Carney: Attacks on Obama’s “bumps” comments are “desperate and offensive”

posted at 4:01 pm on September 24, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

As Ed already recounted, President Obama’s 60 Minutes interview that aired last night is causing a wee bit of headache for the White House — his comments about four American deaths in Libya being a “bump in the road” and about Israel’s concerns over Iran being just “noise,” as you might imagine, haven’t been playing over too well. The Romney campaign quickly seized on the remarks as insensitive and inappropriate, via WaPo:

“His indication that developments in the Middle East represent bumps in the road is a very different view than I have,” the Republican candidate told ABC News. “I can’t imagine saying something like the assassination of ambassadors is a bump in the road.”

Romney gave a similar comment to NBC News. “There are extraordinary events going on in the Middle East and considering those events, either one of them or all of them collectively, as bumps in the road shows a person who has a very different perspective about world affairs [than] the perspective I have,” he said.

Shortly after the interviews, while speaking to a crowd in Pueblo, Colo., Romney declared, “These are not bumps in the road, these are human lives.”

But during the White House briefing today, Press Secretary Jay Carney went on the offensive rather than try to walk the President’s comments back, via MRCTV:

The president was referring to the transformations in the region. There is a certain rather desperate attempt to grasp at words and phrases here to find political advantage. And in this case, that’s profoundly offensive.

Of course people are going to grasp at phrases to find a political advantage — we’re in the middle of a neck-and-neck presidential election cycle, and besides, I’m sure Team Obama wouldn’t know anything about grasping at their opponents’ words to try and garner political advantage, would they? But words are also powerful things, and if I were on the president’s PR team, I would really recommend that he look for a different description for violence in the Middle East; not only does it make these things sound more trivial, but I can’t help thinking that what he really means is that these “bumps” are roughening the road toward his reelection more than any other ostensible goal.


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No, I believe the more Mr. Obama is asked substantive questions, the more honestly he responds.

I believe that “bumps in the road” was perhaps politically inconvenient in wording but a true statement of Mr. Obama’s feelings on the matter.

Everything is expendable in order to continue achieving Mr. Obama’s personal agenda, which is only articulated in moment of honesty.

Mr. Obama is arrogant enough to not only believe he will unquestionably be reelected, but that his personal agenda and whimsical desires will continue unabated against and in place of the American people’s will.

Once he no longer has to “face the electorate” the man will make himself a king unrestrained by any democratic force.

Marcus Traianus on September 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

4 Americans are shovel ready because of Obama, and he’s offended?

faraway on September 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

verbaluce on September 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I can’t decide… Hmmm… Which one to go with, which one?…

“There are none so blind as those, that will not see”

-or-

“In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.”

If Obama is such a wizard with words, why do so many things he says need to be explained away?

Fallon on September 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Obama is O-centric. Any world event, no matter the magnitude, distracting from his re-election is simply a bump.

Israel attacks Iran, bump. Quake takes out west coast, bump. New Jeremiah Wright audios surface, bump bump.

LetsBfrank on September 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

…I wish someone would just clock Carney in front of everyone!

KOOLAID2 on September 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I hope there really is such a thing as Karma, for this entire administration and the media who prop it up.

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Anyone notice GALLUP’s ridiculously impossible to believe 8 point swing in Obama’s Job Approval numbers to his favor?

He’s underwater for days in Gallup’s numbers and then BAM!!! A near double digit, above 50, Job Approval rating?

I swear….If President Obama started instituting military rule, curfews, and imprisoning political opponents by the thousands, Gallup would have Obama at 90% APPROVE 10% DISAPPROVE.

I don’t think I will treat anything GALLUP says with any seriousness with numbers they have in a 7 day poll that SWING 8 points in 2 days.

Varchild on September 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Mitt Romney’s response…”He’s a nice guy”.

bgibbs1000 on September 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Since you don’t seem to want to read the article, I’ll provide a visual.
Try to keep up.
http://www.therightscoop.com/video-romney-slams-obama-over-60-minutes-bumps-in-the-road-remark/

MontanaMmmm on September 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I see Baghdad Bob Carney is at it again.
Does anyone listen to this doofus except the “press”?
I guess they are paid to listen.

gordo on September 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Credit earned where credit due. Thanks for the laugh.
Your guy done dealing on Nov. 7

Jabberwock on September 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I was kinda thinkin’ someone might use ‘Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer’ on me…but I guess more Romney than Rogers fans here.

verbaluce on September 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Obama is O-centric. Any world event, no matter the magnitude, distracting from his re-election is simply a bump.

Israel attacks Iran, bump. Quake takes out west coast, bump. New Jeremiah Wright audios surface, bump bump.

LetsBfrank on September 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

And yet, use of the ATM was so huge it ruined his entire economic comeback plan!

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

This the the front guy for the guy the other world leaders are suppose to respect. I just wanted to point out why Putin giggles in the shadows.

Limerick on September 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

This the the front guy for the guy the other world leaders are suppose to respect. I just wanted to point out why Putin giggles in the shadows.

Limerick on September 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Putin has no spokespeople. Its good to be King!

riddick on September 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

And yet, use of the ATM was so huge it ruined his entire economic comeback plan!

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Heh. That probably qualifies as a ‘hurdle’

But it is a great excuse for him to tax the ever living cr*p out of ATM use if he gets the chance.

