Former spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Richard Grenell fills his twitter feed to the brim with all sorts of flippant comments about liberals, Democrats, women and, especially, U.S. foreign policy under the Obama administration. Yesterday, though, Grenell got a new job that one imagined would carry with it a more sober tone on twitter. Not so, it seems.
Only a day after the announcement of his new post as the Mitt Romney campaign’s national security spokesman — just as he was taking heat for his past tweets — Grenell again let loose with a tweet about President Obama that, had it come from more serious quarters, might have caused concern. In short, Grenell joked that President Obama had committed treason by passing missile secrets to the Russians:
Grenell is referencing an Obama comment picked up on a “hot mic” at a summit in Seoul, South Korea. There the president told his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, that after the election he would have more “flexibility” on various issues. The White House explained that Obama was discussing a missile defense plan that the Russians object to, and noting that, as adviser Ben Rhodes put it, 2012 “is clearly not a year in which we are going to achieve a breakthrough” in those negotiations.
Grenell frequently harped on the “hot mic” comment — seeing all sorts of insidious implications to them — but today’s tweet took it further than ever before. (He’s been mum on Romney’s own “hot mic” moment.)
One expects this sort of joking invective when plumbing the depths of the internet, but not so much from a campaign spokesman trying to get someone elected to the most powerful office in the world. Since Grenell saw fit to apologize (sort of) for the his repeated off-color tweets about presidential candidates’ wives, perhaps he should also take the time to apologize to President Obama.