Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on October 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Plenty of outrage got expressed last week over Barack Obama’s interview with Jon Stewart, in which he said that the deaths of four Americans in Libya was “not optimal“:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFgW88Iq_pg

Frankly, I didn’t think this was as outrageous as many on the Right did; clearly, Obama was repeating Stewart’s word choice, not his own. Of course, Stewart is a comic that gets paid to be snarky and irreverent, even with the worst of stories, while Obama is an experienced politician who should know better than to adopt that kind of language. I though Bernie Goldberg had the best take on the issue:

Mr. Obama didn’t come up with the word “optimal” all by himself. In his question to the president about the administration’s handing of the Benghazi attack, Stewart said, “I would say, and 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.”

That’s when the president made his “If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal” comment.

The president made a mistake. When interviewed, you don’t let the interviewer put negative words in your mouth. But that’s all it was: a mistake. It wasn’t a sign of disrespect; he wasn’t belittling the death of four Americans. And conservatives know it!

I agree. Is it an Obamateurism? Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

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Bumps on the road.

antisocial on October 22, 2012 at 8:03 AM

I’d like someone to hand Obama a red clown nose with instructions on proper usage. Maybe he can borrow Joe Biden’s in the meantime.

CitizenEgg on October 22, 2012 at 8:03 AM

They give us hell when they know we don’t mean it that way… It is our turn now…

antisocial on October 22, 2012 at 8:04 AM

the way he has been treating this whole fiasco feels that he is indifferent to the situation

this wasn’t suppose to happen on his watch…he got bin laden, alquaeda is on it’s heels or so the meme goes…

cmsinaz on October 22, 2012 at 8:04 AM

What a dillweed.

What would be optimal, barack? Ten people dead? Maybe 25 people dead?

You are an idiot.

DuctTapeMyBrain on October 22, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

no Ed, but saying they’re bumps in the road is

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:06 AM

I agree. Is it an Obamateurism? Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

No, but flying off to Vegas for a campaign event is!

Boats48 on October 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Thanks Ed.

I bet you feel all tingling inside, knowing how fairminded you are.

Sir Napsalot on October 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

WTH is the (Dear) Leader of the free world doing on a freaking cable comedy show in the first place?
Comedy?

OkieDoc on October 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Any thinking man would have taken issue with the word optimal. “That’s right; it’s not optimal, it’s a tragedy.” Obama’s a fool.

teacherman on October 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

No. That was obvious when he withheld security from the embassy in the first place. Indifference to their security and their lives was established prior to the attack.

HotAirian on October 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Frankly, I didn’t think this was as outrageous as many on the Right did; clearly, Obama was repeating Stewart’s word choice, not his own.

Ed, I don’t think I’ve ever addressed you personally, but I admire you and you do have my respect.

I want to say that everyone around here jokes about Allahpundit being a ‘beta male’ including the man himself, but sometimes you are worse than he is in that department.

Cheers!

Corporal Tunnel on October 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Yet for him the Optimal response was to mislead Americans on the nature of the attack and then to use the intended outrage to restrict more freedoms for Americans at home. Perhaps what Obama was referring to as “not optimal” was how quickly the truth became known to the American people.

Gwillie on October 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I agree. Is it an Obamateurism? Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

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Ed- I would like to know if our Commander in Chief auto signed form letters to the next of Benghazi kin – as he did with some recent Navy Seal KIAs – before I would be so confident as to believe a statement like that.

/Optimal

FlaMurph on October 22, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Ed’s one fair dude!

Santorum 2012

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Sure, we can call it a mistake. But it wouldn’t resonate so much if it didn’t confirm what we already strongly suspect: He’s out for himself and his own political power without a trace of human compassion. Ice water runs through his veins

petefrt on October 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I agree. Is it an Obamateurism? Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

Actually Ed it is a sign because regardless of the language that Stewart used, you don’t repeat it if it’s inappropriate. “Not Optimal” was inappropriate.

He could have said the deaths were horrifying, terrible, unacceptable, etc. Those would have been appropriate words to describe the murder of four Americans.

