The notion that we would hide the ball for political purposes when, a week later, we all said, in fact, there was a terrorist attack taking place the day after, I said it was an act of terror.The day after the terror attack in Benghazi, President Obama gave a Rose Garden Speech of 801 words. He mentioned the word terror once near the end of his speech but not in reference to the horrible attack.
During that brief statement, President Obama referred to Benghazi as; An attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi; this outrageous and shocking attack; attack; terrible act. Obama called the people who perpetuated the attack “the killers who attacked our people.” He did not call them terrorists.
In the fourth paragraph of that Rose Garden speech, the alluded to the anti-Muslim video.
Obama knew at the time (and we know now) that video had nothing to do with the attack:
Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.Six paragraphs later Obama used the “T” word in a general way:
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.As late as September 20th on Airforce One the Administration was not calling it terrorism:
From the gaggle on Air Force One, en route Miami, 9/20/2012 [a White House Press Release]:Words are important, especially for this President. If Obama wanted to call the attack terrorism he would have, but he avoided calling the Benghazi attack “terrorism.”
Q: Can you -- have you called it a terrorist attack before? Have you said that?
MR. CARNEY: I haven’t, but -- I mean, people attacked our embassy. It’s an act of terror by definition.
Q: Yes, I just hadn’t heard you --
MR. CARNEY: It doesn’t have to do with what date it occurred.
Q: No, I just hadn’t heard the White House say that this was an act of terrorism or a terrorist attack.
Remember he was still blaming the attack on a spontaneous protest because of a You Tube video when he spoke to the UN on September 25 two weeks after the attack.
The President was lying to the UN then and to Bill O' Reilly on Sunday.