Mitt Romney’s anger flashes on the “apology tour”
posted at 9:01 am on October 23, 2012 by Libby Sternberg
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney rarely displays anger. Despite petty–even snarky–jabs aimed at him from President Obama during the past two presidential debates, Romney maintained a cool, above-it-all demeanor that made him appear more presidential than the president.
But there was a flash of anger in Romney’s performance at the last of the three debates, and, appropriately, it was anger expressed on behalf of the American people. The contrast with the president couldn’t have been more striking. While Obama talked about “me, the nation” (hmm…where have we heard that before? ), Romney displayed control and humility, brushing past most of Obama’s attacks as if to signal, “this isn’t about me personally.”
But Romney showed fire when he took the president to task for his “apology tour,” and in this instance, Romney spoke for many Americans, not just himself.
This was the only moment during the various debates that triggered a visceral reaction from me, and I suspect that’s true of many other like-minded folks who watched. After Romney mentioned the president’s “apology tour,” and the president described that as a “whopper” discredited by the media, Romney went on to explain:
Mr. President, the reason I called it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East, you flew to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq.
By the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region, but you went to the other nations.
And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel.
And in those nations on Arabic TV, you said America had been dismissive and derisive. You said that on occasion America had dictated to other nations.
Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations, we have freed other nations from dictators.
Bravo! Whatever our country’s flaws, we don’t need to have a president acting like a preening member of an over-rated country music group dissing us while abroad. Romney spoke for all of us in that clip, and he showed the right level of righteous indignation and anger on our behalf.
It was a knockout moment, but it occurred around the hour mark of a debate up against Monday Night Football and baseball on the schedule.
Here’s hoping the moment is replayed often.
Libby Sternberg is a novelist