Let's start off with the remark in context, because Obama wasn't the first one to use the word. He was filling a chair on Comedy Central yesterday when Jon Stewart asked the following:
Stewart asked: 'Is part of the investigation helping the communication between these divisions? 'Not just what happened in Benghazi, but what happened within.The problem is that, even in context, Obama's choice of words meshes perfectly with the detached, defensive, self-obsessed "leader" we've become accustomed to over the past four years. And he doesn't help himself as he goes on:
'Because I would say, even you would admit, it was not the optimal response, at least to the American people, as far as all of us being on the same page.'
Obama responded: 'Here's what I’ll say. If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.'
'We’re going to fix it. All of it. And what happens, during the course of a presidency, is that the government is a big operation and any given time something screws up.Not "someone," but "something." While I agree that the government is so big it's impossible to run it properly, the disaster in Benghazi was preventable; people saw it coming and asked for more security, repeatedly. And does anyone take seriously Obama's promise to "fix it"? Given his record, there's no proof he knows how to fix anything, or even cares to try. But he certainly can't "fix it all" in Benghazi. This "screw up" resulted in the deaths of actual human beings.
Image courtesy of reader Pseud O'Nym. Click to enlarge. Steyn quote here.
More spin from our increasingly desperate Campaigner in Chief:
'Whatever else I have done throughout the course of my presidency the one thing that I’ve been absolutely clear about is that America’s security comes, and the American people need to know exactly how I make decisions when it comes to war, peace, security, and protecting Americans.Just words. President Obama's actions speak a lot louder. His response to the Benghazi massacre made his priorities crystal clear: 1) After learning that our embassy was under siege and our ambassador missing, he went to bed, and 2) he opted to fly off to Vegas to raise money for his reelection rather than meeting with national security advisers. And, oh yeah, 3) He lied repeatedly to the American people about the nature and cause of the lethal attack to protect his pathetic failure of a Middle East foreign policy. As to that, Ben Shapiro:
'And they will continue to get that over the next four years of my presidency.
To reiterate: deaths of Americans are “not optimal,” and “bumps in the road.” A YouTube video is “bigotry,” “blasphemy,” “crude and disgusting,” an “insult,” and inhuman.
Okay, I see that Mark Steyn has commented. So let's cut to the chase:
But in this case, I think it gets to the heart of his callousness over the Benghazi incident. Four real people are dead. He staged a photo op over their caskets, which some of us thought was actually in the most ghastly bad taste apart from anything else. He peddled enough of these false narratives while at the same time claiming close, personal friendship with the slain ambassador. And I think he went off to Vegas and compared the dead ambassador’s sacrifice to the hard work of Obama 2012 campaign workers. And however he managed to gloss this and his apologists, the massed ranks of Candy Crowleys out there will find a way to spin it. But it gets to the heart of something cold and callous in the opportunism of this president.
Exactly right. And yes, President Eye-candy did in fact make that comparison in Vegas. Again, he makes his priorities clear, absolutely.
Many thanks to Michelle Malkin for linking.