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Obama: GOP Playing “Political Games” with Benghazi

by Keith Koffler on May 13, 2013, 12:16 pm

President Obama today gave no ground on Benghazi, proclaiming “there’s no there there” to the GOP-led investigation of the administration’s response to the attack and calling the probes a “political circus.”

Obama, who spoke during a White House press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, asserted that he had said the attacks were terrorism the day after they occurred. But he also argued it wasn’t clear in the immediate aftermath exactly what had caused the attacks.

But Obama did not address his own repeated statements in the days after the attacks, even as evidence suggested otherwise, that the assault was the result of an anti-Islamic videotape. And he did not even attempt to address the matter he was specifically questioned on – why the “talking points” recited by UN Ambassador Susan Rice were edited from their original form and why there appeared to be more White House and State Department involvement in the editing than previously indicated.

“The whole issue of talking points throughout this process has been a sideshow,” Obama said, charging that Republicans were using the issue to raise money.

In a highly unusual move, Obama took only one question during the press conference, though the question covered several topics.

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RickW May 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

My grand child acted like this on Saturday. Her mother was calling her and she stood with her hands over her ears yelling “No No No!” There are some differences between her and POTUS though….

She is 3.

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cincycinco May 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I don’t know your grand daughter, but based on my observations of both my own child at 3, other 3 year olds, and Dear Leader, I feel I can safely say this;

She has more emotional maturity than Obama;
She’s less self-centered than Obama;
She doesn’t have a yen for REVENGE! on her mother for calling her;
She isn’t as “wanty” as Obama;
She comports herself better in public;
She has better companions;
She wakes up earlier;
And she’s kinder to animals and other people.

I could go on, but you get the point. Dealing with a tantrumy 3 year old is MUCH preferred to dealing with a whiny Prezzy, PLUS there’s a chance the 3 year old will actually do the RIGHT thing when corrected; Obama, not so much…

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RickW May 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I’ll toss him a bone on the “wanty” comment but you are right on with the others. I wonder if AF One has a car seat?

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Chas May 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

A political circus? Now, thats the pot calling the kettle black.

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Langley Spook May 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

(racist)

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DeniseVB May 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm
proof May 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Obama is channeling his inner Nixon: “I am not a crook”.

“The GOP is playing games with the fact that I took absolutely no actions to protect the lives of Americans in Benghazi.”

“These are not the droids you’re looking for!”

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Scottso May 13, 2013 at 12:53 pm

“The good NEWS?” says the President
“The GOP is raising money on this non-event. And the IRS is auditing them with great vigor”.

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gracepmc May 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Since that call a private meeting with selected members of the press, I trust the media even less. It appears that Obama has decided to go on the offensive re. Benghazi being political and did so today. No way this was not pre programmed IMHO.

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JBH May 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm

So there argument is the edited the references about terrorism because they didn’t have enough factual information to support that conclusion and yet they went on for three weeks with the story that it was all about the video. As my uncle used to say while playing a card game, I call BS on that!

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Kimbly May 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Did Candy Crowley come rushing into the room with a transcript?

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MichelleIndependent May 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm
Julie Brueckheimer May 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm

You lie, sir. Look at the redacted ‘official’ announcement! Any references to terror, terrorism, terrorist act, Al Qaeda etc. were removed.

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Anne Lieberman May 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm

It’s the very definition of chutzpahdik hypocrisy to degrade the GOP’s fundraising efforts when he’s got not one, not two, but three fundraisers on his schedule today. And you can bet your bottom dollar he will be “politiczing the issues” at all those events.

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Lizzy May 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

This the man of the $3 raffle ticket.

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Misscheryl May 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

This isn’t a game. Four brave American’s died and no one is playing.

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cincycinco May 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

“President Obama today gave no ground on Benghazi…” – Keith Koffler

Well, he sure didn’t mind giving ground IN Benghazi – didn’t mind allowing the invasion of sovereign U.S. Territory OR the murder of his Ambassidor and three OTHER American citizens, INCLUDING two members of the U.S. Armed Forces, did he?

Apparently, his defiance is limited to Congressional investigations on behalf of his own citizens. Enemy combatants? Not so much…

Of course, I could be wrong on that last part. The ONLY time he ACTUALLY used the word “Enemy”, it was about Republicans, now, wasn’t it? Those OTHER guys are “alleged perpetrators”, “Workplace Violence Incident” subjects, and – in the case of Egypt and Iran – “President”. So maybe by his lights, he’s really NOT yielding to the “enemy”, nicht wahr?

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OvertheOs May 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

When is there going to be ONE reporter with courage enough to ask Obama where he was during the attack on Benghazi and why he was not doing his job as commander in chief and personally overseeing it as he did with OBL?

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Scottso May 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm

None. And even if they asked the question his answer would be that he already answered the question OR that he would say, “Ye know Dave/Tom/Mike, those are things, blah blah blah blah blah.

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Girly1 May 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

He will plead the Fifth….

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Girly1 May 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Maybe Holder should Mirandize his client! Or just tell him to keep his mouth shut! He keeps doubling down on STUPID!

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Lizzy May 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I still find it hard to believe that Obama and his minions are so devious
and evil that could lie right in front of the coffins of dead American’s. I’m
frightened that this country is being slowly ruined by people who have
no feelings and will gain power on the backs of dead people.

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gracepmc May 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Th

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gracepmc May 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

oops. There is no there there where 4 undefended Americans were murdered by Islamist terrorists.

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Susan May 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I’ll wager a box of stale donuts that Julie Pace of the AP, who was given the only official question today, was a participant in that off the record secret briefing with the WH politburo on Friday. Any takers?

So, which Obama are we supposed to believe? The one who in his UN speech of 9/25/12 blamed a “crude and disgusting” video for sparking outrage that led to the Benghazi attack? Or are we supposed to believe him today when he said he called it a terrorist attack the day after 9/11/12? This is Obama’s BIG LIE.

Obama has described the unnecessary deaths of these four brave men in Benghazi as “not optimal” “bumps in the road”, and now he’s calling the investigation into their deaths a “political circus”? This man who was elected president of this great country is beneath contempt.

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Otis Driftwood May 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm

he needs to hire a Memory Czar to remind him of previous comments / speeches made because Blarney and his minions are not doing so well. Same goes with BO’s handlers.

I can see him up at the podium, is asked a question, and says “Wait, I have to consult my fib sheet”

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mad as all get out May 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

it’s deny, deny, deny. that’s the defense that this jerk is using. i remember throwing wadded up paper at my tv when he got up in front of the UN and talked how a youtube video was causing so much trouble. deny, deny, deny and hopefully go to jail!!!

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Troy C May 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

“In a highly unusual move?” Everything this Marxist does is unusual. It’s all unraveling now.

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