Romney ‘shoots first and aims later’


President Barack Obama signs a condolence book in memory of Chris Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, after addressing State Department employees at the State Department in Washington, D.C., Sept. 12

President Obama greets State Department employees after speaking to them in a courtyard at the State Department in Washington, D.C., Sept. 12. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stands at left. The President made the visit after Chris Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, and three others were killed at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, yesterday.
(Official White House Photos by Pete Souza)

242 Responses to “Romney ‘shoots first and aims later’”

  1. September 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    That was a presidential nuclear hit at Romney. Devastating!

    • 7 Roberta in MN
      September 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      That’s our Preezy-net. 🙂 That was just what I would expecthim to say. He is a smart cookie. POTUS has handled the affair like an intelligent preson should, not a shoot em at tge hip varmint. I couldn’t even watch Robney today. He makes me want to upchuck(is that a word) 🙂

      • 8 Pamela
        September 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

        It is a very good word, esp to describe this situation! Mani/pedi here today, so I have a teeny tiny window to peer through at my POTUS and the blog named for him! 😆

    • September 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Wasn’t it just perfect Zizi?

    • 10 Cindy Sweatt
      September 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      I am so glad the President did not stay silent on this one. I wish someone else would go big with the fact that, even though Romney is just a wannabe, and no one should be even asking his opinion on anything as serious as these attactks, what he did was just dangerous. He should never be criticizing our President at a time that is this sensitive. I think it borders on treason.

  2. 11 lamh35
    September 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    • 12 57andfemale
      September 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Well, gee, if the Romney official says so that should be good enough for Candy Crowley and Wolf Blitzer. Because if they can’t bail on Romney after today then they are beyond hope.

      I remember a funny story during Bush’s candidacy. Something came up about Gov. Jeb Bush. So the press called and asked Bush if it was true and he said no, and that made it a fact.

      That was when I knew this country was in serious trouble.

    • September 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      A Romney official…

      This has got to be the most disorganised group ever.

    • 15 edp4bho
      September 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      I believe it would not have made a difference to him one way or the other. When you can’t feel, you have no understanding of what to say exactly. His every utterance is to attack PBO whether he himself is up or down in the polls. He’s a 12 year old in a grown man’s body.

    • 16 Obama Grandmama
      September 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      He didn’t know he’d died? Isn’t that the reason you don’t interfere in a crisis when you are not the person in charge? Most reasonable people would not make critical comments during a crisis. Not only is Mitt Romney not suitable to be the POTUS but he is not even aware of the appropriate demeanor and actions needed during an emergency. This was a big test that Mitt failed infront of all of America. Not only failing but doing it in a big way endangering our country and the people working in the embassy.

  3. 17 Vicki
    September 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    On this tragic day Michael Eric Dyson just got me to laugh: He said that the Romney Campaign was leading out of their behinds!! Funny, no?

  4. 22 Mariele K.
    September 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Well said Mr. President.

  5. 23 Roberta in MN
    September 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Dyson has a way with words. Burt your brain better be really co-ordinated with your hearing, or yo willmiss a little bit of what he says. He talks faster and smarter than 95% of the pundits on the tubes.
    HI Chips, just catching up today. Hope everyone had a decent day after what has happened in Libya.

  6. September 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I truly hope that this mess Romney created today blows up his fake campaign. I can’t despise this moron anymore than I do now.

    What annoys is when our dignified PBO has to waste his time to answer questions about this turd.

    PBO gave a brilliant response just now.

    • 25 cookemom
      September 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      This could very well be the nail in the coffin for him. Similar to the one that those workers built for themselves when Bain had them build a stage for the announcement that they were losing their jobs. #karma

    • 26 theo67
      September 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      I heard a right winger arguing with Randi Rhodes earlier. The hate-filled ones won’t be swayed, but hopefully, any thinking people will wake up out of their stupor.

  7. September 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Now that’s what a president sounds like.

    As for Mitt the twit
    Hear reason or she’ll make you feel her!
    What an ass

  8. 36 Proud Former White House Intern
    September 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I love our leader! President Obama is awesome!

  9. 49 Tally
    September 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

  10. 55 utaustinliberal
    September 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Yes Mitt Romney, that was Pres. Obama’s foot up your ass.

    Well said Mr. President.

