Team Obama: Romney really needs to prove his overseas trip isn’t “one long photo op and fundraising tour”

posted at 6:41 pm on July 23, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Mitt Romney is embarking on an international visit later this week, heading to London on Thursday for the Olympic opening ceremonies and then swinging through Poland and Israel — and given the nature of presidential politics, no matter what Mitt Romney does, the Obama camp can of course be relied upon to come up with uber-lame reasons to criticize him for it. Says former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs:

“The American people demand and require something greater of their political candidates than speaking to a fundraising reception,” he said. “The bar really is whether or not Mitt Romney really is finally going to shed a little light on what appears to be the secrecy of his foreign policy plans.”

Oh, I’m sorry, do the American people demand their political candidates to do something more than speak at fundraisers? Because I’m pretty sure that’s what our president has been doing practically non-stop for ages now, and even if he didn’t raise money with his physical presence overseas during the 2008 campaign, he’s certainly getting plenty of money from abroad right now. Also, I might add that the attempt to make all of Mitt Romney’s intentions seem fully masked in a shroud of “secrecy” on every front is getting really old, really fast. Gibbs continued,

“He’ll need to prove to the American people that he sees foreign policy issues as worthy of substantive discussion rather than just generality and soundbites in this campaign,” said campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs. “It’s widely accepted that President Obama has an exceptionally strong record on national security issues, and I think quite frankly Mitt Romney is having a tough time making an argument against the president of the United States on these issues.” …

“I think at the end of that trip, the American people knew where Barack Obama stood on all the major foreign issues of the day. The question, I think, for Gov. Romney, is whether this trip will be similarly substantive, and live up to the bar set in 2008,” Gibbs said.

First of all, as to the “high bar” set by candidate Obama in 2008 with his extensive pre-election overseas trip — yes, I quite agree. If, you know, that high bar consists entirely of popularity-contesting shmooze-fests with the European liberal masses, then yeah, sure. And secondly, it was a conference call, so the world may never know, but I have to wonder if Gibbs managed to keep a straight face when he was touting President Obama’s “widely-accepted,” “exceptionally strong record on national security issues.” Heh.

“President Obama thinks visiting our closest ally in the Middle East is a ‘distraction,’ that Hugo Chavez is not a ‘serious’ threat, and that the right response to Russia is to promise more ‘flexibility’ in exchange for giving him ‘space’ before the election,” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. “It is clear that President Obama’s foreign policy is confused, ineffective, and has weakened our influence in every region of the world.” …

“In no region of the world is our country’s influence any stronger than it was four years ago,” said Romney spokesman Ryan Williams. “President Obama has failed to restore our economy, is weakening our military with devastating defense cuts, and has diminished our moral authority. Governor Romney will restore the pillars of American strength to secure our interests and defend our values.”

It looks to me like Romney’s trip is making Team Obama nervous, and they’re attempting to frame it as cheap and shallow before Romney can even get out of the gate. Obama’s own failure to visit Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East, during his presidency (oh, but don’t worry, he’ll get around to it in a second term of course!), compared to Romney’s willingness to stand tall about his staunchly pro-Israel views and his personal friendship with Netanyahu, looks pretty weaksauce. It’s going to be a sticking point with pro-Israel voters and the Jewish community. As Jennifer Rubin writes:

The Obama campaign can’t bear the thought that the well-traveled Mitt Romney will make a nice impression on his overseas tour. So it held today what can only be described as a petulant call with reporters, trying to spin the media that Obama’s trip abroad in 2008 was “substantive.” (If so, it was grossly inappropriate since the country had another president at the time.) Oddly, the spin call’s account of 2008 left out the Berlin speech. Why? …

The real danger for the Obama team is that the public (to the extent it cares at all about foreign policy) will compare the promise of Obama to the reality. Here he was in 2008: “This is the moment we must help answer the call for a new dawn in the Middle East. My country must stand with yours and with Europe in sending a direct message to Iran that it must abandon its nuclear ambitions. We must support the Lebanese who have marched and bled for democracy, and the Israelis and Palestinians who seek a secure and lasting peace.” The reality is the “peace process” is dead, Iran moves steadily toward nuclear-weapons capability, Syrians are dying by the thousands and Obama has done nothing for the people of Lebanon.


