Obama reprimands Romney over comments in video

Obama’s reaction came later in the day after more videos of Mitt Romney emerged, revealing many sensational comments.

Updated: Sep 19, 2012, 14:36 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Washington: Reprimanding the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romey over his remarks in a secretly filmed video, US President Barack Obama said that a President represents the entire nation and that Americans are "not victims".

Speaking on David Letterman`s chat show, Obama said, "There are not a lot of people out there who think they are victims" or simply entitled.

Hinting that Romney had weaned away a considerable chunk of voters by his disdainful remarks, Obama said that American voters want to make sure that their President is "not writing off big chunks of the country."

"One thing I`ve learned as president is that you represent the entire country," Obama added.

Obama said on the chat show that he told the US on election night in 2008 he would work for everyone, including those who did not vote for them.

"My expectation is if you want to be president, you`ve got to work for everybody, not just for some," said Obama.

Obama’s sharp riposte came in reaction to Romney’s one comment that said that "47 percent of the people, who vote for Obama, depend on the government and believe they are victims”.

Romney had further derided Obama’s supporters saying it was not his job to worry about such people and he will “never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives”.

President Obama’s reaction came later in the day yesterday after more secret videos of Mitt Romney emerged, revealing many sensational comments.

Other than Romney’s disparaging comments on Obama’s voters being victims, other videos that emerged later, showed him talking bluntly about various significant issues like that of Palestine, Israel and Iran.

In one of the videos, Romney says, "The Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace," adding that "the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish".

In another clip, the former Massachusetts governor is shown discussing Iran`s nuclear programme, and warning that America itself could come under attack.

The video clips were posted online by an investigative magazine Mother Jones. The videos arew said to have been filmed at a $50,000 (£31,000) per head fundraiser at some point after Mr Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee.

They were made public as the Romney campaign announced a new shift in strategy after several difficult days for the candidate.

Defending his scornful remarks that could heavily harm his staggering presidential campaign, Romney said that his comment were not “elegantly stated”.

However, Romney stood by his comments about the 47% of Americans who do not pay income tax. Talking to a news channel, he said that they support President Barack Obama and would never vote for him. He said his statement was "about the campaign".

"I`m talking about a perspective of individuals who are not likely to support me," he said. "Those that are dependent on government and those that think government`s job is to redistribute, I`m not going to get them," Mr Romney said.

With Agency Inputs