The fact that he repeated the phrase shows how clueless he is IMO.

gophergirl on October 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM

“Look, it was not optimal but it is really a bump in the road on the way to handing over the entire Middle East to my AQ brothers. As Stalin, um, I mean Abraham Lincoln once told me “You have to crack a few eggs to make an omelet. A-Salam Aleykum, Jonhammed”.

CorporatePiggy on October 22, 2012 at 8:17 AM

This is a huge Obummer.

Stewart was tossing the President a softball, asking the obviously sarcastic “not optimal” question. The President did way worse than whiff.

I’m sure Steward fully expected the President to say something along the lines of, “It’s totally unacceptable. We lost 4 Americans in this tragedy and I won’t rest until we get to the bottom of it.”

At that point, Stewart could have turned the discussion to what the left is calling the over-politicization of the incident, and Stewart’s audience would have been eating it up.

EconomicNeocon on October 22, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Abraham Lincoln 2012

because we can’t afford four more years of vampire Socialism

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Considering that Obama is revered as a gifted speaker, he sure has a problem mixing up subjects and objects.

His famous quote, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that!” The left claims the “You didn’t built that” part refers to the roads, etc. and not the “business”.

Now, he says, “If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.” Everyone wants you to believe that the “it’s not optimal” part still refers to “response” instead of the direct subject in this sentence which are the dead Americans.

Obama keeps whining about how he needs to explain things better. Well, perhaps he should learn now to speak in coherent sentences.

What else is new? The left have been making excuses for him for the past 4 years.

Kiliman on October 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Perhaps what Obama was referring to as “not optimal” was how quickly the truth became known to the American people.

Absolutely correct. Obama only thinks in terms of politics and Alinskyism. He doesn’t come across as someone who is sincere in caring about this nation or those serving it and that’s putting it nicely.

That he cared only about the political fallout is why the administration wouldn’t acknowledge that this was a terrorist attack for 2 weeks and why they continue to change their story and their spin.

That the waters are muddied on the issue of Benghazi was his goal. That he can accuse his opposition of ‘politicization’ is just cynical hypocrisy.

It’s sickening.

Corporal Tunnel on October 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM

The simple fact that Obama has turned the office of the Presidency of the United States into a mere revolving talk show circuit shows what he thinks of America and the American people.

How many Presidents before Obama were on Oprah, Donohue, Jerry Springer, etc? This sitting President is absolutely ridiculous. Everyone talked about Bush not being able to parse his words properly all the time, but to me that’s not as much of a big deal as what this “American Idol” President has done.

For some reason this type of behavior has just started to bother me a lot. I know he’s been this way the entire 4 years, but it’s just been magnified more or something because it actually has me angry now.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 22, 2012 at 8:21 AM

What is optimal, is a moving van in front of the White House in January.

Rovin on October 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Bumps on the road.

antisocial on October 22, 2012 at 8:03 AM

The President has a pattern of un-empathetic (to say the least) comments about tragedies. And this pattern continued with his “optimal” comment. His detached and unemotional view is simply creepy, and in some respects, dangerous.

WordsMatter on October 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

If you go back earlier in the interview(as Huckabee did last night)’ Obama first used “not optimal” when giving a general summary of these events. He is calous and uncaring. He had to get to Vegas.

TwilightAuthor on October 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

I do believe there exists this piece of sound advice that goes something like “Think about what you are going to say first before you say it.”

Obviously, this piece of sound advice seems to be foreign to the entire Obama administration, from the top on down and everywhere else in between.

pilamaye on October 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Morning Joe says Springstein handed Obama Ohio

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

gumbypoked was touting the seeBS poll in OH coming out this morning. It showed Barry at 50 and Romney at 45. But the party breakdown is
D 35, R 26 and I 33. +9 for D. Republicans turnout will be at 26, really?

Romney is leading among indies by 7, 49 to 42. Barry edge was the psy op Team Barry was trying to pull with early voting. Among those yet to cast the vote, it is Barry 49 and Romney 47 in this +9 skewed poll.

