Arab world going to be President Barack Obama's Jimmy Carter moment or Republican challenger Mitt Romney's John McCain moment?

The unrest so far in Libya, Egypt and Yemen - embassies attacked, an American ambassador killed, spreading protests - evokes memories of another U.S. crisis more than 30 years ago.

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Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Libya • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. Dean

    Arabs do not have the same morals or ethics as those in the western world, and thus should not be treated as if they did. Obama's ignorance disqualifies him as the person to handle such situations.

    September 13, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. fatzer

    Totally a jimmy carter moment. the last time an ambassador was killed was when jimmy carter was president. when terrorists arent afraid to attack american interests or america itself it shows that they view the president and the country as weak. america must be strong in the face of its enemies. "NO APOLOGY" FOREIGN POLICY is the way to go

    September 13, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "Is this week's anti-American chaos in the Arab world going to be President Barack Obama's Jimmy Carter moment or Republican challenger Mitt Romney's John McCain moment?"
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    Yupper. McCain suggested suspending the campaigns. Romney has upended his.

    September 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Marry

    R&R are simply an embarrassment to the US! Their arrogance, indifference, and ignorance make them extremely dangerous! Did you see the smirk on Romney’s face? Thankfully it will be wiped off soon enough. What a terrible man!!

    It is so important to get out and VOTE a strait blue ticket in November to end this GOP/TP madness!!!
    President Obama/Democrat ticket Nov 2012!!

    September 13, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. A REAL AMERICAN

    I love how people who think Obama is doing a bad job always saying Neg stuff,Maybe you Uneducated so call americans Never Heard Of the TERM REBUILDING AMERICA ,Because thats what this Prez is doing OUR Arms were Broke and it will take time 2 heal and be repaired You all sound LIKE YOU NEED CHEESE WIT THAT WINE , MITT ROBME AND LYING RYAN come on are you serious,For those of you that say that Obama is Dumb or Lying or just No Good STFU or Do BETTER !!!! THE GETTING OVER PARTY IS FULL OF LIES WHERE WAS ALL THIS BS WHEN THE US COLE WAS ATTACKED OSAMA IS DEAD AND GM IS ALIVE !!!!! WHO SAID LET THEM GO BROKE ?????

    September 13, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. myviewis

    "hoping to weaken what has been a major advantage for Obama on foreign policy" = DEAD AMERICANS

    September 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    PHEW!!!! I was beginning to wonder when CNN would finally just come right out hard-sell the false equivalency narrative instead of merely helping Mittens whitewash his lying and knee-jerk reactionary politicization of the issue. You had me worried CNN. Obviously, the whitewashing wasn't working well enough to keep the hors race close, so you had to bring out the big guns: vomitting the GOP/Teatroll' "Obama is Carter" BS.

    September 13, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Arabs do not have the same morals or ethics as those in the western world, and thus should not be treated as if they did. "

    Why don't you just say what you really mean and claim that they're subhuman?

    September 13, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    The twit is making matters worse except that nobody in the US or around the world respect him except for the uneducated brainless right wing zealots.
    He and his lying altar boy need to shut up! A christian pastor paid $5M for this video and look what violence and death it has led to. This is NOT the time to shoot from the hip. The President is keeping his cool and trying to calm down all the protests that are popping up now.
    Maybe the twit with the altar boy can get in his private plane with those five non service sons and that non working wife and try to fly over to fix the problem. Even if it was possible they are too much of a coward to do anything.

    September 13, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    WOW!! Peggy Noonan said that the twit reminded her of richard nixon with that smirk on his face. When faux news and your right wing pundits turn on you maybe it's time to call it quits.
    That's okay, you will NEVER be president.

    September 13, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    "Totally a jimmy carter moment."

    Totally a Ronald Reagan 1983 moment ... 300+ dead.

    September 13, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |