Romney: 'Even Jimmy Carter' would have ordered bin Laden attack
April 30th, 2012
04:53 PM ET

Romney: 'Even Jimmy Carter' would have ordered bin Laden attack

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Monday appeared to call out Mitt Romney over what he said about going after Osama bin Laden on the campaign trail four years ago, as opposed to on the eve of the first anniversary of the raid that killed the terrorist leader.

Asked about Romney's comments earlier in the day that the decision to go after bin Laden was a clear one and that "even Jimmy Carter would" have made the call, Obama referred to a difference between what Romney said during his 2008 presidential campaign and on the eve of the first anniversary of the attack.


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  1. jerry

    Rin-Tin-Tin too! hahaha after President George Bush and our military spend a dozen years preparing for this moment. Phoney-in-chief in action!

    April 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Nick

      The same President Bush who said he didn't know where Bin Laden was and didn't spend much time thinking about him? Bin Laden killed nearly 3,000 Americans and Bush said he didn't think about him much! Give Obama credit for pursuing him and giving the order to kill him!

      April 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      It is time to quit being a Bully!


      April 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        The stronger the Bully, the more they can take from you!

        Lunch Money from the Children of the
        Poor Folks,
        Folks just trying to make a Living,
        Mothers that have CHILDREN from many Fathers,
        Parents that have 2 or 3 Mothers and or a mix of 2 or 3 Fathers,
        Parents on the Government's Teat!

        One day soon, the Tax-Payer will be in the Minority!

        Stop the Folks that want to take away your Children's Lunch Money!
        Blacks, Browns, Yellows, and Whites!

        Stop the Bully!

        April 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Stop the Bully!

        If I worked and made some money on my Day Job,,,
        And I was getting ready to give MY CHILD some money to Pay for MY CHILD's Lunch,,,

        And some guy comes up to me AND FORCES ME TO GIVE THEM 40% of My Money for Protection,,,
        You know, protection money for the MAFIA, let's say,,,,
        Or Lose my Pursuit of Happiness, or Lose my Life, or Lose my Time with My CHILD,,,


        April 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        The CHILDREN of the USA do not have a union to protect them!

        We need a Union to PROTECT THE SCHOOL CHILDREN!


        I propose that the Union Might be named:

        Planned And Ready Enthusiests Negating bully-fied lunch-money-mongers needing TAXES for Socialism,,,,

        Err, Responsible PARENTS for short!

        April 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • pmbg

      Do you mean "Lunch money for the children of the white trash in the south"? Do you know that the vast majority of entitlement recipients are white? And that a significant percentage of them happen to be on the South?
      I guess you also don’t know that Blue States like California and New York subsidize Red States. CA and NY pay 1.2+ dollars to the fed for every dollar they receive? States in the South pay 0.9 or less for every dollar in fed money they receive. Why don’t we start there and leave those bigots in the south die of hunger?
      Fear and hate is destroying your society from inside and you are part of the problem. I am one of a growing group that believes that we should sever the cancer on the south while we still have time.

      May 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld


        You said

        "Do you mean "Lunch money for the children of the white trash in the south"? Do you know that the vast majority of entitlement recipients are white? And that a significant percentage of them happen to be on the South?
        I guess you also don’t know that Blue States like California and New York subsidize Red States. CA and NY pay 1.2+ dollars to the fed for every dollar they receive? States in the South pay 0.9 or less for every dollar in fed money they receive. Why don’t we start there and leave those bigots in the south die of hunger?
        Fear and hate is destroying your society from inside and you are part of the problem. I am one of a growing group that believes that we should sever the cancer on the south while we still have time."


        Define your words,,,,

        what is "White Trash"?

        Share with us the Time Period you are referring to throughout your RANT.

        Are you one to support Unconstitutional Federal Government Entitlements?

        Would you prefer that States KEEP THEIR CITIZENS' Federal Tax Dollars and support those within the States?

        Are you suggesting that folks in financial hardships are Bigots?

        Do you prefer that White Trash die of Hunger?

        Are You a part of a group that wants to sever the South from the USA?

        F-BI Alert
        F-B-I ALERT

        May 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        For your information,

        The Honorable Folks that are poor, HUNT for their FOOD.

        Not Steal,
        HUNT for their Food,
        they Work for their Food.

        Those that are in the RED STATES, do not ask for HANDOUTS, unless they TRUELY NEED help!

        Folks in the RED STATES help others and do not DEPEND on the Government as the GOVERNMENT IS Crooked!
        Especially the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!

        Those in the RED STATES know how to use guns, and they are MOST OF THOSE IN THE USA's MILITARY.

        They believe in FREEDOM, and they will HUNT DOWN THOSE THAT ARE ANTI-FREEDOM!

