Democrats for some reason seem to think that the singular act of killing Osama bin Laden equates to a successful foreign policy.
Problem is, the President’s other foreign policy tactics – disarming our Marines, creating a policy of ‘courageous restraint’, negotiating with the Taliban by releasing their commanders in exchange for a “promise” of peace talks, and failing to provide adequate security to our consulate buildings – demonstrate a complete lack of understanding of world events.
There is real concern over the President’s weak foreign policy.
On CNN’s The Situation Room yesterday Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards joined Stephanie Cutter and Team Obama in dismissing real concerns over Libya.
Watch as she first admonishes that we must “take the politics out of this,” then drops this bomb:
“…what voters care about, they may not care about Benghazi, but they care about Bin Laden.”
Shorter translation – the American people don’t have a right to know what happened in Benghazi, and if it weren’t for those meddling Republicans, they wouldn’t be asking so many questions.
Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said Thursday that the “entire reason” the terrorist attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans has “become the political topic it is” is because Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan talk about the attack.
STEPHANIE CUTTER: In terms of the politicization of this — you know, we are here at a debate, and I hope we get to talk about the debate — but the entire reason this has become the political topic it is, is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. It’s a big part of their stump speech. And it’s reckless and irresponsible what they’re doing.
BROOKE BALDWIN: But, Stephanie, this is national security. As we witnessed this revolution last year, we covered it–
CUTTER: It is absolutely national security–
BALDWIN: –it is absolutely pertinent. People in the American public absolutely have a right to get answers.
Yesterday on Face the Nation, liberal Democrat, and Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association Martin O’Malley answered the question Obama’s advisors would not. When asked by Bob Schieffer if he can honestly say we are better off now than four years ago, O’Malley responded, “no”.
“Today’s admission by Democratic Gov. O’Malley that Americans aren’t better off today than they were four years ago is more proof that President Obama’s policies aren’t working. President Obama’s failure of leadership has led to 42 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, 23 million Americans struggling for work, $5 trillion in new debt and a $716 billion cut in Medicare to fund Obamacare.
“While Team Obama continues their campaign of fear and division, we are talking about the big issues that Americans face. That’s why we have a plan to strengthen the middle class and create 12 million jobs, protect Medicare, and cut the federal deficit so our economy can start growing again.”
Today however, Obama surrogates have a new tone. Stephanie Cutter answered the same question resoundingly on NBC’s Today show.
“Absolutely”, she said.
Being better off now than four years ago means twenty-three million Americans that are unemployed, underemployed, or have stopped looking for work, is a good thing to the Obama administration.
That doesn’t sound better to any sane person, but then Cutter is prone to lying. Consistently.
Bloomberg News recently reported on the changes between then and now:
Almost every group is worse off than it was three years ago, and some groups had very large declines in income,’ Green, who previously directed work on the Census Bureau’s income and poverty statistics program, said in a phone interview today. ‘We’re in an unprecedented period of economic stagnation.
Worse, the President who likes to portray himself as a champion of the poor, pitting Americans against each other with his rich versus poor rhetoric, is raising poverty to all new levels.
The ranks of America’s poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.
A Romney campaign spokesperson responded to the claim that Americans are better off than they were four years ago, stating:
The middle class has been crushed under President Obama, but he doesn’t seem to get it. Gas prices have doubled, incomes have dropped, poverty is headed toward fifty-year highs, and chronic unemployment is at unprecedented levels. But the Obama campaign now has a clear message for Americans – you’re doing well, you just don’t know it. Americans deserve a president who understands we’re not better off and has a plan to fix it.
The Obama campaign has been nothing but perpetual smoke and mirrors, and outright lies. Now they’ve resorted to telling Americans that they really are just doing fine.
This doesn’t feel fine.
Biden: “They’ve said it, every Republican voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the– He said in the first hundred days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains. He said he’s going to do nothing about stopping the practice of outsourcing.”
Some of you might be asking what makes this a racially tinged comment, aside from the visual of putting ordinary citizens “back in chains”? The city of Danville has a population that is nearly 50% African American.
The Romney campaign was quick to respond:
“After weeks of slanderous and baseless accusations leveled against Governor Romney, the Obama Campaign has reached a new low. The comments made by the Vice President of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama Campaign will say and do anything to win this election. President Obama should tell the American people whether he agrees with Joe Biden’s comments.”
Amazingly, the Obama campaign did not distance themselves from these remarks, instead backing up what Joe Biden said.
Biden is known to make gaffes, but the Obama campaign gave no indication this was a misstep from Biden and doubled-down on the sentiment. In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said it was a metaphor that President Barack Obama “probably” agreed with.
“I think he probably agrees with Joe Biden’s sentiments,” Cutter said. “I mean he’s using a metaphor about what’s going to happen … look, I appreciate the faux outrage from the Romney campaign. If you want to talk about the use of words, then take a look at Mitt Romney’s stump speech where he basically calls the president un-American. So does [Romney spokeswoman] Andrea Saul agree with that language?” …
“Bottom line is that we have no problem with those comments — those comments in the full context of them,” she said.
What do you think? Watch the clip here…
It was just a couple of weeks ago that the Obama campaign was still trying to spin the Solyndra debacle as a “successful and innovative” venture.
… campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said. “In fact, both Republican and Democratic administrations advanced Solyndra’s application, and the company was widely praised as successful and innovative both before and after receiving the Department of Energy loan guarantee.”
A year ago yesterday however, the administration wasn’t quite as poetic when describing the plight of the company. In an e-mail exchange involving Obama aides Dan Pfeiffer, Stephanie Cutter and David Plouffe, discussin of Solyndra’s demise prompted a one word response – “Ugh”.
Pfeiffer – “This is going to be a real pain, Solyndra is about to go under apparently.”
Cutter – “Ugh.”
What a symbolic representation of the fall of Obama’s pet solar project. The California solar company, Solyndra, once heralded by the Obama administration as a prime example of how the Recovery Act created new jobs while promoting his vision of renewable energy, closed their doors.
Obama himself spoke at the facility, praising it as “a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism.”
Once a beacon of solar light in the progressive green jobs agenda, Solyndra received a $535 million federal loan with the help of newly minted energy secretary, Steven Chu, only to find themselves staring down bankruptcy and the release of more than 1,100 workers.
What say you, Mr. President? Ugh.
Doug Ross reports on the “ugh” factor, citing a silver lining to be found in the Solyndra mess. That the company’s executives maintained respect for the taxpayers as they bilked them out of millions of dollars. And that the company remained environmentally conscious. Both of which Ross sarcastically explains – are untrue.
He adds, “Stay tuned for the musical production, Solyndr-Ugh.”
It was just last month that Obama Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter claimed that Mitt Romney is either a liar or a felon, insisting that he misrepresented his time spent at Bain Capital. Upon hearing the accusations, the Romney campaign insisted that the President issue an apology for the remarks.
Instead, the campaign has doubled down on the outrageous accusation, running an ad that attacks Romney for not releasing more tax returns, at one point flashing the words “felons” and “tax records” on the screen.
The Weekly Standard reports:
The latest web ad from Barack Obama’s campaign goes after Mitt Romney for not releasing more tax returns than he already has. The ad, titled “Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns: When Will He Come Clean?,” at one point flashes two words onscreen, “FELONS” and “TAX RECORDS.”
The words, “FELONS” and “TAX RECORDS,” are displayed onscreen for at least six seconds, so the Obama campaign wants to make sure its viewers see the words.
Given the title of the ad–and the subject–the ad wants viewers to consider that Mitt Romney might not be releasing more tax returns because, the Obama campaign is suggesting, he might be a felon.
Here’s the video…