And Barry was leading 53 to 43 in September.

This poll properly weighed, will show Romney winning Ogio.

bayview on October 22, 2012 at 8:25 AM

The Ohio Sec State shows different numbers for early voting.

wargamer6 on October 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Morning Joe says Springstein handed Obama Ohio

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Hahahaha Seriously?!?!?! I think all of these idiots are going to have a rude awakening on November 7th… wait… no they won’t because it will be called before 11pm EST.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM

The problem is this is the same President who referred to those deaths as “bumps in the road” and who hopped a plane to Vegas the morning after the attack without even meeting with his national security team first.

If you isolate it, the “not optimal” remark isn’t so egregious by itself. But it does seem to reinforce the notion that Obama views what happened in Benghazi as a distraction and a nuisance.

Doughboy on October 22, 2012 at 8:27 AM

They give us hell when they know we don’t mean it that way… It is our turn now…

antisocial on October 22, 2012 at 8:04 AM

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EXACTLY!!!! They value political correctness (form) over what is actually communicated (content). If a conservative or a Republican had said this the outrage, umbrage and hyperbole would be all over the media 24/7.
.
Double Standards – it’s a media “best practice.”

ExpressoBold on October 22, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Morning Joe says Springstein handed Obama Ohio

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Did he offer them all jobs?

gophergirl on October 22, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Let’s rephrase O’s line in a more personal terms if you think there is nothing wrong with it.

Having your children/parents killed is not optimal.

Does that bring the “not optimal” phrasing home a little more??

The ambassador and co did not go to Benghazi to put their lives on the line.

KenInIL on October 22, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Seriously. Springsteen had a concert and urged everyone to vote early for Barry. They think that’s a big deal!

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:28 AM

but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

Taken in and of itself, maybe. But when you put it with everything else, it becomes part of a pattern. As others have said:

* “Bumps in the road”
* Jetting off to Vegas to campaign
* Letting Susan Rice onto the Sunday talk shows going on about the video
* The FBI not being able to get onto American soil weeks later to conduct an investigation
* Using “al Quida is on its heels” as a campaign wedge – admitting that the deaths were al Quida’s doing would take away a campaign strength and turn it into weakness
* Letting Hillary take the blame, and then waiting until two thirds of the way through the last debate to half-handedly say that sure, you guess, it’s your responsibility, kinda. Or something.
* And finally, going on a frikkin’ comedy show and saying four deaths are “not optimal”.

All this shows a pattern of indifference, not just with him, but with the whole administration from top to bottom. In

crazy_legs on October 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

gumbypoked was touting the seeBS poll in OH coming out this morning. It showed Barry at 50 and Romney at 45. But the party breakdown is
D 35, R 26 and I 33. +9 for D. Republicans turnout will be at 26, really?

Romney is leading among indies by 7, 49 to 42. Barry edge was the psy op Team Barry was trying to pull with early voting. Among those yet to cast the vote, it is Barry 49 and Romney 47 in this +9 skewed poll.

bayview on October 22, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Expect a lot more of that, especially in O-I-H-O which is essentially Obama’s last stand. There’s no October Surprise coming, at least not one that can realistically be expected to harm Romney(dude is squeaky clean). So this is what we’ll get instead. A last ditch attempt by the Democrat/media complex to pump up their base and depress GOP turnout. The problem is we’re onto their game and won’t fall for it anymore.

Doughboy on October 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Frankly, I didn’t think this was as outrageous as many on the Right did; clearly, Obama was repeating Stewart’s word choice, not his own.

The word optimal was used by Stewart but he was referring to the WH response, that did not offend me. The president decided to use the word optimal referring to 4 Americans murdered by a terrorist cell. I don’t think even Stewart would have used the word optimal if he was referring to the 4 murdered Americans. Stewart is not a sociopath so he would see them as humans, Obama is a sociopath so he sees them as things that have inconvenienced his run for a 2nd term. I am in total disagreement with your statement:

Is it an Obamateurism? Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

IowaWoman on October 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

But it’s fine with Libtards to run with Binders? Chains? Causing deaths by cancer? Got it.

hillsoftx on October 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Expect a lot more of that, especially in O-I-H-O which is essentially Obama’s last stand. There’s no October Surprise coming, at least not one that can realistically be expected to harm Romney(dude is squeaky clean). So this is what we’ll get instead. A last ditch attempt by the Democrat/media complex to pump up their base and depress GOP turnout. The problem is we’re onto their game and won’t fall for it anymore.

Doughboy on October 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

As someone with roots still firmly planted in Ohio, the people back in my home state aren’t that stupid. If anything this will backfire and cause the people who want Obama out to want to vote even more.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 22, 2012 at 8:32 AM

“Optimal” – he didn’t build that. (Jon Steward did.)

You know, if “you didn’t build it” then you are not responsible for it. That is pretty much the biography of Obama. After all, he’s the one who stated

“I serve as a blank screen,” Obama writes, “on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”

By his own admission, he didn’t even build himself; he is responsible for nothing, nothing at all.

ss396 on October 22, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Mika all the sudden loves babies (if they vote Obama). Funny, I thought libs liked ‘em dead and in stem cell labs.

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Don’t worry, Ed. He’ll have a chance to straighten this all out during his appearance with Jay Leno later this week.

With all due respect.

Naturally Curly on October 22, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Mika might be the dumbest Homosapien on the planet

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM

it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

Going to bed before knowing the fate of Ambassador Stevens and the consulate was still under attack.

Jetting off to Vegas to campaign and fundraise less than 24 hours after the attack.

Standing just feet from the caskets of those 4 dead Americans and blaming the attack on a video, when you know that’s a lie.

Bumps in the road.

I’d say the boy king has shown nothing but indifference since this whole thing happened.

Flora Duh on October 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM

This is the one thing for which I’m willing to give President Fiasco a pass. Sad that I can only think of one thing after 4 disastrous years in the W.H.

Buy Danish on October 22, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Seriously. Springsteen had a concert and urged everyone to vote early for Barry. They think that’s a big deal!

Yeah, he did that in 2004 as well. How’d that work out for Kerry?

crazy_legs on October 22, 2012 at 8:38 AM

The Bill O’Reilly, leaning over backwards PC “fairness” of this thread sickens me. It’s like trying to find some redeeming qualities in a drunk who just kicked out his wife’s teeth and pushed her down a long flight of stairs with her arms securely strapped to a chair with duct tape.

There are NO redeeming qualities in what Obama did in Libya-either directly or through surrogates appointed by him. first he destabilized the country by directly aiding and abetting regime change. This resulted in Al Qaeda filling the resulting power vacuum. Then Obama covered up the overwhelming evidence that all was not well in the Land of Oz-by denying embassy personnel proper military protection. This led to the murder of 4 Americans and “all the perfumes of Arabia” cannot erase Obama’s culpability. Rather than admit he fu–ed up, Obama blamed a California film maker and even had the film maker arrested to lend credibility. Finally, when all evidence turned to terrorism (which Obama and his confederates denied from the get-go)Obama said he ALWAYS labelled it terrorism (“Oceana has ALWAYS been at war with East Asia”.)THE ONLY FEELING OBAMA HAS ABOUT STEVENS’ DEATH IS RESENTMENT AT HIM FOR POSSIBLY DIMMING HIS RE-ELECTION CHANCES.Give me a break about word parsing and suggestion.

MaiDee on October 22, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I agree. Is it an Obamateurism? Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

And yet, he is, except as it impacts his chances for reelection.

disa on October 22, 2012 at 8:40 AM

The mistake is one made by all politicians, hoping to reduce their stature of office to get publicity under a risk free situation. Obama and the left will always get risk free passes. (save for stupid gaffes)

The GOP of course, is always in a kill zone when they submit to people who control their very message. Not presidential -particularly when one considers the mental concerns of the average TV audience for these creatures of folly.

