The news media is more than happy to report on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s “gaaaffes,” but what about President Obama’s? After all, the president has had some pretty serious missteps in recent weeks.
According to CNBC’s Larry Kudlow and conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, the president’s gaffes have gone unreported because, well, the press is giving him a free pass.
“It’s stunning how Obama gets this kid glove treatment from media,” said Coulter.
Kudlow noted that, if anything, the only presidential gaffe you’ll hear about is “60 Minutes” “bumps in the road” remark.
The problem with this, according to Kudlow and Coulter, is that there are many, many more gaffes where that came from [via CNBC.com]:
1) President Obama referred to Israel’s concern over Iran’s march toward a nuclear program as “noise” and then called Israel one of the nation’s closest allies in the region.
According to Kristen Silverberg, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Obama’s commentary is unusual. “There has been a bi-partisan consensus for many years that the US and Israel are the closest of allies.
2) Obama’s Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was not premeditated. The commentary directly contradicted top Libyan officials who said the attack was planned in advance.
3) President Obama stated that his biggest lesson from his first term was that “you can’t change Washington from the inside.”
4) President Obama said that Egypt was not an ally, only to then be contradicted by his own State Department.
Naturally, the Obama administration disagrees with the “blind eye” characterization from conservatives and maintains they are being given the same amount of scrutiny as the Romney campaign.
“There is a certain rather desperate attempt to grasp at words and phrases here to find political advantage,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “And in this case, that’s profoundly offensive.”
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