McCain hammers Obama’s “lack of maturity”

posted at 12:01 pm on October 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, I participated in a conference call with Senator John McCain, arranged by Mitt Romney’s campaign as an answer session after the debate.  McCain came out attacking Obama for several statements made during the debate, both in McCain’s brief opening remarks and the Q&A session that came afterward.  He vented particular anger over Barack Obama’s snide comment about horses and bayonets in regard to the size of the US Navy, calling them “astonishing,” “unpresidential,” and accused Obama of “showing a lack of maturity as well as a lack of judgment.”

McCain also disputed Obama’s insistence that he never sought to keep troops in Iraq after the deadline in the Status of Forces Agreement signed by George W. Bush and Nouri al-Maliki.  McCain traveled to Iraq along with other members of Congress, he stated, in an attempt to close a deal that would have kept thousands of troops in the country.  Furthermore, McCain said “I was stunned” by Obama’s remarks on sequestration, since Obama hadn’t bothered to work with Congress at all yet to stop it — and it will take legislation to do so.

Finally, McCain reacted with some amusement to the release of Obama’s second-term agenda this morning.  “It’s all retreads and recycling,” McCain said, urging people to read it and see if they can find “a path to a balanced budget … and fiscal solvency.”  If anyone can, McCain requested, “get back to me.”

Here are my notes from the Q&A, taken as I wrote them:

  • Is it possible to win the election without the Latino vote? Is the goal to get as many Latinos as in 2008, and how far away from those goals? — Latinos have been especially hurt in this recession.  Obama reneged on his promise to bring comprehensive immigration reform to Congress.  Unemployment disproportionally hitting Latinos.  “We have a hill to climb” with Latinos.
  • How important is foreign policy in this election? It’s valuable to establish Romney as a potential C-in-C.  Women now see that Romney isn’t anxious to get into more conflicts, but we are weaker than four years ago.  Qualified to lead.
  • Could you address the questions about the status of the US Navy, especially as it relates to shipyards? We will have the smallest Navy since 1914 if sequestration takes place. We have “pivoted” to Asia-Pacific, but that means a need for more ships.  Obama’s comments demonstrated ignorance of the issue, a misunderstanding of the size of the challenge we face in the Asia-Pacific region.  Comments “inappropriate, and also wrong.”  Sequestration will have a “draconian” effect on shipbuilding.
  • What does Bill Clinton’s role in the Obama campaign tell us about the status of the campaign? “Some think this has a lot to do with 2016 … there are some real jerks around that say that might be the case.  [Laughter]”  The deployment of Clinton coincided with Romney’s rise in the polls, McCain pointed out.

 


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That’s why he’s called the boy-king around here.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

But there’s nothing to fear from an Obama presidency, right?

happytobehere on October 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Couldn’t he have said that four years ago? He’s a stiff.

Ward Cleaver on October 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Obama, as the days pass, will have lost this debate almost as much as the first debate…it was a campaign disaster…

“We have ships where planes take off and land on them, they are called aircraft carriers, and ships that go under the sea, they are called submarines, nuclear submarines”…that alone makes him childish, and petty.

right2bright on October 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM


“It’s all retreads and recycling,” McCain said, urging people to read it and see if they can find “a path to a balanced budget … and fiscal solvency.”

President Retread and Recycling… me likey… :-)

The Louse in da House hasn’t got anything, never had anything, and ain’t got time to get anything…

Bummer eh dude…

Scrumpy on October 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Why is this idiot still flapping.g his gums. A day (4 years) late and a dollar (trillions) short.

AH_C on October 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I wonder if Barry’s old choom buddies still reside in Hawaii. He’ll be able to relive old times in retirement.

a capella on October 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Ahhh, but you’re only saying that because you’re not the GOP nominee this time ’round, McCain.

“my friends”

Jeddite on October 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Sidebar – I don’t know how anybody could question the military expertise of an Ivy League grad [vis-a-vis affirmative action]/community organizer/”present” Senator/Oval Office pretender – who knows how to pronounce, “Corpseman” [at least twice], and who knew that his Great-Uncle helped liberate Auschwitz.

The Misfit Commie is America’s renaissance man.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

McCain hammers Obama’s “lack of maturity”

John, shut up and sit down. You had your chance to take on Barack Insane Obama, and you made the conscience decision that you wanted to give the greatest concession speech in history. You allowed your own people to Tawnya Harding your very own VP choice. Sit down and shut up you old fool.

Cursing Dorothy.

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Shut up Mac. You had your chance.

davidk on October 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

…a conference call with Senator John McCain, arranged by Mitt Romney’s campaign as an answer session after the debate. McCain came out attacking Obama for several statements made during the debate…

This is the wisdom of Romney’s debate strategy. It would not have been productive for Romney to battle Obama and point out all of Obama’s misleadings/lies. Romney’s target audience was independent voters, and he won them (which means Romney won the debate, even though many in Obama’s base as well as many in Romney’s base thought that Romney “lost” the debate on points).

Romney is letting surrogates go after Obama, while Romney stays above the fray.

And that is a winning strategy.

ITguy on October 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Oops.

davidk on October 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

As I’ve said often, Obama is a narcissistic underdeveloped teenager.

The Punk has hit Desperado.

Schadenfreude on October 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Obama has never face a real opponent in an election until Romney.

Rockshine on October 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

A particularly pointed criticism, since it comes from John McCain, who was an Obama voter himself in 2008.

Right Mover on October 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

But there’s nothing to fear from an Obama presidency, right?

happytobehere on October 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

We have a winner.

Sir Napsalot on October 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Some here knock McCain, but are there any other Republican Congressmen and/or women out there visibly supporting Romney and publicly critiquing Obama?

albill on October 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

“You have nothing to fear from an Obama Presidency”

McCain should resign as Senator, saying something this profoundly stupid demands it!
Of course, very few of you will back this statement, because he is such an awesome progressive politician that thwarts conservatism time and time again. If on the other hand he had an ACU rating in the high 90s over his lifetime, many of you would have been demanding it.

astonerii on October 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Some here knock McCain, but are there any other Republican Congressmen and/or women out there visibly supporting Romney and publicly critiquing Obama?

albill on October 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Plenty doing the latter, only the progressive scum on the Republican side are heavily backing Romney.

astonerii on October 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Paradol Ex & cheeflo pointed this out in the sequestration thread:

“…when Tunisians began to protest, this nation, me, my administration, stood with them earlier than just about any other country.”
Obama

L’état c’est moi.
Louis XIV

INC on October 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

“We have ships where planes take off and land on them, they are called aircraft carriers, and ships that go under the sea, they are called submarines, nuclear submarines”…that alone makes him childish, and petty.

right2bright on October 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

And those things the size of a lemon, you throw them and then they go “boom” … what are THOSE called, Daddy?

Paul-Cincy on October 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Oops.

davidk on October 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

ROTFLMAO… No worries davidk, there are a lot of us who share that sentiment, some right here at Hot Air willing to make that sentiment public even… ;)

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM

“We have ships where planes take off and land on them, they are called aircraft carriers, and ships that go under the sea, they are called submarines, nuclear submarines”…that alone makes him childish, and petty.

right2bright on October 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

yep.
Also, taken at face value, this makes him look like he thinks he just learned some complex aspect of military force structure. This would make a funny sound bite as a target for ridicule. Use Alinsky against the Alinskyite.

freedomfirst on October 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM

OT

the Navy now has “these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them”

Obama just learned about the USS Ranger, the first aircraft carrier built in 1934

faraway on October 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Couldn’t he have said that four years ago? He’s a stiff.

Ward Cleaver on October 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

And spoke out to support Sarah Palin while his campaign staff was working to destroy her.

bw222 on October 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Barry… Debate??????

Wasn’t what I saw last night …Barry Auditioning for the 5 O’Clock MSNBC time slot!

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

“We have ships where planes take off and land on them, they are called aircraft carriers, and ships that go under the sea, they are called submarines, nuclear submarines”…that alone makes him childish, and petty.

right2bright on October 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I always thought that submariners called them, “boats.”

