Barack Obama cut Mitt Romney down to size on the issue of the Republican's falsehoods about the administration's response to the Benghazi consulate tragedy.
Barack Obama cut an unrecognisable figure from the man Mitt Romney ran rings round a fortnight ago in the second Presidential debate in Hofstra last night, saving his best till last as he cut the Republican down to size on his myths about the administration’s response to the Benghazi consulate tragedy.
Watch, from 1:33, how the President draws Romney in and skewers him – backed up by the moderator:
Here are the key extracts:
Mitt Romney: “You said, in the Rose Garden, the day after the attack, it was an act of terror.”
Barack Obama: “Please proceed…”
MR: “It was not a spontaneous demonstration? Is that what you’re saying?”
BO: “Please proceed, Governor…”
MR: “I wanna make sure we get that for the record, because it took the President 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.”
BO: “Get the transcript.”
Candy Crowley: “He did, in fact, sir, so let me, let me call it an act of terror, he used the word…”
BO: “Can you say that a little louder, Candy?!”
CC: “He did call it an act of terror.”
On September 13th, two days after the attack on the US Mission in Benghazi, addressing a crowd in Lions Park, Golden, Colorado, Obama said:
“So what I want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow Americans to justice. 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.
“And I’ve directed my administration to do whatever is necessary to protect all Americans who are serving abroad. It’s one of my highest priorities as President. And we’re also in contact with other governments to underscore that they’ve got an obligation to cooperate with us to protect our citizens. That’s part of their job.”
After the fright given the world two weeks ago following the first debate, Romney’s embarrasing pedalling of ever more ‘Obama the anti-American’ conspiracy theories and his being so comprehensively slapped down on them should put everyone’s minds at ease; it ain’t over, but we can sleep a little easier now the Republican’s path to the White House has narrowed again.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.