  11. 59 lisalovesobama
    September 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I swear I literally wondered about this earlier today. In fact, as soon as I heard about what Willard did, I wondered and I’m so fucking thankful it’s not happening.

    “Mitt Romney is not being briefed on national security, according to his camapign. Per CBS, typically candidates receive regular intelligence briefings after accepting their party’s nomination.”


    —–this needs more sources and it needs to be clarified, but THANK YOU JESUS IF IT’S TRUE. I do not want that FREAK!!!!! to have any information on our National Security. when I found out that the nominee of the other party was briefed on this months ago, i said a prayer and moaned “NO.”

    • 60 4morefor44
      September 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      the rmoney’s campaign is response is of course, stupid. doesn’t matter if they knew any details or not. why were they rushing their statement extra early while it was still 9/11, even not knowing all those details, his statement is still ridiculous. besides, mittbot doubled down on it even when the ambassador’s death was known. “the newspeople” have no excuse to give him a pass.

  12. 61 Pamela
    September 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    And hits himself right in the ASS! 🙂

  13. 62 Tally
    September 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

  14. 63 Ladyhawke
    September 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm



    Remarks by the President at NATO Press Conference – For Immediate Release May 21, 2012

    Q Yes, thank you, Mr. President. Yesterday, your friend and ally, Cory Booker said that an ad that you released, that your campaign released was nauseating. And it alleged that Romney at Bain Capital was “responsible for job losses at a Kansas City steel mill.” Is that your view that Romney is personally responsible for those job losses? Will comments from Booker and your former auto czar Steve Rattner that have criticized some of these advertisements call on you to pull back a little bit? And, generally, can you give us your sense — three part, Mr. President. Could you give us your sense of just what private equity’s role is in stemming job losses as they seek a return on investment for their investors? Thank you.

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, first of all, I think Cory Booker is an outstanding mayor. He is doing great work in Newark and obviously helping to turn that city around. And I think it’s important to recognize that this issue is not a “distraction.” This is part of the debate that we’re going to be having in this election campaign about how do we create an economy where everybody from top to bottom, folks on Wall Street and folks on Main Street, have a shot at success and if they’re working hard and they’re acting responsibly, that they’re able to live out the American Dream.

    Now, I think my view of private equity is that it is set up to maximize profits. And that’s a healthy part of the free market. That’s part of the role of a lot of business people. That’s not unique to private equity. And as I think my representatives have said repeatedly, and I will say today, I think there are folks who do good work in that area. And there are times where they identify the capacity for the economy to create new jobs or new industries, but understand that their priority is to maximize profits. And that’s not always going to be good for communities or businesses or workers.

    And the reason this is relevant to the campaign is because my opponent, Governor Romney, his main calling card for why he thinks he should be President is his business expertise. He is not going out there touting his experience in Massachusetts. He is saying, I’m a business guy and I know how to fix it, and this is his business.

    And when you’re President, as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, then your job is not simply to maximize profits. Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot. Your job is to think about those workers who got laid off and how are we paying for their retraining. Your job is to think about how those communities can start creating new clusters so that they can attract new businesses. Your job as President is to think about how do we set up a equitable tax system so that everybody is paying their fair share that allows us then to invest in science and technology and infrastructure, all of which are going to help us grow.

    And so, if your main argument for how to grow the economy is I knew how to make a lot of money for investors, then you’re missing what this job is about. It doesn’t mean you weren’t good at private equity, but that’s not what my job is as President. My job is to take into account everybody, not just some. My job is to make sure that the country is growing not just now, but 10 years from now and 20 years from now.

    So to repeat, this is not a distraction. This is what this campaign is going to be about — is what is a strategy for us to move this country forward in a way where everybody can succeed? And that means I’ve got to think about those workers in that video just as much as I’m thinking about folks who have been much more successful.

    Q Just for — is Romney personally responsible for those 750 job losses?

    THE PRESIDENT: What I would say is that Mr. Romney is responsible for the proposals he is putting forward for how he says he is going to fix the economy. And if the main basis for him suggesting he can do a better job is his track record as the head of a private equity firm, then both the upsides and the downsides are worth examining.



    • 64 theo67
      September 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      This man’s mind is amazing! What a perfect statement, from beginning to end – and this was at a press conference! Wow.

