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Why won't President Obama talk about Benghazi, instead of Big Bird?
During last week's debate, Mitt Romney said while he likes Big Bird, he would still cut funding from PBS.
October 10th, 2012
04:23 PM ET

Why won't President Obama talk about Benghazi, instead of Big Bird?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While President Obama talks about Big Bird on the campaign trail, the real topic begging for answers is what happened in Benghazi on September 11.

But the murder of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans amid what appears to be insufficient security is not something this administration wants to talk about.

Consider this: Up until today, there had been no White House press briefing for more than two weeks.

Meanwhile, it took the FBI three weeks to arrive on the scene in Benghazi after that deadly attack, allegedly for safety reasons. Three weeks.

This has rightfully raised concerns about sensitive documents being left unsecured at the compound. The State Department insists no classified documents were left on the premises. Really? A CNN reporter walked right into the consul and retrieved the ambassador's journal three days after the attack. What else was left behind?

The administration continues to change its story about what happened and why. Initially it said the attacks were a reaction to a film made by an American mocking the Prophet Mohammed.

More than a week later the administration called it a terrorist attack, potentially linked to al Qaeda, after it was learned a Libyan security official warned of a possible attack three days before it happened.

Now we learn that repeated requests for additional security were ignored.

Finally, the Benghazi timeline shows there were no protests before the attack.

There's a reason the president doesn't want to talk about Benghazi: The way it was handled before and after the murders is a disgrace.

Expect Mitt Romney to ask the president about all this when a future debate turns to foreign policy.

Here’s my question to you: Why won't President Obama talk about Benghazi, instead of Big Bird?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Pete in Georgia:
Well, Jack, consider his worshipping followers. 90% of them probably think Benghazi is an Italian line of shoes while feeling right at home with stories of Big Bird. For him to deal with reality, on any level, now that's REALLY foreign.

Rod:
Obama has to distract any attention from his record. They failed to secure our consulate in Benghazi and it tragically led to our ambassador's murder. Watching them try to blame a video was pathetic.

R. in Norristown, Pennsylvania:
Personally I do not want him to talk about it, especially when there is an investigation going on. Did it not occur to anyone that maybe there is a reason no terrorist group has taken responsibility? Maybe it is because they are afraid of the consequences. Do you really think it is a safe idea for the president or the Secretary of State to broadcast everything they know about the situation? I don't...

Mark in Louisiana:
Obama can avoid talking about what happened because the liberal media won't ask him the tough questions. You guys have been giving him a free ride since 2007.

BJ:
The administration can't talk about anything bad that has happened on the president's watch. It's so much better (and easier) to rail on an opponent's comments than to try and defend your own actions.

Hugh in New Jersey:
Because Romney talks about Sesame Street instead of Wall Street.

Michael in Florida:
Why are you always picking on Obama? I've got a big bird for you, Jack. And it's not yellow.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Libya • Mitt Romney • President Barack Obama
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. bluephilly

    First of all, when asked what he would cut Romney said Big Bird. What will he really cut? And shouldn't you be asking Hillary about Benghazi?

    October 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  2. Kevin

    A better question is this – despite repeated warnings and concerns expressed by the State Department, the house repeatedly voted to cut funding for security and reductions in security spending for the embassies. Why are those same GOP senators now feigning outrage?

    October 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  3. Oceros

    Let me be clear!! It is because President Jarret advised against his ever speaking about things he knows nothing about.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  4. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, Virginia

    Silly question, easy answer. He is withholding comment because the facts are not all known. Let the investigation play out first. Just because you want the truth now does not mean it is available as yet.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  5. jen-seattle wa

    because obama's foreign policy is a joke.He instructs State dept to improve lives of evil vulture culture in 3rd world while u.s. citizens suffer here and abroad.Obama's low brow tactics that see white boys destroyed for life with no kids while evil gets rich off u.s. policy justifies a revolt..BIg bird appeals to the drinking and pill popping oba

    October 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  6. Jayne in NH

    He's probably waiting for the full investigation to be completed. They spoke shortly after the incident after having been misinformed so I'm sure he wants to be sure he has the facts. This shouldn't be politicized, but it is. Very sad to see the Ambassador's death become campaign fodder.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  7. Bob

    The complicated multi-layered politics of the Middle East are beyond the understanding of the vast majority of Americans including Mitt Romney, so why try to explain the real situation. Big Bird and the importance of education are items we all understand.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  8. bluephilly

    First of all, Romney brought up Big Bird. If he didn't want anyone to talk about it, he shouldn't have said it. Obama refused to discuss anything with Mitt Romney, who I feel needs some medication for his personality disorder, (Dual personality). I think Obama felt that if Romney was not going to have a serious debate, why does he want to have a serious job like President of the USA? But what Romney meant was he was going to get rid of things LIKE PBS, which there are many. Things we middle-class 47%ers want and need!

    October 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  9. sarah

    Apparently our current president thinks Big Bird is much more important than Benghazi.....go figure

    October 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  10. Herman Portland, OR

    The Benghazi Libya incident is far from what the administration expected or thought could happen. The President can't talk about it because he cannot defend yet another failure cumming out of his administration. May be he will be able to speak about it after the investigation hearings are over. The American people can watch the hearings or the findings to come up with their own conclusions too.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  11. Loren, Chicago

    Because President Obama doesn't believe that he can make mistakes and if you ignore what people think is a mistake, it will go away. He suffers the problems of all narcissists–an inability to be self-critical and admit failure until confronted with no choice. He may eventually admit that Benghazi could have been handled better but will find someone else to blame, just as he seeks to blame the Republicans for gridlock in Congress when his unwillingness to even meet a third of the way has been the biggest problem.

    He is evidence of the sociopathic nature of politicians writ large.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  12. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I have been asking everyone I know this exact same question for a couple of weeks now. I suspect that Obama has nothing good to say so as filler he is making Big Bird jokes. The joke is going to be on him if he does not start getting serious about this election. No one else is laughing about the high unemployment rate the deficit and spending cuts except him. But then again he has not passed a budget in 3 years. Perhaps he and Big Bird both think money grows on trees.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  13. Rod99b

    Obama has to distract any attention to his record. This admin has been proven agin and again to be asleep at the switch(and the podium). They failed to secure our foreign minister in Benghazi and it tragically led to his murder. Watching them try to blame a video was pathetic.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  14. Paulette from Dallas

    Obama does not want to be held accountable for what happened in Benghazi. Talking about Big Bird gives him the opportunity to slam Romney and also is a subject he can handle.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  15. Shirley, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Benghazi is the past; Big Bird is the future – for millions of kids of all races, religious groups, social classes. I think Obama has it right.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  16. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    The CIA is still finding out what went on in Benghazi. When we discuss Big Bird we know what we're talking about.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  17. Jake

    Because personally I am tired about hearing the problems of others in foreign countries and would like the attention to stay domestic. I am a college student who faces massive loan debts who faces the possibility of entering a job market that isn't so open as it use to be. Even though this PBS story is total and utter useless crap, it's still a domestic issue, which is where the candidates mindset should stay. United States does not need to intervene in every issue different countries face. We should have never gotten involved in the first place. With Afghanistan still raging on, this country cannot handle another foreign escapade, or when countries cry "wolf". We, as in the United States, has issues that we need to maintain all our focus on. The world can wait. Lombard, Illinois

    October 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  18. Lee, Wyoming

    Jack, how about the captioning error on the picture with this question? So......
    maybe errors like this are a good reason to not jump to erroneous assumptions.
    That's an example of what the President wants to avoid. Let's get the facts
    straight first rather than a rush to judgment ........... such as Mitt Romney specializes in. Makes you look like a liar, doesn't it? Or a flip-flopper.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  19. Ed from California

    Jack...no one in America wants another war. Second. All the news reports say it was terrorists that perpetrated this horrific murder. The terrorists, by the Libyan people, say they were not Libyans, they were outsiders.The Germans, British and the Italians all agree that this is true. So, instead of bombing, or invading the WRONG country again. I'm sure our intelligence community in a stealthy way (secretly, Jack). Is.going to find thsee terrorists who did this murder, and kill them.
    We, here in America are worried about jobs, money, health care and not about starting another war. If you and Willard are itching for another War......then you, Willard and his five sons should volunteer for the armed services.
    Obama will bring them to "justice"...........lead justice. Obama 2012!!

