Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Before the media demonize Romney....

Let's remember the chronology of events.
1) U.S. diplomats in Cairo shamefully apologize more or less preemptively for private U.S. citizens exercising their First Amendment rights in a way that “hurts the religious feelings” of Muslims. 2) “Protests” intensify into attacks on embassy in Cairo and consulate in Benghazi. 3) Romney calls Cairo embassy response disgraceful. 4) News of murders of Americans in Benghazi. 5) Obama administration disavows Cairo embassy line. 6) Obama campaign flack LaBolt shames Romney for politicizing murders.
As Daniel Foster details, the media are jumping on the LaBolt bandwagon in attacking Romney.
His initial statement had nothing to do with Ambassador Stevens’s murder. Yet just about the same time the Obama administration starts un$&%*ing its response to the crisis, Obama’s political hatchet man (not even his White House press secretary!) starts condemning Romney for politicizing it.

And let's not forget yesterday. It was 9/11, a day of reflection and tribute to the fallen. It was also a day when a mob in Cairo attacked our embassy and brought down our flag.

And what was Obama expressing his solemnity at this terrible anniversary? After some words of memory and solace, he then appeared on the Miami radio show of a guy known as the "Pimp with a Limp."
President Barack Obama put new meaning to the cliche "wide-ranging interview" while speaking with DJ Laz of Miami Latin station Romance 106.7 FM Tuesday morning.

"DJ Laz!" said Obama.

"O-BAMA" said DJ Laz back, who is also known as the Pimp with the Limp.

When asked how he was, Obama said, "Blessed and highly favored."

When Laz said that it was an honor to have Obama on, Obama replied, "I’m the one who should be humbled. You’re big time. You’ve got Pitbull and Flo Rida and all these guys just beating a path to your door. And so I’m hoping I can get a little of that magic from you in this interview."

Obama wasn't too pleased when Laz said he was wearing a Dolphins jersey. "You gotta start with that Dolphins thing. Did you see that HBO special Hard Knocks? That’s a pretty good show. As I recall, you guys didn’t win any … in the preseason," he said.

The friendly exchange set the tone for the rest of the interview, in which Obama made a standard case for his reelection.
I'm sure it's nice that Obama sees himself as "highly favored" but was yesterday really the day for going on that radio show?

Yet somehow Romney is the one who made a gaffe for condemning the embassy in Cairo for condemning those who hurt "religious feelings" instead of condemning those who attack an embassy because they are angry that some obscure guy made a film they find insulting.

Today Obama came out and made a statement condemning the murder of our ambassador and officials. This is good and all Americans support him in efforts to bring those responsible to justice. But that doesn't make Romney's criticism of the Cairo embassy's statement any less correct. And notice that the White House is now trying to distance themselves from that statement. I guess they agree with Romney that that was an unfortunate statement. Romney's response today is also on target.
“America will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and against our embassies. We will defend also our constitutional rights of speech and assembly and religion. We have confidence in our cause in America. We respect our Constitution. We stand for the principles our Constitution protects. We encourage other nations to understand and respect the principles of our Constitution because we recognize that these principles are the ultimate source of freedom for individuals around the world.

“I also believe the Administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt instead of condemning their actions. It's never too early for the United States Government to condemn attacks on Americans, and to defend our values. The White House distanced itself last night from the statement, saying it wasn't ‘cleared by Washington.’ That reflects the mixed signals they’re sending to the world.
So don't forget the chronology of what has gone on for the last 24 hours. His campaign slammed Romney yesterday before they rejected the embassy's statement. So they issued a shot at Romney and then later on figured out that the embassy's statement was not a winner and distanced themselves from that statement. Then we hear that the ambassador and other officials were murdered. So the Obama campaign then conflates the events to criticize Romney.
“We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack,” Obama’s campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt said in a statement.
And some in the media are following along to echo the campaign's spin that this was one huge Romney gaffe instead of a cleaning up operation from the White House spin machine.

In times of crisis, we want to rally around our president and country. But that doesn't mean that we lose the right to criticize when the administration blunders.

Update: I apologize. Excuse my ignorance. I hadn't realized that it is a phrase from the New Testament. So I take back that comment - I should have googled it before I wrote anything.