I love Barack Obama press conferences, scheduled or impromptu. Either way, they provide fertile ground for OOTD entries, and yesterday was no exception. When challenged on the negative manner in which his re-election campaign has operated — especially with the personal attacks on Mitt Romney — Obama seemed nonplussed, emphasis mine:
Nancy Cordes, CBS: As you know, your opponent recently accused you of waging a campaign filled with anger and hate. You told Entertainment Tonight that anyone who attends your rallies can see that they are not angry or hate-filled affairs. But in recent weeks, your campaign has suggested repeatedly – without proof – that Mr. Romney might be hiding something in his tax returns. They have suggested that Mr. Romney might be a felon for the way that he handed over power of Bain Capital. And your campaign and the White House have declined to condemn an ad by one of your top supporters that links Mr. Romney to a woman’s death from cancer. Are you comfortable with the tone being set with your campaign? Have you asked them to change their tone when it comes to defining Mr. Romney?
President Obama: Well, first of all, I am not sure that all of those characterizations that you laid out there were accurate. For example, nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon. And, I think that what is absolutely true is if you watch me on the campaign trail, here’s what I’m talking about. I’m talking about how to put Americans back to work.
Really? Then I guess that Stephanie Cutter, one of Team Obama’s official spokespeople, has officially been declared a “nobody”:
Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter suggested that Mitt Romney may be a criminal on a conference call with reporters this morning about a Boston Globe report that shows that Romney stayed at Bain Capital three years past when he said he’d left.
Cutter said that there were two ways to interpret the story. The first: Mitt Romney was “misrepresenting his position” at Bain to the Securities and Exchange Commission, “which is a felony.”
Don’t take our word for it. Here’s Cutter on CNN accusing Romney of committing a felony:
Aaaaaaaaand here’s Ed Rendell rebuking Team Obama for going the full felony:
Maybe Obama doesn’t know what his own campaign is doing … but that’s taking deniability into the realm of the implausible.
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