Priebus: Obama's our Capt. Schettino
January 29th, 2012
12:10 PM ET
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Priebus: Obama's our Capt. Schettino

(CNN) – The chairman of the Republican National Committee unveiled his latest attack on President Barack Obama on Sunday, comparing him to the captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship.

When asked if the infighting in the GOP presidential primary race would harm the eventual nominee's chances against Obama in November, Reince Priebus said the party would unite by then in an effort to win the White House.

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"In a few months, this is all going to be ancient history and we're going to talk about our own little Captain Schettino, which is President Obama who's abandoning the ship here in the United States and is more interested in campaigning than doing his job as president," Priebus said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Priebus added the president is "fleeing the American people," just like Schettino allegedly fled his cruise liner.

The ship rolled onto its side in shallow waters off an island on Italy's Tuscan coast on January 13. Seventeen people are confirmed dead and 15 people remain missing while Francesco Schettino is under house arrest and faces possible criminal charges of manslaughter, shipwreck and abandoning ship.

Following the jab, CBS host Bob Schieffer seemed caught off guard by Priebus' comment, asking with a laugh: "What did you just say? What did you call President Obama?"

Priebus was defiant in his response.

"I called him Captain Schettino, you know the captain that fled the ship in Italy," Priebus said. "That's our own president who's fleeing the American people and not doing his job and running around the country and campaigning."

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Reince Priebus
soundoff (813 Responses)

    LOL. The GOP is highly delusional, methinks.

    January 30, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. shugee

    Wow! If I was a republican, I would avoid metaphors around 'running ships onto the rocks'.

    January 30, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. george of the jungle

    This is exactly why the repos will loose in November. I watched the interview and when asked who Captain Schettino was he looked like even he couldn't by the comparison. The longer this circus goes on with the repos the better for the democrats. They make one blunder after another.For the party of family values they have sure said and done some pretty awful things. The American public is tired of their inactivity and shameless stance for the wealthy. Obama/ Biden 2012

    January 30, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. ESGolus

    You know what's worse??? CNN comparing President Obama in full headline font to that horrid Nigerian Goodluck Jonathan. SHAME on YOU CNN. I expect it from the RNC, but not from what I thought was an actual news organization.

    January 30, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. bk753

    What a disgusting, disgraceful, and disrespectful thing to say. How much lower can the "leaders" of the GOP actually go?? If Mr. Priebus wants to see a gutless cretin, he need only locate a mirror...

    January 30, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Thomas

    Is it true that the GOP have a higher rate of Alzheimer's ?

    Correct me if I'm wrong , wasn't it Caption Bush who ran the USS America on to a reef ?

    January 30, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. sayer

    Obama 2012!

    January 30, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Ed Macias

    And here I thought it was Captain George W. Bush who ran the ship aground and then initiated the bailout!
    I guess GOP revisionism survived the crash...too bad!

    January 30, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. indyreader

    Even when he explains it, the snarky attempted insult doesn't make any sense.

    January 30, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. mcore

    What a master comedian – one who has to explain his own jokes. Talk about a stretch. And it's not even funny. Typical of GOP attempts at humor. Next time, make a quip about the death penalty. Or people who are without health insurance. Those are already proven to get big laughs from Republican voters.

    January 30, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Buck

    Priebus must resign today.

    January 30, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Bruce

    Of course this proves yet again that all the Republicans can offer is grade-school insults.

    January 30, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. realitybites

    Wow, how's that for name calling from a guy who shouldn't be throwing stones. Thanks Penice Pubice for your dreadful insight and using a tragic life claiming incident so flippantly. Say goodbye to your job.

    January 30, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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