To use the phrase “bumps in the road” once about certain things is OK, but not when you reference unemployment and attack in the Middle East. Barack Obama’s “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday evening is more than likely going to end up in a Romney campaign ad.
First, note Obama’s words regarding the attacks in Libya and Egypt that included the death of four Americans, including a U.S. Ambassador.
Steve Kroft asks, “Have the events that took place in the Middle East, the recent events in the Middle East given you any pause about your support for the governments that have come to power following the Arab Spring?”
“Well, I’d said even at the time that this is going to be a rocky path” Obama answered. “But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because– you know, in a lot of these places– the one organizing principle– has been Islam. The one part of society that hasn’t been controlled completely by the government.”
The New York Times reported that an American official who served in Libya told them, “It’s a catastrophic intelligence loss. We got our eyes poked out.” I’d say that is more like it. That is a far cry different than a “bump in the road.”
One thing is for sure, had a Republican made such a calloused comment such as Obama did, it would be getting 24/7 coverage in their news.
But it only got worse. The Washington Post reports,
Calling Netanyahu’s concern about an existential threat “noise” is another in a long string of insults, snubs and gaffes about Israel. This remark immediately raised red flags in the foreign press.The Iranians were happy, though. A reader sends me a report that at least one country is delighted. From the Iranian official TV outlet: “US President Barack Obama says Israel’s call for drawing red line over Iran’s nuclear energy program is just ‘noise’ he tries to ignore.” Well, the Iranians got that one right. And just to rub it in, Obama knocked Israel down a peg, saying it was only “one of our closest allies in the region.” Really? Is Egypt the other? The level of disdain he holds for Israel runneth over.
It is not surprising that the Romney campaign and other Republicans leaped on Obama’s stupidity. Liz Cheney tweeted, “Terrorists kill 4 Americans, says it’s ‘bumps in the road.” Israeli concerns about Iranian nukes ‘noise.’ Shameful.”
There were other miscues as well, that if not for the two big blunders, would be stories unto themselves. On his biggest regret, Obama again confessed to being impotent in Washington: “I’m the first one to confess that — the spirit that I brought to Washington, that I wanted to see instituted, where we weren’t constantly — in – in a political slugfest but were focused more on problem solving that, you know, I haven’t fully accomplished that. Haven’t even come close in some cases. And, you know, if you ask me what’s my biggest disappointment, is that we haven’t changed the tone in Washington as much as I would have liked.” Or gotten a budget deal, or gotten unemployment below 8 percent, or . . . you get the point.
Obama, as well as, his advisers, have talked about “bumps in the road” whenever the unemployment picture has become dark or the economy falters. I guess we should expect nothing less from Barack Obama when American lives are lost and our embassies are attacked.