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

McCain hammers Obama’s “lack of maturity”
posted at 12:01 pm on October 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

McCain should have hammered Obama four years ago.

Steve Z on October 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Throw everything at Obama.

Even McCain.

The Libyan loser has got to go.

profitsbeard on October 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

As I’ve said often, Obama is a narcissistic underdeveloped teenager.

Schadenfreude on October 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Smoking pot as a teenager typically stunts your emotional growth. I know there are those here who disagree, who say they smoked plenty of pot in high school and they’re fine and I can go kiss their a$$es and if pot were legal and taxed then the world would be a much better place, man. And, Dave’s not here.

Paul-Cincy on October 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

McCain hammers Obama’s “lack of maturity”
posted at 12:01 pm on October 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Obama: “Nobody uses hammers any more”

faraway on October 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Not a fan of McCain’s campaign from four years ago, but I don’t think an aggressive campaign back then would have made much difference. People were ready for a change from Bush. If McCain would have been more aggressive about exposing the real Obama, the media would have covered for the empty suit even more.

This time around Obama is not a blank canvas. Mitt is running against two foes–Obama and the media–and it will be a very hard fought win to get to hopefully at least 51 to 47 percent victory along with around 300 to 310 EVs.

The media will have their altar call after the election and feign that they knew Obama was a disaster all along, but right now they are still trying to salvage their credibility by sticking with Obama.

mwbri on October 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Obama: “Nobody uses hammers any more”

faraway on October 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I’ll bet that The Effeminate Misfit Commie has never picked up a hammer and has no idea how to use one.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The Marxist Messiah showed himself to be a Pseudo-Intellectual Jack Ass in the debate. Obama doesn’t like it when things don’t go the way he plans. He tried to bait Romney into acting like Bush and when he didn’t, Obama went into petulant child and jack ass mode. “We have aircraft carriers now that planes land on. What a putz! This jerk is nothing more than a walking, talking embarrassment to this country!
Updateon:How to take on the Obama Jihadi media & Win: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Only way Barry could of looked Presidential Last night. Is if he wore a stained blue dress and took Billy as his date.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Smart move putting McCain out there. Romney has already won the “partisan campaign” and now must start in earnest the “late-decider campaign”. Like him or not (and I certainly can’t stand him), McCain has considerable portfolio with this group. And, when he attacks Obama, it carries a lot of weight with the wishy washies.

TXUS on October 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Obama invented the Aircraft Carrier!

faraway on October 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

astonerii on October 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

You’re screaming at windmills again. Try reading through the comments and notice that we’re all disappointed (at the very least) with McCain.

Arguing that McCain sucks is fine. Arguing that the posters on HotAir can’t see that he sucks is false and it reeks of trolling. I know the thrust of all of your posts is to decry the lack of purity of conservatism, but try noticing that the vast majority of us see McCain and his ilk as a huge problem.

happytobehere on October 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Wait.

Wait wait wait.

He actually _said_ that line about carriers and subs??

ANY active duty personnel that would vote for a CinC that appallingly ignorant… wow.

That has to cost him with the military–and veteran–vote.

Scott H on October 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

right2bright on October 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I always thought that submariners called them, “boats.”

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

They do, and they actually get rather offended when you call one of their boats a ship. As far as submariners are concerned, (or so a dozen of my former submariner friends assure me) ship’s are just floating targets that they haven’t been ordered to sink yet.

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Well here is Obama actually being “mature”…

Michelle and I will be fine no matter what happens.

Reality begins to set in…

right2bright on October 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

happytobehere on October 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Well said!

TXUS on October 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Smoking pot as a teenager typically stunts your emotional growth. I know there are those here who disagree, who say they smoked plenty of pot in high school and they’re fine and I can go kiss their a$$es and if pot were legal and taxed then the world would be a much better place, man. And, Dave’s not here.

Paul-Cincy on October 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

The latest potential bombshell suggests Barky did a lot more than just smoke pot in his younger days.

