Folks, time now for “The Biggest Damn Lie”! Oh, Mitt Romney. There you go again, running against an imaginary Pres. Barack Obama you made up in your head. Mitt Romney says President Obama has adopted a policy of appeasement and apology.
Romney should ask bin Laden if POTUS has adopted a policy of appeasement.
MR. MARTIN: Folks, time now for “The Biggest Damn Lie”!
Oh, Mitt Romney. There you go again, running against an imaginary Pres. Barack Obama you made up in your head. This is from Romney’s victory speech in Florida Tuesday night.
MR. ROMNEY: Pres. Obama has adopted a policy of appeasement and apology.
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MR. MARTIN: All right, folks. We’ve already labeled the “apology” part one of our biggest damn lies. Now, let’s talk about appeasement.
The most notorious example of appeasement in modern times was France and England giving in to Hitler in 1938, in an attempt to avoid World War II. The dictionary, Mitt, defines “appeasement” as follows: “… to yield or concede to the belligerent demands (of a nation, group, person, etc.) in a conciliatory effort.”
So, let’s pick a belligerent person. How ’bout this, Mitt? Osama bin Laden. And let’s see how Pres. Barack Obama appeased him. Here’s Vice President Biden describing the President’s final decision to order the attack on bin Laden. His advisors, even Biden, were hedging their bets.
VICE PRES. JOE BIDEN: I said, “We owe the man a direct answer. Mr. President, my suggestion is don’t go.”
He walked out and said, “I’ll give you my decision.”
The next morning, he came down to through the diplomatic entrance. He turned to m- — Tom Donald, and he said, “Go.”
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MR. MARTIN: All right. Biden lookin’ cool there with his open-collar shirt.
MR. MARTIN: Maybe he’s a bit biased. Let’s see what a Republican has to say. Here’s former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, what he told “60 Minutes” about the President’s decision to send in the Navy SEALs.
SEC’Y. ROBERT GATES: I’ve worked for a lot of these guys, and this is one of the most courageous calls, decisions that I think I’ve ever seen a president make. It was a very gutsy call.
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MR. MARTIN: Appeasement? Mitt, really? Ask bin Laden. Ask all those al-Qaeda terrorists who’ve been taken out by drones.
Mitt Romney, once again, you told the week’s biggest damn lie.
So, that’s two “biggest damn lies” for Romney. In a campaign, statements like that are tested in polling and focus groups, so we have to assume that language appeals to Republicans. We know that Democrats poll-test campaign lines as well.
Cornell, what about that?
MR. BELCHER: We – we do?
MR. BELCHER: No. No. You know, the partisanship aside, just as – as a – as a strategy, whether you’re Democrat or Republican, there’s two things you have to undermine for – in a president. It is – you have to mi- — undermine sort of [being] in touch and caring about people, which – which ties into the economy, and you have to undermine his – his strength and his credil- — credibility to be a strong leader [as] commander in chief.
The appeasement thing – they have to sort of under- — the President’s numbers o- — o- — on strength and sort of foreign policy are so strong, if they have any chance in the fall, they have to try to undermine it. It is – it is a weak attack. It – most people don’t buy it, but I understand they have to try to undermine that.
MR. MARTIN: Gotcha. All right. Thanks a bunch.