Obama was actually asked point blank about Benghazi today by the Morning Joes, which set up a well-rehearsed boilerplate reply...
Some snippets and thoughts:
"..the fact of the matter is, this is a tragedy..."
So it's not a terrorist attack or just an attack, but a tragedy. That theme will be repeated throughout the reply..
"..figure out what happened, and fix it".
Sir, what happened was we got hit with a terror attack on 9/11 and our people were murdered--including an ambassador on sovereign US soil. How does one 'fix' that, exactly, especially since there might be hundreds of fighters involved? This wasn't an airline crash.
"..we have tried to make sure the American people knew, as information was coming in, what we believed happened".
Morning Joe then interrupted by noting that the 'story kept changing', to which he was told that's why they have an investigation. But if that's true and the administration was providing the peeps with updates why didn't they update us on Stevens' diary entries about being on a 'hit list'? Why haven't they reported about the foreign fighters? Why haven't they said word one about Sheikh Abdel-Rahman? If the Morning Joes were real reporters they could have made these points, but of course if they were Obama wouldn't be talking with them one-on-one.
"..my number one priority was, secure Americans, figure out what happened, bring those folks to justice."
"..my number one responsibility is to go after folks who did this.."
Notice that not once during the interview did Obama use the word terror, terrorism, or terrorists. Terrorists are now folks. And neither Mika nor Joe asked whether sending out apology tweets or locking up the filmmaker and blaming his film or saying "the future mustn't belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam" was part of the fixing it thing.
And of course the O folks are shocked, shocked and downright insulted that someone would dare question them over this tragedy. Which means that anyone who continues asking questions will not only be rebuffed but shamed to boot. He also said if there was some kind of breakdown that person would be dealt with, but ultimately he's in charge, not elaborating on exactly what that means. Of course he knows there's a referendum coming in just over a week.