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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

President Barack Obama: Calling out bullies from the bully pulpit

No more one-sided debate about the Libya attack on our consulate.

President Barack Obama: Calling out bullies from the bully pulpit

From the piece:

Obama was clearly most incensed, however, by recent pledges from Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., andLindsey Graham, R-S.C., to block any nomination of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as secretary of State because of her comments after an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. McCain has zeroed in on Rice’s contention five days after the attack that the violence resulted from a “spontaneous demonstration” over an anti-Muslim film, as opposed to a premeditated terrorist attack. He has called that characterization either a Watergate-style cover-up or “the worst kind of incompetence.”

Obama was having none of it. “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after someone, they should go after me. And I’m happy to have that discussion with them,” Obama told reporters on Wednesday in the first news conference of his second term. "But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador who had nothing to do with Benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous."

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