One Mitt Romney supporter is working overtime at the mud-slinging aspect of the campaign. Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu (a much cuddlier name than he deserves) went on a tirade against President Obama this morning, covering just about… well… everything you might not like about the guy, summing it all up by simply wishing that Big-O would simply learn how to be an American.
Criticisms of President Obama: In the span of a single morning, Sununu called the incumbent president “dumb” and “stupid,” called the Chicago-style politics he comes from “corrupt,” talked a bit about Obama’s use of marijuana as a kid in Hawaii, brought up Tony Rezko (a financier with ties to Obama, currently rotting in jail) and finally, questioned the president’s very American-ness, reports the Huffington Post.
“The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses, from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world. It is the American way, and I wish this president would learn how to be an American,” Sununu told reporters during a conference call arranged by Romney’s campaign.
A few have come out to soft-pedal Sununu’s comments, notes the Washington Post. Former Minnesota governor and one-time boring-yet-affable presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty stepped forward to mediate the remarks, saying that Sununu, “has a knack for colorful language and can be very informative and entertaining,” but that in this case he “admitted perhaps he wasn’t as clear as he should have been.” Sununu even backpedaled some himself, reports the Contra Coastal Times. He later clarified his “American” comments, saying merely that, “The president has to learn the American formula for creating business.”
Despite all the side-stepping and fancy-footwork, some on the right prefer Sununu’s original assessment of the president, and declare the former governor to be right-on message.
“He is not your milquetoast metrosexual talking point surrogate,” said consultant Dave Carney, a longtime Sununu confidante. “I would take Sununu on my side over a dozen pretty talking heads every day. Rough edges and all.”
“He takes the battle to Obama in direct, clear and simple language,” said Steve Duprey, a New Hampshire GOP vet. “Everyone in this business goes off message from time to time, and some, like Vice President Biden, only hit message by accident.”
Oooooh, double whammy!
Where do you stand? Is Sununu right on or way wrong about President Obama?