  15. 65 donna dem 4 obama
    September 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I love this!

    • 66 anniebella
      September 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Poor rich pitiful Ann Romney. She is just as nutty as her stupid ass husband. Forgive my english everyone.

      • 67 anniebella
        September 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        America has the President it needs and his name is Barack Obama. I think it mighty funny how Ann Romney sticks her nose into everything, if our wonderful Michelle Obama did that the right wing nuts would rip her into.

    • 68 Obama Grandmama
      September 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Mitt’s facial expressions have actually in the past hid his lies fairly well. Romney’s smirk seemed a slip-up but very telling. Ann Romney has not hid her distain for you people, and false enthusiasm for all the women she loves in her facial expressions. Mitt either normally believes what he is saying or is so practiced that the usual unguarded expressions cluing the watcher that he is lying is absent.

  16. 69 Tally
    September 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm

  17. 71 Tally
    September 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    More here:

  18. 73 57andfemale
    September 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    So the Romney campaign’s excuse now is that they didn’t know the Ambassador was dead before launching their obscene, treasonous attack.

    Okay your’re running to be leader of the free world and you are surrounded by the sycophants from the Bush administration. Did it occur to ANYONE in your entire campaign to pick up a phone and verify any facts? Even those useless dunderheads must have had someone’s phone number in the State Department.

    And here’s another newsflash, you jackass — it still was an attack on foreign soil of an American embassy. Be a citizen. Show some decency, you sociopathic scum.

    Ya wanna know how I really feel?

  19. 74 donna dem 4 obama
    September 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    That looks like an interview for 60 Minutes. Any word when this might air?

  20. 76 utaustinliberal
    September 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    The GOP is doing its part to help Romney’s run for the white house go down in flames.

    • 77 4morefor44
      September 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      kyl, do you mean legitimate rape? and kyl and all republicans have been saying for years that women often “ask for it” by going out at night and looking too damn good. what an insane comparison!! what a despicable person jon kyl is and most every single republican today. truly.

    • 78 57andfemale
      September 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm


    • 79 JD
      September 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Not, of course, meant to be a factual statement.

    • 80 nathkatun7
      September 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      I am totally through with these evil people who call themselves Republicans! This country is blessed that Jon Kyl will no longer be a member of Congress with a say in policy making. I pray that the people of Arizona will finally wake up and replace Kyl with a decent person.

  21. September 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Well, I’ve been gone all day at a meeting. I was able to log in with my tablet a couple of times so I know what’s been happening these past few hours. Here’s a little quote from Frank Outlaw that applies to Romney:

    Watch your thoughts; they become your words.
    Watch your words; they become your actions.
    Watch your actions; they become your habits.
    Watch your habits; they become your character.
    Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

    Mitt Romney’s character is one of callow self-regard; nothing and no one is more important than him. His destiny is to be looked upon as the shame of the Republic.

  22. 85 utaustinliberal
    September 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    • September 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

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  23. 87 4morefor44
    September 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    lyin ryan’s going all in with the mittbot now. we must end this 42 year old’s political career these next 2 months also:
    “It is very important that a president speak with a singular voice representing our principles and our values,” Ryan said in response to a question from the audience. “If you show weakness, if you show moral equivocation, then foreign policy adventerusim among our adversaries will increase. We do not want a world climate where our adversaires are so tempted to test us and our allies our worried about trusting us. And that is unfortunately the path we are on right now and I really worry about that.”
    exactly what all republicans were saying to justify the iraq invasion too. crazy!

    • September 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Remind Wisconsin voters that there is no evidence of a letter written by Paul Ryan making an attempt to keep the plant in his town from closing in 2008, so where is his loyalty?

    • 89 57andfemale
      September 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      My note to Paul Ryan:

      How many innocent deaths would there be if PBO had shown the mindless, virility-pumping ‘strength’ you find ‘moral’? Would there be Libyans today in the street apologizing for the violent actions of some extremists?

      Let’s think back: Cheney & Rumsfeld promised us chocolates and flowers at the feet of the American liberators in Iraq. Did we get that? We brought home a lot of dead Americans so Rumsfeld/Cheney/Bush could “grow a stick”, you abhorrent little monster.

      No, careful diplomacy, carefully reasoned military action where necessary has won us many hearts and minds in Libya.

      Moral equivocation, my ass.