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Even if it is the biggest Photo Op ever if Mitt is standing in tears under the “Arbeit macht frei” sign it will be the best photo op ever. Up at the level of when Reagan was standing and telling to tear down this wall or Bush was standing at Grown Zero with the bullhorn.

The current president would never do and if he did he would say that the he did not understand why it is not in Polish but in front of a Poland death camp or something like that.

tjexcite on July 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM

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joisSC on July 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM

canopfor on July 23, 2012 at 6:52 PM

exactamundo

cmsinaz on July 23, 2012 at 6:53 PM

cmsinaz:-0

canopfor on July 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Team Obama: Romney really needs to prove his overseas trip isn’t “one long photo op and fundraising tour”

Because Obama is the only One allowed “one long photo op and fundraising tour”, don’t you know.

Hey, Gibbsey: Rezko, bundlers, college transcripts, Fast and Furious documents. BOO!

ghostwalker1 on July 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM

“The American people demand and require something greater of their political candidates than speaking to a fundraising reception,” he said.

I wonder at times whether Obama really wants a second term. But I will bet the wifey told him that as far as she is concerned she has no intention of missing the free vacays and par-tays that living on the public dole affords her. So, whatever the re-election campaign has to do to keep her, the kids and mom in the White House they must do. Apparently that also includes looking like idiots saying stuff on the record like this. Geesh.

DaveDief on July 23, 2012 at 7:32 PM

As twisted as the liberal media is, I just have to think that more than a few of the ones sitting in on this call had to be thinking WTF?

natasha333 on July 23, 2012 at 7:34 PM

CK said on Fox tonite that Romney’s going to 3 countries Obama has dissed during his presidency: England, Israel and Poland and all he’s gotta do is stand up and say I stand with you without mentioning BO’s name.

gracie on July 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

So stay home and dream about killing babies.

NotCoach on July 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

You make a really good point.

Stay home in 2012.

Key West Reader on July 23, 2012 at 7:23 PM

lets get this straight, banks are now proven to be currupt thieves! its not the “systemic failure” BS of 2008! the big banks where fixing the rate while making billions of trades out of the same libor rate they fixed. these same banks are giving boatloads of stolen cash to our politicians and its all ok with you? are you insane? are all you partisan bots in this forum insane?

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Obama’s Three Fundraisers Today Will Bring Total To 185 Since Filing For Reelection 15 Months Ago…

I can’t stop laughing at these fools.

JPeterman on July 23, 2012 at 7:31 PM

President Barack Obama: American Idle

M2RB: KISS, Quilmes Rock Festival, River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Besides Not Meeting With His Jobs’ Council Once, What’s Obama Been Up To Since 01.19.12?

I went through his daily, published diary.

…Meanwhile, our noble, young President has meet with the Secretary of the Treasury and his own Council on Jobs and Competitiveness — combined — fewer times in number than he has been photographed eating hotdogs and hamburgers on different days in the last 6 months at some campaign event or courtside. Cue the “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” music.

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Im wlling to bet the Romneys will not be pawing the Queen.

katy the mean old lady on July 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM

gracie on July 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

heh :)

excellent

cmsinaz on July 23, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I can’t stop shaking my head over this one, coming from the absolute king of photo ops and fundraising tours. Is there a shred of integrity ANYWHERE in the Obama administration or re-election team? Do they actually look at themselves in the mirror?

Anybody want to get in on the over/under for the date when Obama actually says that voting for Romney is racist? I take 10/1.

jclittlep on July 23, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Couldn’t that big beautiful Canadian bus get him to Richmond in an hour and a half, on less than $100 worth of fuel?

Steve Z on July 23, 2012 at 7:23 PM

He can’t take Mooch for a ride

Sad, actually.

