Some days, the President just makes it too easy. Doubling down on his attack on Mitt Romney and the supposed question of whether the Republican would have whacked Osama bin Laden if given a chance, Barack Obama insisted that he just assumed that Romney meant that when he said that the war on terror wasn’t just about OBL. In comments at a joint news conference with Japan’s Prime Minister, who must have wondered what the hell Obama was talking about, Obama offered this explanation of the attack on Romney:
“I assume that people meant what they said when they said it. That’s been at least my practice.”
Come on, now … you know what’s coming next, don’t you? Peter Kirsanow makes the obvious comparisons to Obama’s own record:
“No family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.”
“As president, I will close Guantanamo.”
“But what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support.”
“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
“My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.”
“I will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American people an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website.”
“No political appointee in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years.”
“I’ll give an annual State of the World address to the American people where I lay out national security policy.”
I’m pretty sure that you’ll see Obama’s quip paired up with any number of statements from Obama like these that Obama obviously didn’t mean when he said them — in Romney ads this summer and fall. If Team Romney and the RNC want, they could make this a weekly series of ads all the way through Election Day. We could even call them the “Expiration Date Series.”
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