    October 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  20. calaurore9

    Maybe because it's complicated and there is a lot going on behind the scenes. This is not cold war line-in-the-sand 20th Century bluster time. The Arab world is a tinder box always teetering on the brink, waiting to be fueled by idol youth who are ever ready to blow. Each country has different challenges. Until they have stable productive economies, we need to tread cautiously.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    October 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  21. Ed from MD

    Big Bird highlights what an idiot Romney is for attacking Sesame Street, Benghazi highlights what an idiot Obama is for dragging us into more and more conflicts in the middle east. Should he shoot his own foot? And if he is smart enough not to shoot his own foot why does he keep leading out country to ruin?

    October 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  22. Simon/Orlando

    Benghazi was another failure by his administration along with all the denials that it was a terrorist attack. You'de have to be a bird brained to vote for him in this election.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  23. randy

    Because unlike the media, the American people don't give a damn about benghazi. If the American people had their choice, we would Bring all troops home, close all embassies, put those soldiers on our borders and dare someone to try and attack us. But the corrupted media and congress will not allow that to happen because of our "close" friend and "ally" who spies on us and robs us blind. Not to mention gets us in foreign entanglements and wars on their behalf.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  24. Ephrem Mezonlin

    Hello Jack, (edm from Tallahassee, Florida)
    I like watching you in the Situation Room with Mr. W. B. It sad that MSM cannot deal with the BS Mr. Romney is selling. He was the one who brought up the Big Bird in the last week debate. In over a trillion dollars budget, the only one thing he could cut was 450 millions dollars for PBS. The President Obama talks about it now and he (Mr. Romney) is saying he in scratching his head. Give a break.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  25. annie, atlanta

    How does the President talk about anything involving the GOP holding the purse strings. Issa is having a hearing while the house is not in session, yet it's the house that has denied funding for anything in the last almost 2 years since the tea party crazies took over. Can you just see the President saying congress won't provide funds. The howlers will come out screaming about the blame game yet again. God, I wish we could get rid of Congress completely and start over. They're worthless creatures – most of them. And we pay them well, which is just a shame.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  26. Doug Ericson

    I did a little research to see if my original thoughts in regards to the question had any merit and came up with nothing. I did learn that the Republicans were torturing the Obama Admisistration in Congress today with hearings on the subject, ( what happened in Bengazi), that may be going on as I write this response. So I have no new news with which to use as a basis for an answer. The latest I can garner is that officials now believe, that there was no demonstration against the famous anti Islam hate film, and that sometime before noon, a large group of armed men showed up at the embassy and attacked, resulting in the death of The ambassador and three other men. Attemps to thwart the attack with the aid of a local militia were unseccessful. What I was trying to dig up is some offical statement regarding the identiy of the attackers and the specific group they represented. My guess is the Obama Administration doesn't know the answer to that question yet, so the answer to the question about why Obama isn't saying anything, is that he doesn't know which group is responsible for the attack yet. Since the attack, it has been reported that some umnpopular militia groups were routed from Bengazzi. Those militia groups could be terrorist related, former regime related, Sect related, you name it related. Bottom line is the embassy should have had better security. Obama should adress that part of the equation properely and move on, and so shouldn't the Republicans. Doug, Peppereell, MA.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  27. Dave, Kissimmee, FL

    While Obama satiated our collective hunger for revenge over 9-11 by sending Osama bin Laden to Hell, he was so focused on his legacy that the possible loss of a diplomat here or there was of no consequence. Sadly, it was another case of “Mission Accomplished.”