See Drudge, center column, just below the main headline.

Right Mover on October 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

You’re screaming at windmills again. Try reading through the comments and notice that we’re all disappointed (at the very least) with McCain.

Arguing that McCain sucks is fine. Arguing that the posters on HotAir can’t see that he sucks is false and it reeks of trolling. I know the thrust of all of your posts is to decry the lack of purity of conservatism, but try noticing that the vast majority of us see McCain and his ilk as a huge problem.

happytobehere on October 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

He is not under threat right now. But back when he was under threat during a primary campaign, his seat was too valuable to risk with a new politician! Very few were supportive of the challenger.

astonerii on October 23, 2012 at 12:33 PM

They do, and they actually get rather offended when you call one of their boats a ship. As far as submariners are concerned, (or so a dozen of my former submariner friends assure me) ship’s are just floating targets that they haven’t been ordered to sink yet.

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

But Obama, by God, knows how to pronounce “corpsman” … oh, wait.

TXUS on October 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I always thought that submariners called them, “boats.”

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

He may have said “boats”, I was trying to remember what he said, I think I got it pretty accurate…I couldn’t believe how condescending that was…such a foolish childish thing to do.

right2bright on October 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

So our Renaissance Man fuc*ed up another one.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

The latest potential bombshell suggests Barky did a lot more than just smoke pot in his younger days.

See Drudge, center column, just below the main headline.

Right Mover on October 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Sorry, I really hate to break this to you, Matt Drudge and Donald Trump, but Barack Obama selling cocaine in college, yea, nobody gives a damned.

Oh, and don’t go all stupid thinking I’m defending Obama or am a liberal, I’m not, not even remotely close, nor am I a libertarian. I’m just telling you what reality is, so Obama sold coke in collage, you might as well have just called him a damned Rock Star.

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

McCain hammers Obama’s “lack of maturity.

Hmm, well John, some of us wanted you to, you know,
campaign this way 4 years ago….but your staff
had more important things to tackle…

…like discrediting your running mate…

ToddPA on October 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

He may have said “boats”, I was trying to remember what he said, I think I got it pretty accurate…I couldn’t believe how condescending that was…such a foolish childish thing to do.

right2bright on October 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Ahhhhhh, OK. I don’t watch debates, so I didn’t hear what he said. Of course, your point is the most important – but I like to point out his buffoonery, when I get the chance.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

McCain

Go away.

Please.

Just.

Go.

Away.

Bruno Strozek on October 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM

right2bright on October 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Sidebar – If that imbecile called submarines, “boats,” I’ll vote for him.

That’s how sure I am of his military incompetence.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM

The latest potential bombshell suggests Barky did a lot more than just smoke pot in his younger days.

See Drudge, center column, just below the main headline.

Right Mover on October 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Whether Obama sold cocaine as a kid or whether Romney had sex with a goat, for that matter, nothing like this is going to move the needle. It could actually backfire at this late stage.

If this drug dealer stuff is all Trump is going to come out with tomorrow, I hope he shelves it.

TXUS on October 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

I may be mistaken but I don’t sense a lot of love for Maverick on this thread.

arnold ziffel on October 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

The latest potential bombshell suggests Barky did a lot more than just smoke pot in his younger days.

See Drudge, center column, just below the main headline.

Right Mover on October 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Heh, that would mean that he actually ‘ran a business’…maybe he’ll now claim that he knows how to ‘create jobs’.

Schadenfreude on October 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I may be mistaken but I don’t sense a lot of love for Maverick on this thread.

arnold ziffel on October 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Did someone say “Maverick”?

“Yeehaw! Jester’s dead!”

freedomfirst on October 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

MC Hammer

faraway on October 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Indeed. No wonder the Romney campaign rejected using this story. It’s the only evidence of Obama having an entrepreneurial spirit. Obama’s cocaine distribution network story would destroy the charge that Obama never ran anything in his life!

happytobehere on October 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I may be mistaken but I don’t sense a lot of love for Maverick on this thread.

arnold ziffel on October 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Yep, ol’ Mav has, I’m afraid, jumped the shark way too many times.

