Tapper to WH on Benghazi: So, wouldn’t it be President Obama who shot first and aimed later?

posted at 5:21 pm on October 10, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

If you’ll recall, in the immediate wake of the breaking news of the riots in Cairo and Benghazi in September, the biggest question on the mainstream media’s collective mind was not anything in the vein of, Is any of this related to terrorism and has the Obama administration adequately protected our security interests?, but rather, Did Mitt Romney get ahead of himself by issuing a statement that criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the situation?

President Obama ran with the media’s spin, positing on 60 Minutes that America doesn’t need a president who would “shoot first and ask questions later,” but given the ensuing fallout (from this-wasn’t-terrorism to this-was-clearly-terrorism, and what with sending out Ambassador Rice to paint a false narrative to the American people and deriding a “disgusting, reprehensible” internet video in front of the United Nations, etcetera)… wasn’t it maybe President Obama and his administration who actually jumped the gun on this whole thing? ABC reporter Jack Tapper put the question to White House press secretary Jay Carney this afternoon:

TAPPER: President Obama, shortly after the attack told “60 Minutes” that regarding Mitt Romney’s response to the attacks, specifically in Egypt, the president said that Romney has a tendency to “shoot first and aim later.” Given the fact that so much was made out of the video that apparently had absolutely nothing to do with the attack in Benghazi, that there wasn’t even a protest outside the Benghazi post, didn’t President Obama shoot first and aim later? …

CARNEY: Right. I’m not disputing that there was a protest, but what we said at the time was that the intelligence community assessed that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo, ok? Again, this is a moving picture, and people who, on the night of an attack, or the day after, claim they know all the facts without making clear that what we know is based on preliminary information aren’t being straight. In some cases trying to politicize a situation that should not be politicized.

Carney went on, implying that it was wrong for Mitt Romney to seize on the events in the Middle East without knowing all of the facts, but Tapper’s point was made. The term “hoisted with your own petard” springs to mind.

Fox News’ Ed Henry also got in a good exchange with Carney, in which Carney insisted, “I never said, I never said we don’t know if it’s terrorism.”

But, as BuzzFeed points out… that’s not exactly what the White House was saying in the immediate aftermath of the attack, was it? On September 14th, Carney told the press pool: “We don’t have and do not have concrete evidence to suggest this was not in reaction to the film.” I’m pretty sure this is what “mincing words” looks like:


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“Arrest” those who murdered the Ambassador? Are you freakin kiddin me? It’s a freakin war, Carney, you stupid little b!tch. Until you Lib/Prog/Bedwetters understand that a real war exists by radical Islam against the West, more innocents will die.

Arrest them my azz . . .

BigAlSouth on October 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

“Svenghali Hearing”?

princetrumpet on October 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Toughest job in the world right now:

Obama as President trying to justify why he should be re-elected

Second toughest job:

Press secretary for one of worst Presidents ever.

sdbatboy on October 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

It was lie first, and lie more later.

bayview on October 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Second toughest job:

Press secretary for one of worst Presidents ever.

sdbatboy on October 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Corrected.

landlines on October 10, 2012 at 7:06 PM

this is a moving picture, and people who, on the night of an attack, or the day after, claim they know all the facts without making clear that what we know is based on preliminary information aren’t being straight. In some cases trying to politicize a situation that should not be politicized. – Jay Carney

Actually Jay, what happened in the past is freeze-framed. It’s only when you spin it, that it’s a moving picture. And, by the way, the only group trying to “politicize” the matter, in the true sense of the word, is the Administration. I think most of the world already knows what the facts are and all we have left are 4 bodies, a pile of BS from the “official sources”, and less credibility with the world than we had before.

EdmundBurke247 on October 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Jimmy Carter has been relieved of duty as worst modern day President..

Jimmy loves Obama…

RockyJ. on October 10, 2012 at 7:12 PM

RockyJ. on October 10, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Not just the modern day presidents.

cozmo on October 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

http://twitchy.com/2012/10/10/shameful-during-libya-hearing-rep-cummings-cant-remember-ambassador-stevens-name/
Another testimonial to the success of Affirmative Action

bayview on October 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

carney looks ill.

Might be time to get a new spokes-child before this one shorts out.

Tim_CA on October 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Not just the modern day presidents.

cozmo on October 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Yep. Woodrow Wilson was unable to implement many of his plans whereas Obama has been able to do so. Had Wilson been successful in implementation, he would be in the running.

AZfederalist on October 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

bayview on October 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

and racial politics: blacks voting black no matter how bad or how unqualified their guy is, as long as the skin color matches theirs.

bayview on October 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM

AZfederalist on October 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Geeze, don’t remind me. Not that I remember him. I went to Woodrow Wilson High School.

The first of the socialist presidents.

cozmo on October 10, 2012 at 7:21 PM

The pres corps needs to show up with youtube clips on their ipads to show Carney exactly what he said just a few days earlier.

Scrappy on October 10, 2012 at 7:24 PM

The President does not have the luxury of leisurely going over the facts like Romney. He has lots of difficult presidential stuff to do. Even so, as soon as he heard about the attack, the President dropped everything and left for Las Vegas to search for the real killers (after a good night’s rest anyway).

What more do you want from him?

Lily on October 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Depends on what the definition of “is” is

gatorboy on October 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Carney: ‘I know three definitions of ‘is’…

jimver on October 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Reuters Live
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State Department briefing on U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi

http://live.reuters.com/Event/US_House_committee_hearing_on_security_in_Benghazi_Libya?Page=0

canopfor on October 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Carny says “After all this is a moving picture.” Apparently he would prefer a silent film.