Key West Reader on July 23, 2012 at 7:38 PM

CK said on Fox tonite that Romney’s going to 3 countries Obama has dissed during his presidency: England, Israel and Poland and all he’s gotta do is stand up and say I stand with you without mentioning BO’s name.

gracie on July 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I hate to think of Governor Romney going to dangerous places when guarded by Secret Service personnel that report to little Bammie. That just gives me a creepy feeling.

slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Im wlling to bet the Romneys will not be pawing the Queen.

katy the mean old lady on July 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Ouchie~

Key West Reader on July 23, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I am sure he won’t be strapping the family dog on top of the jet.

Electrongod on July 23, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I have five bucks that says “Bo Obama” is graciously gifted to some obscure staffer that “lives in the country” when Barry and his hideous bride exit the White House next January.

BettyRuth on July 23, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Romney needs not prove anything to this dolt.

rplat on July 23, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Romney need not prove anything to this dolt.

rplat on July 23, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Team Obama: Romney really needs to prove his overseas trip isn’t “one long photo op and fundraising tour”

…hey JugEars!…Mitt doesn’t know how to bow!…(or eat bow wow!)

KOOLAID2 on July 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

lets get this straight, banks are now proven to be currupt thieves! its not the “systemic failure” BS of 2008! the big banks where fixing the rate while making billions of trades out of the same libor rate they fixed. these same banks are giving boatloads of stolen cash to our politicians and its all ok with you? are you insane? are all you partisan bots in this forum insane?

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Read. And learn

You do not loan money to people who cannot repay a loan.

Key West Reader on July 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Team Obama: Romney really needs to prove his overseas trip isn’t “one long photo op and fundraising tour”

One nice thing about people who constantly yell the equivalent of the baseless “The Sky is Falling” – they eventually get TOTALLY and COMPLETELY IGNORED by everyone.

TeaPartyNation on July 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

OT: In a story we’ve been following here in New Hampshire all day, an arrest has been made in the case of the huge fire earlier this year at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which is actually mostly in Maine.

This fire heavily damaged the nuclear sub USS Miami, to the tune of $400 million. The original cause was thought to be accidental. It wasn’t.

Casey James Fury could face life in prison. He said he set the fire because he wanted to go home from work early. He’s 24 years old, and was working on the sub as a civilian painter and sandblaster.

And yes, he wears the Union Label.

More:

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120723-NEWS-120729921

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

lets get this straight, banks are now proven to be currupt thieves! its not the “systemic failure” BS of 2008! the big banks where fixing the rate while making billions of trades out of the same libor rate they fixed. these same banks are giving boatloads of stolen cash to our politicians and its all ok with you? are you insane? are all you partisan bots in this forum insane?

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Let’s get this straight:

Your Secretary of the Treasury, the tax cheat, Timothy Geithner, a Democrat, was President of the New York Federal Reserve, the most powerful under the Fed Chairman.

Those in The City and on The Street (that would have the access to know) say that Geithner knew about the interest rate fixing and DID NOTHING BECAUSE THEY WERE HIS BUDDIES.

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

I hate to think of Governor Romney going to dangerous places when guarded by Secret Service personnel that report to little Bammie. That just gives me a creepy feeling.
slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Yes, but they’ll do a good job because they know they’ll be protecting the next President.

gracie on July 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Wow. There’s no small enemy.

gracie on July 23, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Heyyyy, what rock did Fibbs crawl out from under? The fundraider-in-chief is really getting desperate now.

stukinIL4now on July 23, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Somehow I don’t think that Romney will be using that reverb effect when he meets with foreign dignitaries that Obama used in the Berlin speech. I don’t think that free beer will be on tap either to dazzle the crowds.

onlineanalyst on July 23, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Hey, if Romney is paying for his trip out of his own pocket, I could care less. If Barry is jet setting around the country or world on MY dime… I totally care.

atracksler on July 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Read. And learn

You do not loan money to people who cannot repay a loan.