      Republicans are ones to talk about ‘foreign policy adventureism”, you stupid twit.

      After your boss’ debacle today there isn’t a world leader that would trust Romney. God knows the American people can’t.

      • 90 nathkatun7
        September 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

        57andfemale, I truly admire your civility and your effort to communicate with the likes of Ryan using reason. For me, I am totally through with trying to reason with Republicans. These so called Republicans are consumed with deep seated hatred of the President. They are prepared to do anything, including destroying the country, if that will result in defeating President Obama. My number one task is to make sure they are defeated.

    • 91 theo67
      September 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Republican policy failed. They should keep quiet now.

  24. September 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Hi everyone, I’ve added two Pete Souza photos to the post.

  25. 93 dotster3
    September 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Seeing on Tweety that clip of PBO, on target as usual, saying Romney was “new to foreign policy”, as evidenced by the fact that he “blusters and blunders” in this area—–pretty amazing—-Obama had him pegged.

    • 95 anniebella
      September 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Who gives a dam what Rumsfeld think? Really!!!!!!!!!

      • 96 57andfemale
        September 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm

        This is the narrative we’re going to hear. Let’s remind everyone that is what gets us into wars of choice that bankrupt the country and send thousands of Americans home in body bags.

    • 97 0388jojothecat
      September 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      The Neocons are taking turns….yesterday death vader, today zoombie-rumsfeld.

      Evil will not prevail against THIS President. There are TOO MANY people praying for him and God knows the difference between the hateful prayers and the prayers for peace and unity.

  26. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    September 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    No comparison!

  27. 99 Tally
    September 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

  28. 100 anniebella
    September 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Did you guys see FLOTUS on the Dr. Oz show? I really enjoyed it. FLOTUS was wonderful as usually.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm


  30. September 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  31. 110 57andfemale
    September 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

  32. September 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    When even Mark Halperin can’t find a good angle for Romney’s stunt, it’s gotta be bad.

    Unless the Romney campaign has gamed this crisis out in some manner completely invisible to the Gang of 500, his doubling down on criticism of the President for the statement coming out of Cairo is likely to be seen as one of the most craven and ill-advised tactical moves in this entire campaign.

    – Josh Marshall

  33. 112 57andfemale
    September 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      September 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL….MAYBE HE AND SARAH SHOULD STAY AFTER SCHOOL! JUST WAIT UNTIL PBO CHALLENGES HIM ON THE DEBATE FLOOR!…:)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  34. 114 kathryn kivett
    September 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    After watching and reading all day(finally getting over cold) I have come to the conclusion that I don’t want PBO to debate rmoney. I don’t want to see PBO lowering himself by even appearing in the same room with him. Oh, I know that PBO would chew him up and spit him out and that would be so much fun to watch but don’t you think he has more pressing things to do with his time…..Like running the country.

  35. September 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Are we so mired in post-truth politics now that it not only matters more that Mitt Romney made a terrible political move than that he’s a liar, but that his lying doesn’t matter at all? This says far less about Mitt Romney, who’s just doing what he does, than it does about our news media.


  36. September 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Canvassed Today, wasn’t here much, but I checked for updates, every do often.
    Canvassing went well, some People were not Registered to Vote, so I registered them right there.
    Did about 50 Houses, some People were not Home, left a Flier, others were Voting Robney, albeit they could not give me a clear answer Why?
    Most are Voting for the President, Clearwater Florida looking Good for the President.
    I do it again on Saturday.

  37. September 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    • 125 nathkatun7
      September 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Yes Indeed, LL! “TRUTH MATTERS.” This country deserves a press that will tell the people the truth about politicians aspiring to be leaders.

  38. 126 cookemom
    September 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Palin Ryan is probably raising his fists to the skies at the position his boss put him in. Here, the poor guy is trying to hold onto his Rep seat in the House and his boss goes batshit crazy on him. Well, he should have known what he was getting into. Now he may lose his seat, lose his VP bid, and lose his career. This is going to take the air out of any other political news for days. Even Ryan may call for Mitt to release his taxes, just to change the subject.

  39. 129 sherijr
    September 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I had good news today, amidst all the national sorrow & the hoopla of Romney/Ryan BS. I have been really worried that I wouldn’t get to vote.. as I’ve been in a limbo situation since July when I closed on selling my house here in ND. I had put an offer in on a house in Baltimore two months ago and today it finally went through. YIPPEE!! Having no address here anymore & no address yet in MD.. I have been uncertain as to whether I’d move in time to register to vote… and now I will be in MD – for SURE within two weeks. So I am happy… knowing I will vote- plus its nice to know we’ve got a home yay! 🙂

  40. September 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    These are the 2 questions every American must ask him/herself after that vile man’s actions today.

  41. September 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

  42. 157 Lorraine
    September 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    General Clark is on Rev.. Al’s show now.

  43. September 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    ” These people are simply unfit for the responsibility of running the United States. The knee-jerk judgments, based on ideology not reality; the inability to back down when you have said something obviously wrong; and the attempt to argue that the president of the US actually sympathized with those who murdered his own ambassador in Benghazi: these are disqualifying instincts for someone hoping to be the president of the US. Disqualifying.”


  44. September 12, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    • 162 nathkatun7
      September 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Keep at it Bobfr! I wish we had a genuine Press because Romney would not have gotten away with his refusal to release his tax returns; especially in light of the fact that he had Swiss and the Cayman Islands bank accounts and investments in Bermuda .

  45. 163 cookemom
    September 12, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I get the feeling that anyone of those RWNJ in the ‘Pub’s primary would be doing a better job right about now. I mean, wild-eyed Bachman, 999, St.Torum, and Newt the poot, would have probably ran a better campaign. I ain’t skurd, but that’s some smh stuff right there.

  46. September 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    This is my epiphany for today.

  47. 169 sherijr
    September 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Woo Hoo… okay this is quite cool: I just went to gottaregister.com and put in my address change to vote in MD & then had a choice to download & print the form to mail- however my printer is long since packed… OR theres a message that I’ll receive an email with the form… and guess who the email came from?? thats right ~ Our FLOTUS, Michelle Obama 😉 Darn right, I’m pleased with myself right now 🙂

  48. September 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    This is important.

    Confession: I hate china dish thingies, especially when they’re displayed all over the place in a room.

    So, that Vanity Fair interview…..

    “When a new president is elected, the White House curatorial staff removes everything from the office the departing president put in it, unless they worry it will cause a political stir—in which case they ask the new president. Right after the last election they removed a few oil paintings of Texas. It took Obama longer than usual to make changes to the office because, as he put it, “we came in when the economy was tanking and our first priority wasn’t redecorating.” Eighteen months into the office he reupholstered the two chairs in his sitting area …. And he took one look at the bookshelves, filled with china, and thought, This won’t do. “They had a bunch of plates in there,” he says, a little incredulously. “I’m not a dish guy”.”

    See? He’s perfect 😎


    • 175 cookemom
      September 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Wasn’t that the very expensive china that Laura bought right before the end of Bush’s term? The economy was already tanking and she was busy measuring drapes. By then, she knew they were leaving either through the front or the back door.

    • 176 sherijr
      September 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      He is indeed.

  49. 177 cookemom
    September 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    On Rev. Al’s show, Evan Coleman, terrorist expert says that on Sept 10th Al Queda released response to the drone attack and killing of their #3 guy. They sent out a call asking where are the people who would rise and defend the killing. They said they must rise and attack. This message was put out on internet, so the attackers saw it at the same time as our security folks did. This area is a stronghold in the region for Al Qaeda influenced groups. One such group, An Sar Al Sariar(sp) is Al Qeada inspired, but not in that organization. Today they said that they didn’t call for the attack, but did acknowledge their fighters were involved in what took place. In other words, unlike the other upraising on the attack in Egypt, the one in Libya could have very well been a planned event in retaliation. The video was just a cover.

    Another tidbit that Mittiful didn’t take the time to consider.

  50. September 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Good news: Obamacare is having a real impact on real people

    How about some genuinely good news for a change? The Census Bureau reports that fewer Americans are now going without health insurance. That’s almost certainly a consequence of the Affordable Care Act’s new regulations ensuring that young adults can stay on their parents’ insurance


  51. September 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Martin Dempsey, the chairman of President Obama’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke Wednesday morning by phone with Terry Jones, pleading with the Florida-based anti-Islamic pastor to stop promoting a film that protesters have cited in the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed at least four American diplomats.

