Video: “Words”

posted at 10:41 am on September 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In February 2008, as Barack Obama tried to wrest the nomination from previously-favored Hillary Clinton, his critics said that Hope and Change was nothing but words, with no plan for effective action.  In a speech in Wisconsin, Obama gave his “just words?” response:

More than four years later, American Crossroads says yes — those were “just words.”  Not only that, but Obama keeps saying the same words over and over again, even though his policies don’t produce the outcomes Obama promises.  In this new 60-second spot which Jim Geraghty says is a web-only test for a big campaign push later, the group juxtaposes Obama’s 2008 promises with his acceptance speech six days ago in Charlotte — and asks whether we’re better off:

This isn’t an entirely new approach; the Romney campaign itself has made similar comparisons between Obama speeches to good effect, too.  It demonstrates a couple of good points for the election.  One, Obama has no new policies to offer.  A second term would be just a continuation of his first-term, stagnation-producing economic policies, which have left the Fed with no choice but to weaken the dollar repeatedly in order to encourage even a little short-term investment.  Second, it shows what a myth the media has built about Obama’s oratory.  That got exposed last week with a laundry-list, State of the Unionesque speech rather than a ringing call to Americans to rally to his side.  Obama has been saying the same few things over and over again for more than five years, with little actual accomplishment to show for it.

Just … words.


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Bmore on September 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Embassy attacks:

WHERE THE HELL WERE THE US MARINES? Guarding the Embassy?

What the hell?

jake-the-goose on September 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

“In this new 60-second spot which Jim Geraghty says is a web-only test for a big campaign push later,”

Why is everything always “later” with the Romney campaign? I’m still waiting for that great “shock and awe” ad campaign that would take down Obama. Instead, we got a few meek and mild swing state ads that moved no numbers.

Pat Caddell is right when he said “This is the worst campaign of my lifetime.”

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Obama has been saying the same few things over and over again for more than five years, with little actual accomplishment to show for it.

No, but really, if he keeps saying those words, it will come true. He keeps telling himself and us that.

What a miserable failure. Preach recovery and implement policies that hinder or prevent recovery. But next term will be different. Really.

Why does this clown even have a 40% approval?

AZfederalist on September 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

The better question RE Obama’s 2008 ‘Just Words’ response: Is he seriously – SERIOUSLY – comparing his platitudes to Martin Luther King, The Constitution, and FDR?

That’s not punching above his weight, that is swinging blindly.

juanito on September 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

The picture in Drudge was not clear, but the ones in Gateway Pundit were. It appears Ambassador Stevens was still alive when he was captured and carried over the shoulder of the man. Stevens’ left arm was bend at the elbow and directed towards his face. He was tortured and murdered in close quarter. And then you have the picture of his body being dragged on the ground.

bayview on September 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

OT: Obama just finished a short statement about Libya.

I was not impressed. Feckless.

BuckeyeSam on September 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Why didn’t Obama send more security forces to protect the Libyan embassy? He had plenty of time. Maybe cell service is not good on the links.

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

There will be only one word on Nov 6th: DEFEAT.

hillsoftx on September 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Obama’s problem is the lack of relationship of his words to reality. This is especially true today, regarding the Libyan situation. He says stuff, but it doesn’t mean anything. I don’t understand why people are satisfied with that. How can they mistake such nonsense for eloquence. Straw men, platitudes, generalities, and the most high-minded lies you’ll ever hear.

Paul-Cincy on September 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

yep, words matter Mr. President.

WordsMatter on September 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Sadly, this was the only possible result from Obama’s policies and interactions with the middle east. That speech he made back in 2009(?) was all the encouragement they needed for the devolution of civilization in the region.

WashingtonsWake on September 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I live in Kansas so maybe we don’t get Romney ads here. Is anyone, anywhere seeing any campaigning from Romney? For me it’s like he just disappeared.

Keyser-Soze on September 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Jimmy Carter II, on steroids. From the tanking economy to humiliation overseas, Obama is faithfully following the New Democrat template, with some radical foreign policy embellishments from the far Left. As for “walking back” the statement by our Cairo Embassy, that statement is as faithful a declaration of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy in the Middle East as has ever been uttered.

