Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Third Presidential Debate: President Obama's Excellent Rebuttal of Romney's Charge re Israel

One of President Obama's  best rebuttals of the third presidential debate tonight came when Romney accused Obama of "skipping Israel" when the President made his famous trip to Cairo, insinuating that Obama is not committed enough to Israel's safety and security. This happened in the segment when Romney threw at Obama the infamous "apology tour" accusation (which has been persuasively debunked here). Obama was visibly angered by these outrageous remarks, and then gave this excellent rebuttal, instinctively relating the story of his visits to Yad Vashem and to the town of Sderot, and the indelible impressions these visits left on him:  

OBAMA: Bob, let me — let me respond.
 If we’re going to talk about trips that we’ve taken — when I was a candidate for office, first trip I took was to visit our troops. And when I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take donors. I didn’t attend fundraisers. I went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum there, to remind myself the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel will be unbreakable. 

 And then I went down to the border towns of Sderot, which had experienced missiles raining dowm from Hamas. And I saw families there who showed me there where missiles had come down near their children’s bedrooms. And I was reminded of what that would mean if those were my kids. Which is why as president, we funded an Iron Dome program to stop those missiles.

 So that’s how I’ve used my travels, when I travel to Israel and when I travel to the region. And the — the central question at this point is going to be: Who is going to be credible to all parties involved? And they can look at my track record, whether it’s Iran sanctions, whether it’s dealing with counterterrorism, whether it’s supporting democracy, whether it’s supporting women’s rights, whether it’s supporting religious minorities.
And they can say that the President of the United States and the United States of America has stood on the right side of history. And that kind of credibility is precisely why we’ve been able to show leadership on a wide range of issues facing the world right now.

Watch the video and you'll see President Obama getting emotional about this:

1 comment:

  1. Where were you when Obama falsely accused "The Innocence of Muslims" producer Sam Bacile of responsibility for the Benghazi incidents (including the murder of our ambassador there)? And when he sent the Department of Justice to dig into Bacile's record for a reason to imprison him for upsetting the Muslims?

    You're actually happy this slimebag got re-elected? Ethics of the Fathers, feh.