Op-ed criticizes president for 'constant campaigning'
Michael Reagan reacts
- Duration 6:16
- Date May 1, 2012
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-- think we Obama campaign ad that discusses that really is kind of out of line.
I was even more struck though hereby and by the nature of the question and the opportunity it gave.
President Obama which he took to make a political point in the middle of -- bilateral press conference with the Japanese prime minister.
You think that was -- that the president.
Missed an opportunity to take the high road there.
To say to -- to -- he was given a softball I actually thought prime minister node -- answer on the terrorism point.
Was right on target he said the death -- been -- to decide and the threat of terrorism.
Which is the White House narrative.
I was ambassador John Bolton on America live yesterday reacting to President Obama taking -- political swipe at his rival Mitt Romney.
During a joint news conference with another world leader.
Washington Post writer Dana Milbank this morning took up the issue of the president injecting politics into more of his events and asked quote.
Shouldn't presidential leadership be about setting an example.
We put that question now to Michael Reagan.
Political consultant and chairman of the Reagan group Michael welcome back so that's the question is who is whether President Obama is injecting.
Politics and a more and more of him at his events and whether that is appropriate.
He is never not injected politics -- any event.
He's been part of here's the constant campaigner he's never stops today took the oath of office.
Back three years ago I mean yesterday it was embarrassing.
Days there -- the prime minister.
They're having a joint news conference at do you look at that moment instead of leaving.
He -- -- that moment to take that swipe at Mitt Romney is if Mitt Romney would not have gone in after.
You know Osama bin Laden and his trip Thursday that the only person I know who wouldn't have gone after mistakenly wouldn't go after when that was Joseph Biden.
The vice president of the United States of America so.
Yes the -- United States did not show leadership because he's always in the constant campaign mode and would be here.
Megan I twittered this the other day.
That he seems to tell his.
-- he lives or falsehoods.
With more passion you're more believability.
-- our site tells us troops.
But he he was asked about.
During the -- not the president brought it up himself that the reporters get a couple of questions and the reporter said.
What do you make of that you know -- of Mitt Romney she didn't use them by name but saying suggesting that even President Carter would have done that and count so what was he supposed -- Well well you supposed to do is he could've stopped that halfway through when he was uplifting the seals uplift in the military uplifting.
Everything that worked together to that moment to get.
Osama bin Laden he could've stopped it there.
And really show leadership instead of using that moment to try make a political point and taking Mitt Romney as he did completely out of context.
Of what Mitt Romney was talk about the -- Mitt Romney was simply same back here in 20082007.
That during the presidential campaign you do not and -- -- But the things that you were going to do.
When they have to do with the Ford cut big wave to a foreign country you save that you play close to the best to wait til you're elected.
-- United States of America that was the point that Mitt Romney was making.
And he took a -- out of context to make a political ad and a political statement in an area where he shouldn't have made it.
You know prime minister is right talking about terror the fact that the terror rating is not.
Over in this country.
And the in the world because of cyber terror because of well what we're facing today.
Those people reacting to a solve a lot being killed a year ago.
Back in the 08 presidential campaign.
John McCain famously declined to go after president Obama's and then senator Obama's connection to Reverend Wright Wright was very controversial figure and he.
Took the high road back -- -- and refuse to do that.
It if it's Mitt Romney had taken the high road I'm sorry President Obama had taken the high road here.
And declined to go after Mitt Romney on something the White House thinks that they have Mitt Romney on whether they do or not is for the viewers is that -- they think they've got among us.
He did the question is it does the high road -- lead to losing.
Well look the high -- I mean.
Who she really going after.
I mean we try to get -- -- to vote for because he was strong when after Osama.
-- and killed Osama bin Laden our -- we should be George W.
Bush who would've gotten Osama bin Laden.
But you when your -- tonight's picture president all the people that's a big yes to that press conference yesterday was about prime minister and president.
About what was going on in Japan and the United States -- -- that's what it was all about.
And he -- -- left it right there at the presidential level not bring it into a campaign level saved that for another time another place.
There's many of those well.
That many of those times that he had -- -- -- may have been on what a 191.
Fund -- so far I mean we're still counting.
Is this a function of Barack Obama or -- a function of the modern presidency.
And what it takes to win reelection Michael.
Well I mean part of it could be about you know reelection but again I think people want a president and and Barack Obama.
Never has assumed the presidency.
And in in that respect and the -- we I think he goes after Mitt Romney is because he has nothing to hang his -- -- Well can he hang his -- on obamacare no it's hit -- the Supreme Court many states have filed against that don't want it.
That's one thing what about Dodd-Frank that's another area that's another accomplishment -- destroyed the banking industry and the housing industry he's not hanging -- hat on that either so the only option you have is to go after his opponent.
And again he is a great campaigner he's got a great smile.
He's gotten like humility factor.
And if Mitt Romney wants to win Mitt Romney's got to get that electability factor going in his favor as stark question the president a leadership firstly you do say.
President -- did you bring Harry Reid into your office and having -- -- to a budget it's been three years now.
Michael Reagan thank you -- Thank you.