Bill Clinton started this cheapening of the office when he first went on the entertainment tube to play his saxophone. Presidents ought not to seek rock star status, but a future honor and a legacy of true moral leadership. (But character doesn’t matter was the cry of those who loved BC)

Never forget, Judas too attained celebrity. Let’s keep our fish and our ice cream separate. Leadership, news and vital issues effecting our very freedom etc. should never be confused or reduced to entertainment or personality games.

Life and death issues are not comedy!

Don L on October 22, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Yeah, he did that in 2004 as well. How’d that work out for Kerry?

crazy_legs on October 22, 2012 at 8:38 AM

frankly, I don’t remember. I was watching those election returns from a jail cell.

*Danger! former criminal*

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Watching the attack in real time and doing nothing, jetting off to Vegas the following day, sending out acolytes to stone-cold lie about the whole debacle, obfuscating for two weeks, failing to attend security briefings the very next day, and giving interviews to pop magazines about your romantic life while refusing to talk to the media about Benghazi…I’d call that indifference.

Bishop on October 22, 2012 at 8:42 AM

frankly, I don’t remember. I was watching those election returns from a jail cell.

*Danger! former criminal*

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:42 AM

What happens in Sturgis stays in Sturgis.

Not that I have ever…uh…*whistles nervously*

Bishop on October 22, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Any thinking man would have taken issue with the word optimal. “That’s right; it’s not optimal, it’s a tragedy.” Obama’s a fool.

teacherman on October 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

It was indeed a tragedy, in the Shakespearian sense: unavoidable (given the fact that they chose to pretend that Benghazi consulate was an area safer than the one in Bermuda and didn’t warrant any Marine protection).

disa on October 22, 2012 at 8:44 AM

but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

WRONG! WRONG! AND WRONG!

sure, he had just heard the word from the host but if he really were attuned to just how tragic this loss is for some people he wold have had the sensitivity to realize how coarse that phrasing was.

chasdal on October 22, 2012 at 8:45 AM

* “Bumps in the road”

* Jetting off to Vegas to campaign

* Letting Susan Rice onto the Sunday talk shows going on about the video

* The FBI not being able to get onto American soil weeks later to conduct an investigation

* Using “al Quida is on its heels” as a campaign wedge – admitting that the deaths were al Quida’s doing would take away a campaign strength and turn it into weakness

* Letting Hillary take the blame, and then waiting until two thirds of the way through the last debate to half-handedly say that sure, you guess, it’s your responsibility, kinda. Or something.

* And finally, going on a frikkin’ comedy show and saying four deaths are “not optimal”.

All this shows a pattern of indifference, not just with him, but with the whole administration from top to bottom. In

crazy_legs on October 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

In isolation, it could be argued that Obama allowed Stewart to put words in his mouth but when laid out like this (above), it’s definitely a pattern of selfish inappropriateness and disrespect for the dead.

Fallon on October 22, 2012 at 8:47 AM

a’ight

anymore Morning Joe and I’m catching brain herpes from Mika

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:47 AM

What kind of a President gives more importance to talk show circuit and fundraisers than intelligence briefings?

Obama kind of…

Dear 53 – Thank you.

antisocial on October 22, 2012 at 8:52 AM

You’re absolutely right, Ed.
That quote does not display the President’s indifference to those deaths.
However, this quote does:

Bumps on the road.

antisocial on October 22, 2012 at 8:03 AM

itsnotaboutme on October 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I’d consider the Won to be indifferent if he watched the drone video in real time and then started packing for Vegas. Hmmm, maybe he did. He only brought one big word to the Stewart interview, which he got that morning from Big Bird. Let’s face it, he’s our bump in the road.

Kissmygrits on October 22, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I agree. Is it an Obamateurism? Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

Nope his emotionaless speech in the Rose Garden (before jetting off to Vegas) and subsequent cold comments make it clear that he only cares about dead Americans in how they impact his chances for a second term. It is very clear he is indifferent to those deaths.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Remember he also told the morons at his Vegas fundraiser that it had been a “tough day”. Let’s give him a really tough day on Nov 6th.

Xyz22 on October 22, 2012 at 9:20 AM

If “binders full of women” is fair game then this definitely is.

gwelf on October 22, 2012 at 9:20 AM

The problem with this exchange is that Obama didn’t answer the question. Stewart was asking about quality of the response to the attack, not the attack itself. We all know that the death of 4 Americans is a bad thing, and we didn’t need to hear it from Obozo. But it would have been nice to hear a defense of the negligent, dishonest, feckless response.

Pablo on October 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

OK, Morrissey, prove to me he’s not indifferent to the deaths of four Americans. Go ahead…I’ll wait. You continue to want to promulgate the idea that this vile piece of rat excrement has some redeeming qualities, but you can’t. Holier-than-thou only works if you are. Your arrogance continues to insult.

Extrafishy on October 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

It’s not????? Really??????

BetseyRoss on October 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

It wasn’t just disrespect, it was detachment. The malignant narcissist has no capacity for empathy. He’s shown that time and again.

The Rogue Tomato on October 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Any thinking man would have taken issue with the word optimal. “That’s right; it’s not optimal, it’s a tragedy.” Obama’s a fool.

teacherman on October 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

THIS.

Ed, this is the first time I’ve strongly disagreed with you.

All due respect, I think you are greatly mistaken. His taking Stewart’s wording DOES indicate great disrespect (my theory is that he was nervous and thinking of a CYA response, IOW focusing on himself and not the four dead Americans, and that’s why he repeated the wording to give himself time to think), and the demeaning term is only underlined by actions both before and after the terrorist attack.

My theory? He was stressed by the fact that it had come up and just wanted to give a coherent reply and cover for the fact. In his

Eviva on October 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

To be clear: I blame BO for the Benghazi fiasco, think he has shown a callous disregard for the victims, and my gut tells me he is engaged in a coverup. I am only excusing him for parroting Stewart’s use of the word “optimal”. Plenty of things to excoriate the SCoaMF for – not going to fixate on one gotcha word. More important is the today’s news that intelligence is taking the fall yet it was a matter of public record that the Red Cross and Brit ambassador left months earlier because it was too dangerous. Hard to blame intelligence for news which was reported in the media.

Buy Danish on October 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

strike last para – sheesh

Eviva on October 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

They give us hell when they know we don’t mean it that way… It is our turn now…

antisocial on October 22, 2012 at 8:04 AM

gwelf just said it for me!

If “binders full of women” is fair game then this definitely is.

gwelf on October 22, 2012 at 9:20 AM

KOOLAID2 on October 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Just more proof of Obama’s super scary smartyness.

jukin3 on October 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Morning Joe says Springstein handed Obama Ohio

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Didn’t realize that Springsteen owned the entire state. Typical 1%er.

CorporatePiggy on October 22, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Is it an Obamateurism? Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

Ah, but Ed, if George W. Buuuuuush had said it, every Democrat in the Senate and house would be lined up at the Floor dais to denounce such an insenstive, uncaring, out of touch President who should resign immediately. Virtually every MSM media person who is or wants to be some one of note in the media would be screaming for blood. Just picture Chrissy Mathews and Ed Schultz for a minute.

These are the new rules because the MSM and the Dems wrote those rules over the last ten years. Jon Stewart didn’t start asking gotcha type questions out of the blue. It was in response to how the media, and the liberals treated the conservatives.

Obama fell into a trap of the left’s own making. Let him bear the brunt of it. There sure wouldn’t have been any respite if it was a Republican.

P.s. That’s another reason for Romney to never go on Lame Letterman’s show. That’s about the only thing that could make me not vote for Romney at this point in time. Ditto for the View.

parke on October 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Four slaughtered Americans unavailable for comment…

SnarkySam on October 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

The poster child for infanticide, abortion exported, death panels, is not indifferent to death? I’d say his calloused heart is totally in line with it!

