The protests that started at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo today took an even more ominous turn as news outlets reported the death of a U.S. official in an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Just last week at their convention, the Democrats offered Sen. John Kerry as the party’s voice of foreign policy, criticizing Mitt Romney for drawing his knowledge of Russia from watching “Rocky IV.” Tonight, though, with word of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi having been burned down, the Twitterverse wants to know if there’s an empty chair sitting next to that ringing telephone.

Kerry wasn’t the only figure from the Democrats’ past to emerge for the convention. Former President Jimmy Carter spoke via video, and today’s events have him back in the top of people’s minds.

Update:

Romney released a statement Tuesday night saying he was “outraged” by the attacks by Islamists on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and calling the White House’s response “disgraceful.”

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.

An administration official attempted to disavow the embassy’s original statement earlier tonight, saying it had not been cleared in Washington.

  • Chip

    Barack, it’s 3 a.m. Are you going to answer the phone?

    • Nell

      Of course not. He’ll just let it go to voice-mail because he probably has a 7:00 am tee-off time.
      What else does this usurper do besides play golf, vacation, host parties for Hollywierdos, send tweets out to rap stars, …. phew! That’s tiring just naming those – no wonder he doesn’t have time to meet with Bibi.

    • http://twitter.com/BLeFonque Buckshot LeFonque

      Er..uh no I’m having pizza with Sandra Fluke….

    • ked5

      the chair doesn’t have arms

  • allenbarr

    the only way to put these attacks down of those who attack the USA is to drope those fire bombs on them. it works. Japan would not ever have given up if not for bombing. not nuclear just constant bombing. Relentless bombing. Don’t target anything special let all those bombs go where they will.

  • Ramone Love

    He’s busy preparing for Letterman and avoiding Netanyahu.

    • rickg62

      Two responses here. One he’s comfortable on Letterman. He can go there and not have to answer any tough questions, which he is incapable of doing anyway. Second response to avoiding Netanyahu is his antipathy towards Isreal and his total lack of knowledge on foreign policy. What would they discuss? If he isn’t handed a prepared speech he has shown no ability to hold an intelligent discussion of viewpoints. Intellectually, Netanyahu would chew him up and spit him out.

    • rickg62

      Two responses here. One he’s comfortable on Letterman. He can go there and not have to answer any tough questions, which he is incapable of doing anyway. Second response to avoiding Netanyahu is his antipathy towards Isreal and his total lack of knowledge on foreign policy. What would they discuss? If he isn’t handed a prepared speech he has shown no ability to hold an intelligent discussion of viewpoints. Intellectually, Netanyahu would chew him up and spit him out.

  • Jim Wafwot

    Remember the good ol’ days of 2009 when Obama was interrupting TV programming every week, appearing on Leno, 60 Minutes, ESPN, and something called a “press conference?”

  • jenndee

    Quick, someone tell the President the Egyptions not only stormed the embassy but took all the poor helpless women’s contraception. That will get the clueless one to pick up the phone!

    • Owen007

      Sorry, wouldn’t work. The far left only cares about the GOP’s supposed war on women. Countries in the Middle East where the women are physically abused and at the mercy of genuine male oppressors, on the other hand? *chirp, chirp*

  • nc

    It isn’t just the comparison to Carter I’m thinking of. Remember how Clinton did NOTHING in response to the embassy bombings in Africa, the 1993 WTC bombing and the USS Cole? NO RESPONSE from the great Clinton. And 9 short months into the Bush term we were hit.

    BTW, did you ever hear Bush blame Clinton for the “mess” he left him?

    • J. Cox

      He bombed a aspirin factory iirc….that is a lot for his admin.

      Bush had more class,and knew that leading meant the buck stopped on his door.

      • operanerd1986

        I really miss Bush. For all of his faults, I’d take him any day over the empty chair we have right now.

    • Kerry Bowden

      also remember we had Bin ladin and the 50 top associates at a wedding with our people on the outside ready to go and Clinton did nothing

    • Kerry Bowden

      also remember we had Bin ladin and the 50 top associates at a wedding with our people on the outside ready to go and Clinton did nothing

    • http://www.facebook.com/babette.aben.cohen Elizabeth Cohen

      The democratic party is the “DO NOTHING, PUSSY PARTY”

  • Brenda Hellwig

    Carter, in Darth Vader voice “Barack, I am your father!”

    • http://twitter.com/BLeFonque Buckshot LeFonque

      Son O’ Carter…LMAO

  • SAndrews

    Some Foreign Policy. If the problem can’t be solved by sending a Seal Team or a Drone… We got nuthin’

    At least everybody likes us now, right?

