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Romney rocked today, and nailed Obama on Venezuela [Update]

UPDATE: Video of Bret Baier’s All-Star Panel on Romney’s speech to the NAACP. Krauthammer was good, and amusing. Juan Williams? Oh, you watch. (And it was cool to hear from Pat Buchanan. He’s still in the deep freeze at MSNBC, right?)

It was a strong day for Romney, especially his straight-talking NAACP speech (full video below, including audience reactions). The latest first. After the speech, Romney appeared on Neil Cavuto’s Fox News show, and socked it to President Obama for telling a Miami, Florida journalist that “Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez does not pose a ‘serious’ national security threat to the United States.” The campaign issued a press release, actually an abbreviated version of Romney’s remarks to Cavuto:

“I was stunned by his comments, and shocked by them. This is Hugo Chavez, this is Venezuela. This is Chavez who has invited Iran in, who has invited Hezbollah. Hezbollah, of course, being a surrogate and a proxy for Iran would potentially have access to weapons that could be used against us. … The idea that this nation, this president doesn’t pose a national security threat to this country is simply naïve. It’s an extraordinary admission on the part of this president to be completely out of touch with what’s happened in Latin America.” – Mitt Romney

Remember when newbie President Obama encountered Chavez at an April 2009 summit? When he was all about “extending an open hand to nations hostile to the U.S.”?

From “Obama Calls Chavez Gift a ‘Nice Gesture’,” Fox News, April 19, 2009:

President Obama said Sunday he’s not concerned with the politics of shaking hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and is more interested in expanding a policy he described during his presidential campaign of extending an open hand to nations hostile to the U.S.

Obama received a book from the Venezuelan president on Saturday after greeting him on Friday evening during the weekend Summit of the Americas. Chavez told the Obama administration that he would like to send an ambassador to the U.S. in exchange for an ambassador in Venezuela. The U.S. suspended diplomatic ties last September.

U.S. officials responded that they need to see more from Chavez before moving forward but were pleased by the sentiment.
Obama did not make note that the book offered by Chavez, “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent,” by Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano, blames foreign interests like the United States for exploiting Latin America for centuries.

“It was a nice gesture to give me a book. I am a reader,” Obama said during a solo press conference at the end of the summit held in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. …

The campaign site links to the Miami Herald‘s “Mitt Romney calls Obama comment on Venezuela ‘disturbing’; Marco Rubio calls it ‘naive’.” In a preceding story about the Obama interview, the first reader comment is notable:

Hugo Chavez has actually been beneficial to Florida …

because he has caused many relatively wealthy Venezualans to flee, with their money, to Florida.

Still, he is a power-mad snake whose dictatorship should be reviled–like any other such Latin American dictatorship from the left or the right–by the U.S.

Why is it in the last 20 years, only the dictatorships from the left are allowed to thrive in Latin America? …

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I caught Mitt Romney’s full speech to the NAACP convention today. Hell of a speech. Great delivery too. Screw what I wrote below. He handled the audience deftly. His ear was attuned to audience responses, negative to positive. Best of all, he was a straight-shooter. There was no B.S. a la Barack blathering at a Harvard University protest in 1991 (see the video below, which reminded me of T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland”). He told the NAACP members what he could do for our nation and for African-Americans. I’m glad he mentioned his father’s considerable efforts as governor of Michigan during the tumultuous civil rights era.

I just have to stick this in at the end … Barack in 1991 at a Harvard University protest. He sounds just the same as he does now — platitudes “signifying nothing.” If one listens to EACH WORD, his remarks are devoid of significance.

Obama’s defense of Professor Bell is missing meaning and examples: “He’s opened new vistas and horizons.” Huh?

Has anything changed? Well, at least back then he didn’t need TOTUS.

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  • Deapster

    No, not Condalezza. NO!

  • KataKimbe

    Hee Haw’s O’Donnell suggested that Romney wanted to be booed to appeal to “certain racist precincts”. I heard that all 50 of their viewers agreed with this idiot!!

  • KataKimbe

    Thanks for sharing this. Have seen snippets here and there. Romney was great and showed he was not a coward stepping into a crowd of less than favorable participants. Shame on them for booing. But whatever… it was expected. After all, according to MSNBheehaw, it’s Romney’s fault the crowd booed, because he should not have talked about repealing Obama care.

