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It Doesn’t Matter Where Obama was While Benghazi Happened, Says Obama Aide
Front Page Magazine ^ | 5-19-2013 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 05/19/2013 8:24:36 AM PDT by smoothsailing

May 19, 2013

It Doesn’t Matter Where Obama was While Benghazi Happened, Says Obama Aide

Daniel Greenfield

obama benghazi golf

Only crazy conspiracy theorists think that the Commander-in-Chief’s presence and attention count when an American diplomatic facility is under siege.

VIDEO

According to Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer, Obama’s whereabouts during the attack don’t matter. Oddly enough Bush taking the time to finish reading a children’s book to a class of nervous children did.

WALLACE: with all due respect, you didn’t answer my question. what did the president do that night?

PFEIFFER: kept up to date with the events as they were happening.

WALLACE: he didn’t talk to the secretary of state except for the one time when the first attack was over. he didn’t talk to the secretary of defense, he didn’t talk to chiefs. the chairman of the joint who was he talking to?

PFEIFFER: his national security staff, his national security council.

WALLACE: was he in the situation room?

PFEIFFER: he was kept up to date throughout the day.

WALLACE: do you know know whether he was in the situation room?

PFEIFFER: i don’t know what room he was in that night. that’s a largely irrelevant fact.

WALLACE: well –

PFEIFFER: the premise of your question, somehow there was something that could have been done differently, okay, that would have changed the outcome here. the accountability roof board has looked at this, people have looked at this. it’s a horrible tragedy, and we have to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

WALLCE: here’s the point, though, the ambassador goes missing, the first ambassador in more than 30 years is killed. four americans, including the ambassador, are killed. dozens of americans are in jeopardy. the president at 4:00 in the afternoon says to the chairman of the joint chiefs to deploy forces. no forces are deployed. where is he while all this is going on?

PFEIFFER: this has been tested to by –

WALLACE: well, no. no one knows where he is, who was involved, the –

PFEIFFER: the suggestion of your question that somehow the president –

WALLACE: i just want to know the answer.

PFEIFFER: the assertions from republicans that the president didn’t take action is offensive. there’s no evidence to support it.

WALLACE: i’m simply asking a question. where was he? what did he do? how did he respond in who told him you can’t deploy forces and what was his president?

PFEIFFER: the president was in the white house that day, kept up to date by his national security team, spoke to the joint chiefs of staff earlier, secretary of state, and as events unfolded he was kept up to date.

Tellingly Pfeiffer does not provide a single name.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; navyseals; threatmatrix
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1 posted on 05/19/2013 8:24:36 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Wouldn’t he be in the situation room if it were a priority?


2 posted on 05/19/2013 8:28:16 AM PDT by GOPPachyderm
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To: smoothsailing

3 posted on 05/19/2013 8:29:30 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: GOPPachyderm

OBayMe’s priority was something more important to him personally would be my guess just like “BJ” Clintoon had his own priorities other than the country, ya think?

99.98% of politicians have their own self-serving priorities that come before their country.


4 posted on 05/19/2013 8:30:52 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: smoothsailing

5 posted on 05/19/2013 8:31:08 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: smoothsailing

He was with Reggie Love playing handball.


6 posted on 05/19/2013 8:31:33 AM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: GOPPachyderm

I would certainly think so. We know he was already at the White House, it wasn’t like he had to rush back there from somewhere else.


7 posted on 05/19/2013 8:32:07 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
PFEIFFER: the assertions from republicans that the president didn’t take action is offensive. there’s no evidence to support it.

Never pass up a chance to play the race card.

8 posted on 05/19/2013 8:32:11 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: smoothsailing

“the president was in the white house that day”

Where was he that night?


9 posted on 05/19/2013 8:35:06 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (The true Obama persona is emerging, the one from his first Presidential debate.)
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To: smoothsailing
the assertions from republicans that the president didn’t take action is offensive. there’s no evidence to support it.

There is evidence - four Americans are dead! And the POS gave the command to 'stand down' to prevent others from taking action.

10 posted on 05/19/2013 8:35:22 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: smoothsailing

“What difference does it make” huh sparky? That excuse hasn’t worked so well and neither will yours for obunghole... coverup agent of satan.

LLS


11 posted on 05/19/2013 8:37:05 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: smoothsailing

12 posted on 05/19/2013 8:37:52 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

By saying the Republicans, he is saying killing of Americans is OK by the ‘rats. Did any ‘rat speak up yet on that?


13 posted on 05/19/2013 8:38:26 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: smoothsailing
When the best a politician can come up with is that tired old line” I need to get back to serving the American people” it says a lot about his culpability. Innocent people do all they can to get the facts out....charlatans do all they can to cloud the issue.
14 posted on 05/19/2013 8:38:40 AM PDT by ontap
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To: smoothsailing


15 posted on 05/19/2013 8:39:03 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: smoothsailing
I bet the victims' families would like to know if Ubama was getting his turds poked by Reggie Love while their loved ones were fighting for their lives and dying. I guess Ubama has the same attitude as Hillary Clinton:

"What difference does it make?!"


16 posted on 05/19/2013 8:39:41 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: smoothsailing

This controversey is not about obama’s physical prescense ( even though he should have been in the situation room ) but about his being disengaged from what was happening and letting others flounder in the decision making process.


17 posted on 05/19/2013 8:41:49 AM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: Rennes Templar; smoothsailing

18 posted on 05/19/2013 8:42:06 AM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: smoothsailing

It’s “Sociopaths on Parade” in this Whitehouse.


19 posted on 05/19/2013 8:42:21 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.")
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To: smoothsailing

I hate to make the comparison here....but Reagan would have likely turned to some four-star general and just said “move heaven and earth to help the guy”, and left the room. And someone would have taken the order and the liberal amount of permission given....to do some things that you wouldn’t normally get the privilege to do.


20 posted on 05/19/2013 8:42:34 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: smoothsailing

_resident AWOL !!!!


21 posted on 05/19/2013 8:43:39 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (')
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To: LibLieSlayer
. coverup agent of satan.

"The thief has come to kill, to rob, to destroy. I have come to bring life and to have it more abundantly." John 10:10

Obama is guilty of all three. There can't be any question who possesses him.

22 posted on 05/19/2013 8:43:47 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: smoothsailing

“PFEIFFER: the premise of your question, somehow there was something that could have been done differently,”If Obama had been in command, and actively took part that evening, you’d think they’d say so. Pfeiffer’s repeated obfuscation, and continual avoidance of answering the question tells me beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Obama was engaged that night in something totally unrelated to what was going on in Benghazi.


23 posted on 05/19/2013 8:45:05 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: smoothsailing

It is tremendously important! The Commander must be at “The Critical Point” when the shooting is going on. The Commander must be at the place where his/her presence can have the biggest impact on the organization’s success. And The Critcal Point during Benghazi wasn’t Obama’s bedroom. Obama put on his jammies, grabbed his snugly bear and went nighty night thereby sending the message to everyone, including our enemies, that he didn’t care. Obama is our Commander-In-Chief. The word “Commander” comes from Sanskrit and means “The one to whom we entrust our beloved”. I’ve seen the mothers of those men killed in Benghazi. They entrusted their beloved sons to Obama, and he cared so little that he put on his jammies and went to bed because fundraising for his election was more important than the lives of those women’s sons. He is a pathetic excuse for a leader.


24 posted on 05/19/2013 8:46:09 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: mass55th
Oops...forgot the paragraph.

“PFEIFFER: the premise of your question, somehow there was something that could have been done differently,”

If Obama had been in command, and actively took part that evening, you’d think they’d say so. Pfeiffer’s repeated obfuscation, and continual avoidance of answering the question tells me beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Obama was engaged that night in something totally unrelated to what was going on in Benghazi.

25 posted on 05/19/2013 8:48:17 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: blueunicorn6
He is a pathetic excuse for a leader.

He is not a leader but a highly-kept fund raiser to keep money in the coffers so his destruction can carry on.

26 posted on 05/19/2013 8:49:26 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
"WALLACE: i just want to know the answer."

Ask US.

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


Benghazi Index

27 posted on 05/19/2013 8:50:18 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: smoothsailing
the president was in the white house that day

Yeah, sometime that day, O was in the WH, and we are outraged that you would ask for more information. When the Bin Laden raid happened that photo of him was everywhere. Perhaps, because some were questioning the authenticity of that photo, they decided that they could not do that again.

Where was the President when one of our embassies was being attacked? That is a valid question. The fact that they refuse to answer it speaks volumes.

28 posted on 05/19/2013 8:50:46 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yes, but there is no evidence to refute it either.


29 posted on 05/19/2013 8:51:41 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: blueunicorn6
He is a pathetic excuse for a leader.


30 posted on 05/19/2013 8:52:16 AM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: smoothsailing
I think it is likely that Obama’s activities that night have been leaked to the Republicans .... the activities might have included incapacity due to being high on drugs .... and they need to expose it independent of the leak to protect the identity of the leaker. Obama is a snake.
31 posted on 05/19/2013 8:53:22 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: smoothsailing

Meaning, if Obama was paying attention the aid would be bragging about it, but since he doesn’t ant to talk about we know Zero wasn’t paying attention.

Liberals are too easy to understand. Simpletons.


32 posted on 05/19/2013 8:55:27 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: presently no screen name

Amen... it delights me to see the truth uncovered.

LLS


33 posted on 05/19/2013 8:57:38 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: smoothsailing
PFEIFFER: the assertions from republicans that the president didn’t take action is offensive. there’s no evidence to support it.

It's quite simple for Zippy to prove action was taken, just like it is quite simple for Zippy to prove he has a birth certificate.

34 posted on 05/19/2013 9:00:14 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: smoothsailing

35 posted on 05/19/2013 9:02:57 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: GOPPachyderm; smoothsailing
PFEIFFER: i don’t know what room he was in that night. that’s a largely irrelevant fact.

It is a very relevant fact.

A powerful man (any man for that matter) demonstrates what is important to him by giving it his attention and his presence.

If the president of a huge corporation considers a project important he will want daily updates of that project’s progress. If the project is at a critical point in its development he may want updates more often.

If Obama really was concerned about the lives of these members of his foreign service he would have been on hand in the situation room if not constantly at least frequently.

36 posted on 05/19/2013 9:06:29 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: smoothsailing
It sure doesn't matter as much as what he did or didn't do.

Only the POTUS had the authority to act!

0bama was notified immediately and automatically when the Benghazi consulate triggered the "Imminent Danger Notification System" alert. He did nothing.

Judge Jeanine Investigates Benghazi Gate Part 4 - 10/20/2012 video 6:53
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (U.S. Army ret.), former CIA Station Chief Gary Berntsen and former CIA operative Mike Baker

They confirm everything Col. Hunt said about automatic notifications to the WH and add more details.

Howie Carr interview with Col. Hunt On The Newest Libyan Revelations audio 28:37

There are three scandals here...

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Denial of prior requests for security were a dereliction of duty.

The lies and misdirection about the "video" after the attack were fraud and malfeasance under the color of authority.

The inaction during the attack was something more than that.

The failure to act during the attack is the direct equivalent of desertion IMO.

ONE man had the authority to act that night.

EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say

0bama refused to act!

37 posted on 05/19/2013 9:13:31 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: pepsionice

Without a doubt.


38 posted on 05/19/2013 9:27:19 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Didn’t he spend an hour on the phone with Netanyahu? What in the world could they have been talking about?


39 posted on 05/19/2013 9:29:37 AM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: Rennes Templar

This!

May 18, 2013 4:00 AM
The 10 P.M. Phone Call
Clinton and Obama discussed Benghazi. What did they say?
By Andrew C. McCarthy

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/348677/10-pm-phone-call-andrew-c-mccarthy


40 posted on 05/19/2013 9:36:59 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't fail .But We Did.)
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To: smoothsailing

“... and we have to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

I’m getting sick and tired of hearing this particular phrase from those defending Benghazi Hussein Obama.


42 posted on 05/19/2013 9:43:00 AM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: smoothsailing

No, I'll be there soon. There is some fire or something
in Libya. Yeah, I'm bringing my clubs.

43 posted on 05/19/2013 9:48:00 AM PDT by Slyfox (The red face of shame is proof that the conscience is still operational.)
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To: smalltownslick

Yes he did. This is the most detailed info I’ve found about the Netanyahu/Obama phone call:

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/01/05/benghazi-not-conspiracy-just-an-old-fashioned-cover-up-of-ineptitude-with-the-kids-making-decisions/


44 posted on 05/19/2013 9:50:11 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: blueunicorn6

And The Critcal Point during Benghazi wasn’t Obama’s bedroom.
++++++++++++++++
Where better to discuss damage control in private with Jarrett and Axelrod?


45 posted on 05/19/2013 9:52:33 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (If I had a tag line this is where you would find it)
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To: LyinLibs
He's got the Adam Clayton Powell look going on there.

46 posted on 05/19/2013 10:05:33 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything. Bolshies' gonna bolsh.)
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To: TigersEye

“Obama refused to act”

Yes he certainly did.

Can you or anybody else explain to me how, with THIS Congress and THIS electorate, that Obama’s decison(s) could lead to his removal?


47 posted on 05/19/2013 10:07:24 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: dead


And yet...
“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.” - Barack Obama, 2007, as quoted by Patrick Gaspard

He knows everything yet knows nothing.
48 posted on 05/19/2013 10:09:03 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything. Bolshies' gonna bolsh.)
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To: smoothsailing

Where ever the clown-car-president was...he should be in prison.


49 posted on 05/19/2013 10:11:47 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: smoothsailing
Dapper Dan also said to Steffy about the IRS scandal that the Law was irrelevant.

Snarky, arrogant, above accountability Government Betters are in charge of our lives.

How much longer will the Socialist Freak Show go on?

50 posted on 05/19/2013 10:16:30 AM PDT by R0CK3T
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