Skip to main content

Don't you just love how The Obama Truth Team jumps on Romney's gaffes?

*For those who have bandwidth issues, I have transcribed the ad below the orange thingamajig.

UPDATE: Help get this out there! Post it on your Facebook and email it to you friends and family!!! Media Matters reports:
Fox News Repeatedly Aired Romney's Attacks On Obama, But Omitted Public Worker Comments.

(snip)

ABC News: "Republicans Ran With Just Those Two Words: 'Doing Fine.' " In a report on Obama's comments, ABC News chief White House correspondent Jake Tapper noted Republican attacks on Obama, including from House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Eric Cantor. ABC also aired a snippet of Romney's criticism but omitted his public workers comments.

(snip)

CBS News Aired Significant Portion Of Romney's Comments, But Edited Out His Public Worker Remarks.

But Media See Controversy Over Obama's Comments While Ignoring Romney's Attack On Public Workers

Don't let the media ignore this! Make them take notice!
Yesterday, the Right went crazy over a comment President Obama made:
Obama addressed economic concerns directly on Friday, declaring at a White House news conference that "the private sector is doing fine." That prompted instant criticism from Republicans, who said it showed a lack of understanding of the nation's economic woes.

"Is he really that out of touch?" Romney charged while campaigning in Iowa.

Clarifying his remarks later in the day, the president said it was "absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine." While there had been some "good momentum" in the private sector, he said public sector growth lagged behind, making it imperative that Congress act on his proposals to boost state and local government jobs.

"I cannot give you a good reason why Congress would not act on these items other than politics," Obama said after being asked to respond to the Republican criticism.

Activists jab Obama and Romney on economy

After making his "gaffe" President Obama took care to walk it back as quickly as possible, Meanwhile, while campaigning in Iowa, where Romney asked "Is he really that out of touch?" about President Obama, he also said:
“He [Obama] wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

YouTube Video

(Be sure to take some time to go to the youtube site and read the comments attached to that video. It will make you smile.)

And check out some more news:

The "message of Wisconsin" can be debated. But the controversy surrounding Gov. Scott Walker, who survived the recall election effort to unseat him this week, wasn't about the rampant cutting of public-sector jobs like firemen, policemen and teachers. It was about the law he signed that ends unions' collective bargaining while forcing them to pay more for pensions and health-care benefits.

Mitt Romney Doesn't Want Any More Firefighters, Police Officers Or Teachers

When Mitt Romney sits across from the Fraternal Order of Police to seek their presidential endorsement, I can't wait to hear his reaction to these men and women carrying guns and tasers when they ask him to explain why he doesn't think the nation needs more of them on the streets.

Romney doesn't get that cops and teachers are Americans, too

It’s hard to argue that the message from Wisconsin was that Americans don’t think we should hire more firefighters and cops. They were exempted from Scott Walker’s crackdown on public employee bargaining rights, which enabled him to “divide and conquer” labor.

But beyond that, this could resonate in the presidential race: It will allow the White House to reframe the debate over public sector workers and job creation on more favorable terms.

One of the components of the American Jobs Act that Obama continues to demand that Republicans pass would invest $35 billion in federal funds to keep cops, firefighters, and teachers on the job. Republicans, Romney included, oppose this plan. Central to their argument against this type of investment is to keep the focus on public sector workers as a class, arguing that they are bilking the taxpayer and are to blame for the economic plight of struggling Americans. As Romney recently put it: “We have 145,000 more government workers under this president. Let’s send them home and put you back to work.”

(snip)

This time, however, Romney deserves points for honesty: He has forthrightly declared that the class of government workers holding back other Americans does include cops, firefighters and teachers. And in so doing, he has singlehandedly reframed the debate from one over despised government bureaucrats to one over whether we should hire more cops, firefighters and teachers to get the economy going. This is a debate the White House will be happy to have.

Mitt Romney: We don’t need more cops, firefighters or teachers

One of the things I admire about President Obama's campaign is when something happens, they are quickly on it. There are ads, videos on youtube, press releases, etc.

This is what totally boggles my mind (not that I'm complaining one bit): I searched Google news through dozens of reports and I couldn’t find a single one where the Romney campaign reacted or did anything to try and change the impression that Romney thinks the message of Wisconsin was that we should fire firefighters, police and teachers in an effort to shrink government even further. On a Friday, going into the weekend, this is not a good impression to leave the country with after Romney asked if President Obama is out of touch with reality. Obama walked back his comments. How did Romney deal with the reaction to his comments? Crickets.

Also, I can’t count the number of times I’ve read an article that ended with “we contacted the Romney campaign for comment” and the result was that they either did not return the call, or they would have to get back to them once they figured out what Romney’s position was on whatever the article was about. The man has been running for president for like six years now. You’d think he’d have a campaign coordinated enough to respond to requests for comment.

TRANSCRIPT OF NEW OBAMA AD:

As music plays in the background,

HEADLINE ON SCREEN: Bloomberg
Teachers, Firefighters, Cops Face More Layoffs: The Ticker
Nov 4, 2011

HEADLINE ON SCREEN: NBC Connecticut
First Responders Plead for Jobs as Council Passes Budget
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

HEADLINE ON SCREEN: Inquirer Trenton Bureau
N.J. firefighters, police taking hit
Public-safety workers become municipal budget casualties.
December 5, 2010

HEADLINE ON SCREEN: The Huffington Post
Police Layoffs Ripple Through Key Swing State Of Florida
January 31, 2012

On Screen:
President Obama
has a plan to help.

President Obama Talking while images of teachers, police and firefighters are displayed: "One of the biggest weaknesses has been state and local governments, which have laid off 450,000 Americans. These are teachers and cops and firefighters. Congress should pass a bill putting them back to work right now, giving help to the states so that those layoffs are not occurring."

On Screen:
What would Mitt Romney do?

Video of Mitt Romney from Iowa campaigning on June 8, 2012:

“He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

Wild cheering from crowd.

On Screen:

Romney Economics
Fewer Teachers
Fewer Firefighters
Fewer Police Officers

Romney Economics
It Didn't Work Then.
It Won't Work Now.

Obama - Biden
TRUTH
TEAM

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (32+ / 0-)

    For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size." -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

    by hungrycoyote on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 03:30:03 PM PDT

  •  It is nice to see them come out with these so (5+ / 0-)

    quickly.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 03:38:40 PM PDT

  •  That's an excellent ad (5+ / 0-)

    It makes a clear and concise case for the president in a stark choice between Obama and  R-Money.  It also reinforces the fact that the president has a plan,  and reminds people at the end  of the piece that  conservative economics is what has driven the country off a cliff.

    Question, though, where is this playing?  Only in the Internet or in key battleground states?

    I vote Democratic because I am a woman with self-respect , who rejects bigotry of all kinds, subscribes to science, believes in universal health care, embraces unions, and endorses smart internationalist foreign policy.

    by Delilah on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 03:55:54 PM PDT

    •  I think right now it's on the Internet, but (4+ / 0-)

      the length leads me to believe that they will be putting it out for broadcast. I don't think it's even been up on YouTube very long.

      Every since I saw that clip of Romney yesterday, I keep going back and reading the comments people are posting. This is totally amazing. I have yet to see one comment of somebody defending Romney on this one.

      Usually, there's all kinds of fighting and name calling going on back and forth between the two camps. Not this time. It's all about how ridiculous Romney is. Even the crazies can't figure out how to defend him on this one.

      For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size." -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

      by hungrycoyote on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 04:00:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I put it to my Facebook friends... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    hungrycoyote, theKgirls, Delilah, IreGyre

    ...many of whom are Republicans, how laying off MORE teachers, firefighters and cops will create more jobs or help the economy. Not surprisingly, none of them responded.

    I vote we run Rick Scott out of Florida on a high-speed rail.

    by ObamOcala on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 04:10:18 PM PDT

    •  How can they respond to that? I'd really be (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      theKgirls

      interested reading any defense they come up with. I just posted an update about how the media conveniently is not reporting Romney's comments.

      For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size." -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

      by hungrycoyote on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 04:16:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  embed link so easy to post on FB PLEASE (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    hungrycoyote

    Thanks

    •  I'm slightly confused by your request. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Denver11, rja

      I'm assuming you want the link directly to the YouTube video:

      YouTube Video

      So that you can click on it, and then share it on Facebook. For future reference, if you hover your mouse over the title of the video in the upper left-hand corner and click that title, it will open YouTube in a new window, and take you directly to the video so that you can share it on Facebook.

      If that's not what you meant, please expand on your request.

      For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size." -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

      by hungrycoyote on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 04:37:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'd rather see it say something like: (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    journeyman, hungrycoyote, rennert

    "Teachers, Firefighters, Police, they're American people, too".

    North Carolina: Where you can marry your cousin. Just not your gay cousin.

    by second gen on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 04:29:28 PM PDT

  •  Obama Truth team link (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    hungrycoyote

    Obama Truth Team

    You can sign up to get the emails about these videos.

    Coyote, excellent diary.  They respond almost immediately with these videos.  The more people that see them the better.

    “The only thing that happens in an instant is destruction … everything else requires time.” ~ First Lady, Michelle Obama

    by ParkRanger on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 05:36:16 PM PDT

  •  It's maddening (4+ / 0-)

    President Obama says something that he worded inartfully which Republicans twist to make it seem like he believes something that he obviously doesn't believe - that the economy is doing fine; clearly he doesn't think this, the whole fucking point of the news conference was to address the struggling economy - and it's headline news everywhere.

    But Romney says that we should just let teachers and cops and firemen - fellow Americans - lose their jobs because we have too many anyway, something that people know is ridiculous given the huge layoffs of such public servants and the resultant decreases in cop patrols and increase in class sizes these last couple years, yet it's not reported anywhere outside of Huffington Post.

    What the fuck is the matter with our media? Are they just that corrupt?  Are they that cowed and impressed with the right-wing?  Do they just have their heads do far up their asses that they can't tell what news is more relevant and important to people's lives and to having an informed citizenry?  Is it all the above?  Whatever the case, I hope the Obama folks and all of us know what we're up against here.  The right, big business, financiers, the rich, and clearly the media are all in on it.  These next five months are going to be brutal, and the only way to beat these bastards is by kicking them in the nuts very hard, over and over until the bastards beg for mercy, and then kick them in the nuts again. That's the only language they understand.  It must be a relentless truth-telling campaign.  And we must beat them, for that's the best measure of revenge of all.  

    "Better the occasional faults of a Government that lives in the spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a Government frozen in the ice of its own indifference." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by puakev on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 05:50:16 PM PDT

    •  I know. I don't get it. Even worse, I was (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      puakev

      reading the report about the two "gaffes" yesterday over at Huffington Post, and they actually said that Obama's gaffe was worse. WTF?

      Obama's comment was undoubtedly the more lasting and damaging of the two, but Romney's unforced error at a critical time means Republicans will continue to be concerned about his ability to perform the way he needs to to win this fall.

      Romney Relapse: Mitt Responds To Obama Gaffe With One Of His Own

      Oh, and Romney Campaign responded to their request for comment:
      UPDATE: 10:27 p.m. -- A Romney campaign aide emailed the context of Romney's quote, arguing that voters agree with the point that increasing government employment and raising taxes to pay for it is not the path to economic growth.

      The full quote sent by the Romney campaign is below, with the portion left out by the Obama campaign in bold:

      "And his answer for economic vitality, by the way, was, of course, pushing aside the private sector, which he said is doing fine. Instead, he wants to add more to government. He wants another stimulus. He wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message in Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
      But if you go in and read the comments, it is 100% Romney Bashing. No body is coming to his defense on this one, and nobody is bashing President Obama. The media is getting this one completely wrong.

      For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size." -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

      by hungrycoyote on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 06:05:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Oh, and two things come to mind, regarding (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      puakev, FiredUpInCA

      the media (1) They are owned by corporations so how liberal can they really be, and (2) they want to keep the race close so they have something to talk about. If either candidate has a runaway lead, what would they have to talk about?

      For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size." -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

      by hungrycoyote on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 06:08:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Obama Needs To Make More Gaffes (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    hungrycoyote, rja

    It just provokes Romney to make bigger gaffes responding.   Couldn't have planned it better.

    •  You noticed that too? Every time President (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Leo Flinnwood

      Obama makes a gaffe, Romney turns around makes one of his own. In this case, I think Romney's was even worse. He hasn't even made an effort to walk it back. I don't understand how the media can be totally ignoring it and eliminating his part from the reports. Fortunately, there is the Internet and Social Media and it's getting noticed in spite of the media.

      For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size." -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

      by hungrycoyote on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 07:01:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Nobody refuted Romney's lie. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    hungrycoyote

    There are FEWER federal government employees than the end of the Bush regime. And there certainly are fewer, 500,000 fewer state employees than before.

    Romney has said this before, saying the first thing Obama did was hire 200,000 new federal employees. Yes, toward the end of 2009 he did: they were for the 2010 census — and were all let go at the end of the census taking. They are all gone.

    So President Obama has not increased the size of government. Romney must have him confused with George W Bush who did increase the federal employees.

    I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

    by samddobermann on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 04:11:30 AM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site