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Obama Says Romney Is Extreme, Dishonest

From the Associated Press:

AP Interview: Obama Calls Romney’s Ideas ‘Extreme’

By Ben Feller | Sun, August 26, 2012

ABC OTUS News – President Barack Obama said Mitt Romney has locked himself into "extreme positions" on economic and social issues and would surely impose them if elected, trying to discredit his Republican rival at the biggest political moment of his life.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Obama said Romney lacks serious ideas, refuses to "own up" to the responsibilities of what it takes to be president, and deals in factually dishonest arguments that could soon haunt him in face-to-face debates.

If that isn’t a textbook example of clinical projection, we don’t know what is.

Obama also offered a glimpse of how he would govern in a second term of divided government, insisting rosily that the forces of the election would help break Washington’s stalemate. He said he would be willing to make a range of compromises with Republicans, confident there are some who would rather make deals than remain part of "one of the least productive Congresses in American history."

So Obama is now promising to compromise if we re-elect him? Didn’t he promise that four years ago? And we see how that turned out.

Besides, if the Republicans are so evil and extreme, why would he want to compromise with them?

With the remarks, Obama set up a contrast between Romney, whom he cast as an extremist pushing staunchly conservative policies, and himself, by saying he would work across party lines. It was a seeming play for the independent voters who decide close elections and tell pollsters they want to see the often-gridlocked politicians in Washington solve the nation’s problems.

For the record, Mr. Obama has compromised less than any President in US history. And yet here he is claiming he will compromise when Romney won’t. Even though the biggest rap on Mitt Romney has been he compromised too much when he was Governor of Massachusetts.

Mainly, Obama was intent on countering Romney even before his challenger got to the Republican National Convention, which starts Monday in Tampa, Fla. In doing so, the president depicted his opponent as having accumulated ideas far outside the mainstream with no room to turn back.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign is running ads accusing Romney of being a chronic flip-flopper. They should pick a story and stick to it.

"I can’t speak to Gov. Romney’s motivations," Obama said. "What I can say is that he has signed up for positions, extreme positions, that are very consistent with positions that a number of House Republicans have taken. And whether he actually believes in those or not, I have no doubt that he would carry forward some of the things that he’s talked about." …

What a splendid endorsement for Romney. The campaign should make an ad out of Obama’s quote. It’s better even than the endorsement Romney got from Bill Clinton.

Obama’s view of a different second-term dynamic in Washington, even if both he and House Republicans retain power, seems a stretch given the stalemated politics of a divided government. He said two changes — the facts that "the American people will have voted," and that Republicans will no longer need to be focused on beating him — could lead to better conditions for deal-making.

If Republicans are willing, Obama said, "I’m prepared to make a whole range of compromises" that could even rankle his own party. But he did not get specific…

Obama made similar noises after the Democrats lost in an historic landslide in 2010.

He was lying then, too.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 27th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Says Romney Is Extreme, Dishonest”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    There’s nothing worse than the creep factor of an angry clown.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Just … wow ….

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    Speaking of an angry clown…


    Uncanny ain’t it?

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “…and that Republicans will no longer need to be focused on beating him — could lead to better conditions for deal-making.”

    No, if anything, the democrats that remain in power will double-down on their agenda. They will subvert, undermine and always politic an issue into stalemate if they can. Much has been said about the “do-nothing” republican congress on the part of the socialists. If anything, it’s preamble to when they are forced out of the majority and actually WILL do their g-d-damnedest to prevent anything that will stop spending, curb ridiculous tax-stealing and un-do death-care.

    Again, one has to possess a certain cynical bone to see it. One has to be able to recognize that there are two arguments, one being that “people are basically good” and also that “people are basically bad”. The fact of the matter is that there are both types and they will be known by their deeds, seldom by their words. But, one can honestly assess that some twit who is constantly demanding that everyone look at him while simultaneously complaining about it has a fundamentally fractured thought-process.

    Deal-making is also socialist speak, once again, for “doing it the way we want, as is “compromise”, “reaching across the aisle”, “fair”, “equal”, etc etc. The socialists still own the narrative even though some die-hard socialist news twits have reamed O-boy a new one in print and on the air. But, those same twits are also Hitlery fans, more likely and they are acting out about their socialist not getting to run instead of the socialist who did.

    No, although the election will change a great many things, but just like in the superbowl….when the favored team gets the ball, what do they do with it? I still fear more government spending, and I greatly fear Romney getting suckered the way so many republicans do by a “promise” from the swastika-wielding party that “if you sign this ONE thing…we promise not to raise taxes (or do X, Y or Z”). Fool’s errand, that.

    So after November 2nd (thank you Moochelle), watch this space and see how quickly the new administration takes action and what kind.

  5. canary says:

    AP edited interviews with Obama are slowly being released from hours of editing at Obama’s demands. Questions and Anwers and rehearsals. Moving teleprompter and repositioning Ben Feller
    who was ordered by Obama to look straight ahead. The interviewer’s painful looks came from many cuts to appear he looked straight at Obama when naturally the reporters tendency was to read the answers rather than wait for Obama’s long uh uh answers. Obama is the president and AP did what ever it took to get this interview. Same interview; just being released slowly due to heavy editing and breaks with Obama looking over their shoulder til they got it right.

    This is an edit from the Ben Feller interview. It is more obvious Obama turning his head more to ease his piercing eyes to the left and down. It made it much easier for Obama to read the teleprompter.

    To offset the obvious, prior to 2 minutes you can see the shadow of the teleprompter to the other side of the interviewer who is sitting uncomfortably and the rest of the interview is Obama reading off the
    the teleprompter to the right.

    Debates between Obama and Romney are a must, but chances of Obama team getting the questions ahead of time would give Obama an edge in attempting to memorize his answers.

    You can bet AP meant Obama’s Extreme Positions as their headline. Watch interview


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