GOP presidential candidate MItt Romney isn't backing down. Not only is he sticking to his early statement which blasted the Obama administration's "apology" to muslims in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Romney also stood before the media and held a very presidential press conference. The media were in a frenzy trying to explain Obama's actions, but Romney held firm.
Yes, the main stream media are in Barack Obama's back pocket, but this is a new low. With the events unfolding rapidly in both Egypt and Libya, so-called journalists are freaking out that Romney has blasted Obama's handling of the situation.
At the heart of the matter is the fact that Obama's U.S. Embassy issued a statement essentially apologizing to the muslim protesters, because a YouTube movie was made that they find offensive. These protesters stormed onto sovereign U.S. territory, ripped down the American flag, burned it, and replaced it with a black terrorist flag. Romney denounced such actions by both the protesters and the Obama officials.
As reported by National Review, just look at the questions Romney faced in his press conference:
1. Reporter brings up that Romney had a "toughly worded statement last night," and asks, "Do you regret the tone at all given what we know now?"
2. "Do you think, though, coming so soon after the events really had unfolded over night was appropriate, to be weighing in on this as this crisis was unfolding in real time?" Follow-up: "What did the White House do wrong then, Gov. Romney, if they put out a statement saying they disagreed with it?"
3. "The world is watching. Isn't this itself a mixed signal when you criticize the administration at a time that Americans are being killed? Shouldn't politics stop for this?"
4. "Some people have said that you jumped the gun a little bit in putting that statement out last night and that you should have waited until more details were available. Do you regret having that statement come out so early before we learned about all of the things that were happening?"
5. "If you had known last night that the ambassador had died, and obviously, I'm gathering you did not know . . . if you had known that the ambassador had died, would you have issued such a strongly-issued statement?"
6. Reporter comments that Romney is running on his "economic know-how and private sector experience," and adds, "but now that foreign policy and the situation in the Middle East has been thrust into the presidential campaign, can you talk about why specifically you think you are better qualified than President Obama to handle these issues?"
7. "How specifically, Governor Romney, would a President Romney have handled this situation differently than President Obama did? You spoke out before midnight, when all the facts weren't known. How would you have handled this differently than the president did?"
Are you kidding? As noted in the report, "Only the last question even addressed what Romney would have done if he was in office. None of the questions asked Romney to give details or be more specific about what he thinks the United States should do going forward."
In a report on NewsBusters.org, MSNBC's Chuck Todd blasts Romney for his statement:
However, the deaths occurred later... during the attack in Libya. The apology to which Romney was referring was issued by Obama's Cairo Embassy. Romney was right to blast the attack. What the media fail to mention was that Obama issued a statement blasting Romney, then waited 8 hours before issuing a condemation of the attacks in Egypt and Libya. Even then, his statement still blasted "efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others." Those "efforts" are what's known as a YouTube MOVIE in this case.
Is it any wonder Romney doesn't hold more press conferences? Who needs these idiots?
Here is the full press conference: