Admitting what the Obama administration knew, that there was no mob protest at Benghazi, Libya, and that terrorists killed four Americans, conflicted with White House politics that terrorism was on the run. (Esam Omran Al-Fetori, Reuters photo / September 12, 2012)
October 14, 2012
Except for Benghazi.
That subject came up in the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican. And despite Team Obama's hopes and dreams, it won't go away.
"Biden can play the angry Grandpa Simpson and laugh when a nuclear Iran is being discussed on national television. But Obama is the president. If he starts smirking and mugging, he'll turn off voters.
It would be best for his prospects if Obama answers it all clearly. He owes that to the American people. And he owes it to Pat Smith.
She's the mother of Sean Smith, a computer specialist killed in the Benghazi attack. Recently, she was interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper, and she complained that the president, Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other senior officials betrayed her trust.
"Oh, absolutely," she said in the CNN interview that will haunt the Obama/Biden ticket through the election. "Absolutely. In fact all of them did.
All of them did. Leon Panetta actually took my face in his hands like this, and he said, 'Trust me. I will tell you what happened.' And so far, he's told me nothing. Nothing at all. And I want to know." More.
My guess is, that America will not forget Benghazi, the body count or Biden's rubber faced betrayal.