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Presidential debate: Libya questioner says Obama didnít answer
WaPos ^ | 10-17-2012 | Erik Wemple

Posted on 10/17/2012 9:25:20 AM PDT by Red Badger

Kerry Ladka stood before President Obama at last night’s town hall-style debate and asked the question that would touch off an onstage verbal brawl and, later, an intense national discussion. Here’s how it went:

Q: It’s Kerry, Kerry Ladka.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Great to see you here.

Q: This question actually comes from a brain trust of my friends at Global Telecom Supply in Mineola yesterday. We were sitting around talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed four Americans. Who was it that denied enhanced security and why?

Was Ladka satisfied with how the president responded? Simply no. “I really didn’t think he totally answered the question satisfactorily as far as I was concerned,” Ladka tells the Erik Wemple Blog.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazisecurity; debate; libya; libyasecurity; presidentialdebate2
AFTER THE DEBATE:

As to Ladka’s question about who turned down the Benghazi security requests and why, Obama reportedly told him that “releasing the individual names of anyone in the State Department would really put them at risk,” Ladka says.

1 posted on 10/17/2012 9:25:23 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

“If I tell you, I’ll have to kill you”


2 posted on 10/17/2012 9:26:55 AM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

Obama = Col Flagg from MASH.


3 posted on 10/17/2012 9:30:32 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Red Badger

At the time, I thought Romney would nail him for failing to answer the question directly. The correct answer was, since the President earlier announced that he’s “responsible” for the events leading to Benghazi, that he was therefore to blame for denying enhanced security. That’s what grown-ups mean when they say they’re “responsible”. Romney missed an opportunity.


4 posted on 10/17/2012 9:33:23 AM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: Red Badger

Hammer this issue Monday, and dare that CBullShot Muppet moderator to interrupt.


5 posted on 10/17/2012 9:33:56 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: VanDeKoik

Yes! Hope the moderator will be not as biased as C. Crowley.


6 posted on 10/17/2012 9:36:50 AM PDT by apocalypto
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To: Red Badger; RummyChick

Obama’s private answer only adds more wrinkles to 9/11 Benghazi attack and WH response aftermath.

His answer won’t hold water, either. We all know it when Americans had been served a rotten big nothing burger.


7 posted on 10/17/2012 9:40:03 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Red Badger

According to Obama and his minions, Fort Hood wasn’t a terrorist attack either.


8 posted on 10/17/2012 9:41:36 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Red Badger; RummyChick
I read on another thread today that fox news Bill Hemmer mentioned this on Fox... Obama said he was talking to NSA within 20 minutes of the attack He knew within 20 minutes. I think he also knew in real time thru a drone.
9 posted on 10/17/2012 9:42:21 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: Red Badger
Hilda Clinton used to answer a question she didn't like to answer with.."The real question should be ....blah blah blah" Odungo just answer's with the weather forecast.....leaving the tens of millions wondering about the key question people wanted answers too....unanswered THIS FOLKS, DID NOT GO UNNOTICED!!!
10 posted on 10/17/2012 9:42:25 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Red Badger
“I really didn’t think he totally answered the question satisfactorily as far as I was concerned.”

It's a simple yes/no question. ("Brain trust" indeed.)
11 posted on 10/17/2012 9:43:52 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Red Badger

“I really didn’t think he totally answered the question satisfactorily......”

A lie is NEVER a satisfactorily answered question.


12 posted on 10/17/2012 9:44:38 AM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: rightwingcrazy
Romney missed an opportunity.

He did but it does not matter. The topic is all over the media today and will continue to be in the media up until the next debate.

The biggest problem is how these debates are done. They are not balanced. Why can't Hannity or Levin moderate? All the moderators are leftists. Or, why not just let them ask each other questions and answer them man-to-man until they can't do so anymore?

Obama will lose in a landslide.

