The U.S. Embassy in Cairo, three days ago:
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims â€” as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
Mitt Romney, two days ago, commenting on the above:
… a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt …itâ€™s a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values … a disgraceful statement … effectively apologizing for the right of free speech is not the right course.
The idea of using something that some people consider sacred and then parading that out in a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong. And I wish people wouldnâ€™t do it. Of course, we have a First Amendment. And under the First Amendment, people are allowed to do what they feel they want to do. They have the right to do that, but itâ€™s not right to do things that are of the nature of what was done by, apparently this film.
Aside from being less well expressed – despite being delivered at leisure and in safety – what’s the difference between what Romney said and what he denounced the Embassy staff for saying? (To be precise, Romney denounced Barack Obama for being President while the Embassy staff was saying it.)
Naturally, Stephanopoulos didn’t call him on it. But others will.