    October 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  28. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl benghazie doesn't play golf.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  29. Pete in Georgia

    Well Jack, consider his worshipping followers. 90% of them probably think Benghazi is an Italian line of shoes while feeling right at home with stories of Big Bird. For him to deal with reality..................on any level..................now that's REALLY foreign.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  30. Frances

    Who brought up Big Bird? Why' it was Mitt Romney who stated he would cut funding for Big Bird. Sesame Street is great for children's learning as well as enjoyment. Masterpiece Theatre, among other shows, is great TV. And it costs a pittance. So what a ridiculous thing to say as he wants to greatly increase spending on the military...for which we already spend a fortune. It's no wonder that people find Mitt's Big Bird Comments strange, and funny, then comment on it. It is a joke. President Obama speaks about foreign affairs all the time, he tries to get the facts which is difficult in that part of the world. The President has done a great job on foreign affairs. The tea party goes ballistic over every single thing big or small that goes wrong. We did not hear this when W. Bush attacked the wrong Country, Iraq, and four thousand of our military were killed.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  31. Nate NC

    To keep his "Burt and Ernie" voters happy. Plus the last time he ignored the public issue (his birther bill), he managed to kill Osama Bin Laden. So maybe he has a trick up his sleve, or at least I would hope.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  32. METALWORKER

    He did. TV talking heads didn't like what he said and an investigation. by the state dept is ongoing.
    Let me ask you this, dose the USA send 50, 100 200 more bodies to protect it's embassies.?
    Would 100 more bodies have saved those lives?
    Who shall we send? You? Members of the CNN staff?
    Reinstate the draft?
    Tell me, which of the above would you choose.
    Cnn finds it easy to find fault and lay blame but are very short on solutions.

    AS for Big Bird , that needs talking about. I remember that big bird was named as a part of PRB that was to be defunded. That act would include PTV of which Big bird is only a small part, very small.
    Now, I assume that you nor all the TV hosts there in TV land are not stupid but all of you choose to present yourselves as such.
    The gov cost is around 500M dollars. that comes to about three dollar's per person per year.

    For that pittance over 10M children learned their ABC's found out things about the country they live in, the planet that country is and all of the many things that inhabit that planet. They learned about the universe that planet is in and the names of other planets and stars.
    They had their first introduction to fine art, opera, symp orrc. and an introduction to the way this planet evolved.
    I doubt if there is a 3 or 4 year old who cannot tell you what a dinosaur is or a shark, Great white is
    Their families though poor and who live in areas where cable does not exists can still watch some public TV.
    Are you so much of a Scrooge that you would take that away. Let them begin that learning in, what , first grade and continue it into the 6th or 7th.
    I suspect that you are much smarter that you let on METALWORKER in IL

    October 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  33. rutrue

    Norristown PA
    Personally I do not want him to talk about it especially when there is an investigation going on. Did not occur to anyone that maybe there is a reason no terrorists group has taken responsibility.... maybe it is because they are afraid of the consequences. Do you really think it is a safe idea for the President or the Secretary of State to broadcast everything they know about the situation?? I don't...

    October 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  34. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    Maybe he should. We are in harms way all around the world and this will happen regardless what we do to try to prevent events like Benghazi. It will happen again until Romney stops it by spending trillions and making our military the even better most powerful on earth, and invades the world, including Antarctica and its penguins.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  35. Tom (Atlanta)

    Jack, I think I like an increasing number of American are really wondering about this guy. Are we seeing an example of Peter's Principle unfold here?

    October 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  36. Julie Smith

    Simple, Jack. They were hoping it would just go away, like Fast and Furious. Now the State Dept is throwing Obama and Clinton, along with Rice and Carney, under the bus, they are screaming that the investigation is purely political. Tell that to the families of the four that were killed. Maybe this is the October Surprise!

    October 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  37. kattyusa

    Because he lied and thinks if he ignores it he'll get away with it and like sheep we will accept his idiotic polices...and
    unfortunately there are way too many sheep out there...

