Skip to comments.Romney's Presidential Response to Terror
Posted on 09/12/2012 2:29:52 PM PDT by Kaslin
RUSH But remember now, it's Romney who's really not behaving properly here. Let's listen to Romney. This is this morning in Jacksonville. Audio sound bite number four is where we're starting here as I cue the broadcast engineer. It's the first of three bites that we have.
ROMNEY: This attack on American individuals and embassies is outrageous. It's disgusting. It breaks the hearts of all of us who think of these people who have served, during their lives, the cause of freedom and justice and honor. We mourn their loss and join together in prayer that the spirit of the Almighty might comfort the families of those who have been so brutally slain.
RUSH: Well, so Romney called the acts of violence "outrageous" and "disgusting." Obama didn't use those words when he talked about it. Obama didn't get anywhere near describing what happened that way. Here's more from Romney...
ROMNEY: The embassy in Cairo put out a statement after their grounds had been breached; protesters were inside the grounds. They reiterated that statement after the breach. I think it's a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values; that instead -- when our grounds are being attacked and being breached -- that the first response of the United States must be outrage at the breach of the sovereignty of our nation. An apology for America's values is never the right course.
RUSH: No. That's what this statement is, and they stood by it later. Embassy Cairo stood by it. The White House threw them under the bus. They said (summarized), "Oh, that's not us. They spoke on their own. We didn't, uh... We didn't say that." They took it back. Then after that, Embassy Cairo said, "Well, maybe, but we stand by the fact that we don't like Americans saying things that hurt the feelings of Muslims." They stood by it.
I don't have time to read this to you, but I also read this last night. Militant Islamists got into tweet chats with people inside our embassy, and the militant Islamists were saying, "Look, you are justifying what we did," and the people inside our embassy were not disagreeing with them. The militant Islamists are doing tweet chats with people inside our embassy, whoever issued the statement. Again, I can't read it to you. It's not structured in a way that makes sense to read it. Maybe we can link to it at the website.
Here is one more from Romney...
ROMNEY: The White House also issued a statement saying it tried to distance itself from those comments and said they were not reflecting of their views. I had the exact same reaction. These views were inappropriate. They were the wrong course to take. It's their administration. Their administration spoke. The president takes responsibility not just for the words that come from his mouth, but also for the words that come from his ambassadors, from his administration, from his embassies, from his State Department. The statement that came from the administration was a statement which is akin to apology, and I think was a severe miscalculation.
RUSH: It wasn't "akin" to an apology; it was an apology -- and it was an apology before the fact. It was an apology before the fact. Folks, I'm gonna tell you something else. This action yesterday did not happen because of a movie, and it did not happen because of a preacher in Gainesville or anywhere else. That was simply the excuse. These Islamists know what they're doing, and they know what we'll fall for, and they know what this administration will fall for and guzzle up. This administration is eager to blame this country and people who live in this country, and the militant Islamists know it.
They were coordinating this for 9/11.
There was coordination on this long before word of this movie hit. That has nothing to do with it, in the real world.
You know it and I know it.
RUSH: Well, here's the latest news on the attacks on our embassy and consulate in Egypt and Libya. "Intelligence experts and US government officials are starting to view the attack in Libya that killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi as a coordinated attack. Sources have said they believe it was a planned operation and have pointed out several developments that seem to support the possibility."
You mean it just wasn't spontaneous 'cause of what happened in Egypt? The hell, you say! We don't need a news report to tell us what's going on! We are dealing with Islamic supremacists who believe that their way is the only way (that's what the "supremacist" angle is), and that way is Sharia. And if you don't abide by it, then the Koran gives them license to do whatever to you.
We sit around and we kid ourselves if we want actually try to make ourselves believe that this wouldn'ta happened if some American wasn't making a movie, that this wouldn'ta happened if some preacher in Gainesville weren't mouthing off. This administration has agents that want you to believe that, that this would not-a happened. The Arab Spring, what was it supposed to be? The outbreak of democracy. It was the coming to fruition of the democracy project. Oh, yeah! It was spreading democracy to the Middle East.
The Muslim Brotherhood? We were told, "Yeah, they're the good guys. We have a good relationship with the Muslim Bros. They're like the corner bakery in the neighborhood." We actually have people in this administration who believe that. Meanwhile, again (and not to be too repetitive), all of this is Mitt Romney's fault. All of this happened, this embarrassing statement from our embassy, and they shift the blame to whether or not Romney is right or even allowed to criticize Obama.
And that's because Romney looked presidential.