        Obama is a Red Stater (so I hear,,,, LOL) He hunted down Osama Bin Ladin,,,, I hear a lot of folks in KANSAS are into Hunting!

        Obama is connected to Kansas!

        Obama knows Guns,,,, Just ask the Seal Team! They will let you know about Obama's Skills!

        May 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Let's Move Forward!


        ABO 2012
        OMG 2012

        May 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • jean2009

      George W. Bush stopped looking for bin Laden. He was concentrating on non-existent WMD in Iraq and on taking out a caged Saddam.....

      Now his put down is that Jimmy Carter would have done it....I'm sure President Carter would have...but again we have Mitt with a flip-flop...

      "It's not worth billions and moving heaven and earth just trying to take out one person." M. Romney when Bush was president.

      Then Mitt was against going into Pakistan to get bin Laden.

      May 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
      • Steveo

        @ Jean2009,
        Look at this:

        1.While speaking at a campaign rally at Iowa State University on February 11, 2007, Sen. Obama "said the Iraq war 'should never have been waged,' adding, 'We now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted'," Celeste Katz reported in the New York Daily News.

        2. Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) tried [October 2, 2007,] to gain the high ground on Iraq over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), his chief rival for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, by charging that the nation’s leaders 'got it wrong' by going to war," Mike Allen wrote October 2, 2007, in The Politico.[8]

        Although Obama "did not name Clinton in his remarks about Iraq, but his allusion was clear," Allen wrote.

        3. In October 2006, Obama told the New Yorker's David Remnick that "senators who saw intelligence reports on Iraq may have been justified in voting for the invasion. 'I didn't have the benefit of U.S. intelligence,' he said. 'And, for those who did, it might have led to a different set of choices.'" [6]

        Is this a flip flop or is it a correction? Just curious!

        May 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • DEcember 2012


        May 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
      • Steveo

        @DEcember, What I'm saying is... did Obama flip flop? Or was it a correction? If it was a correction, why does it apply to Obama and not Romney! You have asked twice now what I am saying? Do I need to start cyber yelling it, like you?

        May 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
      • Steveo


        You said Obama was right on Iraq! Which time? In 2006 when he admitted folks who had access to the intel might have been justified for voting for war or was it Feb 2007 when he said we should have never gone to war? When was he right on Iraq? Again, flip flop or simple correction?

        May 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld


        Time to move FORWARD, lean FORWARD!

        Go Team Obummer!


        Tell us why you chose FORWARD, Derr Obummer!

        May 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
      • DEcember 2012


        May 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
      • Steveo

        @DEcember 2012,

        So let me get the correct:

        "Just facing up to the truth" when the Dems do it and

        "flip flopping" when the GOP does it

        Is that it?

        Remember my remarks that stated you should have replaced Kimmel in DC? Here's an update:

        You should have replaced Kimmel in DC AND on ABC!

        May 2, 2012 at 8:49 am |
      • DEcember 2012



        May 2, 2012 at 10:23 am |
      • Steveo

        @DEcember 2012,

        You are that funny (can't vouch for your popularity but I will take you at your word!). I enjoy reading you (shouting and all). I don't remember any disrespect between the two of us! So, I'm cool with the banter/spin that goes both ways! We may not agree on politics but we both love this country!

        DEM changes = facing the truth
        GOP changes = flip flop

        I still stuck on that but, it's all good!

        May 2, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  2. Jules

    Can Romney sound like any more of a jerk? He is laughing about a failed mission to rescue Americans that killed some of Americans finest. Oh anyone would do it – he is such an arrogant twit. He has no clue about what it will take to be president of this country – the tough decisions that would mean no relection for you if they fail. This man cannot stand by a single position or decision he has ever made. He is clueless about the world and clueless about the job and quite frankly, his private sector business experience is so old no wonder he sounds like he wants to go backward. Has the man actually done anything but run for president since he was a one term governor of MA who destroyed all his records before he left?

    April 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • John

      make up stuff much?

      May 1, 2012 at 7:17 am |
  3. PTNY

    Mitt is used to taking credit away from people and claiming it himself. Ask his employees!

    April 30, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • John

      So let me get this correct. We have a situation where Obama is taking credit for what he did. That is fine. But now BO is "suggesting" that nobody except him would have gone forwatd? And people on the left are giving Mitt a hard time for suggesting anyone with the same information would have done the same thing?
      The left is really in trouble....

      May 1, 2012 at 8:08 am |
      • Jules

        Let's look at it, John. The VP and Sec. of Defense voted no as they went around the table before the order was given. President Obama was apprised of the risk to his political career if it failed. Most of the people around the table wanted to bomb the compound but President Obama was afraid they would have no evidence that Bin Laden had been killed and therefore, Al Quida could continue to use his name and to taunt and threaten the United States. Do I think that all presidents would have made this decision and absolutely risk any chance of reelction? No – I don't think most presidents would have made this gutsy decision.

