Obama's "bumps in the road" comment

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  1. Mighty Mom profile image79
    Mighty Momposted 8 years ago

    Neither candidate is beyond comments that simply make us cringe.
    I'm putting Obama's out there for the inevitable pot shots -- and just to add a wee bit of nonpartisanship to our week. Must be the fall air. lol

    Romney campaign and talking heads (left-leaners included) are all over it.
    Is this the new "You didn't build that?"
    And how long do you predict the fallout will last?
    E.g., how many HOURS until one of the 4 step in it again?

    1. MarleneB profile image97
      MarleneBposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Ha ha ha (nervous laugh)... Really? Mr. Prez... really? A bump in the road? Yesterday, on my way to the store, I ran over a little pot hole. Nobody got hurt. That's a bump in the road. People fighting and killing each other - now, that's some serious stuff. A bump in the road? Come on now! Let's get real with the issues.

      I know I haven't really contributed anything by my reply here. But, right now, I'm just trying to wrap my head around such an insensitive comment.

  2. Reality Bytes profile image85
    Reality Bytesposted 8 years ago

    Obama Says Attacks In Libya And Egypt Are Just "Bumps In The


    I assume this is the comment?

    I think the motivation for NATO forces in bombing Libyans could turn out to be more damaging to Obama than any of his statements. Where was the military threat to the United States? His actions are suspect, there does not seem to be any evidence that Ghaddafi was targeting civilians, it seems that Ghaddafis forces were battling rebels.  NATO however, did drop their "peace bombs" on civilians, of this there is mounting evidence.  Some day, the people will question these things, Romney will not do it, he is quite prepared to continue this Western advancement of hostilities.  Both candidates are war-mongers, and IMO, this is what the people need to become aware of, reigning in the death and destruction caused by their own governments!

    Solution?  Gary Johnson 2012!


    An interview with Gary Johnson from last year:


    Definitely worth a watch!

    1. Mighty Mom profile image79
      Mighty Momposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, that's the comment. Althought it was not regarding the attacks, it was regarding the overall situation in the Mideast -- Arab Spring, riots in many, many Muslim countries, new leaders, uprising and counteruprisings.
      Unfortunate choice of words that really minimize the volatility.

      I've said elsewhere and will say again here, I really hope Gary Johnson and Jill Stein get to thse debates.
      There are still a lot of undecided voters.
      I believe most Americans who are not political junkies (e.g., not HP forum denizens lol) have probably not been following the ups and downs and are not even tuned into the noise yet.

      1. Reality Bytes profile image85
        Reality Bytesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        If Gary Johnson is allowed to participate in the "debates", we can rest assured that the discussion will involve a wider spectrum of subjects.  There is much more that Romney and Obama agree on then disagree.  To me, they are practically the same man!

    2. MarleneB profile image97
      MarleneBposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm making my coffee and going to sit down to watch this. The first video caught my attention. The second video did too and is definitely worth the watch.

  3. Mighty Mom profile image79
    Mighty Momposted 8 years ago

    Here's the context of the comment:

    The "bumps" comment came after Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes asked the president, "Have recent events in the Middle East given you any pause about your support for the governments that have come to power following the Arab Spring?"

    Obama replied, "Well, I'd said even at the time that this is going to be a rocky path."

    He added, "The question presumes that somehow we could have stopped this wave of change. I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy."

    He later said, "I was pretty certain and continue to be ... pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because, you know, in a lot of these places, the one organizing principle has been Islam."

    There have been protests at U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and other Arab nations, inspired in part by an anti-Islam video.

    The attack in Benghazi, Libya, included the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Investigations are looking into the possibility of a preplanned attack designed to coincide with the 9/11 anniversary.

    After the airing of the 60 Minutes segment, the Republican Party sent out e-mails asserting: "Obama Described Terrorist Attack In Libya And Unrest Throughout The Middle East As Just Merely "Bumps In The Road."

    1. KFlippin profile image60
      KFlippinposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      They asserted quite correctly - he clearly said "bumps in the road" the day after our Ambassador and three others were murdered -- he didn't even say 'painful' or 'sad' or 'hard' or 'despicable' . . . . "bumps in the road" . . . imagine that.  Don't think a beer on the patio will fix this..........

  4. livewithrichard profile image81
    livewithrichardposted 8 years ago

    I would say they are more like pot holes and not just bumps, but the same in regards to the overall picture.  Obama chose his words wisely, as it is his job now to convince Americans that how he is going to improve things at home take importance over the troubles of the rest of the world.  Sure he is a globalist, and he is pretty much secure in receiving the votes from his core.  He is not going to convert the Right, just as Romney is not going to convert the Left.  The only votes that  matter to either of them right now are in the middle.  Those in the middle are more concerned with the economy and jobs, with a lesser emphasis on global affairs.  But they are also patriotic and will defend to their core their home turf.  I'm sure Romney's campaign knows this now as the made a huge mistake in not even mentioning the troops or the wars during the RNC.  It was a huge mistake and it's too late for a do over.


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