HotAir Daily Express 09/13/2012

Is Obama channeling Jimmy Carter?
9/13/2012 10:01:34 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, Barack Obama responded somewhat obliquely to Mitt Romney’s criticism over the statement issued by the Cairo embassy by painting him as a loose cannon.  He told CBS reporter Steve Kroft that “Governor Romney seems to have a tendency

Flashback: Major-party nominee uses war deaths to score political points
9/13/2012 9:21:36 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember that time when a major-party presidential nominee went on television immediately after the deaths of several Americans abroad to attack the policies of the current administration and his opponent?  Remember how the media repeatedly demanded to

Embassy protests spread to other “Arab Spring” nations
9/13/2012 8:41:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
So how’s that Arab Spring working out for us?  After riots “spontaneously” erupted on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 in Libya and Egypt, they spread overnight to two more Arab nations with recent populist uprisings.  In Yemen, where

Obamateurism of the Day
9/13/2012 8:01:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s tough to get a meeting with the President of the United States, regardless of who’s in the office at any given time.  Heck, even a besieged ally like Israel can’t get the US head of state to agree to a meeting, even when

Quotes of the day
9/12/2012 10:47:15 PM  Allahpundit
Mr. Romney’s criticism fed into his larger theme of painting Mr. Obama as apologizing for the United States, and his team stuck by it. “While there may be differences of opinion regarding issues of timing,” said one senior strategist, who asked not to

Administration officials: Romney was right, that statement from the Cairo embassy was awful
9/12/2012 10:07:00 PM  Allahpundit
A fatal blow to the media’s concern-trolling this morning? Nah. Their complaint, ostensibly, was with the timing of Romney’s criticism. If only he’d waited 12-18 hours and then sheepishly leaked his complaint about the embassy’s

Egypt’s Islamist president tells embassy to take legal action in U.S. against makers of Mohammed film; Update: I don’t consider Egypt an ally, says Obama
9/12/2012 9:16:58 PM  Allahpundit
I wonder if he knows that there’s no legal action available to him (yet) and is simply grandstanding for the locals’ sake or if he actually thinks he can sue to shut this thing down. Silly Morsi: There won’t be a blasphemy exception

EU official: Yeah, Egypt really needs some more financial aid
9/12/2012 8:36:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
Wait a tick — I thought Europe was supposed to be broke? Where are they getting the cash for all of these bailouts and foreign aid? Via Reuters: Egypt is likely to need more than $10 billion in external financing to help revive its economy,

Report: U.S. consulate in Benghazi had no Marine protection
9/12/2012 7:56:30 PM  Allahpundit
But what about Romney’s gaffes? The consulate where the American ambassador to Libya was killed on Tuesday is an “interim facility” not protected by the contingent of Marines that safeguards embassies, POLITICO has learned… A senior

Romney adviser on whether Egypt statement “could wait”: “That’s a silly question”
9/12/2012 7:16:21 PM  Erika Johnsen
While the Middle East erupted in protests akin to yesterday’s riots, presenting an opportunity to discuss our presidential candidates’ foreign-policy approaches to the so-called Arab Spring, the mainstream media continued to demonstrate an

Joint Chiefs chair’s newest duty: Phoning Terry Jones and begging him not to antagonize Muslims
9/12/2012 6:37:57 PM  Allahpundit
It’s not clear what role Jones had, if any, in producing the Mohammed film that’s got Islamists in a lather but he’s been promoting it, so it’s time for the U.S. government to spring into action. Do note, this isn’t the

Video: MK and Kelly Live!
9/12/2012 6:01:26 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
All righty, here we go, live on a tough news day. Join us a few minutes after six, where if all goes well, we’ll be live in this spot.

Video: Obama criticizes Romney for politics of Libya statement while headin’ off for campaign fun in Vegas
9/12/2012 5:11:59 PM  Allahpundit
I kind of like that he’s going through with the campaign rally tonight — held in America’s quintessential vacation destination, no less — just because it helps further expose the media’s fake outrage over Romney’s

The Obama admin is trying to keep the “war on coal” covert, but it’s definitely still there
9/12/2012 4:41:20 PM  Erika Johnsen
Lest we forget that the Obama administration has made it their mission to forcibly change the face of American energy as we know it — most notably by removing the blemish that they’ve deemed the coal industry to be — House Natural

Rasmussen: McCaskill 49, Akin 43
9/12/2012 4:01:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
In one corner stands the Senate’s most endangered incumbent.  In the other stands the country’s most criticized Senate challenger.  This race may end up determining the outcome when an eminently stoppable force meets an eminently movable

Audio: Press caught on open mic coordinating Egypt/Libya questions for Romney?
9/12/2012 3:21:33 PM  Allahpundit
I don’t think it’s the collusion that’s troubling so much as their priorities in what they were colluding on. Hard to make firm judgments on a 100-second piece of audio that cuts in and out and is sporadically unintelligible, but part

Oh noes: A Romney win might diminish our reputation with Europeans
9/12/2012 2:41:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
If President Obama inspired Americans with his messages of Hopenchange in 2008, it was practically nothing to how gaga Europeans went over him, full of rapture that their delicate sensibilities would no longer be offended by that uncouth cowboy in the

Allen West: Apologizing in Egypt is “rewarding bad behavior”
9/12/2012 2:01:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
This was before the press conferences from both Romney and the President this morning and the ensuing fallout, but I thought Rep. Allen West‘s reaction last night to the U.S. embassy’s apology to rioters in Egypt was, like

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
9/12/2012 1:40:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss the developments in the Middle East and the reactions to them from both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, as

Survey USA poll puts Obama up 4 in Florida
9/12/2012 1:21:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
We’ve looked at polling from a pretty skeptical point of view after the convention, but not every poll has hidden good news for Republicans.  Yesterday’s Survey USA poll in the key swing state of Florida is one example.  A survey taken over

MSNBC host: Hey, let’s prosecute Jones as accessory to ambassador’s murder
9/12/2012 12:41:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
Why stop there? Let’s round up the journalists who initially reported on Occupy and charge them with accessory to rape. Oh, wait, we have freedom of speech in this country? Silly us: MIKE BARNICLE: Given this supposed minister’s role in last

Video: Ambassador Chris Stevens hoped for ‘free, democratic, prosperous Libya.’
9/12/2012 12:01:52 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, 52, and three other Americans were murdered Tuesday in Libya during attacks on the consulate in Benghazi. Reports say Stevens and his staff may gone to the consulate from the embassy in Tripoli evacuate staff or for

Dueling pressers: Romney takes questions, Obama doesn’t on Egypt & Libya attacks
9/12/2012 11:21:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
Mitt Romney came under considerable media criticism today at a press conference on the topic of the day — the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya, and the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans

Video: “Words”
9/12/2012 10:41:31 AM  Ed Morrissey
In February 2008, as Barack Obama tried to wrest the nomination from previously-favored Hillary Clinton, his critics said that Hope and Change was nothing but words, with no plan for effective action.  In a speech in Wisconsin, Obama gave his “just