Obama on Benghazi: We are going to fix it
October 18th, 2012
06:35 PM ET

Obama on Benghazi: We are going to fix it

By Ashley Killough

President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his administration's handling of the Libya consulate attack, telling Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" that he will ultimately fix any problems involving security for diplomatic posts.

"The government is a big operation and any given time, something screws up," he said in the interview to air Thursday night. "And you make sure that you find out what's broken and you fix it."

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Stewart pressed the president on the aftermath of the terror attack that killed four Americans at a U.S. consulate in Benghazi last month. The administration has faced scrutiny over why the post was not more robustly staffed with security.

The comedian said the administration's response did not play out in an "optimal" way.

"I would say, even you would admit, it was not the optimal response, at least to the American people, as far as all of us being on the same page," Stewart said.

The president replied: "When four Americans get killed, it's not optimal. We're going to fix it. All of it."

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Libya • Romney
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  1. James Jones

    OH" I thought it was a you tube video are was it just a bump in the road. What is Obama covering up. Sometimes I feel that he is Pinocchio on steroids. Why does CNN always cover up for Obama. I thought the news was posted be fair and balance. That's why I quit watching CNN some time ago. My God, can we ever get the truth...!

    May 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  2. andrew

    Obama wont be fixing anything, that will be Mitt Romneys job. He will be lucky not to go to jail when this all comes down.

    November 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  3. Lee

    Shame on this administration and CNN. This is not investigative reporting with integrity. What an insult to the American people, moreover, to the four Americans who lost their lives. Where has real investigative reporting gone?

    November 3, 2012 at 7:49 am | Reply
  4. *Octavio

    Ric has a mancrush on Jug Ears.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  5. Sally

    POTUS...this offends me, that you would speak so flippantly about 4 Americans placed in Benghazi by you to serve as representatives of our great Nation. Why would the President be discussing this with a comedian anyway?...Lowers the standards of the office of president. I hope CNN will investigate what is coming from Fox and see what is true about the failure to protect in Benghazi.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  6. Mary-Anne

    How utterly absurd! This is what CNN covers?

    Not optimal? How do you fix four dead Americans?


    October 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  7. Allan Johnson

    Again, CNN does its flack routine to cover Obama's butt. If Romney or some other Republican had said this, the headline would be "Romney dismisses deaths in Lybia" or something worse. CNN down plays Obama's smarmy remarks. The emporer trully has no clothes. CNN is running around with fig leaves.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  8. Rich

    How is the headline on the article about how Obama is going to 'Fix' it rather than him saying that "When four Americans get killed, it's not optimal."?? That is so disrespectful. This should be on the front page of your website CNN! Step up.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  9. Guy

    Wow is this hysterical. Obama goes on a comedy show for those hard hitting questions...and CNN reports it! Is he taking back his apologies and letting the film maker go? Obama is an international JOKE. Notice he has no close relationship with any international leaders. Every president had special relationship...Obama ZERO. That is what lack of experience does! They don't want to hang with an associate professor that giggles about everything!

    October 19, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
  10. Ric

    are you people really THAT stupid? THAT moronic? He was responding to a linguistic used by Jon Stewart. STEWART said it wasn`t "optimal". Refeering to the pre and post event. Obama agreed on the same terms. How the hell you people fail to understand a basic line of conversation?!

    And you wanna know how to "fix" this? Simple... you make the terrorists behind it pay for their crimes, and then you make sure it can`t happen again. You can`t bring people back to life, but you can make sure they didn`t die in vain and that their work wasn`t for nothing.

    ...seriously, how DUMB are you people?

    October 19, 2012 at 7:37 am | Reply
    • plp1676

      How about being so self absorbed with your standing in the muslim world and giving your Ambassador in Libya, especially in Benghazi at least the same security you give Natalie Jarret on vacation. Seriously what the President needs to fix is his policies in the Middle East. Put it this way say what you want about GWB at least when he was President you could travel to the region. Try going to Egypt now, and you learn all you need to know about this Presidents foriegn policy.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  11. helenecha

    Oh, gosh! Would people have found that somebody might prefer dentist to tooth paste?

    October 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  12. Chinook

    Obama is once again in over his head, and makes Bush look in hindsight like a genius. How could you not let him have his teleprompter, Jon?

    October 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  13. lizzytalorburton

    Obama said to Jon Stewart that having 4 Americans die in Libya is not optimal. I say, having Obama as President, is not optimal either! What a weird and cold thing to say. Couldn't he think of something with more empathy about the tragedy of four murdered Americans, one of which was our Ambassador that he refused to protect! Also, I watched Obama speak at the dinner at the Waldorf tonight and I believe it was a Freudian slip when he said, well, after this dinner - tomorrow back to the campaign. How come he didn't say, after this dinner - tomorrow back to WORK!!! It shows where his head is, always campaigning, never working for his country - just campaigning to hold on to power. He sounds immature and it cannot be said he is a hard-WORKING President.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  14. hoboduke

    How about talking to the families that lost their son/husband on 9/11 with the attack in Libya? What about the apology video Obama with Clinton distributed in response to the terrorist attack, as an apology for the YouTube video nobody wathed?

    October 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  15. David Taylor Jr.

    How do you fix 4 dead Americans?

    October 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  16. Quisling

    You're going to fix four dead corpses? Like Frankenstein or some kind of re animation? Sounds like a hollow promise.

    You're going to fix the instability you created by aiding the salafist eastern tribes summarily execute Qadafi and try to recapture the recidivist Guantanamo detainees you've released? Why didn't you just keep them in Guantanamo?

    You're a silly man. Your silliness has resulted in economic misery and FAILED foreign policy. My independence leads me to ... Romney. You're too silly to endure. You cause more harm than comedic good, clown.

    October 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply

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