When President Obama told supporters in Ohio on Friday that “Voting is the best revenge,” even members of his campaign knew how small and petty it sounded. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina earlier today made a pathetic attempt to turn the comment around on Mitt Romney, tweeting that “the Romney campaign’s message today is revenge.”
It seems Reuters is doing what they can to lend Messina a hand, today offering up the headline, “As campaign roars to close, Romney and Obama talk ‘revenge.'” Of course, if you read a few paragraphs down, you’ll find Romney’s statement on the matter, delivered at campaign appearances yesterday: “[Obama] spoke to an audience and said voting is the best revenge. He’s asking his supporters to vote for revenge. I’m asking you to vote for love of country.” Around 30,000 people heard Romney loud and clear on Friday night in West Chester, Ohio. Perhaps Reuters could have consulted someone there.
It’s the question we keep asking, unfortunately.
Just for fun, here’s Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki’s interpretation of what the president meant by “revenge.” Hint: You right wingers are taking his words out of context again.
Well, it’s important to remember that the context of when the President said that was as he was laying out the fact that Mitt Romney is closing his campaign with an ad full of scare tactics that’s frightening workers in Ohio and thinking falsely that they’re not going to have a job. And the message he was sending is, if you don’t like the policies, if you don’t like the plan that Governor Romney is putting forward, if you think it’s a bad deal for the middle class, then you have power — you can go to the voting booths and you can cast your ballot. It’s nothing more complicated than that.