Coralville Courier Sick of Spin Moment: Technically, Crowley was right on the grammar used, but not in context. Both men were right. The President did use the word 'terror' in his Rose Garden speech, it can be heard at the 4:19 mark. But the President clearly was not using the word 'terror' to describe what took place in Libya. On that point, Romney was right to question this in the debate. The first time the President acknowledged that the attack in Libya was an act of terror and not a spontaneous protest spun out of control was on the David Letterman Show many days later, NOT the Rose Garden.
PHOENIX, October 16, 2012- During tonight’s presidential town hall debate between Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, the Libyan consulate attack that occurred on September 11, 2012 arose as a question when a audience member asked the president to clarify why additional security was denied to the consulate in Benghazi.
Obama gave his response, then Romney said, “I think it’s interesting, the president just said something which is that the day after the attack, he went into the Rose Garden and said that this is was an act of terror? It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying?”
“Please proceed, governor,” Obama replied.