… Um, Dan , What the President was or was not Doing Does Matter …
Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 19th,2013
.. POTUS is not just head of state , but head of the government . He is command responsible for the actions of his appointees (including you , stupid) . What is going on , whether he is aware or not , matters . It always matters .
.. To say it does not is itself offensive , Dan . You would serve Mr. Obama best by submitting your resignation , Dan . You are a disaster as WHCD , and you do not present convincing spin , much less arguments , in presentation of the Administration ‘ s message . What you do do , sucks !
Host Chris Wallace reminds Pfeiffer that Obama didn’t really talk with Secretary Clinton, Secretary Panetta, or Martin Dempsey , chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that night. “He was talking to his national security staff,” Pfeiffer insists.
Asked about whether the president entered the Situation Room, Pfeiffer says, “I don’t remember what room the president was in on that night, and that’s a largely irrelevant fact.”
Pfeiffer then argues that Wallace’s questions about the president’s handling of the Benghazi terror attack are “offensive.”
UPDATE: Here’s a full rush transcript of the exchange:
WALLACE: let’s turn to benghazi. he had a meeting with panetta in the afternoon, heard
about this on an unrelated subject, wanted them to deploy forces as soon as possible.
the next time he shows up, hillary clinton says she spoke to him at around 10:00 that
night after the attack at the consulate, not the annex, but the attack at the consulate
had ended. question, what did the president do the rest of that night to pursue
PFEIFFER: the president was kept up to do throughout the entire night, from the moment
it started till the end. this is a horrible tragedy, people that he sent abroad whose
lives are in risk, people who work for him. i recognize that there’s a series of
conspiracy theories the republicans are spinning about this since the night it
happened, but there’s been an independent review of this, congress has held hearings,
we provided 250,000 pages of — 250,000 pages of documents up there. there’s been 11
hearings, 20 staff briefings. everyone has found the same thing. this is a tragedy. the
question is not what happened that night. the question is what are we going to do to
move forward and ensure it doesn’t happen again? congress should act on what the
president called for earlier this week, to pass legislation to actually allow us to
implement the recommendations of the accountability review board. when we send
diplomats off into far-flung places, there’s inherent risk. we need to mitigate that
WALLACE: with all due respect, you didn’t answer my question. what did the president do
PFEIFFER: kept up to date with the events as they were happening.
WALLACE: he didn’t talk to the secretary of state except for the one time when the
first attack was over. he didn’t talk to the secretary of defense, he didn’t talk to
chiefs. the chairman of the joint who was he talking to?
PFEIFFER: his national security staff, his national security council.
WALLACE: was he in the situation room?
PFEIFFER: he was kept up to date throughout the day.
WALLACE: do you know know whether he was in the situation room?
PFEIFFER: i don’t know what room he was in that night. that’s a largely irrelevant
WALLACE: well –
PFEIFFER: the premise of your question, somehow there was something that could have
been done differently, okay, that would have changed the outcome here. the
accountability roof board has looked at this, people have looked at this. it’s a
horrible tragedy, and we have to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
WALLCE: here’s the point, though, the ambassador goes missing, the first ambassador in
more than 30 years is killed. four americans, including the ambassador, are killed.
dozens of americans are in jeopardy. the president at 4:00 in the afternoon says to the
chairman of the joint chiefs to deploy forces. no forces are deployed. where is he
while all this is going on?
PFEIFFER: this has been tested to by –
WALLACE: well, no. no one knows where he is, who was involved, the –
PFEIFFER: the suggestion of your question that somehow the president –
WALLACE: i just want to know the answer.
PFEIFFER: the assertions from republicans that the president didn’t take action is
offensive. there’s no evidence to support it.
WALLACE: i’m simply asking a question. where was he? what did he do? how did he respond
in who told him you can’t deploy forces and what was his president?
PFEIFFER: the president was in the white house that day, kept up to date by his
national security team, spoke to the join
- Empty Chair? Dan Pfeiffer: ‘Irrelevant’ Where Barry Was During Benghazi, “Offensive” To Even Ask (riehlworldview.com)
- WH: ‘Irrelevant’ Where Obama Was During Benghazi Attacks (breitbart.com)
- ‘Totally Misleading’: Chris Wallace Grills White House Adviser Over Benghazi Emails, Talking Points (mediaite.com)
- Obama Aide: ‘Irrelevant’ Where the President Was During Benghazi Attack (pjmedia.com)