Aides to Barack Obama are defending his remark that ‘voting is the best revenge’ by saying it was made in the context of Mitt Romney’s ads about Jeep jobs - even though the transcript shows the president had not mentioned the ads. Speaking at Springfield High School in Ohio on Friday, Obama hailed former President Bill Clinton, saying that ‘his economic plan asked the wealthiest Americans to pay a little bit more so we could continue to invest in our people, continue to invest in ideas and innovation, invest in our infrastructure’. When he added: ‘And at the time the Republican Congress and a Senate candidate by the name of Mitt Romney’ the audience of some 2,800 began to boo. Obama responded with the standard ad lib he uses when crowds boo Romney on Republicans: ‘No, no, no. Don’t boo – vote. Vote!’ Then he added: ‘Voting is the best revenge.’ In just five words, Obama handed Romney a potentially significant opportunity in the waning days of the campaign.
His spokeswoman tried to say that "revenge" was for "lies" from a Romney ad. This, however, was not even referenced in his speech. The boos from the audience had nothing to do with that.
But a transcript posted on the White House shows that Obama was not speaking in the context of Romney’s controversial ads about Chrysler, bailed out by the U.S. government, adding production of Jeeps in China.
I prefer Mitt Romney's optimism to the sitting president's anger. Mitt Romney told a large crowd in Colorado Springs, CO on Saturday that "I won't repreent one party, I'll represent one nation". He asked for their vote "for love of country" not for revenge.