October 17th, 2012
12:42 AM ET

President Obama on Benghazi: "I am always responsible"

By Jamie Crawford

President Barack Obama took ultimate responsibility on Tuesday for issues around last month's terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

"I am ultimately responsible for what's taking place there because these are my folks, and I'm the one who has to greet those coffins when they come home," Obama said during a debate with Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney in New York.

"These are just representatives of the United States, they are my representatives. I send them there, often times into harms way," Obama said.

Obama's remarks came a day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN's Elise Labott that she took responsibility for the security in Benghazi. That's where the U.S. mission was overrun on September 11, killing Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

"Secretary Clinton has done an extraordinary job," Obama said in response to a follow-up question from CNN's Candy Crowley who served as the debate moderator. "But she works for me. I'm the president and I am always responsible."

After learning about the attack, Obama told the debate audience at Hofstra University that he called his national security team with instructions for how he wanted the situation handled.

In addition to ordering an increase in security at all U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya and across the region, Obama said he ordered an investigation to find out exactly what happened "regardless of where the facts lead us to make sure folks are held accountable and it doesn't happen again."

The president said he also told his team the United States was "going to find out who did this and hunt them down."

Obama also accused GOP nominee Mitt Romney of playing politics on national security by releasing a statement critical of the administration with the attack still in progress.

Romney questioned at the debate how long it took Obama to refer to the incident in Benghazi as a terrorist attack.

Obama said he called it an act of terror in Rose Garden comments the next day, but Romney challenged him on that point.

"I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror," Romney said.

"Get the transcript," Obama replied testily.

While Obama did refer to the incident as an act of "terror" in the Rose Garden, Romney's assertion was not entirely inaccurate.

In a televised town hall forum on Univision on September 20, Obama said the Benghazi incident arose from protests "because of the outrage" over an anti-Muslim video was "used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests."

In a subsequent interview with ABC's 'The View' on September 25, Obama said while "extremist militias" were expected to have been involved, he declined to label the assault on the consulate in Benghazi as a terrorist attack, and cited an ongoing investigation to assure the attack "wasn't just a mob operation."

Those comments were days after National Counter-terrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen went on record, on September 19, in testimony before the U.S. Senate, and referred to the attack in Benghazi as a terrorist attack.

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  1. In home personal training

    OO This is my favorite line. "In addition to ordering an increase in security at all U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya and across the region,
    Obama said he ordered an investigation to find out exactly what happened "regardless of where the facts lead us to make sure folks are held accountable and it doesn't happen again."" So when do we get to find out what happened?

    April 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  2. leeanne ayres

    I watched the clip of the Rose Garden speech several times after this debate. No, Obama did NOT call the Benghazi attack an act of terror during his address. Throughout his address, he meandered from announcing the deaths of the four Americans to attending a memorial for the 9/11 victims to terrorism in a general topic. Considering the date held prior significance regarding terrorism, Obama's mentioning the word "terror" doesn't mean he was referencing Benghazi. Indeed, during the preface before the speech, by George S. clearly indicated the anti-muslim video was the inflammatory culprit which incited mob violence.
    The most telling statement, I believe, is the Las Vegas Fundraiser which Obama attended shortly afterward. It would be horrific to think that the Commander in Chief, the man responsible for our security, would knowingly put politics before dealing with a terrorist strike. So, Mr. President, when you said you called it an act of terror in infamous Rose Garden speech, you do realize you've admitted a gross dereliction of duty to this country?

    October 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  3. Ray Cathode

    Obama and Clinton are only taking responsibility in a theoretical sense, not in an actual sense. They are simply acknowledging that they are responsible because of their positions. But they are not admitting responsibility in an actual sense, they are not admitting that their direct orders or lack of orders caused these actual deaths – they are still trying to evade actual responsibility. They are not aedmitting that their looking on and not sending actual aid resulted in these actual deaths. They are just saying, "Being the boss makes me responsible, not my ACTIONS make me responsible.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:56 am | Reply
  4. Peach

    He chooses NOW to take some responsibility? After 4 years-–and 3 weeks before election day.
    He does have the blood of 4 human beings in his hands, for sure. He has been blaming everyone (Bush, Congress) for 4 years.....why stop now. This guy has to go.

