Where was President Barack Obama during the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi? It’s a question three top Republican senators asked the president on Friday. The letter was delivered to the White House with the names Senators John McCain (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC) and Kelly Ayotte (NH).
The inquiry derives from a shocking interview former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor gave with Fox New’s Brett Bahr. He told him Obama was not in the Situation Room underneath the White House following events as they occurred on Sept. 11, 2012.
The letter read, "Over a year and a half has passed since the terrorist attacks, and the American people still do not have an accounting of your activities during the attack. Mr. President, can you now confirm that Mr. Vietor's account of your absence in the White House Situation Room is accurate?"
Vietor told Fox Thursday that Obama was in the Oval Office in the White House when he first learned of the attacks. Viewers watching this man's demeanor must have cringed to think he was actually in the Situation Room, shocked at his young age and had the idiocy to invoke the word “dude” while being interviewed.
He said, "It is well known that when the attack was first briefed to him, it was in the Oval Office, and he was updated constantly.” He was asked where the president was and appeared annoyed saying he didn’t have a “tracking device on him."
So where was the Commander-in-Chief of the free world at such a moment? According to young Vieto, Obama did not have to be in the Situation Room to continuously monitor a developing situation.
Then where was he? The question was asked as early as February of 2013 by the House Armed Services Committee. Then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the senators that the president was absent, that they had met in a pre-scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. The session lasted 30 minutes.
What was the “pre-scheduled meeting?” Panetta testified that he and Obama spent about 20 minutes discussing the situation that was just unfolding in Benghazi. Operational details were left “up to us.” “Us” means Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
So where was Obama? He did not call back to check further developments, according to Panetta, "but we got information that the ambassador, his life had been lost, it went to the White House.”
It seems no one knows where the president was, yet a young man, who still says “dude,” was in the Situation Room. Does that disturb some Americans? Apparently it does the three senators whose letter was among several fast-moving developments on the Benghazi attacks on Friday.
The Benghazi matter has become a desperate attempt by Democrats to smear the investigating Republicans and pass the entire affair off as vengeful ignorance. But with the unearthing of the now infamous memo linking the White House to the ridiculous “spontaneous demonstration” excuse for the attacks, the entire cover-up is growing more serious by the moment.
Where was the president that fateful evening indeed?
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