COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Thursday that President Barack Obama has moved too late and with too little force in response to Syria’s crackdown on dissent.

In coordinated statements Thursday, Obama and the leaders of Britain, France and Germany and the European Union said Syrian President Bashar Assad should resign and that his suppression of his people had made him unfit to lead. Obama is also giving his administration authority to impose new sanctions against Syria.

“This is yet one more instance of President Obama leading from behind on foreign policy,” Bachmann told reporters after a rally a few blocks from the South Carolina’s Statehouse.

Bachmann has been emphasizing her foreign policy credentials as a member of the House Intelligence Committee and has been sharply critical of Obama’s handling of Libya and Israel.

“The president should have acted weeks ago to call on President Assad to step down when his regime started slaughtering and oppressing his own Syrian people — by this count now it’s thousands of Syrians,” she said.

On top of the sanctions Obama called for Thursday, Bachmann said he should expel the Syrian ambassador in the U.S. “And the president should immediately withdraw the United States ambassador to Syria,” she said.

“Better late than never is no way to conduct United States foreign policy,” she said.

The congresswoman from Minnesota also said that Syria is “seeking to become a nuclear-armed nation. And clearly it is unacceptable for Syria to become a nuclear-armed nation.”

Bachmann’s remarks to reporters came in the middle of a three-day campaign swing in South Carolina after her narrow win Saturday in the Iowa straw poll, an early test of popularity and campaign organization.

She finished the day talking to crowd of around 400 in Florence, bringing cheers as she heaped criticism on Obama.

“His chief problem is that he was wrong on issues. He was wrong, flat wrong, but he was willing to use that office to advocate for what wasn’t true,” she said.

Bachmann has been playing up her background as a tax lawyer to say she’s got what it takes to fix the nation’s budget and economy — “My entire background has been in economics” — and that the prescription is spending cuts, less regulation and lower taxes.

“We will get to a balanced budget, we will,” she said, promising she’d only submit balanced budgets as president. “There is no need to raise the debt ceiling when you balance your budget and when you live within your means.”

She’s promising a broad spectrum of actions that will be tough to accomplish. At a Tuesday stop in Greenville, for instance, Bachmann promised that gasoline prices would fall to $2 and that during her first 100 days she would propose a budget that radically cuts spending, changing the tax code so filers can use a post card for returns, and repealing the federal health care overhaul and the financial overhaul law.

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Comments (89)
  1. Iconoclast says:

    She didn’t even know there was a situation to react to until she was told to react to it.

    What a mindless buffoon.

    1. a says:

      Obuma just found out for hillary

      1. What a freakin' Wacko says:

        She could depress the economy enough to reach the $2/gallon mark.

        1. Rick PArry with an A for America. says:

          Watch all the nut jobs come out of the woodwork in her defense. I wonder if they’re part of her campaign or if they’re just that stupid to believe all of her ‘Non-Factual Statements’

    2. leroy says:

      And what facts do you have?

      Or is your post, like your life, mostly worthless?

      1. Jim says:

        “Or is your post, like your life, mostly worthless?”

        Unlike leroy’s incredibly fruitful existence posting hateful comments on local message boards. What a shining example of a life well spent!

        1. Leroy was too extreme for the KKK says:

          Hey Jim, Give Leroy Jr. a break. After the KKK booted him out for being too extreme, he has to channel his anger one way or another.

      2. Wacky Wachmann says:

        Wow your TP queen is just full of wonderful ideas, isn’t she? Too bad she’s gonna hold out on us till we elect her president.

        The woman will say anything to make headlines, no matter how stupid it may be.

    3. meow says:

      BACHMANN EYEZED … BEYOND FUNNY !!! My fave is her eyes on Marcus

      Oh Michele, you bring us such joy and laughter. You are a blessing indeed.

      1. Annie says:

        Not funny, quite scary though,

  2. SuperWoman, errrr Flake says:

    $2 a gallon for petro … promised even …. and now this little yap-yap.
    Seriously – how could anyone, even the dumbest of the dumb, take this woman to heart on a thing???
    She is HTG nutty

    1. lou says:

      “ahh, uhhhmmm, doh, and the housing Crisis, uhmm, ahhh, will be over in Two years”

      Looks like the current president is even more clueless that Bachman.

    2. In an IMAGINARY WORLD she could do it. says:

      Well, now that I think about it. She may have a point. Recall how low the Oil Prices were when the economy tanked and it looked like we were heading for a depression. Demand dropped greatly due to market uncertainty and raising unemployment. Well if she did for some reason defy all odds and become president, she could have that same catastrophic effect on the economy. She’d tank the economy again, increase unemployment to new never before seen highs.
      She would cut unemployment benefits, so those without jobs would sure as hell not be able to afford even $2 a gallon gas. With 30% unemployment and no unemployment benefits (So called government handouts) demand for oil would drop enough to reach that $2/gallon mark.


