Skip to comments.Obama calls controversy over Benghazi talking points a 'sideshow'
Posted on 05/13/2013 12:27:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
WASHINGTON President Obama tried to dismiss a brewing controversy over the White House handling of the terrorist attack on Benghazi as a sideshow and accused critics of using an attack that killed four Americans for political gain.
We dishonor them when we turn things like this into a political circus, Obama said Monday at a brief news conference. What happened was tragic. It was carried out by extremists inside of Libya. We are out there trying to hunt down the folks who carried this out, and we're trying to make sure that we fix the system so that it doesn't happen again.
Obamas remarks came as the White House tried to contain fallout from the disclosure of internal emails discussing what to tell the public in the days after the attack. The emails appear to show the White House was more closely involved in writing the talking points than aides previously acknowledged. White House spokesman Jay Carney has repeatedly said the White House made only stylistic changes to the talking points.
But one email disclosed Friday shows a State Department official seeking changes to at CIA-written draft out of concern that State Department would be blamed for missing early warnings of danger at the diplomatic outpost in Libya. A White House official appears to grant the request.
Obama argued Monday that his administration turned the emails over to congressional committees several months ago and lawmakers had not previously raised concerns.
And suddenly, three days ago, this gets spun up as if there's something new to the story. There's no 'there' there, Obama said.
In fact, Republicans have accused the White House of altering talking points to protect the State Department since April, when a group of five committees in the Republican-led House issued a progress report on its investigation.
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He has finally accurately described the substance of his presidency.
There’s the ad. You run images of the attack and the return of the dead all the while asking, “Sideshow. Mr. President?”
Obama has to keep doubling down on the story. That way when the real shoe drops (i.e., gun running), he can show complete ignorance.
LA Times? WOW!