Scriptor on September 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Dear Barry,

Your actions are so loud, I cannot hear a word you are saying!

jaydee_007 on September 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Effective ad. I liked Romney’s previous version of ‘O’ in his own words even better. Forget the touchy-feely individual state ad’s.

Pummel him with his own words over, and over, and over ….

Based on the world-wide results of yesterday, make another ‘in his own words’ based on his mid-east foreign policy.

Pummel him with his own words over, and over, and over ….

As well, take the 13 minute version posted in the other Hot Air post of today, cut it into smaller pieces, then pummel him with his own words over, and over, and over ….

Carnac on September 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Eh, an arty ineffective ad. Waste of money.

WannabeAnglican on September 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I live in Kansas so maybe we don’t get Romney ads here. Is anyone, anywhere seeing any campaigning from Romney? For me it’s like he just disappeared.

Keyser-Soze on September 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

You aren’t the only one who thinks this. And I live in Florida.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Mitt should have HAMMER Barack over the fact we HAD NO Marines to protect our people in Libya.

BroncosRock on September 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Keyser-Soze on September 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Keyser-Soze, “Deep Wheat” and I are in Manhattan. Where are you located, if I may ask?

No Romney adds here.

NaCly dog on September 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

OT: Obama just finished a short statement about Libya.

I was not impressed. Feckless.

BuckeyeSam on September 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

His objective was to contrast with Romney.

He tried to look Presidential and make Romney appear opportunistic. IMO he failed. He looked and sounded weak.

farsighted on September 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

This administration is a disgrace.

Philly on September 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Talk is cheap, but the results are expensive.

tims472 on September 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Why didn’t Obama send more security forces to protect the Libyan embassy? He had plenty of time. Maybe cell service is not good on the links.

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Because there has been a continuous “stand down” order (don’t shoot, no matter what) from the Administration since Obama took office, in emulation of Mr. Peanut in Iran. Obama arranged with his dear friends in the Libyan radical movement a/k/a the new Libyan government to provide “security” for the consulate. Marines are kept to a ceremonial handful at embassies and consulates. And because basically Obama doesn’t give a shit.

Scriptor on September 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM

You aren’t the only one who thinks this. And I live in Florida.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Weren’t we supposed to get a monster, carpet-bombing ad blitz after the convention? What happened to that? It sounds like there were some initial ad buys and then… nothing. It’s like they’ve just gone dark.

Doomberg on September 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Am I alone in thinking that by procrastinating with his Death Star ad campaign, Romney 2012 is going to repeat the fate of Giuliani 2008?

Archivarix on September 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Weren’t we supposed to get a monster, carpet-bombing ad blitz after the convention? What happened to that? It sounds like there were some initial ad buys and then… nothing. It’s like they’ve just gone dark.

Doomberg on September 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I do live in a very red part of florida; so it’s possible I just don’t get many romney ads, but I do get tons of obama ads on TV. I saw some for Romney this weekend but none since.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Pat Caddell is right when he said “This is the worst campaign of my lifetime.”

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Your boy king is failing.

wargamer6 on September 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Hey Ed…

Where is Sarah Palins Facebook response to BO’s apology and inaction ?….

Polarbearpapa on September 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Romney/Ryan are running like they know they have it won and are just trying to run out the clock, or they know they are toast (as the “Ohio is lost” tweet today from Jim Pethokoukis might show) and just are trying to get this over with by putting in as little effort in as possible.

The one thing they are not doing is campaigning like this is a close race.

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Why Did Barack Obama Call His Grandfather A N*gger?

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/09/why-did-barack-obama-call-his.html

M2RB: PSA: Don’t Use The “N” Word

Resist We Much on September 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

“Your boy king is failing.”

Obama failed.

That doesn’t mean he’s not winning. Or that Romney is running a disastrously bad campaign.

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 11:08 AM

The one thing they are not doing is campaigning like this is a close race.

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

They might think it’s close enough and saying it’s too soon to shoot your wad, too.

Who knows, though.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Embassy attacks:

WHERE THE HELL WERE THE US MARINES? Guarding the Embassy?

