Appearing at a press conference today with Japan's prime minister, President Obama responded to a question about excessive celebration on the eve of the one year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, and what he thought of Mitt Romney's statement that anyone would have made the same call to kill the al-Qaeda leader.
With a visible smirk, the President said that there hasn't been any excessive celebration taking place.
As far as Romney's comments, "I'd just recommend that everybody take a look at people's previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and to take out bin Laden," the president said with Romney being the obvious people's. "I assume that people meant what they said when they said it. And that's been at least my practice. I said that I would go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him--and I did. If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they would do something else, then I'd go ahead and let them explain it."
Watch the portion of the press conference taking up the bin Laden execution.
The Romney camp fired back quickly at the President saying, "It's unfortunate that President Obama would prefer to use what was a good day for all Americans as a cheap political ploy. President Obama's feckless foreign policy has emboldened our adversaries, weakened our allies, and threatens to break faith with our military. While the Obama administration has naively stated that 'the war on terror is over,' Gov. Romney has always understood we need a comprehensive plan to deal with the myriad of threats America faces."