You know what I was prepared to do today? I spent a lot of time on something last night. I was starting to get frustrated, angry, whatever. I really thought when Romney picked Ryan, that that signaled a huge shift in campaign strategy and direction, and I thought it meant, "They're going for the gold, and they're gonna be hard hitting, and they're gonna tie Obama to his record, and they're gonna make ideology a part of the campaign," and I was wrong.
I was prepared to come in here and read them the riot act and tell them what they need to do to revive this campaign.
We ought to be 15 points ahead.
You know, it's one thing to look at the polls and say, "Oh, wow, Obama's lost his bounce," and so forth. Look, I've tried to keep on the straight and narrow here and keep everything in perspective by not going off the deep end or not getting artificially falsely positive as I discussed yesterday. We ought to be leading here by ten points, 15 points. Obama ought not be in this race, and there could be a way to make that happen even with the media. But he's gonna have to be tied to his record.
This notion that he's a nice guy in over his head has gotta go. It just has to go. The fear of tying Obama to the gas price, to the lack of oil production, to the coming financial collapse? We simply have to! It's got to happen. We cannot win this otherwise. I don't think we can win this if our objective is to give wavering Obama voters permission to vote against him.
We tried the McCain way.
We've tried the Republican establishment way.
We've tried the way that doesn't anger the moderates, and that doesn't tick off the independents. We've tried that and it never works. The last two landslide conservative presidential wins were Ronald Reagan. What's important about that is not so much I'm hearkening back to Reagan and trying to turn Romney into one, 'cause that's not possible. That's not what I'm doing. But the point is, it's conservatism that triumphs.
Do you know what somebody said to me the other day?
"Rush, there's something you're forgetting."
I said, "Yeah, what's that?"
"Well, the makeup of the population, demographics in 1980 and '84 were quite different than they are today."
"Oh, yeah? How?"
"Well, look at the white population in 1980 and '84. What was it, Rush? It was about 90% of the country, and now it's 74%. That's a huge difference."
I said, "What does that matter?"
"Well, conservatism can't be the focal point of the campaign."
"What, are only white people conservative?" I asked. "That's where you people are off the rails. Only white people can be conservatives? Is that what you're thinking?" These are Romneyites. Not part of the campaign, just Romney supporters who are afraid of angering the independents. "You think only white people are conservative? You think Reagan's appeal was racial? You sound like a Democrat and think Reagan won because some ancient adherence to the Southern Strategy!
"Reagan won because he was real. He believed in America. He told people he was gonna make it great again come out of a disastrous four years of Jimmy Carter and Watergate before that. He did it optimistically and he did it harmlessly, but he tied Jimmy Carter to that performance of his. He made it clear that the country was in dire straits because of Jimmy Carter." That's what Romney has to do. We can't leave it up to people to figure it out.
We can't rely on the American people to see it for themselves just because they're living it. There are some factors that can't be denied. Yes, he's the first black president. Yes, that's historical. Yes, the Bradley Effect is still in play. Yes, people still want to vote for him 'cause he's black because it inoculates them from the charge of racism. All of that is still in play, but we've got serious circumstances that face this country. Our future is dire, and you and I all know it. We're looking at a coming financial collapse of this country.
This cannot go on. It can be stopped, however.
Anyway, I was all prepared to do perhaps two monologues on this today. And I might yet still get into it, touch on it. But the situation on the ground, as they say, has changed a little bit, what with this series of events in the Middle East. Because today Romney is the only guy looking presidential. Romney's the only guy who looks like he understands what went wrong, what went right, and what shouldn't be happening now.
Romney looks like he's the only adult in the room. And, as such, everybody has their crosshairs trained on him, and I don't think that it'd be productive to get into what I would consider to be campaign advice. But I'm gonna do it at some point (out of a desire to help). I don't understand the reluctance... Well, as I say... (sigh) I'm too literal. I do understand the reluctance to be critical of Obama. But I don't understand it at the same time.
I understand why they are, but I don't understand the fear, and I don't understand being governed by the fear of tying Obama to his record. I don't understand it why. These... (sigh) These are supposedly the best of the best. These are the professionals, the best professionals Republican Party has to offer. (Supposedly.) I don't understand what they're afraid of. I mean, I do but I don't. This is my contradiction: I do but I don't. I understand what they're afraid of.
I think they're fools for being afraid. I don't know why they actually are. I don't know why they can't look at history and see that the Steve Schmidt/John McCain way of running a campaign didn't work. You look at 2010. I keep going back to 2010 in my mind, the midterms. What happened? It was huge landslide, ladies and gentlemen, and it was a landslide all the way down the ballot. Local Democrats lost. They lost over 700 seats all over the country, from Congress all the way down to town council.
