Commenting on the new CNN poll which shows Mitt Romney handily defeating Barack Obama – but easily losing to Hillary – NBC News correspondent Chuck Todd diagnosed a clear case of Obama fatigue gripping the nation.
Todd spoke this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “This is a country that is fatigued from this president,” he said. “The more foreign policy problems that crop up, you see a lack of confidence in him.”
Even CNN’s Candy Crowley on her State of the Union program Sunday seemed flummoxed by the State of our President:
“He’s out fundraising and the whole world seems to be blowing up,” said Candy, prompting guest Nancy Pelosi to issue the delusional response, “The president leadership has been very strong.”
Mitt Romney Monday expressed clear frustration with Candy Crowley’s decision during the critical second presidential debate to insert herself into the proceedings and proclaim Obama correct on a point they were debating.
CNN’s Crowley, you’ll remember, said during the debate, which she moderated, that Obama was right in his assertion that he had called the Benghazi attack an “act of terror” the day after it had occurred.
While technically true, it’s unlikely Obama meant that the Benghazi “act of terror” was a “terrorist attack,” given that the White House stressed for days the assault was in response to a video. Crowley helped confirm a misleading suggestion on the president’s part that he was immediately terming Benghazi “terrorism.”
Romney told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt:
Well, I don’t think it’s the role of the moderator in a debate to insert themselves into the debate and to declare a winner or a loser on a particular point. And I must admit that at that stage, I was getting a little upset at Candy, because in a prior setting where I was to have had the last word, she decided that Barack Obama was to get the last word despite the rules that we had.
So, she obviously thought it was her job to play a more active role in the debate than was agreed upon by the two candidates, and I thought her jumping into the interaction I was having with the president was also a mistake on her part, and one I would have preferred to carry out between the two of us, because I was prepared to go after him for misrepresenting to the American people that – the nature of the attack.
Here’s Crowley’s moment of temporary enlistment in the Obama campaign:
As predicted by many on the right, presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley of CNN Tuesday evening came to the aid of President Obama, lending clear support to his effort to deceptively suggest that he had on Sept. 12 characterized the Sept. 11 attack on the Benghazi consulate as terrorism.
Obama noted during the debate that he had referred to the incident as an “act of terror,” something Gov. Mitt Romney did not appear to be aware of. But Crowley backed Obama’s contention instead of letting the argument play out and giving Romney a chance to fully and clearly make his point that the administration had spent two weeks inaccurately suggesting that the attack was a spontaneous reaction to a video denigrating the Prophet Mohammed.
Crowley’s interruption of the debate gave Obama’s contention a kind of official stamp of approval by asserting that the president did indeed refer to the incident as an act of terror.
In doing so, Crowley added support to the president’s deception that by “act of terror” he meant “act by terrorists,” which he clearly did not.
Here’s what Obama actually said on Sept. 12 in the Rose Garden:
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.
But at another point in his remarks, Obama directly tied the “act of terror” to a spontaneous reaction to the video.
Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.
It’s clear from this context that by “act of terror,” Obama meant the terror inflicted by a mob incited by the video, not a planned terrorist attack. But Obama did not explain this during the debate, merely noting he had called the attack an “act of terror” and leaving the erroneous impression he was referring to premeditated terrorism.
Obama’s misleading contention was adjudicated as accurate by a supposedly neutral moderator. For the first time I can remember in a presidential debate, the moderator got involved and came down on the side of one of the candidates.
Presidential Debate moderator Candy Crowley today reiterated that she plans to ask the candidates follow up questions after audience members have put a topic on the table.
Only, the contract between the two campaigns envisions her doing nothing of the sort:
The moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates during the debate or otherwise intervene in the debate except to acknowledge the questioners from the audience or enforce the time limits, and invite candidate comments during the 2 minute response period.
Apparently, she’s not party to the debate contract, and she ain’t gonna follow it.