Obama: I Gave 'Orders' to Ensure Safety of Americans in Benghazi

Obama: I Gave 'Orders' to Ensure Safety of Americans in Benghazi

Today, during his first press conference in five months, President Obama finally answered questions on Benghazi and the murder of four Americans there. Or rather, he pretended to answer. Instead of actual information, he provided bloviation and overheated rhetoric about just how offended he was. Not as offended as, perhaps, the dead Americans were when the US did nothing to protect them. But pretty offended.

The key moment, however, was Obama’s admission that he was aware of the attacks taking place in Benghazi. After stating that now that the election was over, he’d be happy to give information, he let it slip that he knew what was going on September 11:

I can tell you that immediately upon finding out that our folks were in danger, that my orders to my National Security team were do whatever we need to do to make sure they’re safe. And that’s the same order that I would give anytime that I see Americans are in danger, whether they’re civilian or military, because that’s our number one priority.

This is more information than Obama has revealed before. We know nothing about Obama’s whereabouts the evening of September 11; we know nothing about the orders he gave. If he did in fact give orders to his national security team, why did we not know anything about them? Why didn’t we hear anything about them? Is there any evidence of such orders?

These are all questions that must be answered by the White House, particularly if President Obama wants to play the wronged politician of honor.

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