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Mitt Romney’s Retort

“Of course, even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.” – Mitt Romney

IT’S THE QUOTE OF THE DAY and is pitch perfect for the national media and political press.

On whether Mitt Romney would have given the order to take out Osama bin Laden, the quote is via Ginger Gibson of Politico. They also remind everyone that George W. Bush never shrunk from using 9/11. Via Burns and Haberman:

…it’s worth noting that George W. Bush’s first ad of the 2004 campaign featured footage of a stretcher getting carried out of ground zero with remains, as well as the charred shell of the World Trade Center.

As to what voters will respond to Romney’s Jimmy Carter OBL retort, it wasn’t as much for voters as it was for the conservative base, who loathe Carter and think of him as the ultimate weak president.

As for Arianna Huffington defending Mitt Romney, CBS “Morning Show” (and Chris Licht) strikes again by getting the quote and some attention on an early morning talk show that is earning respect.

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18 Responses to Mitt Romney’s Retort

  1. fangio April 30, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Jimmy Carter: U.S. Navel Academy, Submarine officer, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, worked on first nuclear sub, scientist, farmer, Governor, President.

    Mitt Romney – As Robert Shaw said to Richard Dreyfuss in the movie ” Jaws ” . ” You’ve been counting money all your life. ”

    The hostage rescue mission could have worked, they just picked the wrong equipment. Although Reagan got all the praise for getting the hostages out it was Carter who did all the heavy lifting.

  2. fairmindedindependent April 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Fox News is going off over the commerical with Pres Bill Clinton. I guess Arianna Huffington having your back is not bad. I like former President Jimmy Carter, especially his work for Habitat for Humanity, which I think is a awesome organization.

    • fangio May 1, 2012 at 12:37 am #

      I did forget to mention his work in trying to eradicate river blindness, the Carter Center’s worldwide humanitarian work and, of course, Habitat for Humanity. Carter’s biggest mistake was trying to be too honest with voters about the problems the country faced; Americans just don’t want to hear it, so they went out and elected Reagan. I guess you get what you pay for.

  3. dafederalist April 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Hi Fagio,

    Isnt that the same argument the conservatives are trying to make now…..{“Although Obama got all the praise for getting Osama out it was Bush who did all the heavy lifting.”)(Utter bullshit)

    I don’t think this works to Romney’s advantage at all…because as long as he keeps talking about the Killing of Osama…it keeps it fresh in the minds of voters that it was a Democratic President was the one to get the Mission Accomplished.

  4. ladywalker68 May 1, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    Well, a few months ago, I would have said I would hold my nose and vote for Romney. But he has been such a schmuck and the nastiness of the mostly white, male, anti-women Republican boys club has me leaning towards holding my nose and voting for Obama. It would not be a vote for Obama, but rather a vote AGAINST everything those ass-hats stand for.

    And if this is Mitt’s version of a retort, then he sucks at it. Heck, I might not even have to hold my nose come election time. Mitt has done absolutely nothing to convince me that he has a clue about foreign policy (except for foreign bank accounts). He might know how to make oodles and oodles of money, but that doesn’t mean he knows how to create jobs and put people back to work at jobs where they can earn a living wage. And I don’t think he really cares about that either.

    The cherry on the top of the Romney bullshit pie was Ann’s statement about loving that there are mom’s out there who have no choice to stay home their kids as she did. It is unequivocally the 2012 1% Republican version of “Let Them Eat Cake”.

  5. guyski May 1, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    Did the ad achieve its intended results? Or just another reason to put thinking about the election off until after summer?

  6. LiberalJoe May 1, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Mitt Romney, The Repubs and any other folks such as Arianna Huffington can shove it up their ass if they don’t like or are offended by the ad. If the mission failed they all would have been crucifying the Pres on a daily basis. With regard to OBL, The Pres talked the talk then walked the walk.

    Political campaigning and politics is about your achievements and failures. Pres Obama got OBL and the Bushies didn’t -tough crap on the Repubs. There is nothing in the ad that is false. The Pres and Dems should beat this drum until election day, and also that they saved the auto industry.

