Bolton blasts Obama foreign policy at GOP dinner

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich

Washington conservative think tanks are “working overtime today in preparation for a new Republican administration,” former Gov. Bob Ehrlich told the annual Anne Arundel County Lincoln-Reagan Day Celebration Monday night.

The former Republican governor, who chairs Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in Maryland, was there to introduce the featured speaker, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, “a Baltimore kid,” as Ehrlich put it.

“I think he’d look really good as Secretary of State in a Romney administration,” Ehrlich told the crowd, which was clearly upbeat about a Romney victory in the fall.

Not surprisingly, Bolton’s speech was a biting critique of President Obama. He said Obama “does not put American national security at the top of his priority list.”

He dismissed Obama’s foreign successes, such as the killing of Osama bin Laden, as something any president would do. Bolton called him “a weak president, inattentive, and very comfortable with the decline of America in the world.”

“He’s waiting to get past Nov. 6,” Bolton said. “He’s waiting to get past those pesky voters,” promising the Russian president “more flexibility” after the election in an exchange inadvertently broadcast.

Last week, Ehrlich and his long-time fundraiser Dick Hug helped the Romney campaign raise $125,000 with an appearance by Ann Romney, the wife of the former Massachusetts governor, at the BWI Marriott. Hug said they had only 10 days to put together the event.

–Len Lazarick

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Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.

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