      1. Tan pup says:

        No one would starve to death, freeze to death maybe because the other 65% makes minimum wage & can’t aford heat because they are working for the top 5% earners who set and profit off gas natural prices!

  3. Deep Thinker says:

    Can’t she just shut up already? You stupid Tea Party members, thanks for unleashing this moron into the world. What’s next? I bet she promises to lower the price of gas to $2 a gallon if elected but won’t say how….Good Lord, shut her up.

  4. Tom L says:

    and in a booming, deep voice……..



    1. TPaw says:

      Bravo, Bravo Tom. Don’t forget Marcus, who can pray the World “straight” to the thoughts of Shelly

    2. meow says:

      …. cant …. stop …. laughing …. Tom L you made my day.

      There is no way Bachmann is for real. She has to be some sort of comedian, right? The things that come out of her mouth are beyond ridiculous.

      1. Betsy says:


        So Bachmann basically agrees with Obama that the leader must go but this is “beyond ridiculous”? Please enlighten us and explain……………………

        1. hard rains says:

          I can answer that one for you. See, Bachmann probably didn’t know anything about Syria…not one thing…until one of her people mentioned that maybe she should get in on this.

        2. meow says:


          You are missing the point. She has the No 1 person on the FactCheck sites for having told the most lies and if you go on YouTube there is a LOOOOOOOONG list of videos with her various psycho-babbles. Plus, she simply cannot say one nice thing about Obama, who has a proven list of accomplishments to help Americans.

          She is a total HACK and the majority of the public realizes this. I’m a bit shocked the GOP has nothing better to offer up. OK maybe Ron Paul is the most competent of the bunch. Campaigns have become a popularity contest and a media circus… very High-School like way of voting for a person into power.

  5. Tom L says:


    1. west says:

      Sounds like a line out of obamas play book

      1. Tom L says:

        thats all ya got, huh?

        1. TIRED OF DEFENDING HER. says:



  6. drts says:

    A special shout-out to those 9500 Iowans who cast a vote for this singularly ignorant woman last weekend. Now her every move is catalogued and statements reported. If you can put aside the tendency to view it as fingernails on a blackboard, it does make for some day-brightening good humor. A gift that keeps on giving. Can’t wait until she focuses more attention on Iran.

    1. Rick PArry with an A for America. says:

      I think all those pesticides are really doing a number on their IQs. This is a good reason not to dismantle the EPA.

      Rick PArry was here.

    2. hard rains says:

      Or Pakistan? Speaking of nuclear threats I’m surprised she hasn’t come out in favor of going to war with them…or is she soft on Pakistan…

  7. met says:

    MB for all of our sakes. PLEASE SHUT UP!!!

    1. Amy R says:

      I’m just glad we can say she was not born in MN.

      1. Tan pup says:

        And she is what she is because she was “raised” in Iowa! (her words) Missed a bullet there MN! (considering she only lived in Iowa 8 of her 55 years). MB or Jessie- humm – the jury is still out on this one . . .

  8. Sick of Tea Party says:

    Doesn’t surprise me that she’d support Syria’s Assad and oppose America’s President.

    1. Betsy says:

      You must of skipped the article and went right down to the posts. Bachmann agrees with the Pres in removing this bozo.
      I am sick of you!

      1. hard rains says:

        …sort of agrees…she’s more bullish on it though supposedly. She wants to…ummm…shout more at Assad. Who, by the way, isn’t listening.

  9. Tom L says:

    not in a million years would it ever happen but putting her in the white house would be like putting Gilligan in charge of the Minnow.

    But ohhh the comedy……………

    1. leroy says:

      Or putting Barry back in for another 4 years. Looks like we will vote for the worst of the two evils again…

      1. Tom L says:

        i guess youll be writing in yourself come election day…thats an option for you too.

        1. LEROY FOR PRES. says:


  10. sue says:

    Wow, you are all shocked that a leader can make a definitive comment.

    Way to go Michele.

    1. Botanist says:


      Of what? You?

    2. Tom L says:

      yeah, sue, thats it…we’re all convulsing in shock

  11. Steve says:

    And before we get started let’s all wish Elvis a happy birthday…..nuff said!

    1. Mary W says:

      Its common to confuse funerals with birthdays. When your a MORON.

      1. moron alert says:

        “Your” a moron Mary W.

        1. Annie says:

          I believe Mary was referring to the obvious. Michele Bachmann, not Steve.