  • Popsmoke

    More bullshit about who is a threat… Iran is NOT a threat to the United States. Romney and that neoCon cabal have to cut this shit out and focus on Iraq and Afghanistan. Our current foreign policy is so out of whack that its not even funny. Add to this Romney and his stupidity and we are really in a world of hurt.

    Foreign Policy is where the presidency really matters.. Neither of these tow guys have a clue…. Just more extremism….

    • scottymac54

      “More bullshit about who is a threat… Iran is NOT a threat to the United States…”
      Never has been. Is not now. And never could be.
      If our nation’s foreign policy had not been hijacked by powerful interests, this would never have been a point of rational, judicious discussion, there would BE no “economic slowdown”, and countless innocents would not have been slaughtered in our name.
      Neither Romney or Obama have the power nor the moral facility to reverse the effects of this catastrophic failure one iota, so why are billions that could be spent to alleviate true misery squandered for the sake of entertainment?
      We’re pathetic for allowing it all, and we probably deserve exactly what we are about to get.

  • HELENK2

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/07/12/looks-like-obama-is-back-to-hanging-out-in-his-study-all-day/

    backtrack too busy to go to NAACP convention????????
    busy doing nothing all day

  • HELENK2

    why the boston globe is not good enough to be used to line bird cages

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/07/12/Globe-blows-Up-Old-news-Bain

    blows up old news on bain and romney

  • jrterrier

    Love this:
    Pic: Biden Speaks To Empty House At NAACP Convention…
    The above picture was taken just before Biden was set to speak by CBS News’ Rodney Hawkins who says the NAACP is blaming the lack of attendance on the rain. Anyone buying that excuse?http://weaselzippers.us/

  • HELENK2

    Wolf Blizer on backtrack not showing up at the NAACP event

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU6hEZ_a4CI&feature=player_embedded#!

    • Flop_Flipper

      Wow! I am truly shocked. Actual criticism of Obama on CNN. Not sure what to make of this. Today I also found myself agreeing with Harry Reid that the US team should burn their uniforms. I guess I should remind myself that tomorrow is Friday the 13th and go with the flow.

      • KataKimbe

        Maybe they would do better in ratings if they were not so far up Obama’s ass.

  • http://twitter.com/ChocChipsMusic The Chocolate Chips

    You guys didn’t even notice Romney’s TelePrompter malfunction when he read “End of Quote” that wasn’t on the prepared remarks? … ***LOL*** if Obama had done that it would be the #1 story on all of the crazy right wing blogs.

    • Flop_Flipper

      What I did notice is that Romney had no need of a teleprompter to tell the truth to his audience when they rudely interrupted him. Somehow I guess you missed that.

      • Popsmoke

        Truth? What truth?

      • Wisewoman2

        FF and others. For the next 6 posts let’s try ignoring Popsmoke entirely. He just wants to disrupt the flow of the comments that are revelatnt to the post. As an AA, my take is that with the exception of the Obamacare position (of which I agree with him), the majority of the audience was listening intently to Romney. I know my people. When serious issues are being talked about in a serious manner we do listen whether we agree or not. We also have a tendency to let you know when we agree as evidenced by applause throughout the speech and a standing ovation at the end. Just to let you know my perspective, I think when Romney had the audacity to say “If you want a president that will make things better in the AA community, you are looking at him”, he became the villian. I loved that statement and the foaming mouth liberals hated him for it. He has my vote, my support, and my financial help.

  • Flop_Flipper

    Thanks for the update. Juan Williams saw and said what I experienced. Dude totally blew me away in that he was totally honest and unbiased. What he said was much more important, to me, than what Krauthammer said.

    Was glad to see Pat show up again. He’s one of the most interesting commentators. Yes, he is sometimes extreme, but I have always appreciated that he calls it like he sees it even if I don’t agree. And he and Juan, while not friends, have a mutual respect for one another.

  • elizabethrc

    Anyone doubting Romney’s mettle should watch and listen to how he comported himself in the face of the booing. Obviously, he can handle himself under pressure and not just that, but he came off with more respect from that group by the end of his speech. He may not win the black vote, but he probably picked up some votes from people who watched and listened to it.
    How can one not be impressed, maybe even reassured by his performance? I say expect more and watch his numbers grow.

    • getfitnow

      Just saw his first TV ad this morning. Telling the truth–says Obama “lied”–yep, those words. I think its at Breitbart. Anyway, it’s good.