LetsBfrank on September 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

oba-mao is simply an America hater and an incompetent, Marxist boob. When it comes to criticizing that moron, I consider being “racist” a badge of honor.

ultracon on September 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

oba-mao is simply an America hater and an incompetent, Marxist boob. When it comes to criticizing that moron, I consider being “racist” a badge of honor.

ultracon on September 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

ultradolt

verbaluce on September 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

verbaluce on September 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Ultra-Lib.

kingsjester on September 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

The teleprompter was unavailable for comment.

Ward Cleaver on September 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

There is a certain rather desperate attempt to grasp at words and phrases here to find political advantage.

I like to fire people Jay. And I’m delivering you and your boss a pink slip in 43 days.

lynncgb on September 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Offensive? Do those words offend thee, Jay? As they used to say in the old days, “T.S.”

What a silly little turd is he.

petefrt on September 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Obama cancelled his date with Morsi

“President Barack Obama has quietly cancelled a politically risky plan to meet this week with Egypt’s new Islamist president…

However, the cancelled meeting reflects the recent schism between Obama and Morsi…”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/24/obama-cancels-election-season-meeting-with-egyptian-islamist-morsi/#ixzz27QPi3CUS

Flexibility

workingclass artist on September 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Ambassadpr Chris Stevens and two SEALS hit a bump in the road, or some flying bullets, and have been bumped off.

The next bump is for you, Mr. President!

Steve Z on September 24, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Obama cancelled his date with Morsi

“President Barack Obama has quietly cancelled a politically risky plan to meet this week with Egypt’s new Islamist president…

However, the cancelled meeting reflects the recent schism between Obama and Morsi…”

He might be worried about a few bumps in the road with the Secret Service, if they end up with call girls in Cairo.

Steve Z on September 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

This may explain it …

President Obama: The Democrats’ Ronald Reagan — Andrew Sullivan, Newsweek

Has Obama been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease ?
.. or is he dead already ?

J_Crater on September 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Of course people are going to grasp at phrases to find a political advantage — we’re in the middle of a neck-and-neck presidential election cycle, and besides, I’m sure Team Obama wouldn’t know anything about grasping at their opponents’ words to try and garner political advantage, would they? But words are also powerful things, and if I were on the president’s PR team, I would really recommend that he look for a different description for violence in the Middle East; not only does it make these things sound more trivial, but I can’t help thinking that what he really means is that these “bumps” are roughening the road toward his reelection more than any other ostensible goal.

I dunno man. I think you are giving him too much cover. One of the “events” was, for example, a mauling and execution of an Ambassador. When Romney says,

“I can’t imagine saying something like the assassination of ambassadors is a bump in the road.”

– he doesn’t seem to be “grasping” at anything. The statement has no spin it it at all.

Life, proletariat life, is not that expensive to a progressive. I wish the hippies could understand that. Cogs are cheap. They’ll literally let you starve for the good of the great work.

Axe on September 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Those “bumps in the road” are actually the bodies of the poor unfortunates who have been thrown under the bus once they were no longer of use to Team Ogabe. That should serve as a warning to useful idiots like verballoser. Once you outlive you usefulness to “The Won”, the wheels on the bus go “thud! thud! thud!” over you!

Benedict Nelson on September 24, 2012 at 6:06 PM

*If your death is truly a bump in the road, what is the road? What’s the destination? Unwind the metaphor and look at it, and then stop voting for progressives.

Axe on September 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM

What a silly little turd is he.

petefrt on September 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Even two faced idiot Gibbs was fed up to leave the job, have no idea why anyone would tae it in the first place. But then again, I am sure Carney will get a nice MSLSD job come Nov 7th.

And we all thought Baghdad Bob was a circus act…

riddick on September 24, 2012 at 6:08 PM

The words offend you, Jay? Really? I’ll stand with Joan Rivers on this one:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/player/nol/newsid_4350000/newsid_4359500?redirect=4359582.stm&news=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1&bbram=1&nbram=1

On BBC radio, Darcus Howe told Joan that the word “black” offended her. Joan would have none of that. I never liked her comedy, but I sure admire her spine for standing up to his intimidation like that.

petefrt on September 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I was shocked when I heard the bumps comment. And we all know the road is his re-election, because he could care less about people.

petunia on September 24, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Jay Carney, jawbone of an ass.

disa on September 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Dear Ms. Stevens,

Yeh, we’re all very sorry about what happened to “Chris” but, you know how it is with these little bumps in the road.

Que Sera Sera.

And best wishes,

Barack Hussein Obama. (president)

P.S. Don’t forget… It’s the fault of a movie… Not my kiss-ass Foreign Policy.

franksalterego on September 24, 2012 at 7:24 PM

that’s profoundly offensive.

No. I’ll tell you what’s profoundly offensive. When the President goes out and says that the death of an ambassador during a terrorist attack is a “bump in the road.” THAT’S offensive.

And I bet I’m not the only one who feels that way!

UnderstandingisPower on September 24, 2012 at 8:19 PM

WTF! Seriously can you believe these bastards!!

MCGIRV on September 25, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Four Americans killed is not just a bump in the road, either for America, or those murdered. To their families and friends is is a terrific and heart-rending loss made worse by Obama’s statement about a bump in the road.

dahni on September 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

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