You can get some idea of how the press office at the White House operates in this video of Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Obama who was formerly his communications chief, starting down the well trod path of bullying those who question the Obama White House.
You want to talk Nixonian, this is Nixonian.
It’s TV, so Pfeiffer is relatively restrained. But as you can see, he becomes increasingly aggressive as Fox News host Chris Wallace refuses, unlike most of the media, to stomach White House evasions.
Pfeiffer seeks here to maintain the White House stonewall on Obama’s activities the night of Benghazi. The only reason I can think of that they are not answering questions about what he did is that the answer is not good.
And toward the end of the session, Pfeiffer states that questioning Obama’s actions is offensive. Have a look.
Note one interesting moment. Pfeiffer says, “The president was kept up to date throughout the day.” While at another point Pfeiffer does say Obama was in constant touch with his national security staff at night, this daytime update comment sounds like a bit of a slip.
Throughout the day? But Benghazi happened at night. Well, you can’t update a sleeping man.