TXUS on October 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

What about that “damn fence”, McCain?

Jeddite on October 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Breitbart hacked?

jake49 on October 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Michelle and I will be fine no matter what happens.

Of course they will be, based on a charlatanic hoax/pox upon the land.

They will be fine based on absolutely nada.

Schadenfreude on October 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

“We have ships where planes take off and land on them, they are called aircraft carriers, and ships that go under the sea, they are called submarines, nuclear submarines”…that alone makes him childish, and petty.

right2bright on October 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I always thought that submariners called them, “boats.”

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

When we talk in broad terms about the size of the US Navy, the metric is number of ‘ships’. That was Governor Romney’s point, -how the US Navy has been shrinking since the administration of President Reagan.

slickwillie2001 on October 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Obama hammers Romney day after Florida debate

Yahoo news…by their headline titles you know they are desperate, the snakes.

Schadenfreude on October 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

slickwillie2001 on October 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

My comments were directed towards The Misfit Commie’s statement, which appeared to specifically call a submarine a “ship,” and not a “boat.”

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

That’s why he’s called the boy-king around here.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

And why he was called the boy-fling at those yummy Chicago bathhouses.

Nutstuyu on October 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Obama’s cocaine distribution network story would destroy the charge that Obama never ran anything in his life!

happytobehere on October 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Not really. Seems it wasn’t too successful or he wouldn’t have needed that slush job for Michelle.

Nutstuyu on October 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Perhaps I’ve been made over sensitive by having to parse every word Bill Clinton ever spoke, but when Obama said “I’ll stand with Israel if its attacked” doesn’t that sound like he’s also saying “but I’ll be free to stand with its enemies when its not being attacked” ?

Fred 2 on October 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Fast & Furious in Bengazi

“In short, it seems President Obama has been engaged in gun-walking on a massive scale. The effect has been to equip America’s enemies to wage jihad not only against regimes it once claimed were our friends, but inevitably against us and our allies as well. That would explain his administration’s desperate and now failing bid to mislead the voters through the serial deflections of Benghazigate.”

Read more: GAFFNEY: The real reason behind Benghazigate – Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/22/the-real-reason-behind-benghazigate/#ixzz2A8wnmKnU
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

workingclass artist on October 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

so Obama sold coke in collage, you might as well have just called him a damned Rock Star.

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Of course, if he was Republican, it would be all over.

Nutstuyu on October 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

The word Peace was used 12 times in last nights debate…all by Romney

Independents noticed that

workingclass artist on October 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Oh, and don’t go all stupid thinking I’m defending Obama or am a liberal, I’m not, not even remotely close, nor am I a libertarian. I’m just telling you what reality is, so Obama sold coke in collage, you might as well have just called him a damned Rock Star.

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I would have a hard time voting for a damned Rock Star for President……

Not sure anythig related to that job would give anyone the necessary qualifications to be President of the United States, coke or no coke.

Oh, wait…..

Tenwheeler on October 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

“We have ships where planes take off and land on them, they are called aircraft carriers, and ships that go under the sea, they are called submarines, nuclear submarines”…that alone makes him childish, and petty.

right2bright on October 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

And those things the size of a lemon, you throw them and then they go “boom” … what are THOSE called, Daddy?

Paul-Cincy on October 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

One of my customers is retired from the Navy. He was a submariner, and his final tour was as “COB” (Chief of the Boat), not “COS”, (Chief of the Ship). Heck, all Ogabe had to do was skip one night’s partying and watch Hunt for Red October, and he wouldn’t have made that stupid mistake. (But when you’re “The Won”, partying all night, every night is part of the job description.)

catsandbooks on October 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Couldn’t he have said that four years ago? He’s a stiff.

Ward Cleaver on October 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

couldn’t agree with you more…I can’t stand the sight or sound of McLame almost as much as the choomer…

RedInMD on October 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM

“We have ships where planes take off and land on them, they are called aircraft carriers, and ships that go under the sea, they are called submarines, nuclear submarines” — Your fool in chief.