      Wonder if Joe Wilson had any input. LOL!

    • Popsmoke

      Bullshit….

      • elizabethrc

        I think everyone here gets that you don’t like Romney, but can you just try to act like you have at least a little education and dignity and stuff your comment where the sun don’t shine?!!

        • Popsmoke

          Dignity? When you start showing some. In the meantime.. Stick it in your ear…

          • elizabethrc

            Dear Popsmoke, like most verbal bullies (I have read many of your previous posts, after all), you can give it, but you get a mite testy when you have to take it.
            I stand by my statement.

        • scottymac54

          The first part of your comment contradicts the second part, as far as your own deportment on this matter….

          • elizabethrc

            Quite true, Scotty, but the first part will escape him. The second part, he will understand.

    • FLDemFem

      This will help Romney, because it sure can’t help Obama. Obama says that the main problem in his first term is that he spent too much time on policy and didn’t get out and “explain and inspire” more. He promises to do better next term. In other words, if re-elected, he will spend even more time out and about on AF1 giving speeches, explanatory and inspirational ones. Seriously, he said that. Read it yourself…. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/12/obama-on-the-mistake-of-my-first-term/

  • Dbb3

    I feel sorry for Mitt; he suffers from some condition I don’t know the proper name for so I’ll just call it being a congenital asshole which is clinical enough and implies he can’t help being the way he is. How do you you account for a guy who is still bullying gay sissies in high school as an 18 year old senior? Participating in an anti-anti-war demonstration knowing full well that in a matter of weeks he will be starting a 3 year draft-deferred Mormon mission in France (!)? (Take a close look at that 1966 photo showing a grinning Mitt next to the blonde on a bike. Looks like Greg Marmalard hitting up Mandy Pepperidge in Animal House). And now against a backdrop of blacks disproportionately suffering poor health outcomes and being underinsured and before the NAACP he dismisses “Obamacare” as an unessential expense proposing nothing in its place or the fact that he is as much the author of it as the President.

    • Hokma

      The NAACP began as a civil right organization decades ago. Now they are a facilitator of the ongoing culture of victimization of African Americans.

      African Americans have a disproportionate higher unemployment rate – higher crime rate – higher percentage in prison – worse healthcare – - – -

      After decades of civil rates laws, government programs to provide favorable job opportunities, favorable college entrance, favorable mortgage opportunities – - at what point in time do these people ask themselves we’ve been backing the wrong people?

      By the way, where was jackass-in-chief at the NAACP. He sent his emissary Holder in his place. Get lost.

      • getfitnow

        I think That One is afraid of being booed when all he can say is “FORWARD” to the high unemployment question and it being caught on tape.

        I also think he’s taking the black vote for granted and knows he doesn’t have to show up in person.

    • Flop_Flipper

      I’m going to be careful here because I really don’t want to offend you. But you sound as if you are mentally ill and in need of some care. Not sure of your financial situation but there are numerous outlets to seek assistance and I do know a few charitable organizations that would help for free. If you’d like, drop me a line at: obamasucks@goscrewyourselfOBOT.gov

      • KataKimbe

        I love that email address. LMAO.

      • foxyladi14

        lololol

      • FormerLiberal9

        I am impressed that you are so sensitive to the psychologically impaired it is so nice of you. Keep up the good work Flop_Flipper.

    • jrterrier

      So, should we compare what the two candidates were doing at 18 and younger? According to his memoir, Barack Obama was bullying a composite little girl, who was dark and overweight. Of course, none of the pictures from his prep school days show a child that fits that description but so what there is such a thing as poetic justice. He also was deeply involved in smoking marijuana, bogarting the joint whenever it came his way, and inventing using MJ in a car with all the windows closed to increase the benefit.

      Romney was also playing pranks on others. It is significant that an African American classmate of Romneys (who has come out in support of Obama) has no recollection of the incident where Romney is alleged to have cut some kid’s hair; the kid’s family has no knowledge of the incident; and the kid did not come out as gay until many years later.

      so, why don’t we forget the teenage years and look at their adult lives instead, ok.

      As far as referring to the healthcare law as “Obamacare” please note that the President is selling bumperstickers that say “I like Obamacare.”

    • stodghie

      dbb3 look in a mirror for axxxxxx!

