There have been plenty of gaffes and negative stories during this campaign season, but many have noticed a trend emerge: gaffes originating from Barack Obama, his administration and his campaign are often mitigated by a lack of coverage. The past two weeks has been a primary example of this phenomenon as countless embarrassing stories and statements from President Obama and his reelection campaign have been mostly ignored by much of the press. One has to wonder how these would be covered if they had come from a Republican:
1) President Obama stated that concern over Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is just “noise.” Interestingly, this is the same word that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used on this topic.
2) Ambassador Susan Rice and other members of the administration falsely blamed a video and spontaneous protests for the terrorist attack against our Libyan embassy.
3) President Obama described the September 11th terrorist attack in Libya that led to the death of four Americans, including a U.S. Ambassador, as a “bump in the road.”
4) Senior Obama Campaign Strategist David Axelrod told Mark Halperin “this is not the time” for the President to put forward a plan to reform Social Security.
5) President Obama stated that his biggest lesson from his first term was that “you can’t change Washington from the inside.” Considering that President Obama’s entire 2008 election was based on the idea of bringing change to Washington, this is essentially an admission that he has failed. Some have tried to point to Romney previously stating that change has to come from outside Washington, but he isn’t the President and he hasn’t run on “hope and change.” Obama was supposed to be the one that brought the change to Washington. Now he is on the inside and says you can’t change it from the inside. Perhaps that means he would do a better job at it from the outside after 2012?
6) President Obama said that Egypt was not an ally, only to then be contradicted by his own State Department.
7) Obama declined a request to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but has found time to do several fundraising and campaign events, one of which was a $40,000 per head event with Hollywood royalty Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
8) President Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter claimed that women are “not really concerned” with what has happened in the past four years. This statement displays an amazing amount of ignorance regarding the real concerns of actual women (and this is not surprising from a campaign that constantly seems to suggest that abortion is the only issue about which women care.)
9) A State Department Spokesperson told a reporter to “f**k off” after facing questions about why the Libyan embassy was not secured after the attack and why the State Department has released several contradictory statements.
10) Obama has skipped numerous intelligence briefings recently, including a briefing immediately following the attack on the Libyan embassy so that he could fly to a fundraiser in Las Vegas.
Bonus: This hasn’t been considered a gaffe, but it likely should be. The Obama Campaign is pushing a video of Mitt Romney explaining why capital gains are taxed at a lower rate than regular income. They claim it shows Romney “saying it’s fair for multimillionaires like himself to pay a lower tax rate than many middle-class families,” but that is a completely misleading statement.
Everyone pays the same rate for capital gains, but Romney happens to earn most of his income in that manner. As Romney explains in the video, capital has already been taxed once at a higher rate and the lower rate is to encourage investment and growth. The fact that Obama is attacking this rate and comparing it to income tax rates shows a stunning ignorance of economics and job creation from a President that already has a questionable record on those subjects.