WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he will not apologize to likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for an aide's comment last week that false filings to a government regulator could bring a felony charge.
"No. We will not apologize," Obama said in an interview taped Saturday with WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Va., and posted on the station's website Sunday. "Mr. Romney claims he's Mr. Fix-it for the economy because of his business experience, so I think voters entirely legitimately want to know what is exactly his business experience."
Obama spent two days campaigning in tightly contested Virginia last week, reminding voters of the discrepancies between Securities and Exchange Commission filings and Romney's recollection of his role at Bain Capital. Obama's deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, suggested Thursday Romney might be guilty of a felony for misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC.
Obama should apologize to Romney just as soon as haters like Tea Baggers and Ms. Mitch McConnell stop referring privately to Obama as "the nigger in the White House."
Romney is a weasel. He's a liar. He's a money-laundering capitalist with bank accounts in Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands. Why anyone would vote for this Bainster is beyond me.
The days of caving to right wingers are OVAH.
I'm glad Obama is going on the attack!
It's long overdue that Democrats started fighting fire with fire. Enough of Willie Horton, Lee Atwater, Karl Rove and Swift Boating (Swift Yatching?) Dems have traditionally been inept at counter punching, ceding that to the Republicans. No more.
He should say we'll apologize as soon as the teabagging fuckwads that demand my birth certificate apologize to ME!
Go Obama! Finally, making it clear and concise, and yet stinging. Let's hope there's more of this in the campaign.
[quote]He should say we'll apologize as soon as the teabagging fuckwads that demand my birth certificate apologize to ME!
True, and afterall, since Romney refuses to call out the Birthers and refuses to call out Donald Trump for his own Birther meltdown on CNN last month, Romney should apologize for allowing these sort of people to be part of his campaign.
Romney is a liar and a tax scofflaw, no apologies should be made.
The President of the United States should apologize for stating the mere, uncontestable fact that filing false statements to a government agency is a crime?
Republicans want an apology for being called out on their bullshit. Quelle surprise.
Wow. They must know that Romney is unelectable if they call him a potential felon. That's a vey dangerous tack for a sitting President to have to take.
It's not a dangerous tack. A dangerous tack is saying your guy wasn't involved in a company after 1999 when his name is all over docs filed with the SEC for the following three years saying he was. There is nothing dangerous with Obama pointing out that it's a felony for him to have declared himself something he wasn't in these documents.
And, obviously, Obama is not saying Romney is a felon. Neither he nor anyone else with a brain should believe that Romney was lying on those documents. That's not the point.
The point is that he was telling the truth on those documents and he was responsible for Bain's activity during the years he has been trying to say that he wasn't. Those are the lies that are being revealed, not the felonious ones, just the chickenshit ones that show him for what he is. Not a felon, just a lying bastard who was involved in a company that sold out American jobs and doesn't even have the remnant of integrity to own up to it but would rather cover it up in an idiotic lie that is belied by his own statements in official SEC filings.
I wish he really would get thrown in prison and not country club prison.
Obama to Romney
I'm sorry you're going to lose.
I heard that there is an investigation as to how Mitt Romney was able to swell his 401K Plan by over $100 Million in just 1 year. I forsee that the Rethugs will be looking for another candidate to run for Prez in 2012, and Mittster will be facing some prison time.
The fact Romney would even ask for an apology publically is contrived. It demonstrates that he feels and Rove and his campaign feels, and his voting base feels that they are all superior beings compared to this uppity N***er in the WH.
I can't help but feel this is something they always planned. They have stock repsonses and strategies for any occasion. Think about it. At some point, Rove knew Obama would go on the attack. At some point they were going to ask for an apology. It's a tactic. I think they are hoping for a backlash. That people will feel sorry for Romney.
I loved it when Rahm was quoted: "Quit whining!"
These bums from "Factcheck.org" are trying to milk the Obama liar thing for all its worth. I think we can safely say they are paid agents of the Romney campaign. Obama's campaign are telling the truth, Romney's camp are the liars. He DID use Indian call centers to support food stamp recipients in Massachusetts. He DID veto a law that would put an end to the practice, indicating he supported the principle of outsourcing.
