- Posted September 25, 2012 by
Watertown, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Turbulence, violence in the Middle East
Romney's Latest Wingnut Outrage, 'Bump in the Road' Remark is for 'Bump in the Polls'
"Fact checkers aren't going to dictate my campaign", says Mitt Romney.
No kidding , Mitt.
The latest right wingnut outrage has to do with President Obama’s use of the phrase “bumps in the road,” while speaking about the road to democracy.
During an interview on 60 Minutes last night, Obama was asked about the Arab Spring not U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens that was killed along with 3 other state department workers in Libya.
President Obama paid tribute to the four fallen Americans in a touching ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base.
President Obama offered the following:
"Four Americans, four patriots...
They had a mission, and they believed in it. They knew the danger, and they accepted it.
They didn't simply embrace the American ideal, they lived it, they embodied it: the courage, the hope and, yes, the idealism. That fundamental American belief that we can leave this world a little better than before.”
Obama from 60 Minutes' interview:
“I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy, universal rights a notion that people have to be able to participate in their own governance …
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. There are strains of extremism, and anti-Americanism, and anti-Western sentiment.”
Obama wasn't talking about the incident in Libya. He was addressing a specific question about the Middle East.
For Romney to take this statement out of context shows his desperation.
Ari Fleischer, a CNN political commentator, was one of the first out of the gate with his gross and morbid mischaracterizion by Tweet of President Obama’s comment:
"I guess when u win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing, an attack that kills an Ambassador is just a "bump in the road."
This remark is moronic even for Fleischer, known for his disdain for Obama.
"The Right Wing Media is increasingly desperate to find something to slander the President with, in the hopes that, in spite of Romney's staggering incompetence, they can convince enough low information conservatives to vote for him anyway.
As disgraceful as Romney's pathetic claim that a statement of condemnation issued by the US embassy prior to a riot was in fact an apology and expression of sympathy for the rioters, this 'bump in the road' comment taken out of context, shows that the Right Wing seems to have nothing else left to run on.
The latest nonsense seems to be the Right Wing Media's complete distortion of the President's use of the common phrase "bump in the road", a bizarre attempt to once again cast the President as a Muslim sympathizer unconcerned about American lives.
Does anyone even understand this one?
I mean, I know it's bullsh*t, but this one doesn't even TRY to make any sense."
This piqued my interest so off I went in search of others who have used this phrase when speaking about Middle East peace process or perhaps the Iraq War. I was able to immediately find two from the previous administration under George W. Bush…"
Condoleezza Rice and Paul Bremer, both Republicans.
"Conclusion? President Obama was simply using a common phrase when describing highly volatile international situations, much the same as former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice as well as former Ambassador Paul Bremer. Both, as we well know, are Republicans. "
"Yes. There are plenty of 'bumps in the road' to the top of the GOP bullsh*t mountain."