Key West Reader on July 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

oh dude, you still stuck in the 2008 partisan spin of the crisis. this is different, they (14 big banks) fixed the libor rate while their trading divisions made billions of the fix. just google news the term libor, this stuff will explode soon. they will be proven nothing but corrupt thieves and they are sponsoring our politicians(romney and obama)

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Gotta say Team Barry is a Joke.

Jeebus Empty suit did nut’n n 2008 but what he now accuses Mitt of do’n.

How I miss the competence of Jimmuh Carter when I look at these slugs.

roflmao

donabernathy on July 23, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Let’s get this straight:

Your Secretary of the Treasury, the tax cheat, Timothy Geithner, a Democrat, was President of the New York Federal Reserve, the most powerful under the Fed Chairman.

Those in The City and on The Street (that would have the access to know) say that Geithner knew about the interest rate fixing and DID NOTHING BECAUSE THEY WERE HIS BUDDIES.

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

both parties are on the take on this and both parties are being sponsored by big wall street banks that soon will be proven corrupt thieves.

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Awesomely awesome Scott Brown ad nailing Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqDIjGsBEP8&feature=player_embedded

It makes me want to stand up and say, “Enough of this Mourning in America. It can be Morning in America, again!”

The use of JFK and LBJ against them is just brutal, too.

Both had better put some ice on that. It’s gonna leave a serious marks on them.

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM

lets get this straight, banks are now proven to be currupt thieves!

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

This is why children aren’t allowed to vote. They have a simple minded and childish view of the world. They like to run around spouting retarded cliches that most functioning adults can only shake their heads at.

NotCoach on July 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Sabotage doesn’t carry the death penalty any more?

Liam on July 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Romney will have to kneel to beat O-bow-ma overseas. Rom-kneel?

starboardhelm on July 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

This is why children aren’t allowed to vote. They have a simple minded and childish view of the world. They like to run around spouting retarded cliches that most functioning adults can only shake their heads at.

NotCoach on July 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

http://www.economist.com/node/21558281

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM

http://www.economist.com/node/21558281

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I am pretty sure most of us know about LIBOR. We all also know you are a few apples short of a full cart.

NotCoach on July 23, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I’m beginning to think the Obama camp is delusional.

carl todd hand on July 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Sabotage doesn’t carry the death penalty any more?

Liam on July 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

In the civilian, criminal justice system, there must be a death to qualify for the the DP…assuming that the state even has it.

A few years ago, the Court struck down a law that would have allowed juries to sentence especially depraved child rapists to the DP. I believe it was a Louisiana case involving a man, who raped a 9 month-old baby girl so badly that she nearly died.

Even espionage isn’t punished by the DP anymore (it may still be an option, but it hasn’t been imposed in decades). I may be wrong, but I think the Rosenbergs were the last to be executed for espionage.

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM

This is why children aren’t allowed to vote. They have a simple minded and childish view of the world. They like to run around spouting retarded cliches that most functioning adults can only shake their heads at.

NotCoach on July 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

no, really, the big banks that were caught red handed in a easy to understand thievery :
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/NG24Dj01.html

I am shocked and just started sharpening my digital pitchfork…

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Anybody noticing the role reversal over the past two months? Romney is becoming more and more presidential, Obama the challenger spending 100 percent of his time campaigning.

This is part of the reason Romney is going with the Day 1, Day 2 commercials — have voters buy into Romney as their leader.

Obama, with his constant flailing at everything, is diminishing his #1 asset: the presidency and its many perks.

matthew8787 on July 23, 2012 at 8:18 PM

I am pretty sure most of us know about LIBOR. We all also know you are a few apples short of a full cart.

NotCoach on July 23, 2012 at 8:12 PM

sure sure… this scandal will be big and relentless with countless institutions suing the big banks and Hot air has ZERO articles on a subject that will be important in the coming political fights….

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I guess they must be worried that Romney will try something really pretentious like giving a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

Ironwood297 on July 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

CK said on Fox tonite that Romney’s going to 3 countries Obama has dissed during his presidency: England, Israel and Poland and all he’s gotta do is stand up and say I stand with you without mentioning BO’s name.

gracie on July 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Netanyahu refused to get pulled into the US Presidential race during his interview this weekend on Fox News Sunday, but I’d love to see him embrace his old friend Mitt during Mitt’s visit to Israel.