I mean, it was a shellacking.
And there wasn't a Republican candidate that anybody was voting for. There wasn't any presidential race going on. What was it? Well, it was the Tea Party, but people were voting against Obama as fast as they could and everything he stood for. They were voting against stimulus. They were voting against health care. They were voting to stop what was happening. Because the first two years, 2009-2010, Obama could not be stopped. Republicans didn't have the votes anywhere to stop him.
So theoretically, had they played their cards right, they could have had anything they wanted. Nobody could have stopped 'em. The American people saw that, and in 2010 finally the votes were on the Republican side of the House because of those elections. In the midterm elections, the Republicans took back control of the House of Representatives. It was major. And why the Romney people don't see what happened two years ago and want to build on that -- figure out what it was that happened and build on it -- rather than go back and rerun the McCain campaign? (sigh)
But there's a time and a place for everything, and today is actually a day to praise Romney for his guts and his courage for coming out, knowing full well what was gonna happen to him, sounding presidential, acting presidential. We even got Republican strategists, my friends, and consultants, even on Fox, who were condemning him for doing what he did, saying, "Well, there's only one president, you know, politics ends at the water's edge." The cliches just keep on coming. "Sometimes saying nothing is better than saying anything."
And every time I hear this, I do, I hearken back to 1980, and now with what happened in the Middle East yesterday, we've got some similarities to 1979. In fact, the Republicans back then were not holding back. They tied Carter to his record. Every day they tied Carter to his record, over and over and over again. Romney didn't even have to act presidential today. He just came off that way. A couple more sound bites. I think we're up to number five, if I'm right. Yeah. This is the reporters. Unidentified reporter said, "The statement last night was very roughly worded. Do you regret the tone at all given what we know now?"
ROMNEY: The embassy in Cairo put out a statement after their grounds had been breached. Protesters were inside the grounds. They reiterated that statement after the breach. I think it's a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values. That instead, when our grounds are being attacked and being breached, that the first response in the United States must be outrage at the breach of the sovereignty of our nation, and apology for America's values is never the right course.
Both are Traitor Losers who hate America!
Jimmy Carter's presidency was doomed by the Iranian hostage crisis after the US embassy in Tehran was stormed by Islamist extremists following the Iranian revolution.
A year after the 52 Americans were taken hostage, Carter lost the 1980 election. The hostages were released just as President Ronald Reagan, who defeated Carter, was sworn in.
Thanks to RushIsMyTeddyBear and Focault's Pendulum and for finding these morphing graphic art realities!
Obama really ‘jumped the shark’ with this exposure of his real loyalties and agenda. What a horror story for the American image -— and hopefully, for the Obama regime as well.
Pay attention America! The truth is before you.
Pay attention America....I bet Hillary resigns and Bubba says “No more Obama speeches”.
What has he been doing for 4 years as President? Would the average person hire this guy to work in a store, the local police or even the fire station? People should wake the heck up.
Romney not only had a right to voice his opinion on this crisis but he had a duty to do so. He is a candidate for President and people should know his thoughts on important issues. The fact that his response was quick and decisive is an important consideration for voters. This event happened in the middle of a political campaign. Romney is not responsible if this shows a stark contrast between the candidates and their positions. The President said these things need to be thought through before making a statement. I guess some people think quicker than others. The voters can decide.
I listened to the whole press conference. The presstitutes were disgusting today and Romney just smacked them around.
Does anyone have the Link to a Romney statement where he answered reporters telling them he is Running for President and the American People need to Hear what a potential President would do in this kind of situation. Nothing on Fox on this statement just the ones the Democrtas are complaining about
You folks are all delusional. There is only one President of the USA at a time. If we don’t hang together in times of crisis we will surely hang separately. Romney is an opportunistic piece of excrement. He lost the election today. I wasn’t thinking of working that hard for Obama, but I will now work harder for him than I did in 2008.
So long, farewell, aufwiedersehen, goodbye....
So long, you Jew hating POS!
So long, you Jew hating POS!
A 2000 sign up date.
Got that one wrong too, ya Borg cretin.
If you believe Romney lost the election today why do you fell compelled to now work harder for Obama? This is still a free country and Romney has a right and duty to tell the voters his opinions on this crisis. If this makes Obama look bad it is not Romneys fault, he was not responsible for the failures of the Obama foreign policies. American Consulate goes up in flames and Obama goes to Las Vegas how Presidential. If you work as hard for Obama as he works for this Country we have nothing to worry about.
Quick, contact the suicide hotline for this dude.