    Politics is not bean bag its rough and tumble, and the Repubs all of a sudden don’t like being on the receiving end.TFB.

    With regard to Pres Carter, lets not forget it was all the conservative elements in both the Dem and Repub party that urged him to take in the Shah then abandoned Carter when things got tough(Henry Kissinger is first on the list)

    Despite what the Repups and media in general would have you believe, Pres Carter had a few achievements-Camp David being one and he was spot for the need alternatives to oil . The principle reason the right and a fair amount of the Dem Party either want to invade Iran or will remain silent to the possibility of invading is because Pres Carter refused to invade Iran when the hostages were taken. 35 years later the right still wants it’s revenge. And make no mistake about it, it is all about revenge at play.

    There is a book called “the Guts To Try” and it was written by the on scene Air Force Commander for the Desert One rescue attempt of the hostages and he gives his perspective on the planning and execution of the raid and it’s failure. The lack of additional helicopters was a principle reason for the failure. Pres Carter has said if he had sent one or more additional helicopters on the mission it would have probably succeeded. I will bet anything that it was one of the contributing factors that made Pres Obama call for the back-up helicopters to land in the compound and not lay back and wait to be called in in case something went wrong. As it turned out they needed the extra copters.

    I hope the ad or something like it plays until election day and the Pres and Dems ram it down the Repub throats.

    • Isis May 1, 2012 at 8:58 am #

      Thanks for the helicopter anecdote. Interesting…

    • Taylor Marsh May 1, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      Read Mark Bowden on Desert One, which is in article form & very accessible.

    • jjamele May 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      Anyone who votes for Obama, or any President, because he’s willing to order an assassination has got serious issues and has no idea what leadership means or what America needs.

      I want to see a campaign ad which brags that more Afghani villages have been blown to ashes by predator drones under Obama than Bush. We can chant “USA! USA!” over that, too.

  7. May 1, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Getting Bin Laden was one of the few things that Obama did that I liked. However, that does not make him a foreign policy “expert”. The ad was lame.

  8. Isis May 1, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    President Obama managed the whole OBL very well and did what had to be done, still I agree that making an ad out of it is rather unseemly.

    His campaign team would probably not have done the ad if hypocrites on the GOP side were not constantly trying to portray him as weak on foreign policy and any GOP candidate would surely have used the killing of OBL as a campaign advantage…yet I can see Arianna’s point that the ad is disturbing. Then again she might have been angry because of Obama’s jab at her business model during the WH correspondent dinner.

    • jinbaltimore May 1, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      got it:

      Team Robama only released the ad in response to Team ORomney’s attacks

      and Huffpo is only taking a vengeance stab

      got it

      hee hee

      • Isis May 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm #


      • jjamele May 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

        A few weeks ago, I heard Ed Schultz on his radio show take a caller who pointed out that Obama was raking in millions from Wall Street. Schultz replied “well, obviously Obama has to take money from Wall Street, otherwise he’ll be buried by Romney’s big business buddy money.”

        The rank hypocrisy. It burns!

        • whitepaw May 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

          Spot on jjamele!

    • Betsy May 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

      Let’s not forget that the Bush campaign in 2004 used his 9/11 accomplishments against Kerry. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
      I’m personally stunned at how Arianna Huffington reacted. This is not “be nice season”. I think that Obama’s people are really going to have to be tough on Romney.
      When Romney conceded to McCain in 2008 he stated that if Obama is elected Al Qaeda wins and OBL will never be caught because Obama doesn’t have what it takes. That’s a paraphrase, but that’s what Mitt said.
      And by the way, he’s making an issue of the anniversary of OSL’s death by going to a fire station in NYC with Guiliani.

  9. StrideHyde May 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Let’s also not forget that the Repubs brought their convention to NYC so they could dance all over the mass grave while the rest of the city go arrested and sent to the pier known as Guantanamo East.

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