PatMac on July 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Boy, someone left the irony on………..

rockmom on July 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM

both parties are on the take on this and both parties are being sponsored by big wall street banks that soon will be proven corrupt thieves.

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I mostly agree but patience grasshopper.

Arrest and criminal charges are expected to be made within the coming weeks.

Fallon on July 23, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Yeah, but isn’t Gov. Romney only going to visit people Obama doesn’t care about?

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2012 at 8:24 PM

both parties are on the take on this and both parties are being sponsored by big wall street banks that soon will be proven corrupt thieves.

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Where is Captain Louis Renault when you need him? Nathor, you act as though you are shocked to find that there is gambling go on in Rick’s Cafe. Do you seriously believe that the corruption of some on Wall Street is anything new? Do you know why FDR named Joe Kennedy as the first SEC Commissioner? For the same reason that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies worked with Frank Abagnale, Jr, both during the time he was in prison and afterwards.

What gets me about people like you is that it is always “the big banks…, Wall Street…, blah, blah, blah!” When you guys do that it makes about as much sense as it would to remake “Bonny and Clyde” and leave out Clyde. The banks and government have been in bed together for a very long time and, until you start kicking out YOUR Senators and Congresspeople (it is not enough to say, “I hate Congress, but like my Senators and Congressman), then nothing will change. The two are so symbiotic that one couldn’t get away with a fraction of what it does without the other.

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Im wlling to bet the Romneys will not be pawing the Queen.

katy the mean old lady on July 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Heh.

Tim_CA on July 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM

But this was obviously sabotage against American military capability, not the private industry that feeds the war machine.

At an air show at McGuire AFB some years ago, they had on static display a B-52 and a B-1. Both planes were roped off, with signs every 12 feet or so that said, “Do not cross. Use of deadly force authorized.”

Civilian perpetratoror not, this was obviously sabotage on a major US military asset (motive is irrelevant) conducted on a US military installation.

I don’t know the nuances of law between the civilian authority and the UCMJ, but this is serious in the extreme in both jurisdictions.

Liam on July 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Im wlling to bet the Romneys will not be pawing the Queen.

katy the mean old lady on July 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Or giving Her Majesty a collection of Mitt’s speeches on an iPod for a ‘gift’.

Liam on July 23, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Fallon on July 23, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I am tuning in to this scandal now… I am on the rage phase and with little patience for the apologetic sheeps i am discovering here in hot air…

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Where is Captain Louis Renault when you need him? Nathor, you act as though you are shocked to find that there is gambling go on in Rick’s Cafe. Do you seriously believe that the corruption of some on Wall Street is anything new? Do you know why FDR named Joe Kennedy as the first SEC Commissioner? For the same reason that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies worked with Frank Abagnale, Jr, both during the time he was in prison and afterwards.

What gets me about people like you is that it is always “the big banks…, Wall Street…, blah, blah, blah!” When you guys do that it makes about as much sense as it would to remake “Bonny and Clyde” and leave out Clyde. The banks and government have been in bed together for a very long time and, until you start kicking out YOUR Senators and Congresspeople (it is not enough to say, “I hate Congress, but like my Senators and Congressman), then nothing will change. The two are so symbiotic that one couldn’t get away with a fraction of what it does without the other.

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I want justice! is that too much too ask?

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I am on the rage phase…

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Do you know how long it took for people to take Fast and Furious seriously?

If you find yourself obsessing or in the rare case an erection the rage phase lasts for more than four hours, seek immediate medical attention.

It will become a story when names are named and it will probably go all the way up to the Fed. See, I threw a little something out there for RP fans, too.

Fallon on July 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Harbingeing on July 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The First Gay Rights President?

Barnestormer on July 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

oh dude, you still stuck in the 2008 partisan spin of the crisis. this is different, they (14 big banks) fixed the libor rate while their trading divisions made billions of the fix. just google news the term libor, this stuff will explode soon. they will be proven nothing but corrupt thieves and they are sponsoring our politicians(romney and obama)

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Dude, you are seriously naive if you believe that the housing and financial crises were caused solely by “14 big banks.”

