Yesterday, as the world mourned the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on New York City, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the Obama campaign was still in campaign mode. Kevin Eder showcased the different ways the Obama and Romney campaigns marked the day on Twitter. The first tweets of the day from each campaign were as follows:
On this most somber day, America is united under God in its quest for peace and freedom at home and across the world.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 11, 2012
The election is in 8 weeks. Sign up to volunteer: OFA.BO/s3tXFz
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 11, 2012
The president, hours later, eventually sent a personal tweet (which is marked by the tweet signing off with his initials “bo”) to mark the anniversary of the worst attack on our soil since Pearl Harbor. Mitt Romney’s social media accounts went on campaign blackout yesterday outside of the messages related to 9/11, and he suspended any campaign-related events or appearances. Despite media claims that both campaigns came to a truce on the 9/11 anniversary, only one actually held to that promise.
Today the gloves are off and the campaign is back on. Romney made statements condemning the pathetic response from the Obama administration on attacks on our embassy in Egypt (not Libya, despite what many mainstream media outlets may be reporting). While the media are criticizing Romney for daring to make any statements on foreign policy today, the president gets a free pass for continuing his campaign (he’s making a stop today in Nevada) despite the crisis taking place in the Mideast. Sadly, the president even prioritized rebuking the Romney campaign’s Egypt response before rebuking the events in Egypt and Libya themselves.
Yesterday Alana reported that since the campaign began, the president has attended more fundraisers than intelligence briefings. Today, of all days, the president should be reminded by his staff (and his campaign) that he’s running for re-election, that he currently occupies the White House and should at least pretend to be presidential.
During his speech to the DNC, the president joked, “My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy.” Three years after coming into the White House as green as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan supposedly are, the president is still looking completely inexperienced. The embassy in Cairo made apologetic statements after protests began (but before the embassy itself was attacked). Many, including our Jonathan Tobin, saw these statements echoing the president’s historic stance of apologizing to extremists as opposed to rebutting their radical opposition to the freedoms enjoyed by Americans everywhere. Despite this, the White House began to walk back the apologies made (and then deleted from) the embassy’s Twitter account, which appeared in both Arabic and English. Why the embassy wasn’t clearing these tweets with Washington, given the explosive nature of the protests, has yet to be explained by the State Department or the White House. The White House’s apology makes Washington appear as if it’s not in control of its own personnel as opposed to appearing apologetic to extremists yet again.
The president is continuing his campaign, and Mitt Romney is continuing his; not surprisingly, though, the media only finds fault with one.