        May 1, 2012 at 8:28 am |
  4. Franny

    Mitt Romney shows his true hypocritrical side once again! Good grief!

    May 1, 2012 at 4:56 am |
  5. acdcguy

    If you truly believe that Obama is the only President that would give the green light, then you are truly delusional. This is only thing he can run on because he knows everything else has been a failure. Even the Navy Seals are now saying they have heard enough from him.

    May 1, 2012 at 7:24 am |
    • John

      It appears some people on the left do... and they are...

      May 1, 2012 at 8:09 am |
  6. jean2009

    Yes, Mitt! I too am sure Jimmy Carter would have taken out Osama bin Laden. My question is: If George W. Bush wanted the credit why then didn't he do the job, and why did you originally think it was okay that he didn't?

    This Mitt proves you are the weasel you have always shown yourself to be. .

    May 1, 2012 at 7:39 am |
    • John

      Jean, that is not the issue being talked about and you know it. Address the issue.
      Do you really think Romney would not have made a call to get Bin laden if he had the same information?

      May 1, 2012 at 8:11 am |
      • John

        Right Jean, Mitt is a weasel and Sharpton is your hero. Mitt has created more jobs for people IN THIS COUNTRY than most people, but people like you continue to show your bias and bash him. Obama wishes he could do what Romney has done in the area of creating jobs. But he cannot. Even after spening 5 trillion dollars of our money.

        May 1, 2012 at 8:22 am |
      • jean2009

        Wake up to Mitt's truth...he was not a job creator, he was a predatory corporate raider who destroyed jobs.

        Even Newt Gingrich figured that out.

        Mitt bankrupted 5 companies....picked over the bones...destroyed or shipped jobs overseas and what sparse number of jobs he did create were low-paying, with no benefits.

        May 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  7. Dean

    At this point, the SEALs probably wish that they had continued down their list of 'O's.

    May 1, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • Steveo

      Not cool, Dean!

      May 1, 2012 at 8:30 am |
      • John

        I'm with Steveo... Not cool.

        May 1, 2012 at 8:35 am |
  8. Dee

    The comment was stupid at least President Carter was elected Romney have been trying for years.

    May 1, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  9. judy

    hate to break it to ya mitt but carter has more balls than you . You cant commit to anything that hasent been approved by half the party then you flip flop anyway depending on who you are talking to. So shut up you dim witt

    May 1, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  10. judy

    last week mitt said he saved the auto industry. The man is a twit. Obama went against the advice of many and made a dicission romney would never do that. The only interest he knows how to serve is his own.

    May 1, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  11. roy

    F%&^&N liar!!!

    May 1, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  12. riptin

    Mittens has gone from hard line teabagger to center left so many times he can`t keep his message straight anymore. All the flip flops are on tape. Obama is going to destroy this liar by producing his own rehteric and asking him which one of his flip flops is he standing behind. You can see it in the polls the people are on to this guy big time, and the latest polls have stayed consistent on the old flip flopper.

    May 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  13. andrew

    Romney is a failure in what he says and does!

    May 1, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  14. pmbg

    Do you mean "Lunch money for the children of poor white folks"? Do you know that the vast majority of entitlement recipients are white? And that a significant percentage of them happen to be on the South?
    I guess you also don’t know that Blue States like California and New York subsidize Red States. CA and NY pay 1.2+ dollars to the fed for every dollar they receive? States in the South pay 0.9 or less for every dollar in fed money they receive. Why don’t we start there and leave those bigots in the south die of hunger?
    Fear and hate is destroying your society from inside and you are part of the problem. I am one of a growing group that believes that we should sever the southern cancer while we still have time.

    May 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  15. Kool-Aid Police

    As usual, instead of giving some praise to the SEALs and the Intel folks, Obama just can't resist making it all about himself.

    May 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  16. FLIndependent

    People that keep saying President Obama hasn't given credit to the Seals are really full of it. He most certainly did give credit to not only the Seals but also to Bush when the killing was first announced. As a matter of fact, Bush was the first one he called to let him know of the killing. It is an election year and President Obama made a very gutsy call and has every right, as any other President running for re-election would, to tout this major accomplishment. OBL was the #1 terrorist in the entire world and our President made the call to take him out – why aren't all Americans proud of this? Really disgusting that some of you have to put him down even for this.

    May 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • jean2009

      Think a lot of that is due to Rupert Murdoch who is unfit to run not only News Corp, but Fox.

      May 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • Steveo

        Truth be told, this was stated by the UK, NOT the U.S! TRUTH be told!

