So many things went terribly wrong on the first day of the Democratic National Convention it’s hard to pick which one was the most damaging. First, the Treasury Department confirmed yesterday that the federal government’s debt officially passed $16 trillion. Then, Occupy Charlotte protestors got into a fight with Obama supporters outside the convention hall. Apparently unions even bussed in some of the Occupy protesters.
Then Democrats kicked off their official convention program with a video from the host committee titled, “Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To.” Mitt Romney immediately tweeted out in response, “We don’t belong to government, the government belongs to us.” Realizing what an epic disaster the video’s message was, the Obama campaign quickly retreated, disavowing all knowledge of it. “The video in question was produced and paid for by the host committee of the city of Charlotte. It’s neither an OFA nor a DNC video, despite what the Romney campaign is claiming,” the Obama campaign claimed in an email.
But the biggest disaster from Tuesday actually began Monday at a training session for Jewish Democrats held by the Obama campaign. At the event, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed that Israel’s ambassador to the United States had accused Republicans of being “dangerous” to Israel by criticizing President Obama’s record. The Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, then released a statement Tuesday “categorically” denying Wasserman Schultz’s claim.
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