He said it. Summing it up:
- Security at our embassies was apparently not strengthened on 9/11. (Please correct me if I'm wrong).
- There was no security at all for the ambassador and his staff in Benghazi, Libya. Except locked doors.
- President Obama, who bothers to attend only 43% of his national security briefings, hadn't attended any between Sept. 5 and Sept. 11.
- Obama got his 3 a.m. call but decided to sleep through it.
- He made a flat, bloodless statement after the killings of Amb. Stevens, Sean Smith, and the other two still-unidentified Americans.
- He uttered not a word about freedom of speech.
- He didn't answer a single question about the attacks. Not one.
- President Obama headed out to Vegas last night for a fundraiser.
- In Vegas, he compared his campaign volunteers to embassy staff killed in Libya:
“And obviously [our] hearts are broken for the families but I wanted to encourage those folks at the State Dept. that they were making a difference,” Obama told volunteer leaders in Las Vegas, according to the pool report. “The sacrifices that our troops and our diplomats make are obviously very different from the challenges that we face here domestically but like them, you guys are Americans who sense that we can do better than we’re doing….I’m just really proud of you.”What kind of man would use an attack on Americans to sell himself to voters?
Obama, during his talk with the volunteers, described his visit to the State Department today. “I had a chance to go to the State Dept. to comfort some of the friends and co-workers of the the folks who had fallen and I reminded them that as hard as things are sometimes, as difficult as change is that if we’re resolute, if we don’t give up, if we don’t give in, if we don’t become cynical, if we continue to be realistic about how hard change is but also keep in our hearts that sense of idealism and sense of purpose then over time good things happen,” he said.
The refusal to answer questions on the attacks is almost as appalling as the president's negligence. Apparently he feels the American people don't need answers to questions like "Why was there no security?" or to the one shouted out by the last remotely independent reporter in Washington, "Was this an act of war?" But Obama's policy is not to respond to questions unless they come from groups on his must-pander-to list, and he prefers to discuss his campaign, "music" and sports. The Pimp with the Limp gets the president's ear, but not anyone with serious questions about foreign policy calamities or attacks on America.
Not that the liberal media (with the one exception above) cared to ask him anything serious. Though already well beyond redemption, our media lapdogs outdid themselves yesterday, covering themselves in shame as they played dead to the real, burning questions while working tirelessly to turn Obama's opponent into a fool or a knave for responding to events as Americans once expected presidents to respond.
We're still in the habit of viewing the media as watchdogs who keep government accountable, but it's time to let go of that notion once and for all. RBPundit on Twitter:
Apparently, not a single reporter has asked why our embassies were unsecured on 9/11. Do they know what their job is? #tcot
— RB (@RBPundit) September 13, 2012
Like the president, they have another agenda. And in a way, Obama's pathetic media yes-men are even more deplorable than he is. At least he's acting out of self-interest. What's their excuse for the nauseating lock-step rush to cover and spin for him? He gives very little back. It's a sick, co-dependent relationship.
Meanwhile, rage boys in Yemen breached the embassy perimeter and reached the compound grounds. But hey, those Chicago Bears are looking pretty good!
Update on Yemen via Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt and The NY Daily News:
Update: Thanks to reader/blogger Leelu for this video of Obama's speech:
Leelu sent another clip, here, which includes the end of Obama's speech. It's definitely not "somber" in tone.
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