13 posted on 10/17/2012 9:51:04 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: apocalypto
Are you kidding? It is Bob Schieffer, uber-Liberal. I suspect he will also bow down to Obama’s altar therefore (ironically) gaining Romney even more sympathy. One can only hope.
14 posted on 10/17/2012 9:52:35 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Red Badger
Who was it that denied enhanced security and why?

I thought Romney should have chimed in at his next opportunity, "By the way, Mr. President, I don't believe you answered his question. Who did deny enhanced security at Benghazi??"

15 posted on 10/17/2012 9:56:15 AM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
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To: Red Badger
My thought exactly. He did not answer the question.

His first sentence started with, "First, let me talk about the people we have in the Middle East..."
The questioner should have interrupted loudly, "NO! You may not. It is a simple question. Answer it please."

Even Romney should have taken his opportunity to say, "I will cede my time to Mr. Obama to please answer the gentleman's question. 'Who was it that denied enhanced security and why? '

Then step back and see if the empty suit has the balls to try.

When politicians do that and the questioner stands silent listening to inane obfuscation, it is maddening and the politicians need to have their feet held to the fire. Enough BS. Just answer the question!

16 posted on 10/17/2012 9:57:04 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: Red Badger

Of course he didn’t answer. He couldn’t exactly plead the fifth to avoid indicting himself.

He avoided several other questions, as well. And he flat out lied about the others he DID answer....like the one where he supposedly called the Benghazi attack a terrorist attack and the one about drilling is up on public lands.

And then idiots are saying he won the debate? LMAO! Yeah...riiight!

Points are deducted for making false claims (lying). Zero probably got a minus-zero grade on that one. And that’s probably consistent with his other grades in school, since he won’t reveal those to the public for “some” reason.


17 posted on 10/17/2012 10:00:47 AM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: rightwingcrazy

Romney missed several opportunities to go for the jugular and I am dissapointed that he refused to nail Obama. This is indicative of how he will be as a President, IMO.

He may think he would have turned off too many viewers, but I think the ones he favorably impressed with his no-nonsense and not willing to put up with Obama’s lies would have vastly offset the ones he turned off.

Lost opportunities do not help America recover. Let’s hope Romney ‘gets it’ between now and the last debate.


18 posted on 10/17/2012 10:05:03 AM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: Red Badger

Romney should have turned the question to “Why was a US Ambassador in AlQuaedaville without proper armed protection and a defendable place to stay? This isn’t some peace/love all if fine culture you’re dealing with. AlQuaeda played a larger part in freeing Libya than you did mr. President, and now you want to parade an Ambassador around that country like your their new best friend? On September 11th?”


19 posted on 10/17/2012 10:23:50 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: originalbuckeye

Why is the GOP going along with having these anti-Romney liberals?


20 posted on 10/17/2012 11:55:13 AM PDT by apocalypto
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To: Red Badger; GlockThe Vote
". . . prior to the attacks that killed four Americans. Who was it that denied enhanced security and why?"

While Obozo was giving his response, I yelled at the TV, "HE'S NOT ANSWERING THE QUESTION!"

21 posted on 10/17/2012 12:01:44 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (OBAMA MUST GO!)
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To: Red Badger

He didn’t answer any of the questions.

On the equal pay for women question, he just launched into his familiar anecdote about his granny and skipped the answer part completely.


22 posted on 10/17/2012 12:04:47 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: apocalypto

>> Why is the GOP going along with having these anti-Romney liberals?” <<

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Because they are happy with Obama’s promotion of their mutually desired agenda of destroying our national sovereignty.

Romney might do as well.


23 posted on 10/17/2012 12:09:07 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Red Badger

The real question, despite the clouds of ink floating about, is why the Obama Administration put an American Ambassador in the middle of a country that recently had undergone a civil war overthrowing an entreanched despot, and in the ensuing confusion attracted to it’s borders the most radical Islamic Jihadists from throughout the muslim world, with what amounted to no security forces of any consequence.

This question is dangling in the air both unasked and unanswered...