Don L on October 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM

To be honest, hearing the ‘optimal’ in context didn’t bother me. What got the blood pressure up was the follow up line, “We’ll make it better.”

Really?

I understand you might believe your hype, but for the four Americans killed due to your cut rate security, you can’t ‘make it better’.

The_Livewire on October 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Ed is correct in his analysis. Obama latched onto the word with which he was presented, and used it in a way which was then easy to mock and ridicule. Amateurish, yes.

But without TOTUS available, there’s no escaping that. Obama cannot speak well extemporaneously, and will always piggy-back his speech pattern to any form available at the moment.

That he cannot think on his feet well enough to craft an appropriately presidential, diplomatic, or even optical response is wholly unrelated to his lack of concern for those whose lives were tragically lost because this man runs the government as those hated 1% are purported to run their businesses.

He rails on “corporate fatcats” for cronyism, and has filled his administration with incompetent, unqualified cronies. Understand this; Hillary Clinton, who by any measure is truly unqualified to run State, is one of the MOST qualified members of this administration.

So, when you give the reins of power regarding world events to people who haven’t any clue how to manage their respective AORs, who have nothing but the Marxist ideology upon which to found their decision-making, you have PROVEN that you don’t care about the consequences, which includes the lives of every diplomat abroad, every military member in the sand, every independent contractor attempting to do good around the world in the name of this great nation. You’ve left them all in the wind, a wind you helped create by trying to pick winners and losers on the world stage, with just as much success as you have picked winners and losers in business. ZERO success. All failures.

Ed is right, grasping onto a word at the wrong moment doesn’t provide evidence of lack of care for those who were murdered. That proof has been available for four years now, and this comment should just be tossed on the heap of horrible optics which the press will continue to ignore.

Freelancer on October 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The president made a mistake. When interviewed, you don’t let the interviewer put negative words in your mouth. But that’s all it was: a mistake.

Someone telling a truth never has to remember the last thing they said. Obama didn’t tell the truth the first time, now he’s having to constantly remember the last “talking point” he said about the subject.

TulsAmerican on October 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Morning Joe says Springstein handed Obama Ohio

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Springsteen’s a hypocrite.

Fallon on October 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM

As much as I hate to cut Obummer any slack, I agree with you & Bernie, Ed. This one got way too much traction.

(Of course, appearing on Stewart’s dumb show — that’s an Obamateurism in itself!)

KS Rex on October 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Morning Joe says Springstein handed Obama Ohio

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

It says a lot about the intelligence level of Ohio voters if that moron Springsteen swung their vote.

KS Rex on October 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM

E-I-P-C
F-I-A-L

Nutstuyu on October 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I like Mr. Goldberg but must disagree here. Obamuh’s demeanor through the entire Benghazi debacle and his mishandling of it has been one of disrespect and belittling. The fact that he didn’t have the presence of mind to parse Stewart’s words before blithely blankly repeating them is a major offense, especially in light of the other stupid and callous things that have spewed from his mouth over the past 4 years.

stukinIL4now on October 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

As much as I hate to cut Obummer any slack, I agree with you & Bernie, Ed. This one got way too much traction.

(Of course, appearing on Stewart’s dumb show — that’s an Obamateurism in itself!)

KS Rex on October 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM

No it didn’t. This is supposed to be the smartest, most well-spoken president ever. When he says something like this, it means he is just another dumb-a$$ politician or he actually doesn’t care. Or both. This wasn’t just a harmless slip. Ask the mother of the slain diplomat. The correct answer should have been,

“No, John, I wouldn’t look at it that way or use those words. The loss of four American lives in Benghazi was terribly tragic and should never have happened.”

Nutstuyu on October 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

stukinIL4now on October 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Me too. Land of Lincoln…hah.

Nutstuyu on October 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Is it an Obamateurism? Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

But the fact that Obama went out to play golf rather than attend to the security requested for our embassy was a sign that he WAS INDIFFERENT to the safety of all Americans in Libya.

landlines on October 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Four slaughtered Americans unavailable for comment…

SnarkySam on October 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

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Corpsemen.