    October 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  38. ken, atlantic city, nj

    It just goes to show you the mentality of the democratic voter. 100T debt for ss/medicare/medicaid, caos in the middle east, 50% unemployment rate for new college grads, 16% unemployment rate for blacks/hispanics, $2.00 a gallon increae in gasoline, and all the dems care about is cutting funding for big bird. If you like big bird donate to npr.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  39. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    I believe that President Obama prefers to let Romney bluster and blow hard about getting more involved in another war there in Libya. Romney's neocon advisors want him to look battle ready. strong, and a fierce defender of democracy as if Obama isn't. Those neocons want to get deeply involved in any conflict they see fit. The President knows that our country is war weary. He knows that we cannot afford to risk American lives and our treasures in yet another war. Big Bird on the other hand is close to home and resonates with millions of Americans. Big Bird now serves as a metaphor for the absurd reach that the Romney campaign is willing to take when it comes to cutting expenses on the backs of the little guy (PBS), the middle class, and the poor. Besides, Obama is effectively using Big Bird when he speaks about how Romney wants to crack down on Sesame St. but is willing to let Wall St. run amok sans regulations.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  40. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Why is it okay for Mouthy Mitt to bring up Big Bird during the 1st presidential debate, but it's wrong for President Obama to respond to this middling example of Romney trying to pander to the audience. C'mon! Romney talks about stopping us from borrowing from China and his example is Sesame Street? He doesn't deserve to be derided, he deserves to be pilloried, the old Massachusetts way.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  41. Brad, Portland, OR

    The attack is being investigated, and they've already told us what they know so far. There's nothing else the general public can do right now.

    But it's notable that House Republicans cut the State Dept. security budget, again, AFTER the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi.

    Maybe the investigation of the attack will just end up showing that when Republicans take a meat ax to critical government spending, horrible consequences may result.

    As far as Big Bird goes, though, there's a big election coming up on Nov. 6, and the public needs to know that Mitt Romney is more concerned about gutting children's educational programming than controlling the rampant excesses of Wall Street.

    If you want to talk about the criminal behavior on Wall Street that resulted in Americans losing half the value in their 401(k)'s and crashed the economy, and how we're going to root out the bad actors and bad practices, by all means, let's have that conversation.

    But something tells me that Mitt Romney would prefer that we don't.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  42. Hugh New Jersey

    ...because Romney talks about Sesame Street instead of Wall Street.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  43. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Mister Cafferty, you sound like a member of the right wing of the GOP who demands answers and thinks that the American people have a right to know everything. This is the exact reason that the news media should stick to reporting the events and not make policy or stir the pot, we really need some unity in this country and these questions only drive us apart more. If that is your motive, then you should get a big raise and go fishing forever.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  44. jk in MN

    I'd rather he have all the facts before he talks to us rather than have him spouting "shooting before he aims" like his opponent did. There isn't any Presdient that can stop all violent acts; there were embassy attacks in the Bush Admin time. What Mitt Romney said in the debate about NPR frankly troubles me more. Mitt's been all talk and no details and he asks me to "trust him". Sorry you've burned that bridge.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  45. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Because it's easier Jack and the media is a eager co-conspirator. The next time broadcasts lead with stores on climate change, Social Security, Medicare, public education, and Benghazi, then organizations such as CNN will no longer be complicit in the continued dumbing down of the American electorate.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  46. Virginia - Atlanta

    Why should he? There might be security reasons, besides President Obama is disinclined to lie to the American People, unlike his opponent and too much information may jeopardize someone or some project. There were simultaneous riots in several nearby countries that probably were incited by the movie, so the Benghazi attack could have been incited in the same way, as was first thought.. Besides the White House has begun an investigation.

    The Republicans jump on the President's every move only showing their prejudice. The thing that frightens me is that Romney and his loose tongue are being given secret intelligence information. He has not shown himself to be a responsible, honest person, just a busy body.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  47. Ken

    Alhaji Obama has lost touch completely, can no longer shout yes we can because obviously, yes he can't. Simply clueless.

    Ken
    Nigeria

    October 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  48. Eric

    One might damage him, the other might help him, simple as that. The joke is, that to anyone out there that is still undecided or even still flexible in their choice, the silence and obfuscation on Benghazi speaks volumes. I guess he hopes that Big Bird is more important to them than either the lives of our diplomats or candor with our citizens.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  49. Jack Leinweber

    President Obama is relating to Big Bird because they both want to be seen as a feel good story. Bengaghazi on the other hand is the complete opposite. Obama biggest failure is that he wants to be liked if not loved. As Obama stated on the View he was just eye candy for the crowd. Benghazi was a rude awakining of Obamas views on the middle east. Fact is factions did not like us prior to Obama nor have they liked us with Obama. Obama does not talk about Benghazi because he does not feel the love, now Big Bird he feels the love.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  50. David Gerstenfeld

    Well Jack, now that he can breath easier it's probably because of his life long membership in the Audubon Society.
    David, Las Vegas

    October 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  51. Andre R. Newcomb

    Because he's cute, we're cute - everyone's cute AND the little women will take their party elsewhere if reality creeps in.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  52. Sarah

    Why should the President be talking about Benghazi? The intelligence reports and investigations are not finished. The Republicans want to try to disparage the President but the truth is it wouldn't have mattered who was President, those people would have died and they knew it when they took the jobs. Their courage is laudable but using them for political points is disgraceful. Why talk about Big bird? Because the amount of funding PBS recieves is nothing compared to other areas that should be cut like loopholes for the wealthiest. Yes, it's petty, but Romney named Big Bird not the President.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  53. Name*mark

    Because it's a election year, and me missed up real,real bad. And something like this would cost him the election.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  54. Jeremy Rogers

    Benghazi was a planned terrorist attack on the one (1) day we all agree should have been a Red Alert day! Regardless of the request for a larger detail of 12-6, that would not have suppressed the size of the attack. The real intel question here should be how did the terrorist group know our Ambassador was moving from Tripoly to Benghazi?
    Plus, Jack, where was all of this attack on the President after 911? People came together and moved past obvious blame. But this was an embassy in Lybia, months after a violent uprising, where countless weapons are in the hands of anyone picking them up. 911 was planned on our soil and we had hard intel then. So, this, this is a shameful exploit at the loss of life.
    Big Bird makes people laugh and reminds of us our real issues, right here at home. Go to Detroit and check out what decreasing government funding for police looks like.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  55. Lee, Wyoming

    Ho, ho, ho! I see that you have corrected the caption for the picture with this question! Well, thanks for the goof, because it helped me make my point with
    my comment under the time "2:23". (Note: original caption indicated Romney would not cut funding to PBS.) I wouldn't call you a flip-flopper, Jack! Romney
    on the other hand...........
    from PBS.)

    October 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  56. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Benghazi is obviously a much more serious matter with national security implications and an on-going investigation. Big Bird and NPR, on the other hand, is something that Romney brought up in a presidential debate, and is clearly a big part of his solution to reduce the deficit. Romney has absolutely no business being part of a discussion about what happened at the consulate in Libya because he has less than zero foreign affairs experience. I'm sure the President will talk about Benghazi at the appropriate time, and not when Mr. Romney thinks he should.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  57. bob z.

    they are lying so much and the american people need to have the truth. this pres can't be trusted

    October 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  58. david of Alexandria VA

    Because Obama's comfort zone is one of derision and diversion . It is far better in his mind to make fun of something iimmaterial to the national debate than allow people to focus on the real issues. There are some real quesitons about Benghazi. But, no matter his role, he won;t allow it to become an issue before now and election day for fear of having to answer the hard quesitons. In case he didn't notice, he is Commander-in-Chief and not Campaigner-in-Chief. I, however, did notice and will continue to notice until electiuon day.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  59. pam

    the job of president is to hard for mr. obama. big bird is easy topic. 70 million watch the debates and saw that he is not up to the job.the media for 3 1/2 years have let him slide with softball questions. he said once that they all votes for him. i say the media will vote for him again in 2012.............pam in texas

