Skip to comments.Bob Schieffer Clearly Embarrassed To Be In New Romney Ad Bashing Obama About Hope and Change
Posted on 07/15/2012 7:19:44 PM PDT by Kaslin
Bob Schieffer on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday seemed deeply embarrassed to be included in a new Mitt Romney ad bashing President Obama about Hope and Change.
He even expressed concern that he might "get some blowback" as a result (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Bob Schieffer Clearly Embarrassed To Be In New Romney Ad Bashing Obama About Hope and Change
BOB SCHIEFFER, HOST: I want to start with something that we didn't know about when this broadcast started. But, it is my understanding that just a few minutes ago, the Romney campaign bought time on FACE THE NATION during one of our commercial blocks and in some other markets around the country running a new ad, which includes me. We're going to just-- just show you that.
Schieffer then played this ad released by the Romney campaign Sunday:
Hope and Change?
The ad begins with Schieffer saying, "When the President was elected, he talked about hope and change. Whatever happened to hope and change? Now, it seems he is just coming right out of the box with these old-fashioned negative ads."
As NewsBusters reported, that occurred on the May 27 installment of Face the Nation.
Now, almost two months later, he's obviously not pleased to have his words used against the President:
SCHIEFFER: I'm running this not to give circulation to it, but just to state that obviously I have no connection with the Romney campaign. This was done without our permission. It comes as a total surprise to me and-- and that is that. But that is-- that's where we are in politics. Frank Rich:
FRANK RICH (New York Magazine): I hope you get residuals.
BOB SCHIEFFER: I'll get some blowback, I'll tell you that for sure.
FRANK RICH: I am sure.
Blowback? For something accurate he said almost two months ago?
Obviously concerned, Schieffer further explained his position when the ad came up again a bit later in the program:
JOHN DICKERSON (CBS News Political Director): Any day the conversation is about outsourcing is a day Mitt Romney loses and the ad you started this segment talking about is their response, which is isn't this disappointing for the candidate of hope and change? Now, will people care about the niceties of politics, maybe not? But, what they're trying to tie that to is aren't these attacks disappointments and doesn't that match your larger disappointment with this President? The question one advisor said to me is not are you better off but did you think you'd be better off and if you don't think so aren't you disappointed in Barack Obama? And that's where they're trying to get.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Not to dwell on this, but you're talking about that ad that they put me in. I-- I-- you know, that was a question that I posed to David Axelrod, the President's campaign manager. I wasn't stating something there. I-- I was--
JOHN DICKERSON: Sure.
BOB SCHIEFFER: --asking somebody else a question.
As you can see, Schieffer really appears worried that he's now going to be seen as saying something negative about the media's messiah.
Farbeit for a journalist to actually express criticism about a sitting president.
That would be unseemly, wouldn't it?
Pay back is a bitch isn’t it Bob?
He deserves what he is getting!
He seems to be more concerned with whether he will be kept on the DC A list cocktail circuit invitations than reporting facts. Oh well.
Kind of a weak ad though ... it’s bizarre.
Team Obama calls Romney a FELON!
Team Romney calls Obama a ... disappointment?!?
Using media liberals sighing about the loss of hope and change?
Weak. What about calling Obama an outright FAILURE and LIAR for failing on the economy and promising things and not delivering and then lying about Romney?
Or a FELON ... He stole America’s promise!
And then some.
From what I’ve seen (and correct me if I’m wrong), the Romney campaign really took nothing out of context by using Schieffer’s statement.
The only thing I find unusual is that the Romney campaign fely compelled to use the words of a journalist as fodder against Obama. I’d think there are other (and better) sources for the campaign to use.
The volumes of Obama's own statements might be a credible source to use against Obama. I HOPE the Romney campaign is just keeping it's powder dry, and this isn't another 2008 massacre. If it is, we're finished as a country.
It was a weak ad, though I find it quite humorous that the spot was shown during his own show. We always say that Obama and his sycophants own words should be used against them...this is at least a start.
“Well...if you swim in the Porta Potty...you’re gonna come out a little bit smelly”
Oh well...too bad for Mr Schieffer
I strongly disagree. This is a great ad. And a very ballsy! It does two things very well. One, it makes it to the big three media. Two, IT MAKES IT TO THE BIG THREE MEDIA! OK, there are more than two things.
The thing is that a Romney ad is played on CBS on one of their biggest shows but one of their biggest propagandists. Then the propagandist/host has to defend not the ad but himself. This puts the big media on notice that Romney is aggressive enough to take the big media's own words and stick it to them. Romney, for one of the first times I have seen, has taken it to the big three.
This is brilliant. Romney is using a form of aikido here. This is great because it shows that Romney and his team have their heads in the game. This is close to the extremely smart move by Romney before the NAACP.
I am impressed!
I agree. When I saw the ad, I liked it immediately.
IMO, not enough bad things can happen to Schieffer and the rest of his MSM henchman(women)! They are responsible for putting Zero in office and continuing to cover for him. Screw them!!
OTOH, if it’s so bad that even an Obummer sychophant like Schieffer has to comment negatively about it..........
Finally; a GOP candidate with some ‘nads.
I don’t waste a lot of time with TV but today my mother had her set on when I visited and I saw Scott Pelley, the CBS Evening News anchor, used in an anti-Romney ad.
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