  12. Murph says:

    And John Wayne and John Wayne Gacy are as easy to mix up as Elvis’s birthday and death date! And there are Obama death panels around every corner,but only Tim Pawlenty actually tried to be one! Then there is Perry who doesn’t believe in global warning and this after he laid off hundreds of firefighters in a drought that later burned about 1/3 of the state of Texas.And these are the GOP FRONT RUNNERS? I can hear the music from “Jaws” every time these GOP’ers flap their lips! “They’re coming to get you Barbara”. We don’t need either of these two zombies anywhere near government!

    1. Tan pup says:

      Yet the scared old fat ladies find him and her such a cute couple of kids. . .

  13. Deep Thinker says:

    This is to funny, but true:

    In an op-ed article in the New York Times, Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard, and David E. Campbell, a political scientist at Notre Dame, say they have collected data indicating that the tea party is “less popular than much maligned groups like ‘atheists’ and ‘Muslims.'”

    1. Tea Baggers says:

      Why should that surprise anyone. Have you ever met a person that claimed to support the tea party/ They are simple minded & childish (and those are really their good qualties)

      1. Mel says:

        @Tea Baggers, after reading all of these comments, it is very ironic that you would call Tea Party supporters, or true conservatives, simple-minded and childish. Those were my thoughts exactly when I read all these comments! I didn’t read any politically smart or intelligent comment, yet WE are the “idiots”? Aren’t liberals supposed to be “tolerant”? Or is that conditionally tolerant, as long as everyone agrees with you, which isn’t really tolerance at all. I can appreciate and celebrate the fact that all the people on this comment board most likely voted for Obama, yet his approval ratings are about as low as they’ve ever been. Look, it is very obvious that Michelle stirs up passion in people, whether it is anger or excitement. But I am so befuddled as to how the left, and especially the authors of these comments, can not see their hypocrisy; calling us the simple-minded and childish, when you all are the ones spewing hate and insults! I’m so tired of this gentle-gloves treatment of liberals, and verbal bullying and ridicule of conservatives. So, we don’t agree, so what!!!! Go to the polls and cast your vote, but when you all run your mouths (or keyboards), it sounds so venomous. I’m not saying you don’t have the right to speak anyway you want, but then don’t accuse conservatives of being intolerant. It’s illogical and irrational.

        1. hard rains says:

          That’s pretty venomous, Mel. Besides have you not read or listened to how liberals are attacked by the right? Listen to Lush Bimbo…sorry about that…for a while. (is he still with us?) How about Glen Beck? They stir the pot in nasty ways, hardly gentle-gloved treatment of anyone to the left of them. Besides you are overlooking Moderates who really do want to get along and compromise. If you listen real close, the divisionists in this country are mostly conservatives who lean right to the extreme, Yes? Isn’t their rallying cry “no compromise”? That is an intolerant position any way you slice it.

          1. Mel says:

            @hard rains; what did I specifically say that was venomous? I just pointed out the obvious hypocrisy, and you can choose to listen to Rush or Glenn Beck. It’s not like turning on my tv to get the local nightly news. And I never claimed conservatives tagline was tolerance; that’s the left. So tell me, when you read all the previous comments, how many times do the commentators refer to Michelle, the Tea Party, or conservatives in general as “nutjobs, idiots, mentally ill, childish, simple-minded”, and the list goes on and on……

            1. Botanist says:

              It is not hypocritical to point out this woman’s stupid comments for what they are, Mel.

              She’s an idiot. That isn’t any sort of “venomous attack.” That’s reality.

              1. Mel says:

                @Botanist, but people are not only attacking her, but everyone who takes the same political viewpoint as her; that’s not venomous??

                1. Annie says:

                  She’s just getting what she gives.

  14. lou says:

    “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.”

    “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” –on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people

    “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”

    He sees dead people!!!!

    1. Botanist says:

      Pretty sad when you are actually defending the indefensible by trying to distract our attention over to somebody else.

      Very sad indeed, lou. I’m actually embarrassed FOR you…

      1. Mel says:

        Hypocrisy: one standard for one person, but another standard for another.

    2. Deep Thinker says:

      @Lou……….pretty lame…….and this makes Michele Bachmann better because why?

      1. Mel says:

        It shows that it goes both ways, people. When you have a camera and microphone in your face, ANYONE can say something dumb, or factually incorrect. There are no edit options, delete or backspace buttons in those situations.

        1. hard rains says:

          That’s true Mel…I agree. Honestly, the only reasons I have for not respecting Bachmann is her stance on Economics, Religion, Politics (not necessarily in that order) and her apparent views on where this Nation should be lead. Her grasp of History is rather weak also.

        2. Hugh G Rection says:

          I’m sure she will do fine as POTUS when the cameras are off of her. NOT!

          1. Mel says:

            A lot of conservatives made fun of the President for using a teleprompter for his speaches, but that has obviously saved him many a guffaw. Michelle does not have that convenient piece of equipment. I actually don’t think it’s a big deal that he uses a teleprompter. The last thing I want him spending his time doing is memorizing a speech.

