Anyway, the press conference was fairly predictable. Neither Helen Thomas nor Sam Donaldson showed up but there were a lot of follow-ups asked now that the election has passed. Here are some paraphrased questions-answers..
"Did you order anyone to protect the people in Benghazi?" He ordered his underlings to do everything to keep them safe. So the underlings apparently failed.
"Did the American people and Commander-in-Chief deserve to know the CIA director was under investigation by the FBI before the election?" Protocol. And procedures. And protocol. And an ongoing investigation. And boy that Petraeus really screwed up.
As to his defense of Susan Rice, his taunting "they should go after me" almost sounded as if he was accusing the two old white Senators of being racist or misogynist. But it was not followed up with the obvious question-- WHY WAS SHE THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE? If she was only responding with the information given her then maybe she shouldn't have been sent out there to look foolish. Explaining terrorist attacks at Department of State facilities was surely above her pay grade. It's certainly within Hillary's. Or Patraeus'. Or the top banana's. But nobody asked why. They already know.
In the end this seemed a fitting conclusion:
QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) on spending, the $1.2 trillion figure, is that something you see in the short-term or is there...
OBAMA: That was a great question, but it would be a horrible precedent for me to answer your question just because you yelled it out. So thank you very much, guys.Apparently Helen Thomas did show up--her role has been taken over by Obama.
MY FRIENDS.. 11/15/12
Good Lord, what a stupid move. One of the leading detractors on Benghazi missed the closed door hearings today about Benghazi. He was confronted about it by CNN and proceed to show his ass, royally:
"I have no comment about my schedule and I'm not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media," McCain said. Asked why he wouldn't comment, McCain grew agitated: "Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?” When CNN noted that McCain had missed a key meeting on a subject the senator has been intensely upset about, McCain said, "I'm upset that you keep badgering me."For his sake there better be more reasonable lame explanation than "scheduling error". If not, well give it up. Obama wins again, thanks to clownish handlers. By the by, notice how CNN treated the old war hero--asking him over and over why he wasn't there. Imagine if they treated the president that way. He scares and intimidates them after the first tough question.