    October 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • Blah111

      Which grade did you drop out of?

      October 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • Jimmy

      Obama is a coward

      October 19, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • Sue

      Who believes this pathological liar? Sorry your dreams of 08 did not pan out.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
    • Sally

      Shame on sandy Crowley for being so political in her views and wrecking her neutral stance.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  5. Karl

    He distinctly made misleading comments regarding the film. I believed him when he said that. Now I find that the WH was misleading in a concerted effort.
    They had live video feed. Biden either lied or was kept from the truth. Other WH appointees echoed the riot claim. From their statements, the families of the dead were mislead as well.
    If Obama cares for his personnel and puts on an angry mask when he said he cares, why didn't he care before they were killed and insure the security they requested was provided?
    Combine the carelessness Of Libya with our Yemeni embassy employee's murder and arms going to Al Qaeda rebels in Syria, disregard for Israel, Afghanistan green on blue incidents, Guantanamo flip flops and more tells me that we have a weak foreign policy.
    I was active duty when Obama said that the military made a good photo op. Most of us felt he will always think of us that way. His "I care" aggression in the debate was not believable to me. He doesn't seem to know what responsibility is much less accountability.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  6. Columbo

    Why hasn't any terrorist group claimed responsibility for the Benghazi attack? One could only assume that those cowards and scared that our special forces (with Prez. Obama is CIC) woud deal with them as OBL was. They can run but they can hide ;-)

    October 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Joe G

      Think again ding dong

      October 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  7. Tod D

    Did Mrs. Crowley, harbor, cover up, lie, deceive, are commit perjury on the Libya debate?

    October 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  8. R. Freedom

    "The buck stops here?" Gee Barry, it only took you three weeks to figure that one out (after first trying to cover the matter up & blaming everybody else under the sun).

    Thank God there are opinion polls to show you what you should have known in the first place.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      IF OBAMA ALWAYS TAKES RESPONSIBILITY, WHY DOES HE KEEP BLAMING BUSH?

      October 18, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
  9. Jbf

    Cooper , Barnett, even Pierce Morgan spent allot of time Showing the Benghazi coverup and misleading statements made by the Obama administration. Crowley knew every fact , she only intervened to support the president in the misleading statement Obama made on post attack day 1.
    Crowley probably thought Romney would pounce on it ,but Obama's double talk stunned Romney . Obama never disavowed the misleading narrative . The administration including Obama's spokesman continued the false narrative that said it was a video that led to a protest that got out of hand and led to the attack in Benghazi. Of course the killings were ultimately terrorist in nature no one denies this. But the narrative spun by the Obama administration is nothing but intentional deception. The administration watched the attack unfold on satellite connected security cameras from the consulate. So to claim that there was confusion and fog on the facts of the attack is simply just more deception.

    What Obama has to answer for is the political spin and cover up , whereby the government asserted a concocted narrative that had no basis in fact. A false narrative that conveniently denied that the attack was terrorist in its essential nature from the start. A narrative that was invented and structured as cover for Obama's foreign policy failures.
    A narrative that minimized the primary terrorist nature of the attack. A narrative concocted to minimize the existance , threat and risk of terrorism in the world today.

    After all the attack took place a week after Obama thumped his chest at the DNC, claiming al qeda was on its heels.

    Dont forget the Cairo protestors were burning pictures of Obama while chanting" Obama, now we are all Osama".

    ALL FACTS.

    Wake up Obama supporters, see Lara Logan's Work on youtube

    October 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  10. YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH

    AMERICA WANTS THE " TRUTH " ABOUT FAST & FURIOUS & LYBIA WE WANT IT NOW!

