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Obama dares McCain: Go after Susan Rice and ‘you’ve got a problem with me’

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday lashed out at Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for their “outrageous” attacks on U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice “because they think she’s an easy target” and dared them to “go after me” instead.

During a press conference on Wednesday, ABC’s Jonathan Karl noted that McCain and Graham had threatened to block Rice if she was nominated to be secretary of state because she repeated an incorrect CIA judgement that September the attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans had been a reaction to an anti-Muslim video.

“Let me say specifically about Susan Rice, she has done exemplary work,” the president insisted. “If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But 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.”


Obama said he would not argue that Congress had a duty to get to the bottom of the attacks, “but 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.”

“And should I choose if I think she should be the best person to serve America in the capacity of the State Department then I will nominate her. That’s not a determination that I’ve made yet.”

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Nov. 14, 2012.


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by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM
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shimamab
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:08 AM
This lady has issues. Obama defended her as a member of his admin being targeted for doing the job she was given, not because she's a woman.

Quoting BoysManDog:

 


Kirsten Powers is a democrat FYI.


 


President Obama's silly, sexist defense of Susan Rice


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Published November 15, 2012


Don't pick on the little lady.


Wednesday, President Obama bizarrely cast the U.N. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, as some delicate flower the boys should stop picking on for her dissembling claims on five Sunday talk shows following the killing of 4 Americans in Benghazi.  But, there is no damsel in distress and Obama's paternalistic bravado in defense of a top administration official is going to come back to haunt him.


"If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me," Obama intoned to the stenographers worshipping at his feet. The media had gathered for a rare "press conference" where Fox News' Ed Henry and ABC's Jake Tapper are usually the only ones who ever seem to ask a question that elicits anything other than filibustering presidential pabulum.  (One "journalist" actually congratulated the president on his win and gushed about how she has never seen him lose an election.)  Group hug!


Obviously caught up in his own silly yarn about meanie Senators and helpless U.N. Ambassadors, the President complained, "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."   


Imagine George Bush saying that people criticized John Bolton because he was an "easy target." He wouldn't.  


It's absurd and chauvinistic for Obama to talk about the woman he thinks should be Secretary of State of the United States as if she needs the big strong man to come to her defense because a couple of Senators are criticizing her.  


Believe it or not, Rice isn't the first potential Cabinet nominee to be opposed by members of Congress up on the Hill.  Obama also left out the inconvenient detail that there is another senator who has Rice in the crosshairs:  Sen. Kelly Ayotte.  But perhaps a female Senator holding Rice accountable didn't sound menacing enough in the era of the "War on Women."


But it gets much worse.  


As the president expressed outrage over the atrocity of members of Congress holding administration officials accountable, he said, "I'm happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador? Who had nothing to do with Benghazi?"


Feast on those words for a second:  The U.N. Ambassador had "nothing to do with Benghazi."  At this point, the White House press corps should have flown into a frenzy, demanding to know why a person who had nothing to do with Benghazi was put on five Sunday talk shows as...the face of Benghazi! 


This was an issue that had people scratching their heads the day of the Rice interviews, and plenty of questions were asked as to where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was, and why Rice was put out instead. The administration at the time acted as though there was nothing remarkable about it, even though there clearly was.  


But now we know -- straight from the lips of the president of the United States -- that they sent out a person who knew "nothing" about Benghazi to explain an atrocious attack against the United States that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans serving their country abroad.


No temper tantrum from the White House on the insult of being questioned about a terror attack against the U.S. abroad would be complete without  their perennial favorite: the straw man. 


The conceit of Obama's argument is that people are picking on a helpless girl -- a lowly U.N. ambassador -- because they are afraid of the big bad president.  


Oh, please.  


President Obama, incredibly, claimed that he was "happy to have the discussion" about Benghazi.  


Really?  


Because every time anyone asks the president about Benghazi he claims he can't say anything because there is an investigation going on. The State Department actually said at one point that they would no longer take questions on the issue from reporters.


Senator Graham's response to the president's revelations and accusations at the press conference was exactly right:  He said, "Mr. President, don't think for one minute I don't hold you ultimately responsible for Benghazi."  


The president says he is ready to talk about this?  Great.  We are all ears.


http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/15/president-obama-silly-sexist-defense-susan-rice/print

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lga1965
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:33 AM
I am a moderate Democrat who supports the President. Nobody likes that......
I will never be Conservative .....nibidy likes that about me either.
As a result, people are not very nice and when I defend myself....people tell me I am attacking.
That makes no sense.
Therefore, I won't give you the chance to be rude abd unkind and I won't be around to defend myself....( which is a logical thing to do...)
post your Obama bashes .....I'm going to other groups where they actually make sense. Even if they are conservative ...they are still reasonable and fair. Everyone can have an opinion there and they won't have to defend themselves from anything!
bye bye.....
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pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I am not sure why you quoted me and then deleted the quote but I thought I would just help you out.  See, you did it again.  You threw sticks and stones and then you bolted.  Why can't you just have an honest debate?  The below questions are asked and I would like to hear an Intelligent answer from you as to why you believe the below is false.  Why do you believe that the House of Foreign Affairs allowed Rice to go onto all of those shows and mislead the American people when there was a live feed being showed during the attacks?

 

Gold Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 6:26 AM

Iga...the only thing you do is throw sticks and stones. How about having an intellectual discussion for once and stop acting like a juvenile. Let's start by this particular subject. How is McCain wrong in his assessment on what Rice did....going out there and trying to convey that the attack was really a just a group of angry protesters due to a terrible video? How do you explain the live feed?

Quoting lga1965:

How is it acceptable to spew right wing lies about the President?

Quoting lga1965:

I am a moderate Democrat who supports the President. Nobody likes that......
I will never be Conservative .....nibidy likes that about me either.
As a result, people are not very nice and when I defend myself....people tell me I am attacking.
That makes no sense.
Therefore, I won't give you the chance to be rude abd unkind and I won't be around to defend myself....( which is a logical thing to do...)
post your Obama bashes .....I'm going to other groups where they actually make sense. Even if they are conservative ...they are still reasonable and fair. Everyone can have an opinion there and they won't have to defend themselves from anything!
bye bye.....


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