President Barack Obama during a taped interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday refused to answer pointed questions regarding the recent attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Instead, he offered boilerplate assurances that a White House investigation will explain everything.
“The fact of the matter is that this is a tragedy. There’s all kinds of legitimate questions to ask, because any time a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans who are serving our country get killed, we’ve got to figure out what happened and fix it,” the president said in response to “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski asking him why his administration doesn’t seem to have its story straight.
“And, most importantly, we’ve got to bring those folks who carried that out to justice. That’s exactly what we’re going to do. But I do take offense, as I’ve said during one of the debates, with some suggestion that, you know, in any way we haven’t tried to make sure that the American people knew, as information was coming in, what we believed happened,” the president added.
“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough followed up Brzezinski’s softball question with something a little more hard-hitting: “Was it the intel community giving you bad information early on? The stories keep changing.”
“That’s what we’re going to find out from the investigation,” the president responded.
The truth is, is that across the board, when this happened, my number one priority was to secure Americans, figure out what happened, bring those folks to justice. We are in the process of doing that right now.
Congress has been getting the flow of information continuously from day one. And what my attitude on this is, is if we find out that there has a big breakdown and somebody didn’t do their job, they’ll be held accountable.
Ultimately, as commander in chief, I’m responsible, and I don’t shy away from that responsibility. My number one responsibility is to go after folks who did this and we’re going to make sure that we get them. I’ve got a pretty good track record doing that.
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