Read this speech again. Count the number of times “Muslim” is used”.

and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition.

I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story. The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco. In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President, John Adams, wrote, “The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims.” And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States. They have fought in our wars, they have served in our government, they have stood for civil rights, they have started businesses, they have taught at our universities, they’ve excelled in our sports arenas, they’ve won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch. And when the first Muslim American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers — Thomas Jefferson — kept in his personal library. (Applause.)
So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear. (Applause.)

So let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America.

Now, let me be clear: Issues of women’s equality are by no means simply an issue for Islam. In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, we’ve seen Muslim-majority countries elect a woman to lead. Meanwhile, the struggle for women’s equality continues in many aspects of American life, and in countries around the world.

Schadenfreude on October 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Fast & Furious in Bengazi

“In short, it seems President Obama has been engaged in gun-walking on a massive scale. The effect has been to equip America’s enemies to wage jihad not only against regimes it once claimed were our friends, but inevitably against us and our allies as well.

I was trying to make this point last week.

How did Al Quaeda end up with US stinger missiles?

Bueler?

Tenwheeler on October 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Ships that go under the sea are called sunk. Boats that go under the sea are called submarines.

Herb on October 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Scrumpy on October 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Hi Scrumpy.

Mitt is going to win.

I’m having earl grey tea right now.

SparkPlug on October 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

albill on October 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Paul Rr. Rrryy. Ryaaa. I got nothin’.

Christien on October 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

If this drug dealer stuff is all Trump is going to come out with tomorrow, I hope he shelves it.

TXUS on October 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Yes, it’s not really news, is it? Barry openly boasted in his book about smoking weed and doing “blow, when I could afford it” while in college. There have been rumors floating around for a long time that Barry not only used drugs himself, he was selling them too. People don’t seem to care.

Romney is right to have passed on using this stuff. If Trump thinks he can do some damage with it, have at it, but Romney shouldn’t touch it.

AZCoyote on October 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Items omitted in last nights debate:
My Muslim faith.”
57 States
Churchill statue
Oval office desk fabbed with wood from a British warship that combatted slaver’s
Navy “corpseman‘ (2X) so he has no friggin’ clue
Cominsky Park
Austrian language
Commander OF Chief
Asmatic kids use ‘breathalizers’
American “intercontinental rail road”
“The middle East is obvioulsly an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.”
Maldives
(a.k.a. Faulklands or Malvinas, take your pick)
God Save the Queen
War dead “… may be with us today.”

And so much more!

Missilengr on October 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Obama’s a punk.

hepcat on October 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

You’ve got that right. COB (Cranky Old Bastard) saw that Sarah was far more popular and effective than he was and let Obama win the election. That’s when he suspended his campaign and went to Washington to “help” with the financial disaster. I have absolutely no respect for that man whatsoever. STFU and STFD.

Mirimichi on October 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

HAHAHA! MCRAGE!

I guess he doesn’t remember saying this.

HondaV65 on October 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

…a conference call with Senator John McCain, arranged by Mitt Romney’s campaign as an answer session after the debate. McCain came out attacking Obama for several statements made during the debate…

This is the wisdom of Romney’s debate strategy. It would not have been productive for Romney to battle Obama and point out all of Obama’s misleadings/lies. Romney’s target audience was independent voters, and he won them (which means Romney won the debate, even though many in Obama’s base as well as many in Romney’s base thought that Romney “lost” the debate on points).

Romney is letting surrogates go after Obama, while Romney stays above the fray.

And that is a winning strategy.

ITguy on October 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Right on target–but I still cringe at the very idea this man is considered a leader after all he’s failed in as a politician.

Don L on October 23, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Romney played Obama like a violin virtuoso. Quite brilliant really.

Portia46 on October 23, 2012 at 4:16 PM

So long as McCain’s mouth is aimed at Obama, he can fire it all he wants. Overkill is a myth invented by Communists to save enemy lives. *g*

Chuckg on October 23, 2012 at 6:01 PM