What the hell?

jake-the-goose on September 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

They report to the ambassador and based on the cowardly response from the embassy I can guaratee you they were told to stand down………and watch radical islamists invade sovereign US territory, burn the American flag, and erect a black AQ flag. Insane.

With a Pro-American president this ambassador would be on the next plane out of Cairo with his termination papers followed by an order to the Marines in the embassy, from the President himself, saying to fire on any attempts to illegally enter the compound.

This is not the America I know. I am past enraged, I am utterly speechless.

Meat Fighter on September 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Pat Caddell is right when he said “This is the worst campaign of my lifetime.”
gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

You haven’t had much training for doing your Moby gig ,have you?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

“Your boy king is failing.”

Obama failed.

That doesn’t mean he’s not winning. Or that Romney is not running a disastrously bad campaign.

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Weren’t we supposed to get a monster, carpet-bombing ad blitz after the convention? What happened to that? It sounds like there were some initial ad buys and then… nothing. It’s like they’ve just gone dark.

Doomberg on September 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Looks like the Romney people expended all their bile on Sarah Palin, and all their energy on destroying Newt Gingrich. Now that they’ve destroyed the real enemy (conservatives) they’re just reverting to type and are going to cruise to a gentlemanly, moderate victory. This guy is so far shaping up to be Thomas E. Dewey II — the surefire winner of the 1948 campaign against Truman, and who sat back confident of victory.

I’ll be voting for Paul Ryan in this election, just as I voted for Sarah Palin in the last.

Scriptor on September 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

… Is he seriously – SERIOUSLY – comparing his platitudes to Martin Luther King, The Constitution, and FDR?

That’s not punching above his weight, that is swinging blindly.

juanito on September 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Well, that and assuming competence not in evidence.

AZfederalist on September 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

To quote the Monkees:

“Words that never were true.
Spoken to help nobody but you.
Words with lies inside,
But small enough to hide
‘Til your playin’ was through.”

crazy_legs on September 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Now would be a really good time to drop the 2011 release-of-taxes bomb if there is one coming.

I’d love to see the optics of Obama campaigning hard against Romney’s taxes while the Mid-East is exploding.

Carnac on September 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

The one thing they are not doing is campaigning like this is a close race.

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Keep spinning as your boy king wets himself, douche.

wargamer6 on September 12, 2012 at 11:13 AM

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

…my gawd you’re a dipsh!t!…you don’t see that when you’re in front of a mirror?

KOOLAID2 on September 12, 2012 at 11:13 AM

At this point, it’s inarguable that either Santorum or Gingrich would have put a hell of a lot more effort into this campaign than Mitt Romney is doing.

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Obama failed.

That doesn’t mean he’s not winning.

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

When people will vote for failure over a bad campaign; we have some serious problems.

Agree?

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Carnac on September 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

C’mon. Media will jump on that like a squirrel on a nut.

They’d be desperate to change the subject.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Why is this ad web only? Why is it not already airing. Come on GOP, Romney, get busy winning or get busy losing. Air the ad now.

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

At this point, it’s inarguable that either Santorum or Gingrich would have put a hell of a lot more effort into this campaign than Mitt Romney is doing.

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

At this point, we have to start wondering whether or not you have a brain, or are just a stupid Obamabot knob polisher.

wargamer6 on September 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

NaCly dog on September 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I’m in Eudora. That’s a little out from Lawrence.

Keyser-Soze on September 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

“When people will vote for failure over a bad campaign; we have some serious problems.

Agree?”

Sure, but it’s happening. Rasmussen shows Obama leads Romney on the question of who is better at creating jobs. Doesn’t make any sense, but it’s a fact.

Either Obama is just that likable for most of the country, or Romney is just a rancid turd of a candidate.

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Sure, but it’s happening. Rasmussen shows Obama leads Romney on the question of who is better at creating jobs. Doesn’t make any sense, but it’s a fact.

Either Obama is just that likable for most of the country, or Romney is just a rancid turd of a candidate.

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Blah blah Obama rules blather blah blah

wargamer6 on September 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

American Crossroads seems to specialize in red meat web ads. I guess to bring in donations to pay their salaries?