  • jrterrier

    remember this from the 2008 campaign: “Iran is not a threat. It’s a tiny country. . . . Iran spends 1/100th of what we spend on our military. If Iran ever tried to pose a real threat to us, they um, um, um wouldn’t stand a chance. . . ” http://youtu.be/ew5qP2oPdtQ

    this week, we are beefing up our forces in the persian gulf because of the tensions with iran: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/07/us-increases-forces-in-persian-gulf-as-iran-tensions-rise/

    • Hokma

      I had forgotten about that Iran comment. . . . the guy was naive then and still is . . . or is it just plain ignorant?

      • elizabethrc

        While I think Obama is naive, I still believe that he has always had a specific agenda to diminish America. Unfortunately for him, it’s based on self-delusions and an astounding inability to understand the American psyche.

      • Popsmoke

        IRAN IS NO THREAT….

        • Hokma

          Neville Chamberlain thought Nazi Germany was no threat.

          If Obama surges ahead in the polls before election or is re-elected then soon after Iran will no longer be a threat.

  • HELENK2

    Do dibby debbie and princess nancy draw straws on who is going to make the most stupid comment of the day????

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/07/11/pelosi_romney_getting_booed_at_naacp_was_a_calculated_move.html
    pelosi Romney getting booed at NAACP was calculated

  • Flop_Flipper

    This proves without a doubt that Romney is not pandering to get elected. He is telling the truth to everyone whether they want to hear it or not. I like this Fuck em if they can’t take a joke strategy.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    Barry’s response to Romney, my goodness, barry et al are like a bunch of little kids.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/obama-camp-mitt-romney-scared-venezuela-chavez-223951062.html

  • Flop_Flipper

    Thank you so much for providing the video of Romney’s speech. I thought it was magnificent.

    I doubt most people will take the opportunity to watch this which is quite unfortunate. I haven’t watched any spin other than the written bullshit responses from Sharpton and Nutter. I was especially shocked with Nutter’s. I considered him an ally the last time around. But I guess party and race trumps good sense every time. Especially when the house is dealing.

    Haven’t watched Cavuto yet. Just couldn’t not comment any longer.

    • no_longer_a_democrat

      I agree, Mayor Nutter was a Hillary supporter.
      Now I see him as an Obot idiot. Like you said party, race trumps all.

      • getfitnow

        Yes, this is very sad, however, it “appears” that Hillary is also a supporter.

        • http://twitter.com/geffbeck jbeck

          It’s going to be fun watching the NQBots line up as Rush’s flunkies when Hillary runs in 2016!

          • scottymac54

            To put it mildly, don’t think that hasn’t crossed my mind….

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Thanks !

      When I searched YouTube for the video, PBS had it up and over 15,000 had viewed their video — they disable embedding, however. WTF. Um, I thought it was Broadcasting for the Public. They can affix their logo and link to the video. I don’t get it.

      Thank goodness others got it up fast.

      The reactions are sickening to listen to. I had to leave Anderson Cooper’s show and then I had to put Bill O’Reilly on pause … because both had AAs on bashing Romney.

      Krauthammer had brilliant observations … damn, I can’t recall at the moment. Too tired. Hope they post the video of Charles.

      • BronwynsHarbor

        Added the All-Star Panel video. Juan Williams also had great things to say about Romney’s speech today.

    • http://twitter.com/geffbeck jbeck

      Romney bussed in an audience for hire and yet got booed like a clown. McCain received a standing ovation. That’s how low Mitt has fallen. Pathetic excuse for a candidate. Time for GOP to switch to the 50-stage stragey. I mean Barry’s 50-state strategy. Let’s bring back Santorum!

  • binky354

    Check out all the headlines about Romney and his speech to NAACP listed at http://www.memeorandum.com I also read many of the comments under some of the articles. Sure didn’t sound good for Romney. For example, ”
    As an attempt to persuade, Mitt Romney’s speech to the NAACP this morning was an exercise in futility.” None of the headlines mentioned a standing ovation. Go figure.

    • http://twitter.com/jbjdjbjd jbjd

      You beat me to the punch. This is exactly what I was thinking.

      I welcome the news I get here, because it is usually accompanied by the appropriate disclaimer which allows me to ignore the more unpalatable revision. This time, I watched Gov. Romney’s interview on Fox; and, again, started yelling at the screen: ‘Why aren’t the headlines saying, NAACP GIVES ROMNEY STANDING “O” instead of, ‘Romney Booed at NAACP.’