    October 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • Howard

      Obama has rarely taken responsibility for his actions. Usually, he resorts to blaming others ... throwing others under the bus ... having others take the blame for him ... using Executive Privilege ... blaming syntax ... acting indignant ... avoiding the issue ... refusing to answer ... having the biased mainstream media, or his devout obama stooges circling the wagons, or covering his tracks .... or just outright lying, to avoid taking responsibility. It's time to replace this poor excuse for a President, with a man of integrity, honest, and character ... someone with the actual experience and know how ...Mitt Romney 2012 !!!

      October 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  11. Factchecktheauthor

    It appears the author of this article should "read the transcript" as well. This paragraph in the article is wrong and overwhelming misleading: "In a televised town hall forum on Univision on September 20, Obama said the Benghazi incident arose from protests "because of the outrage" over an anti-Muslim video was "used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests." The author has conveniently cut and pasted Obama quotes in an attempt to support the statement that "Obama said the Benghazi incident arose from protests." Go here to read the transcript of the Univision town hall forum (http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/09/20/transcript-president-obamas-remarks-at-univision-town-hall/) and you will see that Obama did not say the Benghazi incident arose from protests. The quotes used in this article are actually specifically addressing the other attacks, ie in Egypt, as well, which no one denies arose from the video protests. Here is the quote in full: "What we’ve seen over the last week, week and a half, is something that actually we’ve seen in the past, where there is an offensive video or cartoon directed at the prophet Muhammad. And this is obviously something that then is used as an excuse by some to carry out inexcusable violent acts directed at Westerners or Americans." Obama again repeated this sentiment in taking caution to directly calling the Libya attack a terrorist attack: "I don’t want to speak to something until we have all the information. What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests." CNN should not be publishing such blatantly misleading articles that cherry pick words to make candidates look false. Leave that to the candidates themselves.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Columbo

      Nice catch!

      October 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  12. TommytheT

    Mr Obama, maybe in the future you could meet a few times with your national security team BEFORE we are attacked.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
    • Dave

      Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., went on five networks' Sunday shows and cast the attack as hardly a coordinated strike by terrorists. She said:
      "We are obviously investigating this very closely. The FBI has a lead in this investigation," Rice said Sept. 16 on "Fox News Sunday." "The information, the best information and the best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. That what happened initially was that it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo as a consequence of the video. People gathered outside the embassy and then it grew very violent and those with extremist ties joined the fray and came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately are quite common in post-revolutionary Libya and that then spun out of control.
      "But we don't see at this point signs this was a coordinated plan, premeditated attack. Obviously, we will wait for the results of the investigation and we don't want to jump to conclusions before then. But I do think it's important for the American people to know our best current assessment."

      October 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
      • TommytheT

        Well Mr Obama can try and remake the facts all he wants...in this case the American Public is well aware of what happened and the timeline involved and we have to wonder why our President who knew within days if not hours it was a plan terrorist attack continue to try and tell us it was a demonstration gone bad.

        October 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  13. Charles Bowen

    The Big "O" sure Roped this Dope..... Go Big O you will win 4 moe ! Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    October 17, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
  14. Walter

    So easy to say – so hard to be. If it is true, then why would he allow Clinton to take the real fall and give him cover. Heck, this is like you and i stating, I am always responsible for my life" after voting for someone to take care of me with government programs and raising taxes on a select population. Easy to say...tough to be. History shows our president has a wonderful use of words without the demonstrative behavior to back them up.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • rdgccc

      I am sure that Obama and Clinton had a very indepth conversation yesterday before the debate, discussing the fact that he would take the "fall". Any good president would have come forward immediately and stated that the buck stopped with him. It is truly beneath him to every admit that he is not doing his job properly. I wonder if anyone can find out just how many times he has personally met with his Security Council in the past year. He sure likes to pass the buck.
      One other thing. He didn't inherit the mess from Bush – he chose to accept it. By doing so, it became only his on inauguration day.

      October 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  15. CJ

    We are forgetting the fact that Obama never gave an answer to the gentleman asking who turned down the security detail. He gave the ol' "I'm ultimately responsible" answer. That's not what he was asking.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • Columbo

      This is because in reality the Secretary of States is the head overseer of security for US ambassadors. Just as the Sergeant of Arms is the primary overseer of security for the congress. In other word, this type of security issue does not typically reach the President's desk. Accusing Obama of failing to provide security in Benghazi is like blaming, the governor for a mass shooting or any crime for that matter that has occurred in their state. Better yet, like blaming Bush for the security failures leading to 9/11.

      October 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
      • NS Bingo

        Or like Bill Clinton failing to give the order to kill UBL in 1999?

        October 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • NS Bingo

      Bravo for reminding everyone what the original question was! Numerous requests were denied for increased security – Why is CNN not pursuing this story more? Hillary falling on her sword is quite touching. Guess this is what Obama had in mind with more opportunities for women.

      October 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
      • Columbo

        Answer this. How could Obama have ordered more security in Benghazi when he the information never made it to his desk?

        October 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  16. Mike

    I find it interesting that Obama has spent four years blaming everybody else for the poor state of our country. George Bush, big banks, oil companies, the rich, etc. And for the FIRST TIME he declares in a debate three weeks before the election that he is always responsible. Not credible in the least. I would have had respect for Obama if he went into office and led instead of pointed fingers for four years.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • ralph Petrillo

      Mike get a grip. Bush and his dad left the country state. You are forgetting what Obama inherited. By the way under Obama stock market is up 100% in four years.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
      • zlulz

        Hey ralph, get off the koolaid. Maybe you forgot it was Clinton's fault for the financial meltdown and dodd-frank fault for the housing collapse.

        October 17, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Walter

      Defense mechanism: projection. Niote your weakness and rather than accept it is a weakness of ones self, project it onto the other person. Note Obama attacks Romney as being weak where the president is weak- blame...lying...not truthful. The game is, 'yes, I am these things but so is the other guy and he is worse so I am better."

      October 17, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • Dave

      Those who look at the facts know that Obama, his press secretary, Clinton, Ambassador Rice all suggested it was a spontaneous event.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
  17. Burrito Bandito

    Really tough to watch when one or the other doesn't respect moderator.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • Burrito Bandito

      Plus moderator ughh

      October 17, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • ralph Petrillo

      Toughen up Burrito boy.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
  18. Bryan

    CNSNEWS.com "Five days after the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, Rice told a series of Sunday talk shows that, according to the best information available at the time, the incident was a “spontaneous reaction” to an online video clip denigrating Mohammed, rather than an unrelated terrorist attack."

    October 17, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • ralph Petrillo

      Sh already apologized! Get a grip, Hillary Clinton took responsibiltiy yesterday, and the president Also took responsibility. Nwo for the former Bush hes spent 2 trillion in IRaq , and they did not have nuclear weapons. Liar , Liar stick your head in Fire Bushhie.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • Walter

        Well, really, I am responsible for paying my taxses and electing the person who I put into office tio handle this. I am responsible for placing an incometent and unkowing person in that position. Based on what you wrote, you must be responsible too. So, now...wasn't that hard? We are also responsible for allowing those we elected for lying to us about what was going on and when and not seekign the truth and simply accepting what the facts tell us may not be correct...are we not? Now, accepting such responsibility, I assume we will correct our mistakes becasue, after all, we are responsible for our president and his performance. Do you acdcept that responsibility and your role for those who died or do you just ignore your responsibility to those you placed in harms way through your president? Who, truly, is responsible and what do we do about that failure? Hmmm.....

        October 17, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  19. Charles

    Obama: "I am always responsible"

    Good now leave

    October 17, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
  20. mattinacan

    strong victory for obama. as a PA independent voter, my obama vote is now secured. romney was exposed for his obvious lies and flip flops. if you think obama failed to talk about his plan for the next four years you are just not paying attention. the country is getting better economically and we are headed in the right direction socially. romney can repeat the same talking points about how much better he would have done, but he is no job creator. he dismantled companies and fired people for a living, and massachusetts was 47th in job creation, he couldn't even run for a second term there. the man doesn't even look like he could run, he looked like he was about to fall over at any moment last night, does he ever do anything physical?

    October 17, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
  21. TruthTeller

    in the words of donald trump: "you're fired!"

    October 17, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Four more years! And there's nothing you right wing gun toting lunatics can do about it!

      Obama/Biden 2012 by a LANDSLIDE!

      October 17, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
      • Jasoner

        All of my guns provide you with the freedom to spew your socialist rants and the opportunity to vote this country down the toilet.

        October 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  22. Mike in SA

    Sure he's always responsible...unless he can find someone else to blame! Newst slogan UNLESS IT'S THE POSITIVE, THE BUCK STOP ANYPLACE BUT HERE!

    October 17, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Romney got his clock cleaned last night! Too bad he didn't have Jim Lehrer on his side to interrupt the President. And his so-called binder of women won't add up in the electorals either.

      Obama/Biden 2012 by a LANDSLIDE!

      October 17, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
  23. Dav1

    obama's 15% unemployment bye fool obama 2012

    October 17, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
  24. Dav1

    obama is a lair and out 2012

    October 17, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      WMDs anyone?

      October 17, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
      • Columbo

        Nice one;-)

        October 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • thundercat 22

      @David1 so Mitt Romney is not a liar?

      October 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  25. Sumsanity

    Thanks for taking responsibility for this fiasco Mr. President.
    You're fired.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Trump's mother was born in Scotland and his father in Nazi Germany. Perhaps he'd be fired unless he shows his certificate of live birth.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
  26. Grand Ole Party is going bye bye

    Every president faces adversity and attacks throughout the world. Do you think the middle East is some kind of new danger??? Carter had the Iran hostage crisis (thankfully no loss of life) Reagan had the marine barracks terrorist attack killing 220 marines in Beirut, Bush Sr. had the first Gulf War, Clinton had the Oklahoma City terrorist attack and W had 911. So if everyone of these sittin presidents were responsible like so many of you haters insist Obama is responsible why were they not run out of office? Why were they not held to the same criteria? So many of you haters can't remember the history or choose to ignore it when it comes to this amway salesman who thinks he could do a better job.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • Grand Ole Party is going bye bye

      By the way loss of life refers to hostages. US special forces soldiers were killed in the desert trying a rescue.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • Phil

      If you think that he is being held responsible for the attack happening then you are way off point. Everyone knows attacks will happen & the President or his administration can't always prevent. But what he can do and failed to do in Libya is make sure that we are prepared on our end as much as possible. Obama failed to respond to numerous requests from the Embassy for additional security. That is huge and should be held accountable. How he reacts is also a choice, and his choice to delay, prolong & point fingers whether it was Susan Rice, a Youtube Video or Romney. The president did not come out strong knowing it was a terrorist attack. He made up excuses, stalled and pointed fingers. Only to finally admit 2 weeks later that it in fact was a terrorist attack directly related to 9/11.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
      • TommytheT

        agreed he seems to have failed but worst he seems to have attempted to cover up the failure, 100 times worst. Does not play game with our security at stake I believe is what Mr Obama stated....sorry Mr Obama what you did here was play a game for weeks.

        October 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  27. king

    Are we supposed to believe you Mr. PRESIDENT? I mean why didnt you do all the things you promised you would do in your first term? Instead of giving us jobs the first year, you went running around the world apologizing, wasted time/money on Obama care and hung around with celebrities. We need a serious president this time around and Romney is the man for this job. President Hu-s-sein, please go back to where you came from. Kenya!

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 17, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • Really King???

      You got to be kidding me man. I get the fact that you think he didn't do as good of a job as you hoped he would, I get that. But you make yourself sound as ignorant as they come when your telling him to go back to Kenya and are referring to him by his middle name because it sounds Arab. Pull your head out of your tail pipe and try to have some civil discourse when trying to make your point and stop being a typical American.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
      • Jasoner

        Does Barry Soetoro work better for you?

        October 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Alison B

      I do not understand how people are so blind and ignorant. When Obamawent into office he has 8 years of mess to clean up not four years of mess but 8 years. Do you really think that one can clean up such a mess in four years and still try to do what he promises. I don't like people who are not logical in their thinking. I am sorry but as far as I am concerns people are only saying all of this just because he is a higly intelligent educated BLACK MAN. Go bout your hating people but it is gonna be OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

      October 17, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Why didn't he do all the things he promised? As a republican supporting Romney, you mean you actually would have liked the President to succeed in fulfilling all of his promises? Really? You know, healthcare reform was a promise to the American people in the 2008 campaign but the republicans opposed it. Financial reform was a campaign promise to the American people but the republicans opposed it. Restoring our economy was a campaign pledge to the American people but the republicans stepped in the way every chance they got. Strenghtening and looking ou for the middle class was a campaign promise but the republicans opposed it. And your boy Romney said its not his job to worry about 47% of the American people. Ending the illegitimate Iraqi war was a campaign pledge to the American people but the republicans opposed ending that war, arguing that we would only be sending the wrong message to the enemy. I believe that such enemy did not exist before we invaded and destabilized Iraq. Getting rid of OBL was a campaign pledge to the American people because OBL was the mastermind of the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. But the republicans accused the President of violating the air space of a sovereign nation in Pakistan. And by the way, the guy you're voting for said "its not worth moving heaven and earth to find Bin Laden." Promises, promises, promises???

      Obama/Biden 2012 by a LANDSLIDE!

      October 17, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • TommytheT

      wait for it king....we will be hearing how he "inherited" a mess and will take years to fix, or how every one wanted him to fail and did not help, or how evil rich and successful were against him...just one excuse after another. You know what we do deserve better, if you can not handle cleaning up the mess Mr Obama, than please step aside.

      October 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  28. JoanB

    Get Disqus as your comment section like the rest of CNN. I come to this site because of it. DISQUS please, it allows relavant back and forth without sacrificing control.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
  29. Truly

    Down with Obama's "Dreams From My Father"

    Restore the American dream – FREEDOM

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 17, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Jim Crow!

      October 17, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • ogre12

      obamanomore has shown he is, indeed, NOT RESPONSIBLE. It is why I voted against this fool.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
      • Muna Sarre

        He doesn't need votes from idiots like you

        October 17, 2012 at 11:13 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        And guess what? That person you called fool is President of the United States of America and leader of the free world. I believe the real FOOLS are the ones like you who voted for the losing duo, McCain/Palin. Hehe.

        October 17, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      You right wingers can whine all you want and join Romney and the GOT in politicizing this tragedy for political gain but the reality is that what the Obama administration said based on information it received about the attacks did not contribute to the attacks. Just hours following the attack, Romney showed how low he is by rushing to a microphone and accusing the President of "sympathizing with the terrorists" but Romney is yet to explain what the President said or did that can actually be classified as sympathizing with the attackers. Furthermore, when Romney rushed to a microphone to a accuse the President of sympathizing with the enemy, his classless and deceitful behavior not only displayed his hanous disrespect for the deceased but they also showed how far he would go for political gain.

      Now, was there mention by this administration of a film? Yes, because millions of Muslims who protested around the world claimed that their protest and anger was fueled by the web video. Secondly, did the people who attack the compound identified themselves as al Qaeda or took responsibility for the attacks? No! Therefore, you don't rush to a microphone and address the nation and report on a tragedy when an investigation is ongoing. Romney said the President waited too long to say it was a terrorist attack. Duhhhhh! Any attack on human life is a terrorist attack.

      Did what the President said or did after the attack contributed to the attack? I don't thing so! But Romney and his republican friends are behaving as though the President's response to the attacks actually caused the attacks. That is simply outrageous and childish. Secondly, could this tragedy have been averted with more security? Absolutely! But the same could be said of the 1983 Beirut attacl that killed 283 of our Marines when Ronald Reagan was the President. And the same could be said of the 9/11 attacks on our homeland that killed 3,210 Americans when GWB was in office. And by the way, while President Obama did not tell a lie that contributed to the deaths of these four Americans, GWB told a very BIG lie about bogus WMDs that caused the deaths of 4,287 American troops in Iraq and his lie also contributed to the 2000 U.S. casualties in an Afghan was that was deliberately and recklessly abandoned and prolonged for the invasion of Iraq. let's face it, you right wingers can whine and point fingers all you want but the reality is that you people have no credibility at all and your whining is simply baseless.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
      • Lizzie

        He never had a problem before rushing to the mike and loudly proclaiming his belief and then when proven wrong had a beer summit. Or have you lately heard anything about the boy in Florida that he proudly proclaimed would look like his son, but he had to follow Jackson and Sharpton to keep the race baiting going.

        October 17, 2012 at 11:25 am |
      • Ray E. (Georgia)

        Us Right Wingers are worried about making a Paycheck. You Left Wingers are worried about how you can help yourself to our Paycheck. Book your own F'ing life. Yes I am always responsibile for my actions, says the Prez. What is it I am responsible for again? Did I agree to that?

        October 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • caroly

        With all that said, "You are correct", Blah, blah the wheel's off your trailer. Deceived.

        October 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  30. RD Carrington

    Saying "I am responsible" doesn't mean you've actually taken responsibility nor does it give you a free pass for mistakes made or a gold star. Beside that, it's his job to be responsible for which he's being well paid.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • caroly

      Being responsible and not being responsible are two different things! The President saying that he was responsible, when in fact he was not responsible are two different things!
      And in this situation 'HE CLEARLY WAS NOT RESPONSIBLE'!
      As a woman voter I would not commit or vote for a leader that would not protect me in whatever situation...and with that said 'I do not feel safe with this man in office'.
      He did not prove that he was responsible in this situation in Benghazi..
      .He simply did not respond fast enough or speak out strong enough! l do not trust his Actions...Actions speak louder than words...and in this Presidency his actions hit the ground with the 'BENGHAZI' incident and with these last 4 years. His words are 'HOT AIR'!

      October 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
      • Columbo

        How illogical could you possibly be? President Obama has done more to protect US interest and security overseas than any other president since the end of Vietnam. The United States is looked upon more respectfully today compared to 4 years ago. Fact check if you like.

        October 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  31. idiophobia

    you cant change the past so stop blaming it

    October 17, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • ogre12

      you are right you cannot change the past but you can change the future by not repeating the past..so you are only half correct (no lollipop for you).

      October 17, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
  32. NJB Chicago

    We need a President who will stand up and take responsibility WHEN EVENTS HAPPEN, not when he's forced to because he's in a debate and he knows he's blown it up to that point. Same goes for Hillary. I personally wouldn't want either one at the other end of the line if the phone wrang at 3 in the morning. The way they handled the murders of these 4 people proved that to me.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • zaqaz

      Game, set, and match.

      Saying he takes responsibility is not the same as saying "My team dropped the ball." Too much wiggle room for a lying poitician of either party.

      Saying we will not bow to acts of terror is not the same as saying "this act of terror". Too much wiggle room for a lying poitician of either party.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:03 am | Reply
    • Griffin

      You mean like George Bush, taking responsibility for 9/11? Or George Bush, taking responsibility for the 4000 US soldiers that have died in Iraq? Or George Bush, taking responsibility for crashing our economy?

      October 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  33. babanto

    "i don't look at mine, it's not as big as yours!" Really Obama?

    October 17, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • Muna Sarre

      yes really Obama and what the hell is your point. This shows how narrow minded you are. All you can get from that 90 minutes debate is that line. You are pathetic. Get al life!!

      October 17, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
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