    Right?!?

  • InGodITrustAlways

    He wouldn’t know what to do if he answered the phone!

    • SAndrews

      Not true! He’d ask for a campaign contribution.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AB3PEIWGM3JXDU6YUAXKLJ4LCM suburban_dud

      unless it’s a blackberry, i guess.

  • dwsmokin

    Sad and tragic fact-that with all the tell-tale signs of incompetence and failure-he still leads in most polls. Absolutely tragic chapter in American history.

    • http://twitter.com/BLeFonque Buckshot LeFonque

      Yeah, but who trusts the liberal and unscientific lap dog polls?

    • rickg62

      Unfortunately no one looks inside the polls or reports on the fact that they invariably poll registered voters rather than likely voters and the numbers polled are always skewed heavily Democrat. In many polls if they poll as many as 10 percentage points more Democrats than republicans and Obama is only up by, say, 5 points, that’s not good news for Obama.

    • rickg62

      Unfortunately no one looks inside the polls or reports on the fact that they invariably poll registered voters rather than likely voters and the numbers polled are always skewed heavily Democrat. In many polls if they poll as many as 10 percentage points more Democrats than republicans and Obama is only up by, say, 5 points, that’s not good news for Obama.

  • ArtIsAlwaysGood

    it’s a little more complicated than this. Anyone bother to find out why they are protesting? Terry Jones ring a bell? How come you aren’t condemning him?

    • carla5731

      Riiiight. Because attacking two embassies and killing someone is an even and measured response to a crappy internet film that no one even heard about before today.

    • William J. Miller

      When lunatics with NEA grants desecrate Christian symbols (cross, Virgin Mary), do the Christians storm art galleries, setting them ablaze while killing tour guides? Sorry, I don’t feel sorry for them.

    • jenndee

      OK, just like a lib. You can justify any type of hate and violance if you can find an ounce of wrong against your pet project (Muslim Brotherhood). This man is a kook, it would be like the conservative right killing a lib and burning your communist flag over actions taken by Cindy Sheehan or Rosanne Barr. God help us,the fact you even use Terry Jones as a reason is insulting.

      • ArtIsAlwaysGood

        not justifying the violence in any way. i was talking about the political, totally irrelevant (in the grand scheme of foreign policy) response the US would have to it. All of these “statements” are directed at the American public and how they will respond to the official responses. It’s all a game. Nothing that our officials say, any of them right or left, will have any effect on the people who attacked the embassies. These “statements” are all show for everyone else, something to get you to watch the news. Terry Jones, clearly, has more impact on these fundamentalists and anyone who sympathizes with them (which, despite what you may believe, is not a large number of people, by the way). My larger point is that before starting another fight and name-calling and condemnation and calls for attack, perhaps we should all kick the trouble maker in the a$$ a little. Also, I find it funny that you think the Muslim Brotherhood is a liberal pet project. Thanks for the chuckle. And I don’t own a communist flag, either.

        • jenndee

          I am glad you find it funny that many Americans are aware of the fact the Democratic Party is either too dumb to realize the Muslim Brotherhood has an agenda against the US, or that the Liberal Wing of the Democratic Party is pro Muslim Brotherhood. I usually find when a Liberal laughs a comment off, it means it hits a little too close to home. As far as the game I see played it is the Democrats acting like if we apologize to these people and boo God and Isreal in order to say, look America is pro muslim, please stop picking on us, like some snot nosed wussy on the school yard. I want a President and a Country that is of high moral character and that respects strength and respects freedom. Not a country that is turned into a punching bag by a man who has daddy issues.

          • ArtIsAlwaysGood

            do you really think that any of these terrorists in Egypt or Libya care what Mitt Romney or Barack Obama says at this point? We think the people in these countries have the same beliefs that these terrorists do, and they think we are all like Terry Jones. The more that we respond to what they did, the more publicity and outrage it generates, the more successful their attacks were. It’s sick marketing, and it works every time. We’re being played, and Mitt Romney was the biggest sucker of them all.

          • J. Cox

            Typical response from someone who has spent 0 hours on the ground in the middle east,while trying to protect your messiah BHO,and trash a Christian pastor that made a movie that 10 people watched.You have no idea of the mindset of these “few” radicals and what the agenda is for the Islamic terrorist.Maybe if you actually picked up a history book and studied the founding of TMB,their goals and stated plans for the middle east,and eventually the world,you might get your head out of the sand.Islam is not,nor has it ever been a peaceful religion.