    October 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  60. Mark

    He preys on his ignorant support base with things they can only comprehend, i.e. Big Bird. It's proof again that the Liar in Chief is clueless when it comes to foreign policy issues, economics, and governmentship. With almost 4 yrs. as president, he's still unqualified to hold this office. It's time to put an adult in the WH and send the boy back to South Chicago.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  61. annie, atlanta

    Maybe he should leave it up to the Representatives in the House to talk about it instead. Didn't your very own Soledad O'Brien (one of the few real journalists left – and thank goodness for her) just recently ask Rep. Chaffetz if he voted to cut funding for embassy security, to which he replied "Absolutely. Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country." When this is what you're fighting, I'd stick with Big Bird, too.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  62. chris

    because big bird donated big money to his campaign while getting taxpayer dollars he with the bird

    October 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  63. Gary in San Jose, California

    Big Bird is an easy sound bite in the back stabbing world of US politics. The message is simple... don't vote for him because he'd whack Big Bird. Benghazi, as well as other Middle East problem areas, is a thorny and thought provoking indictment of our current and past foreign policies. Serenity now!

    October 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  64. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    "Of all sad things of tongue and pen, the saddest of them all is what might have been." When are we going to stop putting people in these situations and just let other countries live their own lives. We must believe we are the god of the world and knows what's best when we can't even solve our own problems. What a joke this question is coming from an American.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  65. Greg in Arkansas

    Jack, a better question would be...Why do we have embassies we need to defend???
    If a place is so dangerous that it's not safe for our diplomatic staff, why be there???
    They need us, we don't need them especially if the local government is not up to the task of providing security....
    I thought we learned that lesson in Iran with the hostage crisis during the Carter administration...
    Place the country on the travel ban list for Americans...and follow up with:
    No Trade
    No Aid
    No Tourism
    No U.S. Investments
    And then, they can call us when they want to act like civilized people.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  66. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    probably because "Big Bird" is the ONE sound bite remembered from the first debate.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  67. san jose

    Because what to talk about Benghazi. It is under investigation. When the investigation ends he will tell us. Remember this is the person kill Osama bin Laden.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  68. Kimmy, in beautiful NC

    Jack he isn't going to talk about it because he and his administration is wrong. First Obama didn't kill Osama, our Navy Seals did. Obama then takes credit for it. Obama tells everyone Al qaeda is dead.... Well they are not dead, they are pisxxxed and they will be coming after us. Just ask Laura Logan....

    October 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  69. Sylvia from San Diego

    Obama will not talk about Benghazi because his administration FAILED to protect the Embassy and as a result, the Ambassador and 3 US citizens lost their lives. This administration wants us to believe that they have eliminated the terrorists. The trueth is that the radical Islamists hate us and apologizing will not change that!!

    October 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  70. BILL, WI

    Well how difficult is it to talk about a big yellow bird?

    You have to remember, the situation in Libya was dangerous and difficult to understand. So it took time to develop a cover story.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  71. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    It's unfortunate that the Bengazi attack took place during the distraction and chaos of one American's proaganda video. That investigation will no doubt continue

    Big Bird on the other hand was not interviewed on Meet the Press and stood defenseless against Romney's proposed hatchet job. The public would like to know exactly which government funded programs will also go the way of PBS.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  72. Pete in Winfield

    The more they learn the worse it gets and taking a stance would mean questioning the state department.That could lose the Pres. the only positive he has. PRESIDENT CLINTON!

