Obama Throws Susan Rice Under the Bus, Then Blames the Bus Driver; Media Applauds

On Wednesday, President Obama gave his first press conference in eight months. In between hard-hitting questions about global warming and whether or not the president has spoken to Mitt Romney since election night, one member of the White House press corps actually managed to squeeze in a question about the administration’s public response to the Benghazi terrorist attack. Specifically, the question was in regard to the multiple interviews U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, gave to news networks five days after the attack.

As many of you will recall (unless you don’t watch FOX News and are hearing this for the first time), Rice repeatedly stated that the government’s best intelligence indicated that the attack was spawned by a spontaneous mob that was upset over an anti-Muslim YouTube video created by some guy in California.

We know now, of course, that at the time Rice made those remarks, our federal government was well aware that what happened at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya was a coordinated terrorist attack. The described ‘spontaneous mob’ didn’t even exist. Thus, the information that Rice gave to the public was purposely dishonest. Many suspect (and by ‘many’, I mean anyone who’s not in the tank for the administration) that the public was mislead so as not to hurt President Obama’s re-election campaign. Regardless of the motivations, the timeline clearly reveals that there was a cover-up.

The reporter asked the president to respond to comments from U.S. senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham that they planned on blocking Susan Rice’s possible nomination as the next Secretary of State, based on her Benghazi statements.

After singing the praises of Susan Rice, the president confirmed (for the first time) that the White House had given her the information that she relayed to the news organizations. He then scolded McCain and Graham for vowing to deny Rice the nomination.

He said, “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.”

Outrageous? Really? Let’s take a look at that comment, because it’s important on a couple of fronts… First of all, the obvious question is that if Rice “had nothing do with Benghazi”, why was she sent out by the White House to talk about it to the press? Secondly, if the White House sent her out with information they knew to be false, aren’t THEY the ones who besmirched her reputation?

The president continued: “When they go after the U.N. ambassador, apparently because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me.”

How terribly chivalrous the president sounded there (well, except for that part about her being an “easy target”, which was pretty darned condescending if you ask me). Anyway, the president was at least trying to show us once again exactly what his campaign told us for the last six months: That he’s the great protector of women.

But let’s take a step back. Who put Rice in this position? John McCain and Lindsey Graham didn’t send her onto national television with false information. President Obama did. She was merely a pawn to the administration – someone they clearly felt was so inconsequential to them that they put her career aspirations in jeopardy by asking her to fall on the sword for them. Maybe that’s why the president categorized her as “an easy target.” Obama just forgot to mention that he’s the one who painted the bulls-eye on her.

To top things off, for those who watched the press conference, it was obvious by the president’s demeanor that he was suggesting something chauvinistic in the way McCain and Graham were holding Rice accountable for her words. As if, somehow, a woman can’t be criticized by two men (forget the fact that female senators are supporting McCain and Graham) without it having something to do with her gender.

Half of me expected Obama to identify McCain and Graham as “acting generals in the War On Women“, and accuse them of trying to steal Rice’s birth control pills. It certainly wouldn’t have been any more ridiculous than some of the things that went on during the presidential campaign.

Isn’t the reality pretty obvious, though?  To cover his own butt, President Obama hid behind Susan Rice’s skirt and sent her onto national television to spread false information. It was the president who put her career on the line in doing so. Yet McCain and Graham are supposed to be villains for holding her accountable? There’s your protector of women, folks!

Equally nauseating has been the media’s glowing reaction to Obama’s so-called gallant defense of Rice.

On ABC’s Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos hailed the president for being “very forceful in defending Ambassador Rice.” His colleague, Martha Raddatz, deemed it a “very strong defense.”

ABC News’ Diane Sawyer described the president as coming out swinging, in defense of Rice.

Most all of the mainstream media has found a way to admire the president’s response, but the most embarrassing fawning came from NBC News…

Brian Williams said, “The president today, almost conjuring the wording of Aaron Sorkin from the movie American President, as will be pointed out all day, really deciding to throw down.”

Andrea Mitchell concurred with Williams, saying, “This was President Andrew Shepherd really coming through in the East Room of the White House. Because this was President Obama saying, ‘If you want to pick a fight with my U.N. ambassador, and blame her for something that was not her responsibility on Benghazi, then you come after me’….It was dramatic. He is angry.”

Pathetic.

If only the national media could get as emotionally invested in the cover-up of the deaths of four American patriots, as they do over the president’s phony, Hollywood chivalry, the public and the families of the victims might actually get some answers.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • ELWOOD P SUGGINNS BR549

    THATS BECAUSE OBUMMER IS A O’SCUMMER

  • ELWOOD P SUGGINNS BR549

    I’m so sick of people giving Obama a pass on Wrongdoing, First, Fast & Furious, then A SECRET deal with the Russians on Removing Missle Defence, Now its
    Benghazi. Fast & Furious Brian Terry murdered & numerous Mexicans, Benghazi,
    highly trained, great men 4 murdered. Obama smiles & laughs it off. in additional
    if you check with Darryl Issa of Oversight Comm you would be shocked how many
    infractions of the law Mr Obama HAS !!!!! SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE !!!

  • deny916

    WAAAAAAAAAAAY to much kool-aid!

  • Wally

    She should be held accountable for what she said, they sent her out there with no gun to her head. If she is not competent enough to read and comprehend what she is saying, we do not need her as our “mouthpiece’ to the UN.

  • TOM JONES

    IF YOUR DUMB ENOUGH TO READ WHAT OBAMA GIVES ON TV WITHOUT
    CHECKING IT OUT, MAYBE THE BUS IS NOT A BAD PLACE.

