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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
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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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