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Obama Didn’t Call Benghazi Terrorism Sept 12th

From the Politico:

Crowley challenges Romney on Libya

By DYLAN BYERS | Tues October 16, 2012

Debate moderator Candy Crowley challenged Gov. Mitt Romney’s assertion about President Barack Obama’s handling of the security situation in Libya — an unexpected move that elicited a rare moment of applause from the town hall audience.

You know, those "undecided" who applauded whenever the Obama/Crowley team seemed to scored a point.

In a follow-up to an audience member’s question about Libya [that was picked by Crowley], Crowley asked the president: "Your secretary of state, as I’m sure you know, has said that she takes full responsibility for the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Does the buck stop with your secretary of state as far as what went on here?"

President Obama turned his attention on Romney:

Secretary Clinton has done an extraordinary job. But she works for me. I’m the president and I’m always responsible, and that’s why nobody’s more interested in finding out exactly what happened than I do. [Sic]

Which might have been a great time to ask why it took three weeks for the FBI even to get into Libya. And why they only spent three hours at the actual crime scene, which was never secured.

The day after the attack, governor, I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people in the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened. That this was an act of terror and I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime.

Mr. Obama did not call the Benghazi attack an act of terror. If he had, that would have been news covered by all of the mainstream outlets as a major story.

Instead, Obama said that it was a "senseless" act. Terrorism is not a senseless act by definition. It is premeditated and it is meant to serve a purpose.

Yes, Obama used the word "terrorism" in his Rose Garden remarks, but only later, when talking about what the people in the State Department face in general.

And then a few days later, I was there greeting the caskets coming into Andrews Air Force Base and grieving with the families.

And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the Secretary of State, our U.N. Ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president, that’s not what I do as Commander in Chief.

Obama politicized the Libyan attack from the get-go. Lest we forget, Obama used the death of Ambassador Stevens to attack Mitt Romney for criticizing the US Embassy in Egypt for apologizing over our right to free speech. A statement that was issued before anyone knew that Stevens had died in Benghazi.

Obama and his minions spent more time trying to castigate Romney for a position that they later themselves adopted than they did trying to explain what had happened in Libya.

Gov. Romney responded by suggesting the president had actually taken more than two weeks to admit that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist attack, as opposed to a spontaneous act following demonstrations against an American-made, anti-Muslim film.

"I think it’s interesting the president just said something, which is that on the day after the attack he went into the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror," Romney said.

"That’s what I said," Obama replied.

"You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror," said Romney. "It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying?"

"Please proceed governor," said Obama.

As we have noted before, here is how Obama characterized the attack in the Rose Garden:

"Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts."

Obama 1) called the Benghazi attack a response to the video, and 2) saying it was "senseless violence." He never called the attack terrorism.

"I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror," said Romney.

"Get the transcript," Obama replied.

For the first time during the debate, Crowley moved to correct one of the candidates.

"He did, in fact, sir. So let me — let me call it an act of terror…"

"Can you say that a little louder, Candy?" Obama asked.

"He — he did call it an act of terror.

Ms. Crowley blatantly lied. Here is the context of Obama’s use of the word terror:

"As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it. Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe. No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for."

He was speaking in general, historic terms.

And, for the record, Obama’s formal press release condemning the Benghazi attack issued that same day did not mention ‘terrorism’ at all. But Obama’s written statement did once again blame the video and call the attack "senseless violence":

"While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants."

It did as well take — it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that," Crowley clarified.

Romney moved fast to take control of the debate again, but had clearly lost his footing.

It’s hard to debate when you know the moderator is on the other guy’s side.

But as Crowley noted, and as many pointed out on Twitter, Obama did go for more than two weeks after the Sept. 11 attack without calling it "terrorism."

"The fact is Obama didn’t say the word terror again for two weeks after Rose Garden remarks and then not until pressed," Tim Miller, an RNC spokesperson, tweeted.

Miller referred POLITICO to an interview wtih [sic] Univision on Sept. 20, an interview with The View on Sept. 24, and his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25. In all of these cases and others, President Obama did not call the attack terrorism, and in some referred to the anti-Muslim film.

Just as he did twice on September 12th.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Didn’t Call Benghazi Terrorism Sept 12th”

  1. Crapgame13 says:

    As usual, when it comes to the “Town Hall” format moderated by an “impartial” journalist, if you took a camera backstage, you’d see Admiral Akbar, standing in the background, shaking his head at the Republican.

