Late last night, the Romney campaign released this statement about the crisis in Libya:
“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” –Mitt Romney
Then Secretary of State Clinton made a statement:
“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.” – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Finally, President Obama released a statement this morning:
I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives. – President Barack Obama
MSNBC’s take on these statements?
“…about i want to go back to this romney. lawrence is right. in moments like this, if you’re careful or say nothing, it gets ignored. the only way to get attention is to say something at outrageous. and i have to say i’m stunned, they put out this release when they did before we knew all the facts. before we know for sure whether there will be protests that spread around the world. it seemed to be an irresponsible thing to do and i’m fascinated to see that the romney campaign, no mention, they put out a debt statement. i have a feeling they wish they had that moment back. they are — i understand where they feel like they are, they’re chasing news cycles and they feel as if they have to be involved in every news cycle and every event in order to look on equal footing. but that was a bad mistake they made last night.” – Chuck Todd, MSNBC
Meanwhile, a mere 30 minutes after Romney released his statement, which Chuck Todd is accusing of being politically charged,the Obama administration works to stabalize their political fallout from a statement released by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. The statement partially reads that the Embassy “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions,” in regards to the film which was the catalyst for the events in Libya.
An administration official tells Jake Tapper of ABC News that “no one in Washington approved that statement before it was released and it doesn’t reflect the views of the U.S. government.” Of course at the time there was no telling what the view of the U.S. government was since President Obama had at that point remained silent on it.
In summary, Chuck Todd is outraged that in absence of any statement by President Obama, Mitt Romney would dare to provide leadership.