            The really sad part is..people like you just love to make excuses as to why these people do this sort of thing,always bringing back the blame to the U.S.,and in this case..to Christians,your favorite target.Your ignorance is what fuels these people,and emboldens them.Trust me,they don’t give a rats ass how nice you treat them,they still think of you as sub-human,and will unless you convert.

          • jenndee

            Amen, and I would much rather the United States approach people with this thought process with strength and intimidation rather than weakness. You said it perfectly J. Cox.

          • jenndee

            Amen, and I would much rather the United States approach people with this thought process with strength and intimidation rather than weakness. You said it perfectly J. Cox.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AB3PEIWGM3JXDU6YUAXKLJ4LCM suburban_dud

        I had to search terry jones. he’s almost as irrelevant as you aiag. and what you’re calling art isn’t even always art. egypt is calling.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mickey.byrd.12 Mickey Byrd

      Yes, we know why they are acting as terrorist… there is a film that doesn’t meet their distorted standards. This is the same distortion that rationalizes attacking one embassy and burning it down, attacking another embassy and also killing an embassy official.

      This official was an American citizen and should have been protected from death. Consider how his family and friends must feel that they lost a loved one because of a movie.

      IMHO, these people were waiting for any little thing that would allow them to attack. Remember,attacking these embassies is an act of war.

    • Owen007

      Oh my God, someone in America made a movie that was critical of a religion. By all means, lock him up and throw away the key.

      No, it’s not complicated. These idiots flipped out in response to something they deemed insulting to Islam… like they always do! They freakin’ riot over stories of the Koran getting destroyed, even if the stories turn out to not be true as was the case for the Gitmo a few years ago. So no, there is no complicated reason at work. The radicals behave like animals, they should be treated as such. And the supposed moderates that make up the majority should be condemned for failing to keep their fellow citizens in line.
      Now, why are you in such a rush to make excuses for violence and murder? Is it a pathetic attempt to defend Obama? Are you just a gutless coward? Or is there some other pathetic reason at work? Those are far better questions than anything you asked.

      • Hiraghm

        Well, you remember the burned buildings and riots and rapes and murders that took place when they came out with “The Last Temptation of Christ”… oh wait… that didn’t happen.

      • Hiraghm

        Well, you remember the burned buildings and riots and rapes and murders that took place when they came out with “The Last Temptation of Christ”… oh wait… that didn’t happen.

  • http://twitter.com/bloodyhellmate Craig Edwards

    No, the President cannot fit this into his schedule – He has Golf, Letterman, Fundraising, Interviews with FM Radio DJs and Campaign appearances at several colleges in swing states.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

    Carter Obama are dragging us into Hell slowly, hopefully Mitt will show strength and resolve so Obama can see what it looks like.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mickey.byrd.12 Mickey Byrd

    Considering his first tweet of the day totally ignored 9/11 and was a plea for raising campaign funds, maybe he’s counting the money he raised for his campaign today…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mickey.byrd.12 Mickey Byrd

    By the way, Hillary released a statement that strangely mimicked the ambassadors statement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mickey.byrd.12 Mickey Byrd

    Mitt released a statement that was quite a bit stronger than anything so far.

  • chrisc72

    Romney is looking more and more like a leader every day. Hell he’s been a better President and speaker for the country and he doesn’t have a chair in the oval office.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AB3PEIWGM3JXDU6YUAXKLJ4LCM suburban_dud

    That arab spring turned out pretty good, eh M_____F_____??!!

  • voorhee

    An American is dead at the Libyan Embassy. This is madness.

  • Owen007

    Wow, so why did Obama think it was smart politics to hand Romney a club to beat him with? Seriously, this is beyond stupid. You can mince words about these attacks not being indicative of the general population all you want, but you can also condemn the ones that actually committed these acts. It’s such an easy choice. How is it even remotely possible to screw it up? Is there a single person in this country that wouldn’t have applauded Obama for condemning this? The Right certainly agree with condemning them and the Left… well, the Left would agree with anything Obama said anyway.

    Oh well, by tomorrow, Obama will flip-flop and act as if he never fouled up in the first place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Moss/100003560366510 Jack Moss
  • http://www.facebook.com/swiftthinking88 Steven Odle

    When a country allows their citizens to take over one of our embassies like this, we should just pull out, remove the embassy, stop all foreign aid, and demand repayment of any debt. I don’t understand why we put up with this shit. We need to start acting like AMERICANS and being proud of our country and stop apologizing and being subservient to the rest of the world while at the same time giving them our help and money.

  • Garth Haycock

    Obama is showing the world his true allegiances. It’s a shame that progressives in this country either don’t see this or share those same allegiances.

