Ouch. Brings back memories of Dick Cheney shooting his buddy in the face, or myriad other foreign policy errors by Bush-era neocons.
In an interview with CBS' Steve Kroft, the president said this about Mitt Romney's stupid remarks concerning the Libyan Embassy attacks:
OBAMA: There's a broader lesson to be learned here. Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I've learned is that you can't do that.
I don't necessarily think this is something one needs to learn as president. It seems like the prudent response for anyone who isn't interested in blowback over a stupid statement. Anyone who has made a mistaken offhand comment knows how it can play out in the wild. But in Romney's case, it was actually a prepared remark, and is being defended by the likes of John Bolton.
This reaction on Twitter seems to be an appropriate reminder for anyone who might still be ambivalent about Romney's comments:
A vote for Mitt is like a vote for John Bolton. Think about that.
— Andrew Hunt (@ahuntre) September 12, 2012
Yes, John Bolton is the architect of Romney's gaffes and Romney's policy. Shoot first, aim later.
Or in John McCain terms, Romney's "Lehman moment."