  • freeinaz

    I guess what we have here are some high ranking generals skirt chasing and then we have the president who hides behind the skirts. Which one is worse? Leading from behind never works and it’s always hard to see through those skirts when your trying to get a clear picture of the problem.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMJUHF4UNZWSLIDRXPSSTOHA3Q Shane

    Yes, let’s go after the SOB Obama who sent Rice out to minsinform the American people in exchange for nominating Rice to the position of secretary of state.

  • Moebius

    The way the national media has been acting in tandem as starry-eyed lapdogs in this administration is shameful. It underscores the importance of having an adversarial press, one that’s equally skeptical toward whichever party they are covering.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maxine.kreider1 Maxine Kreider

    This gets creepier and creepier. A whole lot of people have been thrown under that bus and so far no one has staid there. Now Obama is admitting the WH gave out the altered talking points. But then the questions remain – who gave Rice her walking/talking orders? Who altered the CIA talking points? Some one liied, I wonder who.

  • White614

    Obama not only threw her under the bus, but then drove the bus over her, and is now trying to flee the scene of the accident Why has the defense of the consulate and a timely response to the attack left the conversation and now become focused on Susan Rice response?
    .

  • wally

    We have a right to question Susan Rice as Secretary of State. If she can’t decide on her own what is the truth, then we do not need her as S.O. State.

  • Switchlight13

    The Black Messiah sent to save America is off to Asia while the nation sinks. His hoe & sista Rice has her panties in a knot after being used and abused over the lies from the White Hose

  • Venter

    I planned my day around the Obama press conference hoping someone would ask some serious questions. You know like the good old fashion press conferences when the news media where honest reporters seeking out the truth. The press conference was a joke on American people again. Obama did not answer questions and went on with the same old Blah Blah Blah that we all heard before. Getting tough with McCain and Graham was soooooooooooo silly. They should go after him! Was he admitting something? (He didn’t have his teler prompter). And the Oscar goes too.
    Susan Rice is a big girl. As seceratary of state if a strong world leader says something harsh will she be able to handle it. Will Superman opps I mean will Obamaman have to fight her battles. We are all sick over the deaths in Benghazi. I never see any real emotion on Obam’s face when he talks about Brnghazi. With all that is going on now how safe do we feel?

    • Switchlight13

      A total of 8 questioned were asked by his media admirers. All but one (Fox)were the usual softball variety. He’s the news media’s Black Messiah and Cult Leader.

  • Chris Matthewson

    The interesting thing to me about this tempest in a teapot is that, near the end of his defense of Ms. Rice, the President said, “I’m happy to have that [pause] discussion with them.” The pause is excluded from the written accounts I have seen of Mr. Obama’s words. I believe that the pause indicates that he consciously decided to change the word he was about to say in mid-sentence. I believe he was about to say “fight,” but then switched to the much more diplomatic word “conversation.”

    Perhaps the President subconsciously bit his tongue, in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, who was no doubt on his mind this past week. In fact, the very next day, Mr. Obama hosted a screening of the movie about that other President from Illinois, along with its director and some of the cast.

    • Switchlight13

      Obama couldn’t shine Lincoln’s shoes.

      • Chris Matthewson

        Our 16th President would be disgusted by your remark. Our 44th would probably just shake his head and smile.

  • deny916

    EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT article Mr. Daly! Four more years of idiot boy…ugh!!!!!

  • Patrick

    Just amazing. President Obama’s adminstration sends out Susan Rice to the Sunday morning show with some story about the attack being a spontaneous response to some anti Muslim video, which by the way I had thought the President had already declared it “an act of terror” in the Rose Garden. Then once she gets criticized, he comes in like acting like he’s a knight in shining armor rescuing her from those mean Republicans even though he was the one who sent her out there in the first place.

    And by the way, Mr. President, you don’t do yourself any favors when you say, “When they go after the U.N. ambassador, apparently because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me.” Because believe me, Mr. President, they most certainly do have a problem with you and they’re coming after you next.

    I guess this is what a lot of the next few months is going to look like.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPL2AXPXJMWPEJWFN34MPC5RNY terry

    FAST & FURIOUS, SECRET RUSSIAN MISSILE DEFENCE DEAL, BENGHAZI
    KILLING & COVER UP, IMPEACHMENT SHOULD APPLY.

  • Johnny Deadline

    Listening to Obama at a press conference is like reading a Joseph Heller novel. He’s admittedly happy to have a conversation on Benghazi but refuses to discuss it when questioned. To paraphrase Heller, Obama strikes me as a self-made president who owes his lack of successful accomplishments to no one.

  • Vince Ricardo

    That’s actually one of the first truths Obama has spoken in quite some time, “… they’ve got a problem with me.” Yes, Mr. President, they do. Many of us do. Surely this is not a surprise? … Well, on the other hand, I suppose that when someone doesn’t fawn over you it IS a surprise to you. Pathetic indeed.

    • John Daly

      Exactly. As if that’s not who critics of Rice’s statements weren’t holding ultimately accountable.

  • Wheels55

    I’ll take Bush’s Rice over Obama’s Rice any day. Condi would not have played such a fool as Susan.

  • DOOM

    my favorite part it’s when Obama said that he would be happy to have the conversation on Benghazi, as he dodged a question on Benghazi.

  • cmacrider

    John: This guy can’t seem to organize the defense of a consulate in Libya so I assume Susan Rice is less than confident that he will defend her against meany McCain and Gruesome Graham.

  • Bob

    I loved the phrasing “then they’ve got a problem with me.” No kidding? Two Republican Senators, one of which was your challenger for the Presidency and you expect them to be cowed with a threat of “they’ve got a problem with me”? I’m guessing these two guys wake up every morning trying to figure out ways to ruin Barack Obama’s day. There’s nothing they want more than having a problem with him!