Pressed Conference

Today President Obama’s spokesman, Jay Carney, held his daily briefing. He was bombarded by questions about Benghazi and a potential coverup. Only a few of them were really sharp; mostly from Fox’s Ed Henry and former Fox reporter Major Garrett.

They pressed him about the video and why Susan Rice was sent to all the Sunday talk shows after the September 11 attack on our embassy in Libya, prepped with Obama talking points. They didn’t get real answers.

Did you expect any? With all the questions, Carney armed himself with the words “bogus” and “conspiracy” like some kind of shield. His sword was blaming Republicans. They have been wasting time on this topic and the Affordable Care Act, Carney said, while they should have been tackling the nation’s business. Hmmm. Does that apply to Obama’s long golf games and extensive vacations? Carney even had the hutzpah to refer them to Obama’s budget, which provides for embassy security, something he implies Republicans are against. Really? That was pathetic.

Carney was a tad feisty and used “you knows” and “right?” a surprising number of times. They were, though, like distress signals rather than emphatic rebuffs.

It was also surprising how stumbling and halting he was at the podium. Carney spoke slowly, as if he were groping his way out of an unpleasant and confusing encounter. I’m not big on body language, but his screamed lies and uncertainty.

I’ve heard people say that it is too late for this election cycle for the Benghazi probe to matter. Too late for Congress, since they don’t have that much time left in the legislative year. That’s spin, too. Remember the long Watergate summer? You couldn’t escape the hearings. They were on in the daytime, talked about in the newspapers and reviewed on the nightly news. Today we have 24 hour news channels who would be happy (if they care about the truth) to devote time to a summer of hearings. Congress managed to meet then. It could do so now.

The death of four Americans clamors for it. The implications for average Americans should have us clamoring for it, too. If an ambassador is left to die by the executive branch, shouldn’t Mr. Joe Average worry about his expendability?


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