Obama to Morning Joe: 'I Do Take Offense' at Critics of Benghazi
On Monday morning, a defensive and obviously irritated President Obama took on the demeanor of the offended party when he was questioned about his handling of the Benghazi debacle on MSNBC's Morning Joe:
Co-host Mika Brzezinski poses the Benghazi question to Obama at the 39 second mark. The President had difficulty maintaining eye contact with either Brzezinki or Scarborough as he answered their questions:
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Mika Brzezinski: Why has it been so easy for the Administration's critics to say it does not have its story straight on Benghazi? ...
President Obama: I do take offense as I've said during one of the debates with some suggestion that, you know, in any way we haven't tried to make sure that the American people knew as information was coming in what we believed happened....
Joe Scarborough: Was it the intel community that was giving you bad information early on, because the stories keep changing?
President Obama: We find out there was a big breakdown and somebody didn't do their job they'll be held accountable.
Ultimately as Commander in Chief I am responsible and I don't shy away from that responsibility.
My number one responsibility is to go after folks who did this and we're going to make sure that we get 'em. I've got a pretty good track record doing that.
The American people have discovered that there was "a big breakdown" at Benghazi, and that "somebody didn't do their job." The person who didn't do his job? President Barack Obama.
On Saturday, Lt. Colonel Tony Shaffer told Fox News that his sources informed him that President Obama was in the situation room at the White House and watched the fatal Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012 and yet did nothing to aid the Americans on the ground desperately requesting assistance.
American planes were within one hour of going to the rescue. Tyrone Woods, the retired Navy Seal who went back to save Americans trapped in the Benghazi mission, had a laser pointed at the militant mortar battery that was launching artillery into the mission and a nearby "safe house." It would have been easy for American fighter pilots to take out that mortar battery had President Obama as Commander in Chief issued the order to go.
But the President failed to issue that order, and several hours later, Woods was killed by a bomb launched from the very mortar battery on which his laser was focused.