ccording to excerpts from an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes set to air this Sunday, President Obama chided Mitt Romney for his premature attacks on his administration's response to the violence in Libya and Egypt, saying Romney has a "tendency to shoot first and aim later." Romney has pounced on a statement released by the U.S. embassy in Cairo that condemned an anti-Muslim movie that sparked riots in Cairo and the Libyan city of Benghazi, arguing that the Obama administration was apologizing for America and siding with its enemies. Romney's attack came just before the revelation that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Libyan riots, prompting Democrats and Republicans alike to criticize Romney for trying to score political points before waiting for the all the facts to come in. In addition to calling Romney out for his remarks, Obama defended the U.S. embassy in Cairo, saying its personnel were merely trying to calm a charged situation. "My tendency is to cut folks a little bit of slack when they're in that circumstance," he said, "rather than try to question their judgment from the comfort of a campaign office."
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