    “This was a brief call,” an Obama administration official told reporters Wednesday, adding that Dempsey discussed the “tensions it could inflame and the violence it could cause.”

    “He asked Pastor Jones to consider withdrawing his support for the film,” the administration official said, adding: “Mr. Jones did hear the chairman’s concerns but he was non-committal.”

    Jones told NBC’s Orlando affiliate that he didn’t play any role in the film — “Innocence of Muslims” — but did plan to show it to his church in Gainesville and that he’d promote it to a wider audience.

    “When we do our activities, when we raise our awareness of the radical element of Islam, we are posing those people absolutely no danger,” Jones said. “We are, perhaps, insulting some people, but just because you are insulted, it gives you no right to break into someone’s house, go into his yard, kill him and destroy his property. So we should by no means excuse their activities.”

    Sam Becile, a self-described Israeli Jew and California-based real estate developer, produced the movie that has gone viral on the internet and U.S. officials have blamed as the precursor to violence Tuesday in Cairo, Egypt, and Benghazi, Libya, where four U.S. diplomats were killed, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

    • 182 sherijr
      September 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      what a repugnant POS. How does anyone feel righteous about their words/ actions being more important than innocent lives? I blame him, I blame the movie maker & I blame the actual killers. But how is this different than when someone instigates violence? This is the modus operandi for these rightwingers… such a Palin putting out a bullseye on Democrats.. and lo & behold Gabby Giffords is shot & others are killed.. but another extremist nut. I absolutely believe that folks who play this game know exactly what it leads to.. and do it specifically to incite hate & violence.

  52. September 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I really have to wonder what it’s like in the Romney bubble. It’s not one that’s developed just recently. It’s so all -encompassing, so divorced from an real-world experience, that it must be the apex of a pathology brought about by a lifetime of privilege. He was derided for his pre-Olympic trip, so after the attacks on our missions, he saw it as a chance to respond “forcefully” and show how robust a Romney presidency would be. But he has no idea that words have consequences, because he’s been shielded from those consequences all his life. In this regard he might be worse than Cheney. Cheney knows that words have meaning, but he seeks a certain result from his words. Romney is simply ignorant of how the world works, of how human beings react to the wrong thing said at the wrong time. And thus, when he speaks, he causes even more harm than a Cheney, because he has no way to gauge his statements.

    • 187 theo67
      September 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Mitt Romney was already so far-removed from common people, having lived in rarified air for so long. Even when he was governor, it was reported that you needed clearance to get on the floor where his office was, and it was cordoned off even further in the space right around his office. He didn’t know any names of staffers or their birthdays – barely interacted with people in the State Assembly. He has been trapped in a bubble, and he just doesn’t know how to operate in the real world.

    • 188 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      I have long maintained that he is a sociopath. It’s beyond just weirdness or rigidity — those would be cute attributes as compared to what I think this man really is.

  53. September 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  54. September 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As it announced its first big enforcement action against Capital One Financial this summer, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was preparing to raid a California company that had offered to help lower at-risk homeowners’ monthly payments.

    In court papers, the government accused Chance Gordon and Abraham Michael Pessar of misleading homeowners about their chances of negotiating reduced payments. It said the two charged illegal, upfront fees and did little to help clients who signed up.

    Homeowners who paid the steep fees often ended up in foreclosure, while Gordon and Pessar used their money to “to fund a lavish lifestyle, including expensive cars, dinners and nightclubs,” the government said. Among the company’s assets is a 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo with an original cost of $88,321.

    A federal district court in central California allowed the consumer bureau to raid the men’s offices, freeze their assets and investigate claims that homeowners in at least 25 states were misled about the company’s services.

    On his Facebook page, Gordon described officials storming into his offices on the morning of July 19 and disconnecting the phones. The bureau had used details from Gordon’s bank statements and earlier investigations by the California State Bar to make its case, he said in the Facebook account, which is part of the court record.


  55. September 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  56. 202 dotster3
    September 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Disgusted by Chuck Todd’s report on the events of the day on Nightly News. Other than showing the Obama 60 Minutes clip, it was all about trying to smooth it over for Romney. Muddled reporting on the facts, inconsequential, selective clips. No one would have any idea after watching as to the true facts of the day. He made it seem as if there was as much support as condemnation of Romney’s actions by Repubs, airing Laura Ingraham’s strong statement of support of Willard for his Obama apology charges. It was dereliction of duty by Todd again, who becomes more offensive by the day. He doesn’t belong in the news biz.