Here are the first 6 chapters of Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon, which was written by New York Times’ acclaimed business journalist, Gretchen Morgenson, and Joshua Rosner:

Yes, Virginia, The Democrats Very Nearly Destroyed The American Economy And They Robbed You Blind In The Process!!!

The financial and housing crises were baked into the cake a long time ago.

Have you ever wondered where the Bush administration and the Federal Reserve got the power to bailout insurance companies like AIG, which were never insured by the Federal government?

They were given it — in an obscure amendment within the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 — by none other than one of the Democrats’ Dynamic Duo, rescuers of the middle class and authors of FrankenDudd:

Senator Christopher Dodd, Democrat, of the Great State of MBNA.

His amendment enshrined moral hazard within investment banks and insurance companies, which were never intended to get government guarantees and protections.

Another thing, which unfortunately Morgenson does not address, is the origination of the demise of Glass-Steagall. I am sure that you probably believe that Phil Graham was the driving force and originator of the idea to “Tear down that wall, Mr Clinton!” Au contraire! It was one of the topics of discussion at the Clinton-Gore Economic Forum in Little Rock, Arkansas, on the 14th and 15th of December…1-9-9-2. Yes, that means Bill Clinton was merely President-elect at the time that he and, at least, two of his Three Unwisemen began the long march to the singing of a dirge for Glass-Steagall. This is not absolve Republicans (I am a libertarian), but Democrats have rewritten the history of the housing and financial crises…just as they did with regard to their role in slavery, secession, segregation, and WMD in Iraq

They were FOR disarming Saddam of his WMD by any means necessary before they were against it…and even before Bush became President…and made impassioned speeches between 2002-3 stating, unequivocally, that Iraq had WMD and they knew this from their pre-Bush days, they asserted.

I do not condone corruption, but the government threatens me much more and in many more ways than any corporation on the planet.

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM

It’s becoming hilarious that Obama 2012 is running against Obama 2008 like it’s some Trekkie time warp.

Dusty on July 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Do you know how long it took for people to take Fast and Furious seriously?

this case is making me way more angry. just the scale of it, of how all those entitled bankers ripped us of and lived their hugely luxurious life at our expense.

If you find yourself obsessing or in the rare case an erection the rage phase lasts for more than four hours, seek immediate medical attention.

eh! :)

It will become a story when names are named and it will probably go all the way up to the Fed. See, I threw a little something out there for RP fans, too.

Fallon on July 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

yep, RP was right once again and indeed the fed needed auditing.

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Some salient foreign policy advice from Pat.

Akzed on July 23, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I want justice! is that too much too ask?

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I do, too, but I want those responsible in government to pay, as well. If you keep the same people and retain the same culture in Washington, new mice will just arrive on the scene to help build the mousetraps while the old mice are doing time in the Graybar Hotel.

Look at the Countrywide Scandal. Most of the Democrats are still in Washington. Angelo Mozillo may not be around, but new crony capitalists are.

Tell me, why is it that James Johnson and Franklin Raines, for example, escaped all punishment? Johnson is the Father of the Subprime Mortgage & turned Fannie Mae into a casino. Did he ever even get investigated? No. Even though he no longer works for the government, we are paying the rent for his office suite at the Watergate and for the chauffeurs that drive both he…and his wife…around Georgetown.

Do you how Washington Democrats “punished” James Johnson? John Kerry named him as the chair of his Vice-Presidential Search Committee, a post that he also held for some time during the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama.

Johnson’s successor, Franklin Raines, made over $90 million in 6 years…through cooking the books at Fannie Mae…to the tune of $9 billion.

I want anyone, who commits a crime, to do the time. I am a lawyer and believe in the rule of law with all of my heart. Sadly, there seems to be varying rules of law depending upon whether you are in the private or public sector, connected in Washington, or espouse beliefs applauded by The Establishment.