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Sure, but it’s happening. Rasmussen shows Obama leads Romney on the question of who is better at creating jobs. Doesn’t make any sense, but it’s a fact.

Either Obama is just that likable for most of the country, or Romney is just a rancid turd of a candidate.

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

So instead of complaining about Romney, you should be out there trumpeting how much of failure Obama is. That is, unless, you’re just concerned.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Words,the words we should be hearing.Tonight I authorized the military to deploy every bomber aircraft in our arsenal to commence an immediate campaign in Libyan airspace.

docflash on September 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I read they just put in an $8M ad buy but I didn’t read where the ads were going.

CoffeeLover on September 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

..yeppers, ladies and gents. There you have it. Words in the Rose Garden. Deeds/action outlined by the POTUS’s schedule for today. Still campaigning; always campaigning.

10:35 am
The President delivers a statement
Rose Garden
Open Press
10:45 am
The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press
1:15 pm
The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
South Lawn
Open Press
1:30 pm
The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Las Vegas, Nevada
Press Information
6:00 pm
The President arrives Las Vegas, Nevada
Local Event Time:
3:00 PM PDT
McCarran International Airport
Open Press
8:25 pm
The President delivers remarks at a campaign event
Local Event Time:
5:25 PM PDT
Cashman Center
Open to pre-credentialed media
9:40 pm
The President departs Las Vegas, Nevada en route Aurora, Colorado
Local Event Time:
6:40 PM PDT
McCarran International Airport
Open Press
11:10 pm
The President arrives Aurora, Colorado
Local Event Time:
9:10 PM MDT
Buckley Air Force Base

..or do we have an embassy in Las Vegas and Colorado Springs?

The War Planner on September 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Its worse than ‘no new policies left to offer’. Obama is going to allow those who are directly responsible for the murder of our Ambassador and his aides remain unpunished and in power in Libya and he will not seek to punish those in Egypt at all.

Obama will make a great show of sending in the FBI and demanding that the FBI, in coordination with our military personnel, be allowed to conduct an investigation and pursue those who actually committed the murder with their own hands.

He will not hold those in the Libyan government responsible for A CLEAR ACT OF WAR AGAINST THIS NATION.

WHY?

Because he is at a delicate point in his bid for reelection. Because the government in Libya is considered by his administration to be a ‘friendly’ government.

He will ignore an open act of war. He will ignore the fact that these attacks were coordinated to occur on the anniversary of 9/11, which also coincides with a critical point in our electoral process. In my opinion, this was clearly calculated to be certain that Obama would be reluctant to act in a decisive manner and declare these attacks an open act of war against this nation, and, rather, treat them as two separate and unrelated incidents, one of which resulted in the murder of American citizens.

Obama will hope that posturing and pounding the table, insisting that the U.S. will carry our ‘full investigations and bring the perpetrators to justice’ will be sufficient to allow for his reelction.

This policy makes the U.S. appear weak. When the British Ambassador was attacked in Iraq, Britain immediately withdrew all of their embassy personnel, and ordered all Iraq’s personnel out of Britain immediately. The British government severed all ties with Iraq.

Obama will most certainly not take such decisive action against Libya.

Obama, has refused to meet with our best and strongest ally in the region, Israel, as requested by Prime Minister Netanyahu, at the end of this month. Obama insists that he has no time for such a meeting, and that his ‘schedule is full’. He does have time to appear on David Letterman’s television show, however.

Not only is he out of ideas, he is failing as a leader at a critical juncture. He is the epitome of THE EMPTY CHAIR when the United States of America and the world needs courageous and insightful leadership.

thatsafactjack on September 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

So instead of complaining about Romney, you should be out there trumpeting how much of failure Obama is. That is, unless, you’re just concerned.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

..ignore him, Lorien, he’s a paid troll. The more attention he gets the more he gets paid.

The War Planner on September 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

wargamer6 on September 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

..let it go. Ignore him.