    • 203 lisalovesobama
      September 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Chuckie, like Willard has 2 audiences. Fricking flip flopping nutsack! —– and Willard is just as bad.

    • September 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Halperin was doing the same on MSNBC. He criticized Romney but kept saying that he had important issues about PBO that needed to be brought up and discussed, that Romney was right to criticize PBO, etc. I was thoroughly disgusted — and just kept remembering that he called PBO a dick on Morning Joe.

      • 205 Grab a Mop Grace
        September 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

        Pickle, I saw that interview too.
        It occurred to me that Halperin and his buddy Heilemann have probably already talked to the Romney campaign about doing a book about the election AFTER THEY LOSE, or maybe they would say when they win, like they did with “GameChange”. They probably said that they’d grant them the interviews depending on how favorably they speak about the Romney campaign in these last 7 weeks.

        Defending these buffoons seems a little contrived and forced even for Halperin. There has to be a reason for it.

        Obama/Biden 2012

      • 206 anniebella
        September 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        Mark Halperin is a stupid dick.

  57. 207 lamh35
    September 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Did anyone notice if CNN finally got the chronology of Romney’s stupidity correct? This afternoon Blitzer and crew were trying to place blame for Romney’s statment on the tweet trying to make an issue of whether was authorized or not without emphasizing that the embassy statement was 1 in Egypt and 2 was 6 hours before Libyan deaths.

    • 208 theo67
      September 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      If only the media would spend as much energy fact checking Romney-Ryan as they do in trying to provide him cover for all his gaffes.

  58. 209 Debra
    September 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    To Romney,
    “Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”
 Proverbs 17:28 American King James Bible

  59. 210 Pamela
    September 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I love SOS Clinton in these photos. I would hug her if I could. (never thought I’d feel that about her)

    • 211 lisalovesobama
      September 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm


    • 212 Lorraine
      September 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Let the church say Amen!

    • 213 nathkatun7
      September 12, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      You know Pamela, I now truly appreciate President Obama’s wisdom in selecting Hillary Clinton as SoS. Despite the tragedy in Libya, she has been an excellent SoS! I especially appreciate the fact that she has never attempted to upstage the President. I also appreciate the fact that, like the President, she deeply values and respects people who work under her.

      • 214 Pamela
        September 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm

        Yes, nath, I feel the same. I am sorry to see her go, but will be watching for her next stage, it should be quite something!

  60. 216 lamh35
    September 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Obama Expands Lead Over Romney

    A new Fox News poll finds President Obama got a five point bounce among women and a 12-point bounce among independents from the Democratic convention.

    Obama now leads Mitt Romney by five points among likely voters, 48% to 43%.

    “The poll finds the president has a significant advantage on most issues and candidate traits. Voters trust Obama more than Romney on foreign policy (+15 points), education (+14 points), Medicare (+11 points), health care (+9 points) and terrorism (+8 points). Romney bests Obama outright on just one issue: cutting government spending (+13 points).”

    • 217 cookemom
      September 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      That poll on foreign policy after today’s debacle will have PBO ahead by a immeasurable amount. While PBO can’t call it in, he sure can take his time getting ready for the inaugural.

  61. 218 criquet
    September 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Donald Rumsfeld was Secretary of War Defense between 2001 and 2006, so none of this should be news to him:

    June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
    Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.
    February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Truck bomb kills 17.

    February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
    Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards.

    July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan
    Suicide bomber kills two.

    December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded.

    March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
    Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants.

    September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria
    Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13 wounded.

    January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece
    A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured.

    July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey
    Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed.

    March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
    Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls’ school instead.

    September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
    Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured.

    So did those attacks (and the 9/11 ones, for that matter) happen because of “perceived American weakness”? Is that what Rumsfeld wants to argue—that our country’s diplomatic missions were targeted because George Bush’s America was perceived as weak?
    As for Obama, the attacks in Cairo and Benghazi are the first two attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission in an ostensibly peaceful country during his entire presidency—and they were sparked by that idiot wingnut Islamophobe Terri Jones. The embassy in Afghanistan was targeted by the Taliban last Sept. 13, but that’s a country at war.

