[ View the story "US election: Social media roundup" on Storify] US election: Social media roundup Our regular look at how the campaign plays out online, as Obama and Romney trade barbs over taxes and secret videos.
Storified by The Stream · Sat, Sep 22 2012 10:15:40
Obama: I've Learned You Can't Change Washington From The Insidegoprapidresponse
Obama went on to qualify his statement by using the US healthcare bill as an example.
“I’ve learned some lessons. Most important is you can’t change Washington from inside, only from the outside. That’s how some of our biggest accomplishments like health care got done — mobilizing the American people.”Obama’s change from within and the close-reading problem - ComPost - The Washington Post
That point, however, did not make the YouTube clips circulated by Republican bloggers. After a week of Romney gaffes revealed by a secretly recorded video, the Republican candidate was quick to jump on Obama's comment.
Candidate Obama's slogan in 2008 was ‘Yes, we can.’ His slogan now is ‘No, I can’t.’ It's time for a new president.Mitt Romney
Romney Attacks Obama For Saying He Can't Change Washington From Insidepoliticsbuzz
His sentiment was echoed by conservatives on Twitter, who often tweet with the hashtag #tcot (for Top Conservatives on Twitter).
Obama says you can only change Washington from the outside. Then why did he allege he could do it as president? #tcot #ROmneyRYan2012Sistervative
Obama says you can only change Washington from the outside, so lets give him the chance and send him outsideMichael C Greene
Time for @BarackObama to #change Washington from the outside. #seeya #RomneyRyan2012 #tcotPolitiKellyRIGHT
I believe that at this time, to change Washington, it would be helpful to have somebody who comes with more private sector skill, experience outside Washington.Mitt on Huck, McCain, Ann - First Read
I don't think you change Washington from the inside. I think you change it from the outsideMitt on Huck, McCain, Ann - First Read
Another clip widely circulated online among Republicans this week is of a 1998 speech given by Obama in which the President (then-state senator) addresses the concept of wealth redistribution:
Obama In 1998: "I Actually Believe In Redistribution"ZLuKEvSG2DxkPqNpMLxqsA
Romney referenced the recording at a fundraiser on Wednesday.
"There’s a tape that came out just a couple of days ago where the president said yes he believes in redistribution. I don’t. I believe the way to lift people and help people have higher incomes is not to take from some and give to others but to create wealth for all."Mitt Romney Offers Full-Throated Attack On Obama's 'Redistribution'
While some Twitter users alleged bias in the mainstream press for outlets not giving as much attention to the "redistribution" comment as they did for the leaked Romney fundraiser video.
I don't see why we aren't making a big deal about those redistribution comments by Obama.Eric July
Obama tape in favor of “redistribution” of wealth, got only 6 min. in 8 stories, but Romney got 88 min. in 42 stories-13 to 1 ratio. Bias!!!Barbara Garro
...in the redistribution of wealth. But how many of you heard Obama? Probably a lot less. This main stream media liberal bias is getting oldBradley Rotter
The Obama campaign was quick to jump on Romney's use of the President's 1998 remarks, saying the President's words were taken out of context.
The Romney campaign has made a practice of deliberately taking President Obama’s words out of context to manufacture false attacks. Watch what happens when Romney’s strategy is turned against him—then share this video with your friends.Obama Truth Team — Barack Obama
Mitt Romney Out of Contextbarackobamadotcom
On the question of context, blogger Alexandra Petri alleges both candidates are guilty of taking misleading soundbites from the other in order to make a larger point:
Both campaigns keep doing this. Make one remark that can be gleefully dismantled out of context, and dozens of essays spring up proclaiming that this is the One Key to All Obama’s Thinking or Really the Paragraph That Gives You Romney’s True Philosophy. Smite one and dozens grow in its place.Obama’s change from within and the close-reading problem - ComPost - The Washington Post