The TV, Radio, and internet news sites were all a twitter today about Mitt Romney’s false claim that President Obama’s first response to the killing of Ambassador J. Christopher Stephens and three other Americans was, “to sympathize with those who waged the attacks” and then to deliver “an apology for America’s values.”
Of course President Obama did no such thing. After gathering the facts and sorting out what was done and said in Cairo from the protest and violent assault that occurred in Benghazi, he said quite the opposite:
I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.
I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.
The Atlantic has a timeline of all the events leading up to the murders and a complete quote of the statement issued by the American Embassy in Cairo. Please go there and read it.
Mitt Romney, who plays his hand close to the vest when talking about his budget plan, threw his cards on the table and grabbed all the chips before Obama showed his hand. Turns out Romney had nothing but Jokers. His bluff was made of more lies about Obama apologizing for America, and today he stood away from the table and alone as no other Republicans joined him by stupidly attacking the president. They instead offered their condolences and their support for America’s goals of promoting religious freedom and bringing those responsible for the murders to justice.
Obama responded to Romney’s outrageous allegations in a polite but pointed way:
There’s a broader lesson to be learned here, and I — you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that. That, you know, it’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make ’em.
He then asked Romney to put the chips back on the table.
If anyone needs to apologize to someone, it’s Mitt Romney. He should apologize to Obama for making shit up about what he says, and he should apologize to his supporters for acting so unpresidential. Never mind… His radical Obama-hating supporters were his intended audience (they ate it up). Anyone on the Left already knew Romney was a serial liar and was unfit for office. Anyone in the middle has to know by now that he’s not ready for prime time.