    If you buy Rumsfeld’s nonsense, you can tally the numbers to determine which administration was “perceived weaker.”



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  62. September 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

  63. 220 utaustinliberal
    September 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    WTF is wrong with twitter. Seriously is anyone experiencing this? Response sorely needed. When one tweets and your tweet gets sent, it refreshes the page and your tweet becomes the first tweet on the page. That’s the normal twitter way. Now, when I tweet, it doesn’t automatically refresh the page. I have to scroll all the way up to click on where it says “20 New Tweets or 30 New Tweets” to see the new tweets that popped up while I was composing my own tweet. Then I have to click again “20 New Tweets” to be able to see my tweet.

    This crap began today and I want to know if anyone else is experiencing this because it’s pissing me the fuck off.

  64. September 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Love this cute guy who’s giving a reminder about texting, giving, downloading app, visiting GottaRegister.com

    What a great volunteeer he is: http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=1

    • September 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      What a great legacy of future leaders these campaigns has created. A friend of mine worked on PBO’s campaign in 08 and is now running for state senator here in RI

  65. 224 JER
    September 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Stream is up now for President Obama in Las Vegas, NV – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  66. September 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Beauty always triumphs over ugliness in the end.

  67. 227 squarepeg
    September 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I must admit I too would love to see Keithy tear Mittens to shreds

    Unnecessary. Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Address, now guaranteed, will suffice RT @ellacott2 Would love to hear a special comment from @KeithOlbermann regarding Romney’s foreign policy fail.

  68. 228 Ladyhawke
    September 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS


    At what point do Romney’s suppporters stop raging at media for reporting his mistakes and start raging at him for making them?


  69. 229 lisalovesobama
    September 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Ugh! Ed not in, instead we have Ezra Klein…..YUCK!!!!

  70. 236 desertflower
    September 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    This is REPULSIVE! http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/mitt-romney-9-11-profiteer Profiting off the death and destruction of 9/11….Tweeters!!

    Via Politicker.com:

    Endurance Specialty Holdings was one of many insurance and reinsurance startups that cropped up in the wake of 9/11. These companies were designed to purchase debt from insurance companies who faced billions of dollars in claims after the attacks and sold insurance at high prices generated by the soaring rates that resulted from the cash crunch on traditional insurance companies. Mr. Romney was invested in Endurance Specialty Holdings both through Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm founded by a former Bain Capital executive in 2000 and through his direct interest in another investment firm, CCG Investment Fund, LP.

    In documents filed with the SEC ahead of a proposed IPO in late 2002, Endurance Specialty Holdings, which began operations in December 2001, a little over three months after the World Trade Center attacks, boasted about how they were taking advantage of economic opportunities created in the wake of September 11th.

    But, but, but…Willard wasn’t involved with Bain after 1999, was he? And didn’t he have his money in a blind trust controlled by his close personal friend and lawyer? Yeah, that’s not a blind trust, and Mitt knew exactly where his money was, because he was one of the original investors.

    Endurance made a ton of money on those September 11th attacks, and so did Mitt Romney. But did he pay any taxes on the profit? Doubtful.

    In addition to Endurance’s history of profiting from the September 11th attacks, Mr. Romney’s investment in the company is also interesting because the company was domiciled in Bermuda, though none of its initial investors hailed from the island nation and ten of them came from the United States. In SEC filings, Endurance noted this arrangement ensured it was not “subject to taxes computed on profits or income or computed on any capital asset, gain or appreciation, or any tax in the nature of estate duty or inheritance tax or to any foreign exchange controls.” Throughout this election, the Obama campaign has accused Mr. Romney of using similar offshore investment schemes to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

    What a patriot. This is the man who wants to be president, profiteering from a national tragedy and doing so without even paying a dime of taxes on it. Some might call him enterprising. I call it greedy.

  71. 237 desertflower
    September 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Phone call with PBO seems to have been moved to 8:20 EST

  72. September 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    REMINDER: PBO will be having a video conference for volunteer leaders in just a few minutes:


    Everyone, please join in!!

  73. 240 utaustinliberal
    September 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    The stupid hurts.

  74. September 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Poor NV folks, seems like they’re waiting until after PBO’s volunteer call scheduled to start at 8:20

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