      • BronwynsHarbor

        PLUS (!!!) he gave a hell of a speech. I’ve been critical, recently, of Romney’s speeches at times. But today he delivered such a clear message. It was an honest message. Delivered skillfully, emphatically. And if he’s elected, he has promised to come to the next NAACP convention. Uh, unlike no-show Obama who’s sending his attack dog Joe.

        • http://twitter.com/jbjdjbjd jbjd

          BH, H/T to you for usually giving us these ‘you might not want to listen to this’ disclaimers.

        • jrterrier

          I agree. It was one of the best speeches he’s ever given. It was very powerful because it was full of facts (true ones, the only real kind of “facts”) and proposed solutions and short on bull.
          I loved his opening lines where he said that if the audience could know what was in his heart, they would sure vote for him. And the one where he dismissed the Obama administration’s attempt to paint him and his party as concerned only with the rich as “nonsense”.

          • getfitnow

            I also liked his “take a look” line.

            Funny how we can already quote memorable lines.

            • jrterrier

              that was a good one too.

          • Popsmoke

            Proposed solution? You want to bet that if some small business guy came to Bain and/or Mitt with the same type of proposed solutions he would be sent packing?

            What kills me is that Romney’s solution are like Obama’s. All smoke and bull with no real details. What is worse is the voter like you are clueless cheerleaders….

            • jrterrier

              Pop, you used to have substance in your comments. now you just come back from the dead from time to time to trash romney.
              details, he’s got a 59 point plan on his website.
              yesterday, he distilled it down to five:
              1) pass the keystone pipeline and support all-of-the above exploration of domestic energy (the states that are doing well are those that are using all the energy resources within their borders);
              2) eliminate all non-essential govt programs (same thing he did at the Olympics, in MA, and at Bain, when he was called back to rescue it from bankruptcy).
              don’t know what the other 3 are, you can go look at them.

              • Popsmoke

                Look at those 59 points… If this was a VC plan it would get the shit kicked out of it. These are bullet points. Not plans… Show me the detailed associated with numbers and how the cuts will effect services.

                Look in all seriousness here is the fear with this type of plan. All pro business at the expense of the middle class and or average American…

                Oh one last thing… no serous security or defense cuts? Why?

                • jrterrier

                  perhaps because the middle east is on fire. china is rising. russia under putin is reasserting itself. because we need to rebuild our military after the last 10 years of war.

                  • scottymac54

                    Because we were so victorious, after the last ten?

                • scottymac54

                  “All pro business at the expense of the middle class and or average American…
                  Oh one last thing… no serous security or defense cuts? Why?”
                  You nailed it here. Nothing more to add.

                  • Popsmoke

                    Talking to these Rombots is like talking to the OBots… Bang my head on my desk.

                    Romney is nothing more than a Obama in republican clothing. Besides Bain Romney has zero. He spent part of his 4 years as governor getting ready for the presidency. Other than being a successful business man he has absolutely shit for experience. Obama? Was a successful community organizer. Other than that he too had shit for experience.

                    This is nothing but an ego trip for both of these guys…. Who looses? We all do….

                    • scottymac54

                      Many folks here claim Romney’s business experience qualifies him for the presidency. I don’t see it that way, though…..the government is not a business! It’s a concept the neocons have been pushing for the last three decades, but I see it differently.
                      Many families in my area have roots in Mass., and Romney’s tenure as governor there is, to put it mildly, not favorably remembered.
                      Just one more lesson unlearned from the Obama experience is that the president has to be a somewhat well-rounded person who can look at problems from different perspectives.
                      Mitt might be oppositional, but I’ve always urged voters to look closely at the commonalities they share, when judging their experience.
                      I’ve strongly supported candidates before, but was never synchophantic to the degree I’m seeing these days (I thought it was unique to Barky, but it seems to be part of the new order of politics.

        • Popsmoke

          Just more crap. This election will be won or lost by a combination of white/asian and even possibly some latino mix. African Americans are still a voting minority and really hold no water.

          This was a win win for Romney and the speech was bullshit….

      • binky354

        And here’s a headline from today posted on http://www.memeorandum.com:
        Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney the Race Baiter at the NAACP — With his incendiary speech to the NAACP, Mitt crossed an ugly line. No longer simply spineless and disingenuous, he’s now become a race-mongering pyromaniac.

  • HELENK2

    this is chevez that gave his country’s oil to China

    • scottymac54

      And the Bronx.
      Just saying.