        May 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Sponge-Bob

      A little humility is always nice, Obama doesn't seem to have any.

      May 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
      • Pete

        @Sponge bob,Steveo,you republican hypocrites,keep slinging mud while in lily white suits,aren't you scared some of the mud might splash on yourself.You two or three stooges keep spitting out nonfactual rhetoric as easy as breathing and after awhile ya start believing your own lies.So keep taking up space here, FOX dont want ya because they have millions of ignorent jackasses just like you arguing amongst yourselves,must be pretty entertaining,watching the nuts,like yourself, running the sanitarium.

        May 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
      • Steveo


        You keep yapping about us spitting out nonfactual rhethoric but have not one time given ANY proof. All you've done and in your words is "spit rhetoric"! All you have to do is prove where I'm wrong! Just find something I have said and prove it wrong, Pete! If niot then al YOU are doing is what you are accusing me of doing! Let me know when you find something!

        May 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
      • Pete

        @Steveo,if you go back to the 1st ,I gave you factual listings on the web and read it.I'm not slinging anything ,I check things out before saying .I apologize if its wrong,something you and your republican buddies fail to do.You and the others that are anti Obama are so much in denile because of the actual destruction your presidents have released on this country,its pathedic.Where were you at ,when the previous administration was getting away with their treasonistic agendas,killing men and women with wars created with lies,that were not funded with any revenue ,but was stolen from Social Security,revenue doesn't come in has to come from somewhere ,right!!Reagan started this,balancing the budget back in the 80s with Allan Greenspan initially being the first to raid the Social Securitys piggybank a known fact.You republicans have been raiding the coffers of S.S.for years for this war and other problems you encounter during their presidency.You hypocrites should try to stop your parties direction,but ya don't because you're brainwashed by the constant political propaganda you hear daily and we can't help because you won't listen.Start reading about the problems started by Hoover,Reagan,Bush Sr.,Bush Jr. and you'll see I'm not slinging anything,I'm trying to wake you people up to your parties habitual political screwups,and I'm being polite,you should know that by now,thanks,reading is fun!!

        May 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  17. Pete

    Bush would have never taken out Bin Laden for one reason,their fathers.BinLadens father and Bush Sr. go way back as friends before he was president.Bin Ladens father owned one of the biggest construction firms in the middle east.BinLaden Construction is where young Osama got his start.Bush Jr,if you read much, shielded Bin Ladens family that were stateside, immediatly fling privately all his relatives that were here back home.It's a known FAA FACT,Bushs planes were the only ones besides military aircraft that were airborne within hours immediatly after the towers fell.So with all this finger pointing,the truth is pretty plain that maybe,just maybe Bush Sr. instructed Jr. to get the BinLadens family out at any risks ,to safety back to their native Saudi Arabia,to go into hiding till the coast was clear...

    May 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Steveo

      That had nothing to do with Osama, who was disowned by his own family! Unless you have proof!

      May 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  18. Pete

    @Steveo,you can look it up anywhere,its public information.Under the public information act,its readily availible,just have to be smart enough to know where to look,good luck.I'll let ya know after the election big guy!!!Just keep throwing that mud,practice makes perfect,you should know that by now!!!

    May 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Steveo

      Pete it is common knowledge that Bush and Bin Laden's father were friends. SO WHAT! Once again, what does that have to do with Osama Bin Laden? He was disowned by his own family because he was a terrorist! Was is father or mother terrorists too?

      Sorry Pete, I already knew that. Now provide the proof that the relation between the fathers had anything to do with GWB and Osama! Let me know when you have that proof, if not exactly who is throwing mud????

      May 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  19. Pete ,have fun reading this site,from the BBC no less,good reading,real informative...

    May 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  20. Pete

    @Steveo,I'm not slinging mud,just facts and I know you can read because I've been stating facts ,not bullshit all along.It hurts doesn't it!!!You really have to read how Bush and his CIA connection with the billionaire BinLaden ,even during his sons terrorist activities.Remember the factual data gathered by the CIA that said monies for the 9/11 attack was recieved from Saudi Arabia,so were the paid terrorists.Ya can't stop reading as it unraveles making the families even that more involved ...

    May 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  21. Pete

    @Steveo,I'm don't believe in the statement that BinLadens father disowned him,is there really proof or just bullcrap to get security pressure off he and his companies ass.Blood is thicker than water and if Osama needed help,you know as well as I ,his father would had helped him,that's a fathers love for his son,no matter what.Plus where did Osama get his financial backing ,his father the billionaire?Read these articles and let me know,the connections between families are quite involved both professionally in business and political.Could be the reason why the Bushs are so quiet about their unsavory Saudi ties of the past.Conspiracy or fact,it smells fishy to me,just could make a good movie....

    May 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm |