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.