  • Mark Close

    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
    Barack Hussein Obama

    • http://www.facebook.com/madelyn.martine Madelyn Martine

      I can’t stand Obama, but this is not a quote from him. He’s said and done many, many disgusting things that we shouldn’t have to push an incorrect statement. This is from a statement remembering what happened to the Japanese and their incarceration during WW2 and he said to Arab and Pakistani Americans that…””I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

  • HDONUTS

    last night i dreamed of setting up big booby traps with live muhammad and burning quran to trap radicals , sweet sweet dream

  • Dennis the Dreamer

    A coptic Christian from Egypt went to US to exercise his free speech. Obama then made apology, in america there is no such thing as free speech we apologized. #epicfail.

  • Dennis the Dreamer

    A coptic Christian from Egypt went to US to exercise his free speech. Obama then made apology, in america there is no such thing as free speech we apologized. #epicfail.

  • Ryan Blake Comer

    Someone tell NBC News they need to rethink how they right headlines:

    “Romney slams Obama over attacks on US officials in Libya, Egypt”

    Uhhh…. nope. He slamed Obama for his administration’s RESPONSE to the attacks. Talk about grossly misleading. He’s not blaming Obama for the attacks themselves. What a horrible “news organization.”

    • nc

      Good catch.

    • nc

      Good catch.

  • Ryan Blake Comer

    Someone tell NBC News they need to rethink how they right headlines:

    “Romney slams Obama over attacks on US officials in Libya, Egypt”

    Uhhh…. nope. He slamed Obama for his administration’s RESPONSE to the attacks. Talk about grossly misleading. He’s not blaming Obama for the attacks themselves. What a horrible “news organization.”

  • Paul C.

    MSM are all lemmings sending us all over the cliff.

  • Paul C.

    MSM are all lemmings sending us all over the cliff.

  • Rob Stevely

    Storm our embassies, burn our flag and kill our ambassador and the Obama administration will apologize to you. Point out how ludicrous it is to apologize to people who attack us and the Obama administration will criticize you. Really makes you wonder where his loyalties lie.

  • Rob Stevely

    Storm our embassies, burn our flag and kill our ambassador and the Obama administration will apologize to you. Point out how ludicrous it is to apologize to people who attack us and the Obama administration will criticize you. Really makes you wonder where his loyalties lie.

  • BeeKaaay

    President Obama was NOT silent! He was busy apologizing! C’mon people, we need to maintain accurate reporting here. 😛

  • BeeKaaay

    President Obama was NOT silent! He was busy apologizing! C’mon people, we need to maintain accurate reporting here. 😛

  • http://www.facebook.com/nfurry1 Natasha Furry

    I finally must say something….At this time in history I am ashamed to tell people that I am a US American and that most of the men in my family died protecting this countries freedom and rights. I believe that they would be more than sad at this turn of events….We need, no MUST, get this UNAmerican out of OUR White House by “almost” whatever means possible! We need to stand up and be counted as the conservatives we are and quit letting others speak for us especially the biased media! Come on Romney – we really NEED you NOW!!!! Whatever happened to paying back those who hurt us?? US Where is your backbone? I believe that we have let our dogs bury our backbones in the field somewhere..I’m ready to fight for the freedom my ancestors fought for, are you??

  • Ellen Lambert

    They apologized because that’s what they’ve been TOLD TO DO! Important opportunity for Romney to STEP UP HIS GAME…!

  • http://www.facebook.com/babette.aben.cohen Elizabeth Cohen

    On a day when, as Americans, we more the loss of over 3,000 of our fellow Americans, the American President (debatable) apologizes to Muslims after they attack the American Embassy. He MUST be arrested as a traitor to this country, impeached, and his name and picture removed from the history of the “American Presidents”. Are we not angry enough yet? I would be willing to allow our military to arrest him, pronto!!!

  • Love of Country

    But Barry doesn’t want to offend the Muslim Brotherhood ….

  • Streetiebird

    Obama’s response early this morning was a clear condemnation of the attacks. Romney on the other hand attacked the President immediately, before a statement was made and again lied about Obama.

    • http://twitter.com/EzeBreezeChick Amy Walsh

      Wrong. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid and educate yourself instead of just believing whatever you are told. READ. Soetoro deserved to be held to the fire because he did EXACTLY what everyone is up in arms about. The truth will always be the truth, whether you want to accept it or not, but for your own sake, start using your brain before it dies.

      • Streetiebird

        Wrong. Obama’s speech was a clear and strong condemnation of the attacks. Where did he apologize? Give me the quote please, and not the quote from the Cairo embassy, I want to see where you think Obama apologized.