Bmore on October 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM

For Carney:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_burn_centers_in_the_United_States

Contributor X on October 10, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Sheesh. All Nixon lied about was a “third-rate burglary.”

Stu Gotts on October 10, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Can you imagine what it must be like to be the Press Secretary for a Dem president?! You have to go out and lie almost every single day. mydh

Dems get hard lying to us little people.
It’s a big lark for them to lie to us.

After they meet with the WH presstitutes, they go laugh at us over saki and sushi.

Proud as punch they are of pulling the wool over the idiot Obamabots and turned the knife in the teabaggers again.

Typicalwhitewoman on October 10, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Imagine what is like to be a former JOURNOLIST member and also be press secretary/ball washer for the guy you helped elect.
Carney can never work in any news organization ever again.
Who would ever believe anything he said?
Well I know who, but the point is moot
The thing that pisses me off the most is that Carney the buffoon, will most likely cashier out and be entitled to a pension, probably a good pension, ON THE TAXPAYER DIME
FOAD Mr. Carney, or as some people say it, “good day”

dazed_in_oh on October 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

This may be the most stupid messaging I’ve ever seen. Clinton had some funny stuff going on, with the Monica thing. He also sent surrogates out to lie about that situation, which I was always surprised didn’t come back to haunt him. This situation, however, just boggles the mind. Everyone in the country knows this was a terrorist attack and the movie had nothing to do with it. Yet, the Obama administration put the life of the filmaker in danger, had him arrested, kept referring to a film that, I’d be willing to bet very few in the Arab world ever saw and wouldn’t have know about if it weren’t for Obama and his administration. He then sent out the U.N. Ambassador to lie to the American public again, hitting all the Sunday shows. Why did they do that? Did she do that willingly, knowing she was lying, or did she not h ave the correct information? Either way, they hung her out to dry and she still hasn’t quit, which would indicate to me she knew she was lying.

I don’t know, I’m just baffled about why they would, not only do this in the first place, but continue with the charade later on, especially when the biggest thing incumbency has is trust because you’re a know quantity. If the voters feel you can lie to them this easily, why would they vote for you?

bflat879 on October 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Obama, Carney, and Clinton should be made to spend the night in Benghazi with same “security” offered the four Americans killed there.

Sherman1864 on October 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

It’s really nice to see that there is at least one good journalist out there asking the tough questions.

Othniel on October 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Carney went on, implying that it was wrong for Mitt Romney to seize on the events in the Middle East without knowing all of the facts,

Jerk. You did the same thing. So did Obama, Clinton, Rice and every other administration mouthpiece who appeared all over the media. Your mantra for days and day was “it was the video”. You idiots obviously didn’t have all the facts and it never stopped a one of you from repeating your lies over and over again.

susietwo on October 11, 2012 at 2:17 AM

Honest, we weren’t lying then, he lied.

profitsbeard on October 11, 2012 at 2:31 AM

So these are the liars that say Romney lied at the debates?
LOL
Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up…

Strike Hornet on October 11, 2012 at 2:53 AM

The Soviet Union used to have only two newspapers:Pravda=(Truth),
Izvestia=(News)…Folks used to say..”There is no truth in Pravda and there is no news in Izvestia!” The media today is the same situation and have become a cheer leading arm of the Obama administration!Pure propaganda..straight up!

Marco on October 11, 2012 at 7:01 AM

What is wrong with you? I’m not sure but I don’t think he has any testicles.

Nobody in this administration does, except POTUS.

Study Egyptian pharaohs.

IlikedAUH2O on October 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

No, no POTUS only has a “big stick”. Uncle Joe said nothing about any testicles.

Turtledove on October 11, 2012 at 8:42 AM

After watching Benghazigate unfold, I see that it’s getting harder and harder for the Obama Regime to remember the lies. This regime is so utterly ensnarled in lies and deceit that it is going to be hard explain away this one, now that the truth is emerging. Telling the truth is a lot easier than telling lies; easier to remember the truth.

soghornetgunner on October 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM

The lie that gave the lie to all the other innumerable lies…

Pest on October 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

http://twitchy.com/2012/10/10/shameful-during-libya-hearing-rep-cummings-cant-remember-ambassador-stevens-name/
Another testimonial to the success of Affirmative Action

bayview on October 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Hey, you can’t blame him. All those ambassadors look alike.

oryguncon on October 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM

So Carney’s excuse is that someone in the State Department made a huge amateur assumption that a protest in Cairo is related to an assault on the consulate in Benghazi on 9/11. HE THINKS THIS IS ACCEPTABLE ??? We’re in bigger trouble than anyone can imagine if we have this type of intellectual midget on display for the world to see.

And we’ve still done NOTHING to retaliate for the murder of a US Ambassador. Crikey.

desertdweller on October 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

So, has anyone heard about Yemen on the news?

I’m guessing our embassy security chief there was reported to have been trampled in a flash mob prompted by the PSY Gangam Style video… but I haven’t seen the major news stories on it.

Oh, you think it was an Al Qaeda attack?
Naah, you’re just nuts.. another youtube video accident for sure.

gekkobear on October 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Even so, as soon as he heard about the attack, the President dropped everything and left for Las Vegas to search for the real killers

Did Al drive him there in the white Bronco?

Freelancer on October 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

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