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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Washington Post Gives Obama Four Pinocchios For Claiming He Called Benghazi An ‘Act Of Terrorism’

By Susan Duclos

Washington Post's The Fact Checker once again calls Obamaa liar for his continued assertion that the day after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, he called it "an act of terrorism."

The claim was again made, by Obama on May 13, 2013, with remarks at a news conference.

“The day after it happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.”
Wapo's Fact Checker ruling on Obama's false claim

But the president’s claim that he said “act of terrorism” is taking revisionist history too far, given that he repeatedly refused to commit to that phrase when asked directly by reporters in the weeks after the attack. He appears to have gone out of his way to avoid saying it was a terrorist attack, so he has little standing to make that claim now.

As the Fact Checker points out, it is not even a case of Obama truly believing he said one thing when he actually said another, he admitted in an interview with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes, on that very day, that he purposely did not use the word terrorism.

For instance, on Sept. 12, immediately after the Rose Garden statement the day after the attack, Obama sat down with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes and acknowledged he purposely avoided the using the word “terrorism:”
KROFT: “Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word ‘terrorism’ in connection with the Libya attack.”
OBAMA: “Right.”
KROFT: “Do you believe that this was a terrorist attack?”
OBAMA: “Well, it’s too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.”
(You can view this segment of the interview below. A key question is what the president meant when he said “right.” Was this agreement with Kroft or just verbal acknowledgment? It is a bit in the eye of the beholder, but we lean toward agreement that he avoided using “terrorism.” For unknown reasons, CBS did not release this clip until just two days before the elections, and it attracted little notice at the time because Superstorm Sandy dominated the news.)

I asked in my previous post, via the headline, "Is Obama The Least Informed, A Liar, Or Just A Figurehead President?"

Liar it is.