The easily predictable result of Ambassador Stevens’ posting into a hostile environment, sans realistic protection, is now the subject of cover-ups, misdirection, finger pointing, faux responsbility taking without consequence, etc., etc..... which only serves to illuminate the glaring incompetency of the Obama administration.


24 posted on 10/17/2012 2:07:24 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare berry bear formerly known as Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: Forty-Niner

I think the answer lies in what was reported as Hillary!’s response when she heard that our consulate had been attacked:

How can they do that to us? We liberated them!

It is telling in that she apparently really believed that our personnel were safe simply out of gratitude for our assistance in ridding them of Kadaffi. Never taking into account that other elements were inside the country that had a contrary view. Liberals think that when they do something that is the end of hate and anger towards them. They cannot think past the end of the day. As Ann Coulter once said, “To a liberal, history began at breakfast this morning.”

To that I would add, “To a liberal, the future doesn’t go past bedtime tonight.”...........................


25 posted on 10/17/2012 2:17:40 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: Red Badger

Excerpt:

President Obama, though, wasn’t done with Kerry Ladka. “After the debate, the president came over to me and spent about two minutes with me privately,” says the 61-year-old Ladka, who works at Global Telecom Supply in Mineola, N.Y. According to Ladka, Obama gave him ”more information about why he delayed calling the attack a terorist attack.” For background, Obama did apparently lump Benghazi into a reference to “acts of terror” in a Sept. 12 Rose Garden address. However, he spent about two weeks holding off on using the full “terrorist” designation. The rationale for the delay, Obama explained to Ladka, was to make sure that the “intelligence he was acting on was real intelligence and not disinformation,” recalls Ladka.

As to Ladka’s question about who turned down the Benghazi security requests and why, Obama reportedly told him that “releasing the individual names of anyone in the State Department would really put them at risk,” Ladka says.

End of excerpt

Why wasn’t Obama also waiting to see if the “intelligence” indicating it was a demonstration from the YouTube video run amok was real and not disinformation?

The person who made the decision, so we are told, is named Lamb and she testified in front of Congress last week about it. Doesn’t Obama know this?


26 posted on 10/17/2012 2:32:39 PM PDT by AJFavish (www.allanfavish.com)
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To: Red Badger

Re: Hillary’s “How can they do that to us? We liberated them!”

Exactly....This statement underlines the naivete of Obama/Hillary and disqualifies them as stewards of the American Dream. (Besides the obvious underlining untruh that “we” liberated them. The Obama Administration offered little other than hot air until ‘daffy died, whereupon they dashed in for the credit earned by the French and English.))


27 posted on 10/17/2012 2:36:43 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare berry bear formerly known as Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: AJFavish

Of course he/they know it. They knew AT THE TIME that it was an all out terrorist attack, BUT that would not square with his “Bin Laden is dead - GM is alive” campaign theme. He’s claimed to have done away with Al-Queda, so it could not be them................


28 posted on 10/17/2012 2:52:17 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: Forty-Niner

Hillary! should resign.

Obama should fire her.

Neither is likely to happen.

Underlings heads will roll..................


29 posted on 10/17/2012 2:56:28 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: Red Badger

Got that right!

Taking “Responsibility” without consequences is a farce. Note that thats what all Liberals do....I take responsibility....the buck stops here..... there, I’ve said it....lets move on now!”

As for Obama......he’s gonna take responsibilty Nov 6 when we force it upon him by, as Clint says..... “letting him go!”


30 posted on 10/17/2012 3:17:26 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare berry bear formerly known as Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: Red Badger

Regarding Libya, we have a President of the United States who is lying to us, during wartime, about an attack on us by the enemy with whom we are at war. He is not doing this to protect the route of a troop ship or for some other national security reason. He is doing it to cover-up his errors for political reasons to preserve his re-election chances.


31 posted on 10/17/2012 3:26:09 PM PDT by AJFavish (www.allanfavish.com)
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To: Red Badger

Kerry Ladka >>>>>

He is on Greta tonight and can ‘splain himself. It looks like he is on our side.


32 posted on 10/17/2012 3:37:34 PM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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