FlaMurph on October 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

TOTUS wasn’t there to make Obama sound intelligent. Without his teleprompter, Obama proves he’s an empty suit in an empty chair.

jqc1970 on October 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

NYT’s Helene Cooper On Benghazi Terror Attack: Death of Four Americans Is “Peripheral To What’s Going On Right Now”…

Time’s Joe Klein: Murder Of 4 Americans In Benghazi “Isn’t Really An Issue”…

Just a matter of “rephrasing” to make it all better and less important.Teh Won has so much more important things to deal with…you know, like sucking up to the Iranians and selling America out to the Russians.

Solaratov on October 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Is it an Obamateurism? Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

Ed, it’s either a sign that he was/is, in fact, “indifferent” to the deaths…or he’s too stupid to understand the meaning of “optimal”, and its use in a sentence. Or, both of the above.

Personally, I believe that obama is, indeed, “indifferent” to the deaths of these Americans – just as he’s indifferent to the deaths of Americans fighting in Afghanistan and other places.
The only reason that he seems somewhat upset about the deaths in Benghazi is because they are causing problems in his campaign (and the stupid American people just won’t shut up and forget about the whole affair).

Solaratov on October 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Ed, I have to disagree with your analysis. What isn’t optimal is a sitting President discussing the death of an ambassador and three Americans and the planned attack on a US embassy with a comedy show host and entertainment outlets. Dismissing any death of a US citizen is repulsive and warrants swift retaliation. Obama has gone from apologizing to our enemies to making excuses for THEIR actions and blaming the victims. THAT isn’t optimal. How he responded following the event and has lied repeatedly is NOT optimal.

That Obama recycles Stewart’s “optimal” word choice gives us another peek behind Obama’s ideology. The death of Americans is never optimal to him. Look at the Ft Hood massacre. Nothing. If the deaths truly bothered him, he would’ve never callously and casually used Stewart’s word. Yet he accepts Stewart’s premise because it fits their narrative–the narrative to a re-election victory that supercedes American lives.

It’s disappointing that the standard of a President’s actions has sunk so low that reputable journalists like yourself excuse such blatant disregard for America lives, sovereignty, and interests as a non-issue and overreacting.

conservative pilgrim on October 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I’m on the fence about this one but we all know (and forgive me if someone upthread already made this point) if Romney said this, it’d be headline news from now until 11/6-Romney uncompassionate, insensitive, unfit for role of commander-in-chief. And they wouldn’t give the benefit you do Ed of the context. One of the funniest and most truthful jokes at the Al Smith dinner was Romney’s line about the media reporting that he was eating dinner with rich folks.

hopeful on October 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

It certainly was an “inartful” choice of words at a very bad time. The fact that he will only discuss this on Comedy Central and the View only adds to the effect.

jnelchef on October 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

lol…but when added to the long list of similar “mistakes”…it sure doesn’t paint a picture of love, empathy and respect toward the American people vs getting re-elected……..does it?

Low T day ed?

Tim_CA on October 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Ed, give him a break on this if you wish. I will not. And it’s not the “optimal” comment that bothers me. What bothers me is that our celebrity wanna be president is sitting w/ Jon Stewart in the first place. He deserves all the blowback he gets simply for being so stupid as to sit for this “interview” (if you are so lenient). The tool should have been in front of the White House press corp taking his bumps in the road from them.

skeedro on October 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Sure — but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

no Ed, but saying they’re bumps in the road is

Slade73 on October 22, 2012 at 8:06 AM

It doubles down on bumps in the road.

Had he not said that Ed would be right but he did.

Steveangell on October 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

…but it’s hardly a sign that Obama was indifferent to the deaths of four Americans.

You give this miserable baStard way too much credit, Ed.

He went to bed, and slept soundly no doubt, just hours after watching the nightmare unfold in Benghazi on a live feed, never lifting a finger to help. He watched as they were murdered and did nothing. Absolutely nothing.

IrishEi on October 22, 2012 at 8:54 PM