The counterattack is coming. I've posted this in other threads. Romney needs to change the subject. The irony of these accusations coming from Republicans is pretty amazing.
They propse nothing, they are accountable for nothing, but they really know the smear game.
This is a HUGE misstep on Romney's part. Whining for an apology just makes him look weak. It also begs the question, for what should Obama be apologizing? Romney's work history is a legitimate campaign issue, and unlike the urban legend-based attacks on Obama regarding his birth certificate etc., are genuinely pertinent on the rarely discussed yet undeniably relevant plane of the real world in which we all actually exist.
Love it, R25!
Is Romney the most tin-eared candidate ever? He's certainly made misstep after misstep throughout the campaign, and now that he's got a guy on the other side calling him on it, he's SHOCKED, SHOCKED that someone would ask him to be accountable. (Interesting that other Republicans are calling for him to release his tax records as well).
Didn't some of the other Republican candidates also call him on this during the debates?
yes, they all did.
Forget Romney, he apologizes to the world for how bad America has been, but says nothing about lack of skill for the Pay Grade we elected him to.
They pointed out on the news last night that Obama actually laughed when asked if he would apologize. Finally, a Democrat with balls. I hope this keeps up.
[quote]he apologizes to the world for how bad America has been
You do realize that this is not only a lie, it's a stupid one, right? Just checking...
You know what, R30, I've never seen a single instance where Obama said what you accuse him of saying. I know this is a popular concept among the Republican base, notorious for their stupidy and lack of familiarity with the truth.
But honestly, if you think about it, President Obama was truly forced to go on a International tour to repair the unilateral, offensive crap the Bush Administration instigated. Bush/Cheney managed to offend everyone and felt threats and wars were a diplomatic solution.
You may be blssed with the convenience of a bad memory, but I know, especially from work travel abroad during that period, especially from 2005 on, that the USA was held in very low regard.
When we were faced with a major financial crisis that impacted the rest of the world markets, and we needed their goodwill and cooperation as never before, President Obama was not apologetic.
He was conciliatory, because we needed cooperation that Bush/Cheney pissed away. When I think back to all the goodwill the Bush administration screwed up in the aftermath of 9/11, with their infantile "freedom Fries" bullshit, I just shake my head at the missed opportunity.
The truth is, we were so weakened after especially by 2005, that the world discovered it could get along very well with the USA out of the game. A lack of good relationships with the rest of the world is very costly.
There are trade agreements and financial concerns that depend on goodwill and forging strong relationships. Bush's go it alone attitude might have satisfied the isolationist cretins out here, but it was very bad for our economy.
So maybe it's asking way too much, but think before you try to peddle that "apology" bullshit. When the rest of the world knows you're an asshole, you come in and say, things weren't real great between us, but let's turn the page and find some common ground to work together and cooperate. What Obama did is simply say, "We need each other."
You must think the rest of the world is as stupid as a lot of Americans. But when you push unsustainable tax cuts, and try to fund to wars, and you have Wall Street turning into Las Vegas East, it's pretty obvious that you cannot go down that road too far without major consequences.
I know it's not even 11am, but I'd like to buy R33 a drink.
Sorry for the typos, not enough sleep. It's already late afternoon where I am, R34. So, I'll happily take that drink.
"Sucks to be you, eh Underwear Boy?"
-- Barack HUSSEIN Obama, PRESIDENT of the UNiTED STATES of AMERICA
Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India.
During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mary Matalin was on ABC yesterday trying to justify Bain Capital shipping jobs overseas. She said there's nothing wrong with it or its part of the way the global market works today and that it is not a bad thing like Obama claims etc.
She kept saying she didn't think any of this would hurt Romney.
Her husband, James Carville, a Democrat, was sitting next to her and disagreed.
drink, schmink; i would pay r33's college tuition for a year!
Mary Matalin also defended Rush Limbaugh's rape comments against Sandra Fluke so she'll rationalize ANYTHING Republicans do.
good point r41.
I'd like to see Mary Matalin proven wrong big time in this election.
I hope Romney loses by a large margin.
I don't know how James Carville can stand her.
Vote for me, because I'm a VICTIM OF A BLACK MAN'S ASSAULT!
Oh, and btw. the black guy who attacked me may not be born in America! How fucked up is that????
R44, the thing is, those tactics might have worked 10 years ago or 40 years ago, but they don't work as much anymore..
[quote]so she'll rationalize ANYTHING Republicans do.
Yup. And she's paid big bucks to do just that. I do so love watching a prostitute in action, don't you?
Romney's latest excuse is that he's not releasing 20 years of tax returns because ... wait for it ... John Kerry's wife didn't.
They initially tried to claim that presidential candidate Kerry had released only two years of returns. The trouble with that is that it's a lie: Kerry released 20 years worth. So now they're trying to bring Kerry's *wife* into this? This is just pathetic.
And, of course, the more that Romney talks about this, the more he's *not* talking about the things that he wants to talk about and the more the public thinks that there really is something to hide. His handling of this whole thing has just been sad. He should have been ready for this from day one, particularly since Bain has come up more than once in his past campaigns.
[quote] "Sucks to be you, eh Underwear Boy?"
-- Barack HUSSEIN Obama, PRESIDENT of the UNiTED STATES of AMERICA
That's MAGIC Underwear Boy to you!
[quote]I'd like to see Mary Matalin proven wrong big time in this election.
I hope Romney loses by a large margin.
I don't know how James Carville can stand her.
Because she can suck an egg through a garden hose.
[quote]I don't know how James Carville can stand her.
First, he is no prize.
Second, they are just play acting; neither cares if anything they say is true. It's all so they can stay on TV and consult, earning $$$$$$.
R50, what's unusual is for 2 spouses to both work for opposing political parties.
It's not something you find in the political world very often.
I loved the gawker headline about this:
"Obama Apologizes to Romney: 'Cram it with Walnuts, Ugly!'"
Showing he has a spine makes me love Obama all the more. God for him.
He's been pressed.
I guess he's fed up. Finally.
[quote]what's unusual is for 2 spouses to both work for opposing political parties.
The hate sex and the make up sex after a big fight must be the best thing about the relationship.
[quote]I don't know how James Carville can stand her. Because she can suck an egg through a garden hose.
Don't disparage her talent. It took her years of sucking lemons to develop this skill.
Obama has always had spine. He's just very Zen and very low key. A lot of people wrongly confuse style with substance. He doesn't grandstand. There is something very "Eastern" about him.
I've met other people from Hawaii, and they seem to never get rattled about anything. There is always this calm at their center.
We get frustrated and upset, because we are used to different pacing, and we are used to the soundbite, bellicose political types. He is none of those.
He's also very very smart. people think they know what he will do, or ought to do, and he is just biding his time but when he moves,he is really prepared, and he goes for it. He takes the shot.
R56, I understand what you are saying about the Hawaii mindset, but that doesn't change the fact that there are times when Obama lacks the bold, transformative vision of FDR.
[quote]there are times when Obama lacks the bold, transformative vision of FDR.
The only time he had any resemblance to FDR is when he was doing a bad impression during the campaign, and none of his fans would listen closely to what he was actually saying beyond the hope and change stuff.
In his first speech after he election, he was no longer the suit full of sales motivation speak, but a little man whining about how Change is HARD! And so, he really hasn't changed much from the Bush Administration other than to throw a few bones with too little force and long after the need.
Obama is not Zen. He is not playing chess when everyone else is playing checkers. He's a weak little lapdog with legions who inexplicably defend him in the same way they make long and labored excuses for any two-bit minority caught stealing -- other people's stuff.
Obama 2012! Keep Romney and the right wing lying scumbags out!
He's not playing chess, he's playing air hockey! He's playing Twister! He's batting blindfolded at a piñata!
