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Remembering Obama's own Jerusalem statement in '08

In addition to questioning Britain's readiness for the Olympic games and explaining the difference between Israel's and the Palestinian Authority's economies as a matter of "culture," Mitt Romney seemingly made another diplomatic misstep during his overseas trip.

He stated -- unequivocally -- that Jerusalem is Israel's capital and that the U.S. embassy should eventually be moved there from Tel Aviv.

"A nation has the capacity to choose its own capital city, and Jerusalem is Israel's capital," Romney said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I think it's long been the policy to ultimately have our embassy in the nation's capital of Jerusalem."

And the Palestinian Authority howled in objection.

But here's the rub: Barack Obama, when he was running for president in 2008, made a similar comment, from which he later backtracked.

At a speech before AIPAC in June 2008, Obama said: "[A]ny agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel's identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized, and defensible borders. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided."

Obama, as the Washington Post wrote at the time, later reversed course. "Facing criticism from Palestinians, Sen. Barack Obama acknowledged yesterday that the status of Jerusalem will need to be negotiated in future peace talks, amending a statement earlier in the week that the city 'must remain undivided.'"

The AP earlier explained why Jerusalem is such a thorny subject, particularly for candidates running for the White House: "The Palestinians want to establish a capital in east Jerusalem, captured and annexed by Israel in 1967. Most of the world, including the U.S., does not recognize the annexation. The U.S. and others keep their embassies in Tel Aviv."

And as CNN has observed, while presidential candidates might say one thing about Jerusalem, they do another while in office. "In pledging to move the American embassy in Israel, Romney joins presidential candidates in the past that have made the same promise, including former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Neither made the move as commander in chief."