Cleanup in Aisle 12: When Obama Answers for His Surrogates

PHOTO: President Barack Obama speaks to world leaders during the first session of the G-8 Summit Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Camp David, Md.
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At times in his presidency, Barack Obama has had to act like a janitor, cleaning up the mess spilled by people who work for him. Sometimes it's low-level spokespeople, and other times it's his vice president.

Here's a run down the aisle of the allies who have prompted Obama to control the unforced damage.

PHOTO: Bill Clinton attends the third day of the CGDC Annual Meeting, May 18, 2012 in Vienna, Austria.
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Bill Clinton

Job: Husband of Hillary Clinton, former president

What he did wrong: Said Mitt Romney is "a man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold" to be president.

What Obama said: Romney's business record "is what this campaign is going to be about."

What Obama wishes he could do: Revoke White House visiting privileges

PHOTO: Former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley speaks during a discussion on "New US Middle East Initiative and Policy on Iran" in Washington, DC, June 2, 2011.
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P.J. Crowley

Job: Profuse spokesman at the State Department

What he did wrong: Publicly criticized the way the government was treating Bradley Manning, the soldier detained for allegedly providing classified documents to WikiLeaks

What Obama said: Obama was actually asked about Crowley's comments at a press conference. Obama said he'd asked the Pentagon whether Manning's detention was appropriate, and that the Pentagon said the terms were meeting basic standards.

What happened: Crowley resigned

PHOTO: Political Director and Editor- at -Large of the Huffington, Hilary B. Rosen speaks during the Election Effect Panel Discussion at MTV Networks Offices on October 14, 2008 in New York City. n ***
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Hilary Rosen

Job: Democratic strategist, working mom

What she did wrong: Insulted Ann Romney for not having a job.

What Obama said: Being a mom is the toughest job, and "anybody who would argue otherwise, I think, probably needs to rethink their statement."

What happened: Rosen apologized

PHOTO: Newark Mayor Corey Booker attends "The Color Purple" performance at the Broadway Theatre, Jan. 09, 2008 in New York City.
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Cory Booker

Job: Snow shoveler, impromptu firefighter, mayor of Newark

What he did wrong: Said Obama's anti-Mitt Romney ads about the presumptive Republican nominee's Bain Capital experience made him "uncomfortable."

What Obama said: Romney's role at Bain "is not a distraction. This is what this campaign is going to be about."

What happened: Booker talked with the Obama campaign and then published a video more on message with the talking points.

PHOTO: Ben LaBolt is the Press Secretary for Obama for America.
Ben LaBolt

Job: Mouthpiece for Obama

What he did wrong: Said Booker hadn't spoken with the campaign before making that video; Booker said he had spoken with the campaign.

LaBolt says he didn't speak inaccurately, because while a Democratic official did speak to Booker, the official didn't ask Booker to make the video.

What Obama said: Nothing.

PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House April 4, 2012 in Washington, DC.
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Joe Biden

Job: Vice president, Amtrak spokesman

What he did wrong: Endorsed gay marriage

What Obama said: He endorsed gay marriage

What happened: See above

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