[quote]He's a weak little lapdog with legions who inexplicably defend him in the same way they make long and labored excuses for any two-bit minority caught stealing -- other people's stuff.
Yeah, they want FREE stuff! All those minorities.
wow. r59 couldn't help but reveal his/her racism there....
R59 is a harbinger. Look for the race card to be played in all kinds of ways this time out. If you think Mittens wasn't playing it when he went to the NAACP convention you're wrong. Discussions about race is the "third rail" in American Politics. They don't play well. YOu mention race and people tune out immediately.
So we'll see more and more media whores raising race-based discussions. It will be a little bit more subtle then trotting out the Rev. Wright tapes, but not by much.
We need to prepare ourselves and our friends to fasten seatbelts, for the Rovian deluge.
I saw Claire McCaskill on MSNBC last night and she is fighting hard, I really like her, but Rove is after her in Missouri and she needs help.
I swear, if I could I'd volunteer to work in a swing state, or a tight Congressional race every weekendFrom now until election day. We need to spread the word to the clueless that the Rethugs are trying to buy the election.
We need to observe the legitimate, credible polls, to see if there is any movement post the Bain debacle, too.
He's already losing. His chances of winning are down to 40%
The criticism is not towards the minorities, but those who mindlessly defend them no matter what.
What inspires such incessant championing is racism in itself -- they refuse to believe the minorities can survive without them.
History explains it, R67.
And "no matter what" is a matter of opinion.
r59 just digs deeper.
I hope Obama never apologizes for anything.
That fucking Bush never apologized for spendind ALL of our money on a needless war. Obama should NEVER apologize for anything.
I hope Obama just continues to patiently hammer away at those lying bastaRds...maybe a few intelligent right wingers will WAKE UP.
[quote]The criticism is not towards the minorities, but those who mindlessly defend them no matter what.
Just digging that hole deeper and deeper, aren't you? Alas that you can't come up with a single example of anyone who "mindlessly defend[s]" any "minorities," "no matter what."
When you're in a hole, just stop digging. Better to be thought a fool and a racist than continue to post here and prove it.
The game Obama seems to be playing this week is "fuck the Mormon". And turns out he's pretty good at it!
And it's surprisingly fun to watch, R73.
r59 might not even be american. i have found that a lot of our most racist posters are either south african or british...
Racist don't belong in any culture. If they find that they can't control their racist nature...better they just committ suicide, no one needs them.
R59 is an asshole. Obama has a great vision and real knowledge but when most of the power is help by the greedy few, wealthy corporations...there isn't a lot of good anyone can do. Until we pry the power out the the hands of those greedy, rich and hopefully DEAD hands...our country can't move forward. Don't bother to tell me how America needs the corporations for jobs...bullshit. It's time to rip those corporations apart and get them down to something more managable. Every military corporation should be turned over to the government. All of our Generals should be fired. All of our banks should be turned over to the government until we get them under control. We are suppose to be a democracy, instead we are a country run by corporations...it's not right and we need to end it.
For some reason, the Repugs don't really want to win this election. I'm not sure why but let's face it, no one could respect any of their candadates. It makes me somewhat uneasy.
Why isn't that doughboy, Rove, dead? He's disgusting, he reminds me of every lowlife that ever got involved in American politics. He's a horror show and should be treated with complete disrespect wherever he turns up.
This really was one of the weakest slates any party has fielded for the presidency. Most of the candidates were jokes and the party was so desperate for someone, anyone, to step in and save them, that they didn't resign themselves to Romney until the very end.
When you call someone a Muslim Marxist Kenyan afirmative action baby who pals around with terrorists, you are really not in a very good position to demand an apology for bringing up perfectly legitimate questions.
[quote]I saw Claire McCaskill on MSNBC last night and she is fighting hard, I really like her, but Rove is after her in Missouri
Rove should not be allowed to be involved with elections. He should be in jail.
I got my Christmas present early this year. Thanks, Mitty!
Obama should have pulled out his big dick and pissed on Romney.
Wait, wait, America did that for the President.