The War Planner on September 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM

who would want to be president when our chickens come home to roost
maybe only obama
does he really think he can stave off the dollar collapse another four years

or maybe this has been the plan all along.

losarkos on September 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

gumbypoked is just a rancid turd, end of sentence.

bayview on September 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Pic of the Day: Guy Fawkes Occupies The American Embassy In Cairo

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/09/pic-of-day-guy-fawkes-occupies-american.html

Pics: “We Came. We Saw. He Died.”

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/09/pics-we-came-we-saw-he-died.html

M2RB: Train

Resist We Much on September 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

It’s like they’ve just gone dark.

Doomberg on September 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM

We are seeing some of them in Las Vegas, at least during all the NFL games I watch, though not near as many as I’d like to see. Romney’s ads are outnumbering SCOAMF’s ads somewhat.

We all know Romney’s a smart business mind – and smart businessmen don’t blow advertising dollars on “scattershot” marketing. That’s a deadly sin in business and I’m glad I don’t see him doing that. Here’s my humble contribution to the effort, so far. We are still 7 weeks out from the election, and timing is everything.

Current events may will change everything, and whatever they’ve already filmed and have ready to go to air could become virtually irrelevant in a flash. Every day is another disaster for Obama on some front, and marshaling resources is Romney’s specialty. I’m not panicking. Yet.

Harbingeing on September 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

..or do we have an embassy in Las Vegas and Colorado Springs?

The War Planner on September 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Yes. The Embassy Suite Hotels.

bayview on September 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

And thus the choice of the ‘optics’ in my post. I’d love to see the optics of Obama, and his media, spending all day on Romney’s taxes while the Mid-East burns.

Exposing Nero fiddling while Rome is burning. That sort of thing.

Carnac on September 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I’m in Eudora. …

Keyser-Soze on September 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Went past Eudora on K-10 my last trip to KC. Always glad to have another Kansan HotAirian.

NaCly dog on September 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM

actions speak louder than words…
interesting Romney ad.

astonerii on September 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I think Romney is doing just fine and contrasted leadership quite nicely with president “present” as Obama just walked away without taking any questions. By the way, Romney is now up in Rasmussen. The more we see the lack of leadership that Woodward writes about in his new book, the more we see the mistake that was made 4 years ago.

Ta111 on September 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I’m still waiting for that great “shock and awe” ad campaign that would take down Obama.

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

OF@ckhead** is doing the “shock and awe” on himself every single day. Romney just needs to get the wretched media to report it.

**: I wish I could write the whole word out to describe this sorry excuse for a president. I used to call him OButthead, but his actions before and after the embassy killings just pushed me over the edge. I have only the greatest contempt for him. He has demonstrated that he is a clear danger to the safety of Americans all over the world, and an impediment to World peace. He must be thrown out of office, tried and put in prison.

NOMOBO on September 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM

People, calm down about the supposed lack of a “shock and awe” Romney campaign blitz. The Dems wrapped up the convention just 6 days ago. Yesterday was September 11. We have 55 days to go. There are presidential and vice-presidential debates forthcoming.

Don’t get your panties in a wad. Obama is sinking his own ship. Romney’s going to direct people’s attention to that.

pianomomma on September 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Pantload…

Seven Percent Solution on September 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Obama is a degenerate in chief, the biggest hoax upon the land, ever.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Hey, since “ban” is the word of the day. Let’s ban:

“GM is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead”

Were the Egyptians screaming about the film? No. This is what they were screaming:

“Obama, Obama, there are still a billion Osamas!”

Resist We Much on September 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Back in early 2008, a wise man wrote the following blog, which I hope some will find still relevant:

http://crispian.blogtownhall.com/2008/02/21/just_words.thtml

Crispian on September 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Romney chose to respect yesterday, the 11th anniversary of a declaration of war against our nation, by not aggressively campaigning, including going dark on tv ads. He kept the tv ads off today due to the gravity of the embassy attacks. While he did openly criticize the President’s pale, lackluster commentary about those attacks, the criticism was well warranted.

I’m no Romney fan, not by a large margin, it’s ABO that earns my passion, absent a better candidate. But I believe he plans on winning this election, and he has the money. The ads will come, and there is a great amount of time left.

Freelancer on September 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM