White House senior adviser David Plouffe on Sunday defended President Barack Obama’s decision to attend a Las Vegas fundraiser after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, saying he is “on call 24/7.”
NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked Plouffe whether knowing that the Libya assault was a terrorist attack made it seem inappropriate in retrospect to engage in “politics as usual.”
“No,” Plouffe replied. “The president obviously is 24/7 engaged in the job of the presidency. He has spent an enormous amount of time in these weeks, by the way, in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. So absolutely not. A president is on call 24/7, and that just comes with the job.”
When Gregory pointed out that “24/7” didn’t extend meeting with foreign leaders in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, but did put in an appearance on “The View.”
“This president has been obviously in constant contact throughout these four years with world leaders,” Plouffe said.
It’s a similar argument that senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs gave last week when he said Obama is the “president of the United States every minute of every day.”
Watch below, via NBC: