Somehow I missed this one when it came out a few days ago, but if you fancy this cow, make it now.
Whenever I see an experienced politician like Paul Ryan say something this absurdly stupid, I wonder: is he really so dumb that he honestly doesn’t understand Obama’s very simple point in bringing up horses and bayonets as examples of outdated military technology — or is he really that horrifyingly cynical, to treat his audience as mindless parrots incapable of making even the most elementary logical connections when they’re spelled out?
We report, you decide.
I do know that if Mitt Romney is really that concerned about the military, it’s strange that he didn’t say a single word about America’s military veterans in the debate.
President Obama last night called this incredibly stupid right wing attack meme “the biggest whopper that has been told during this campaign.”
So naturally, today Mitt Romney has a new advertisement continuing to push the lie. This is a desperate campaign, completely without shame or integrity.
I was trying to watch the debate and deal with server problems at the same time, but it was very, very obvious that Mitt Romney was way out of his league tonight. You knew he was in serious trouble when those first beads of flop sweat started popping out on his upper lip. He was incoherent, confused, repetitious, and struggled to make simple points, and President Obama schooled him on the facts over and over; when Romney inevitably brought up the mind-bogglingly dumb right wing “apology tour” nonsense, Obama’s response was: “This is the biggest whopper that has been told during this campaign.”
Romney choked, big time, and the President won this debate even more decisively than the last one.
Here’s another thread to discuss the final presidential debate before the election, as Mitt Romney drastically switches his positions on almost everything yet again.
It’s competing with both baseball and football games tonight, so the audience for the final Presidential debate may not be as large as it was for the first two debates. But the “foreign policy” will start in about 30 minutes, heavily focused on the Middle East.
Expect Romney to hammer away at his dishonest “apology tour” talking point, and expect him to continue trying to confuse the Benghazi issue and smear Obama with it.
Expect Obama to bring up Osama bin Laden, and the fact that he’s basically obliterated the entire command structure of Al Qaeda and ended the war in Iraq.
Apparently Mitt Romney won two coin tosses, and gets to go both first and last. In with a lie, out with a falsehood.
The next presidential debate will deal with foreign policy, which is probably why the latest web ad from the Obama campaign is a satirical take on Mitt Romney’s many ludicrous foreign policy mistakes.
What can you even say about this? Welcome to the sickening world of the right wing, where if you’re a woman and dare to ask a question about unequal pay, you get smeared and vilified by sexist pigs: Party Girl Debate Questioner Loves Joose, Hates Cops and Women Who Watch Sports | Washington Free Beacon.
Just. Absolutely. Disgusting.
The right wing blogs and media are all screeching in unison again, furiously trying to pretend that President Obama never referred to the Libyan embassy attack as an “act of terror” until 2 weeks later.
In other words, as usual, they’re all shilling for Mitt Romney’s lies.
So let’s look at President Obama’s exact words, as he delivered them in the White House Rose Garden on September 12, 2012: Remarks by the President on the Deaths of U.S. Embassy Staff in Libya | the White House.
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.
The right wing spin is that Obama was speaking of “acts of terror” in a general sense — but that’s ridiculous. The only way you can believe that is if you totally ignore the sentences that follow, where he specifically makes the connection to the Libya attack.
But then, that’s what right wingers are great at — ignoring facts and context. Politifact isn’t supposed to do that, though. Their report on Romney’s lie is almost as bad as the right wing spin: PolitiFact | Romney Says Obama Waited 14 Days to Call Libya Attack Terror.
In fact, Obama described it in those terms the day after the attack. But in the days that followed, neither he nor all the members of his administration spoke consistently on the subject. There were many suggestions that the attack was part of demonstrations over an American-made video that disparaged Islam.
We rate the statement Half True.
Unfortunately, Politifact’s claim that Obama only used the T word once, the day after the attack, is just flat wrong.
He used the same phrase to refer to the Libyan attack in Colorado the very next day, September 13: Remarks by the President in Golden, CO | the White House.
Let me say at the outset that obviously our hearts are heavy this week — we had a tough day a couple of days ago, for four Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Libya. Yesterday I had a chance to go over to the State Department to talk to friends and colleagues of those who were killed. And these were Americans who, like so many others, both in uniform and civilians, who serve in difficult and dangerous places all around the world to advance the interests and the values that we hold dear as Americans.
And a lot of times their work goes unheralded, doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it is vitally important. We enjoy our security and our liberty because of the sacrifices that they make. And they do an outstanding job every single day without a lot of fanfare. (Applause.)
So what I want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow Americans to justice. (Applause.) I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. It will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America. (Applause.)
The fact is that Obama consistently referred to the attack as an “act of terror,” in public, more than once, immediately following the incident.
Politifact should correct their mistake; Romney’s statement, echoing a bogus right wing attack line, was simply false.