  15. I'm Just Sayin' says:

    once again I see MN Nice our in full force here. If you don’t have anythign nice to say, why say anything at all? That applies to all politicians and posters here alike.

    1. usuk says:

      Does it also apply to you?

    2. Tom L says:

      Bachdork running for president isnt nice, funnier than all heck, but not nice.

    3. Mr. Me says:

      maybe MN nice doesn’t apply here…..I’m just saying…get back to work

  16. Max says:

    I am so happy she is bringing her vast, vast foreign policy expertise to bear on this issue….LOLOL.

    1. Tom L says:

      well she is from another planet…cant get any more foreign than that.

      1. minnie says:

        Hey, she can see Canada from Marcus’ closet.

  17. BREAKING NEWS says:

    Michelle just located the Tooth Fairy !!!!! The silly Fairy had been hiding in the $2.00 a barrel gas That Michelle has been stashing for us on Pluto

    Nice job Michelle – you are the True One chosen by some GAWD

  18. !!!!! Alert !!!!!! says:

    Bachmann has discovered that Canada is a country that abutts the USA ….. she said to the south but heck…… at least she new it existed somewhere 😉

  19. Deep Thinker says:

    This is to funny, but true:

    In an op-ed article in the New York Times, Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard, and David E. Campbell, a political scientist at Notre Dame, say they have collected data indicating that the tea party is “less popular than much maligned groups like ‘atheists’ and ‘Muslims.’”

    1. God Sent Me To Save USA says:

      bashing tea partiers is like Jim Thome playing t-ball, just way to easy & rightfully so

  20. The Chosen Thing says:

    One up ya’ll ….. Michelle Bachmann announed today she finally figured out what Marcus was doing when he attempted to insert his “puny” inside her and freaked out when she realized she may get pregnant.
    Before she swore it was due to her being God’s Chosen One lol

  21. AA+ says:

    She higher this girly flies, the harder she will smack on the ground. I can barely wait. If Hilary ran she would wipe the floor with this moron.

  22. Ick, Make Her Leave says:

    You know the sad part is that Bachman makes herself sound so stupid that even comedians don’t waste their time making fun of her…’s just so obvious

  23. Tea Baggers says:

    Tea Partiers won’t even be a footnote in history, just one more entry from the lunatic fringe

  24. way ta goooooooooooooooooo says:

    MB announced at 5:30 press conference she was running ….. down her legs. She assumed that was just yellow sweat dripping, rather running down her legs.
    They took the cameras off when the puddle got to big

  25. honesty says:

    Despite all your hatred you are spewing here,

    Is she right on this one?

    1. Tea Baggers says:

      Nope, Obama has acted in a timely manner, if he would have done anything sooner he would be criticized for that.

      But seriously, she is a moron, right?

  26. frozenrunner says:

    BAchman is a member of congress. Can anyone out there tell me why she has never proposed anything like a simple tax code or what to reduce spending on. She can do what she proposes to do as a member of Congress. If she could get anyrhing to pass it would even show leadership and diplomacy skills.

  27. G says:

    She must be in favor of sending out more troops…

  28. TL the alligator says:

    she has the audacity to proclaim that with her gas would drop to $2.00 a gallon?….LOL…..she is willing to say that?…..she is clearly feeling a desperacy to say such a thing and willing to go far fetched to get to her desired end result…..she is one loony tune.

  29. BobW says:

    Well, I don’t argue with Michele Bachmann when she’s right. Let’s see, the U.S., France, Great Britain … the same people who thought Ghadafi (however he spells it) would be a pushover.

    The only way to back up a demand like this is with armed force; and we don’t have any to spare, and Assad knows it.

  30. SP says:

    If she could get me $2 Netflix I would consider voting for her!

  31. Hugh G Rection says:

    Michele Bachmann has the eyes. Would you look at this.

  32. silly mis-understood girl is all says:

    I was awaiting her to say the easiest and best way out of this economic mess is to “slay the dragon itself – we must blow up the USA” followed by her waving of her hands as the crowds screaming at her…..of course she mistakes that for applause as she blows them a kiss as she enters her bus.
    Yep Michelle – you one of a kind. Adolf was simialr but he’s long gone….hmmmm, or is he?

  33. brain dead happy ho-ho says:

    She announced she has put into play a new Navy unit called SHARKS_ that are said to assimilate the great White shark_ and had sent them, ahead of her pending successful Presidential bid, into the Sea of Japan to chomp on Russian swimmers.
    She announced the first mission to be a huge success and in the past few days claims to have severly damaged the beliefs that water is safe to swim in…
    her belief is she can scare the global waters free of pirates and illegal aliens from Mars entering our shores. say what ????? …………………………………

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