Mitt Romney's Cairo Moment

Romney on the turmoil in Cairo and Libya.

There are moments in a political campaign when what one doesn’t say tells you as much about their core values than what they do say. Romney had one of those moments last week.

Seizing on a press release issued by a lower level diplomat in Cairo who was trying to calm an increasingly dangerous situation, Romney fired off an email to reporters saying it was “disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks." He embellished his reckless statement the next morning at a news conference charging, “The statement that came from the administration was a statement akin to an apology." 

Romney knowingly was wrong on everything. The embassy statement was not approved by the administration; it was issued hours before attacks on the Cairo embassy and deaths of the American diplomats in Libya occurred and the administration’s first response was a very strong condemnation of the attacks. There never was any apology.

Romney’s insensitivity to the human tragedy that was occurring was as disturbing as his crass attempt to politicize an international tragedy even as events were still unfolding. His statement barely mentioned the death of a consulate worker and only as a predicate to criticize the Obama administration.The human costs of the unfolding events never seem to have penetrated his conscience.

And at no time did he seem to show any appreciation for the personal danger the diplomats in Cairo were in or any concern that his comments might endanger them more. If he did grasp the severity of their predicament he never allowed it to influence his decision to use the Cairo press release to bash the Obama administration. Between his statement and his body language during his press conference next morning he did not come across as a president who would take into consideration the human consequences of decisions he might make. He came across as an insensitive technocrat, cold and analytical, like a CEO of a company, callously calculating how many employees to fire, or like a politician who only sees the benefits of tax cuts in a Paul Ryan budget and never the pain the budget will cause those worse off.  

Even Republicans were critical of Romney’s words and his demeanor. Talking about Romney’s press conference, Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal columnist and former speech writer for Ronald Regan and George H. W. Bush, indicted Romney’s character by saying, “At one point, he (Romney) had a certain slight grimace on his face when he was taking tough questions from the reporters. And I thought, ‘He looks like Richard Nixon.’

We know what he looked like, what he didn’t look like was a statesman ready to take his place on the world stage. 

Ron Kurowski

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Charles R Marik September 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM
OMG , Makes me wanna puke. Progressives have little or no respect for the constitution and then only when it serves them and their purpose.God bless the little freedom that we have left..
Moe September 20, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Let's be honest here this is no blog. This is just a smear campaign, posted by organized propaganda group. Who are just using the Patch boards as a mouth piece. By allowing this kind of rhetoric from either side of the political isle. Will just alienate and turn off actually constructive Patch members/viewers/posters. And, stating that it as a legit opinion viewpoints, is dishonest.
South Suburban MoveOn Council September 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM
"Let's be honest here this is no blog." From Wikipedia: "A blog (a portmanteau of the term web log)[1] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often were themed on a single subject." "Although not a requirement, most good quality blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments…" "Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject." Sure looks like what the South Suburban MoveOn Council is doing here, providing commentary on a particular subject on an informational site published on the WWW, which is interactive allowing visitors to leave comments. Also be aware that the South Suburban MoveOn Council is locally based. We live in Frankfort, Joliet, Plainfield, New Lenox, etc. We are your neighbors, co-workers, the teachers who teach your kids or perhaps the person you sit next to on the Metra in the morning. Our posts are signed by the writer and it is their opinion not that of some organization. Sorry our commentaries offend some of you, but get use to it because we’re not going anywhere! Ron Kurowski
Tom Klimczak September 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
"South Side Progressives for Justice" I wonder what their definition of 'justice' is.
Tom Klimczak September 21, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Right you are, Ron. Leftists are usually going nowhere.


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