    It’s always a trap.

    Fairly certain if she could have, Crowley would have found an “undecided” illegal alien gay couple with no health insurance who needed an abortion

  2. cali says:

    The clapping began right after Crowley rescued jugears regarding his cover-up of Benghazi and, was initiated by mooch -who against the rules began clapping furiously.

  3. canary says:

    That Candy Crowley Cow-Chip sld Obama, he and Michelle’s Federal Diet is working.

    I can’t believe Candy Crowley Cow lied that Obama called the Benghazi rampage a terrorist act.
    She should have asked Obama why he went campaigning in 3 cities after the terrorist act happened.

    She became a noise machine when Romney tried to talk, yet let Obama walk across the room in an aggressive manner and would only interrupt him once, then just let him talk.

    It was sickening. Obama was sickening when he pretended to be poor and didn’t have a pension.

    Fact: Obama repeated he didn’t know about his pension, but when Romney mentioned Obama’s investments in China and money in the Canine Islands, Obama was silent.

    Romney needs to come down harder. People need an outlet. A moment America can feel their voice is out. I’m sure he can do it in a nice, but hit the nail hard and loud.

  4. cali says:

    Over at Pajamas Media, Rubin wrote an excellent analysis what really happened in Benghazi, the gun running by the admin and, when you read it together with the comment, you’ll undeerstand what a stinkbomb this really is.
    What would you think if I say, that Amb Stevens was set up – not to be killed at first – but as a hostage situation; Stevens for the blind sheik and, dear leader be the superman gettinghim released?
    Science fiction? No!

    While the past weekend, Rusty addressed this issue, but reading Rubin today – he is even more detailed; I would encourage everybody on this site to go on over there and, refresh your memory.

  5. canary says:

    Media stunned Obama jokes to comedian host Jon Stewart American deaths in Libya attack “not optimal”, as well as other jokes.
    as well as other jokes

    NewMax: Obama on Libya Response: Four American Deaths ‘Not Optimal’

    18 Oct 2012

    Obama says on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” that he “wasn’t confused” about the need to ramp up diplomatic security around the globe and investigate the Libya attack, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

    When host Jon Stewart pressed Obama to admit that government coordination was not “optimal,” the president says that when four Americans are killed, quote, “it’s not optimal. We’re going to fix it. All of it.”

    In his appearance on the show, Obama joked that his vice president looked good in a swimsuit and said screw-ups can happen in government as he discussed the Libya controversy, mixing comedy and serious issues.

    Younger Americans voted in near-record levels in the 2008, but it is unclear whether they will turn out again in such numbers this year. Obama’s campaign has harnessed social media and set up an extensive network of on-campus volunteers to help ensure young supporters vote this year, and an appearance on “The Daily Show” is likely to help.

    At another point, when Obama said some of his proposed legal reforms were not “sexy,” Stewart stopped him.

    “You don’t know what I find sexy,” Stewart said.

    Obama nearly took the bait, mentioning that the erotic bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey” had come up in an earlier segment of the show.

    “We’re not going to go there, Jon. I’m still the president,” he said.


    4 American deaths would only be optimal in this humor on comedy central.

    A Tragedy

    Barack Obama was visiting Jon Stewart one evening on Comedy Central.

    He asked the shows staff if anyone could give him an example of a “tragedy.”

    The make-up man stood up and offered “If my best
    friend who does hair styling for guests were playing in the street and a car came along a killed him that would be a tragedy.

    “No,” Obama says, “That would be accidental bump in the road”

    The make-up girl raises chimes in, if a high-speed train ran of a cliff killing 50 Americans ….that wold be a tragedy. ”

    “I’m afraid not,” explains Obama. “That is what we
    would call a GREAT LOSS.”

    The back stage room became silent as all were stumped.

    “What?” asks Obama, “Isn’t there any one here who can
    give me an example of a tragedy?”

    Finally, the teleprompter controller raises his hand. In a timid
    voice, he speaks:

    “If an AF1 carrying Obama, Clinton, Letterman, & Candy Cow Chip
    and were blown up a bomb, that would be a tragedy.

    “Wonderful!” Obama beams. “Marvelous! And can you
    tell me WHY that would be a tragedy?”

    “Well,” said the controller, “because it wouldn’t be an
    accident, and it certainly would be no great loss!”

    It would be optimal.

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