If you want justice, then you cannot have it by only punishing half of the crime family.

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 9:18 PM

that soon will be proven corrupt thieves.

nathor on July 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

You sound like that idiot corsi…the one that promised everyone the definitive proof obamacommie was born in kenya.

When are you putting up your african based “news” website? Get a grip.

Wolfmoon on July 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM

But this was obviously sabotage against American military capability, not the private industry that feeds the war machine.

I don’t know the nuances of law between the civilian authority and the UCMJ, but this is serious in the extreme in both jurisdictions.

Liam on July 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I understand, but I’m just relaying the law as it is in the civilian system.

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Do you know how long it took for people to take Fast and Furious seriously?

this case is making me way more angry. just the scale of it, of how all those entitled bankers ripped us of and lived their hugely luxurious life at our expense.

What about the hundreds of “little, brown-skinned people,” who we allegedly loathe, Brian Terry, and Jaime Zapata?

They are D-E-A-D.

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 9:25 PM

“The American people demand and require something greater of their political candidates than speaking to a fundraising reception,” he said.

Arrogant ass. Who the hell are they to “set the bar” for their visit?

Romney is visit allies that the Snob in Chief doesn’t consider important.

England? Give back the bust of Churchill.

Poland? Avoid references to the Solidarity movement anniversary.

Israel? Defend her enemies.

Romney has already exceeded Obama’s visit. He’s saying America should stick up for its friends

itsspideyman on July 23, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Erika, your article needs to be updated:

OBAMA CAMPAIGN AIRBRUSHES FROM HISTORY HIS FAMOUS BERLIN SPEECH TO 200,000 GERMANS AS HE ATTACKS ROMNEY FOR ‘POLITICAL’ EUROPEAN TOUR

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2177912/Barack-Obama-campaign-airbrushes-history-famous-Berlin-speech-200-000-Germans.html

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Korbe on Hannity right now, on this.

slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Someone should remind Robert Gibbs that Obama chose Biden for his foreign policy loin-girding experience. Lol!

TN Mom on July 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Alinsky…

tom daschle concerned on July 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Does Team Obama think we have forgotten the speech in Berlin during the 2008 campaign. This is nuclear-scale hypocrisy!

Mutnodjmet on July 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Why is Gibbsy back on the scene? Did Carney take one look at this and say, “Whoa, even I can’t sell that much BS!”?

ConArtist in Tampa on July 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM

#$@$$% these people make my stomach turn! You have to be so dumb to not realize that obama went on a whirl wind tour before the election, but it was all about him. Romney is going to meet leaders and find out about THEM!

Bambi on July 23, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Romney should add two countries to his trip. He should go to Canada and promise Harper he’ll approve the pipeline on day 1. Then he should go to Mexico and meet the families of people killed by Fast and Furious guns and promise accountability. Then I might contribute some money which I will not do until he starts getting in The Dog Eater’s face.

edshepp on July 23, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Team Obama: Romney really needs to prove his overseas trip isn’t “one long photo op and fundraising tour”

.…right after Obama proves that his entire presidency isn’t “one long photo op and fundraising toure”!!!

landlines on July 24, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Why is Gibbsy back on the scene? Did Carney take one look at this and say, “Whoa, even I can’t sell that much BS!”?

ConArtist in Tampa on July 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I think the reason is Axelrod. The man trips over every meme he tweets. What other genius would bring up Romney running the Olympics vs… oh… Obama losing the Olympics?

de rigueur on July 24, 2012 at 3:12 AM

“one long photo op and fundraising tour”


Doesn’t that sum up the Obama Presidency?

albill on July 24, 2012 at 5:25 AM

Am I paying for Romney’s trip? No? Then STFU, you Obama-sucking turds.

SKYFOX on July 24, 2012 at 6:43 AM

I wonder if Romney is bringing his ‘sticks’. I know our President would get a few rounds in if he went ‘on tour’.

Fuquay Steve on July 24, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Fibbs is still around? What a tight knit bunch of liars we have in control right now.

Kissmygrits on July 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM

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