The Left is apoplectic that Barack Obama decided to throw Susan Rice under the bus. I didn’t know that she was such a darling of the liberal media.
Here is video of NBC News’ Chuck Todd calling her a “victim” and “collateral damage” of “talk radio” and “conservative media outlets.” Todd decried “advocacy media” on the Republican side, all the while pretending what he and NBC does is not “advocacy media!” It’s absolutely crazy! All they have done for five years is advocate on behalf of Barack Obama.
Wow! Here is former CBS News Anchor Dan Rather mincing no words about President Obama on an appearance last with with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Rather hammers Obama for his abandonment of Susan Rice to be Secretary of State. She announced yesterday she was withdrawing from being considered. Rather said it shows that Obama likes to talk tough, but won’t back it up with actions:
Rather said “President Obama has now been backed down and away.” This is “chalk one up for the Republicans.”
“He indicated in his press conference just after the election — he made a lot of tough talk, didn’t back it up. So there are people who say, ‘Listen, the kind of leader we want is one who will fight to the finish, never give in.’ On the other hand, one could make the case that President Obama has said to himself, ‘Yes, I could probably force this to a vote, and win the vote. But it would cost me down the road.’ But I think it raises very, very serious questions about what the president’s second term is going to be.”
“What has happened today plays into the perception, the perception that has been growing among the Republicans that, in street language, President Obama can be rolled for his wallet and his watch. He’s not a guy that’s going to put up much of a fight.”
Rather believes Sen. John Kerry will now sail through for Secretary of State – partly because Republicans want that Senate seat open for Scott Brown to run again. He also believes former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel will end up confirmed as Secretary of Defense.
Controversial U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has dropped her bid to be the next Secretary of State. She has sent a letter to President Obama asking that she not be considered for the post once Hillary Clinton leaves. Rice would face close scrutiny for her role in putting out misinformation for the White House on what happened in the Benghazi Terrorist Attack – which she told the American people repeatedly was just the result of a spontaneous riot caused by an anti-Islamic video. Rice is now being mentioned as the possible new National Security Adviser for Obama.
Here is video of GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte reacting to her meeting today with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about the Benghazi Terrorist Attack. Ayotte said she remains troubled after talking with Rice, particularly that Rice and President Obama have not been forthcoming in telling the American people that the information they pushed about Benghazi for weeks after the attack was simply not true.
Here is video of GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham after a meeting today with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to discuss the Benghazi Terrorist Attack, and the misleading statements made by Rice five days after the September 11, 2012 attack. Graham met with Rice today, along with GOP Senators Kelly Ayotte and John McCain.
Following the meeting, Graham said, “I am more disturbed now than I was before.” Graham signaled he would not consider voting for Susan Rice as Secretary of State unless Barack Obama and his White House give basic answers about what happened in Benghazi.
Here is video of Kirsten Powers on Fox News Sunday this past weekend with really good analysis of the Benghazi Scandal. She says the story is probably losing steam unless Obama makes the mistake of nominating Susan Rice to be Secretary of State. But she fairly points out that Obama and his administration have said too many things that “just don’t add up” or “make sense,” and that it will be really “sad” if something of this signficance just goes away without our leaders being held accountable for what they have said and done.
Here is video of Kirsten Powers on Fox News Sunday today where she said if President Obama insists on nominating U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State – it will show his “arrogance” and could be “his undoing”:
“I don’t know. I think if he does though it could be, that kind of arrogance, which I think it would be, would be his undoing. Because if she is put under oath and is forced to go through and answer all of these questions about Benghazi, it’s going to put the administration into a really bad position. And I don’t think she was the frontrunner. I don’t understand where this came out of. Everything I had heard was that she was in the running, but it was really leaning more towards John Kerry. And then we had this Press Conference where the President just kind of went off about Susan Rice, and it’s now become almost a sense of pride. . . . His defense of her was fine but then it kind of went into an area that didn’t make sense.”
Here is audio of Rush Limbaugh today saying a “Select Committee” should be formed to look into the Benghazi Scandal, particularly in light of Gen. David Petraeus’ testimony today that the original CIA Talking Points prepared on the attack indicated it was an Al-Qaeda attack – not the result of a video. Yet, somehow, somewhere, those talking points were altered so that five days later U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on the Sunday News Shows and blamed the attack on the video – not as an act of terrorism.
Rush is right – there should be a Select Committee formed to get to the bottom of this. If there was such a committee to investigate Watergate and Iran Contra – where no Americans died – the deaths of four Americans deserves at least as much scrutiny. If Obama has nothing to hide, he should not mind an in-depth, independent investigation.
Here is video of Sen. Roy Blunt saying it is important to find out the “chain of information” to determine how the CIA’s original talking points about the Benghazi attack – that it was carried out by terrorists – got altered and by whom. Blunt was speaking after hearing Gen. David Petraeus testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. Blunt also said he wants to know how, five days after the attack, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was still basing her explanation of the attack on the totally false report that there was a spontaneous demonstration over an anti-Islamic video that caused the attack. Blunt said we know there never was any demonstration.
Here is video of Sen. John McCain responding to President Obama’s “come after me” remark at his Press Conference yesterday. Obama was responding with anger to word that Sen. McCain had said he would block any nomination of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to be Secretary of State. McCain called Obama’s response, “juvenile,” and then made it clear he will be coming after Obama by detailing Obama’s conflicting statements on what happened in the Benghazi Terrorist Attack.
Here is video of President Obama playing the offended party (one of his specialties) at his Press Conference today after being asked to respond to news that Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham will do everything they can to block a nomination of Susan Rice to be the Secretary of State in his second term. Obama said the two senators should “go after me” and not Rice because of her false comments that the attack was caused by a video.
Lindsey Graham has already responded to Obama:
“Mr. President, don’t think for one minute I don’t hold you ultimately responsible for Benghazi. I think you failed as Commander in Chief before, during, and after the attack.
We owe it to the American people and the victims of this attack to have full, fair hearings and accountability be assigned where appropriate. Given what I know now, I have no intention of promoting anyone who is up to their eyeballs in the Benghazi debacle.”