    October 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  73. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Benghazi happened and there's nothing anybody can do about it now, except hunt down the perpetrators, which President Obama seems to be pretty good at. However, Romney really laid an egg when he went after Big Bird, so the President is right to call a fowl.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  74. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, comparing Big Bird with Benghazi is like comparing success and failure. For Obama one is a boon while the other's a boondoggle and he doesn't like to discuss his boondoggles. Benghazi is an administration failure. It's as simple as that.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    October 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  75. Floyd - California

    Come-on Cafferty. Stupidity is a preexisting condition. The Diplomats knew there was danger and possibly if more security was there, more people would have died. It is like the movie where mist and smells are coming from a dark, dingy basement, and the pretty girl is compelled to enter and find out what is making the weird noise. It's not the President's fault.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  76. feifuai

    Something hidden inside the government that they will never tell to public the truth of what really happened in the US embassy attack in bengazi that claimed 3 innocent American lives . It was reported that the WH had information about the attack before the attack took place but the public not allowed to know the story further than that .

    October 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  77. Cee. La.

    Just let Congress stick their foot in their mouth......on Capitol Hill, and he wont have to say anything about Benghazi.........looks like the House voted to cut.......funds for security for these embassies.....anyway........

    October 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  78. Adam

    Adam from Pittsburgh

    President Obama has been confused from the onset. He's the classic democrat; doesn't want to take responsibility so he turns it on a video. Here's another question...why are we giving money to the Muslim Brotherhood?

    October 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  79. Linda, St. Louis

    Perhaps President is acting responsibly and fully investigating the facts before shooting his mouth off. Perhaps for the same reason Mitt refuses to talk about his secret tax returns, making millions off big tobacco, his offshore bank accounts, exploiting slave labor in foreign countries, outsourcing American jobs, his abysmal record of job creation in MA, his poor performance as governor, his continuous lies and perpetual flip flops, how Romneyhood will decimate the middle class and working poor and the 47% of Americans that he expressly stated that he's not worried about. Mitt made Big Bird an issue, not President Obama.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  80. David Doherty

    Jack, it's amazing how the republican sector of our government inflamed half the world to the point that their willing to kill any American they can get in their sights, and then blame the current President for not cleaning up their mess fast enough. The fact that Romney feels that targeting pbs while protecting the mega wealthy will help fix our economy is so ludicrous I can hardly believe that there are people in this country willing to swallow this load of crap.
    Dave from NH.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  81. Richard Texas

    Obama is simply following the old adage that if you don't have anything good to say then don't say anything at all when it comes to Benghazi. I think the reason why he likes talking about Big Bird so much is that he can relate to the goofy looking creature. In the words of Kermit the Frog, "It's not easy being green."

    October 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  82. Gigi Oregon

    The United States Intelligence leaked to media , Political opponents , Congress as a whole and public could lead to destruction of our country etc., etc., etc. When I even think about it, I see home grown terrorists. Lets keep our country safe by letting the proper channels keep America safe. And get the bad guys as the Navy Seals, adviser's to the President and the President did in getting bin Laden. Not running wild going to the wrong country and thousands of our troops killed over ten years... Thank You...and may the public think twice when voting for the safety of our people, all 100%.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  83. Jeff In Minnesota

    Let's see, talk about an easy subject that really whips up the base (Big Bird), or talk about a tough subject that points to a situation you should have had control over but did not (Benghazi)? Hmmm ... What would you rather talk about Jack?

    October 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  84. BrainTurnedOff

    There is a difference between White House press briefings and campaigns. And more Americans are familiar with Big Bird than Benghazi. But if Romney wants to play the blame game, he would have to answer whether he supports the House Republican votes to cut funding for Embassy security.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  85. Tweet Tweet Rocking Robin

    First of all Romney said he likes Big Bird. He may cut funding but not Big Bird. Now as far as Obama goes, he has no positive record to go on and nothing to brag about. The Iraq war pullout was established already by Bush. We haven't pulled out of Afgenastan yet. Obama care is going to screw the Seniors with his cuts to Medicare Advantage plans and expence to small businesses.. Gas prices going up with no plan in sight. He is going to raise the taxes on the rich next year. He has been saying that for four years. He keeps on saying Romney has no economy/jobs plan, but at the same time Obama does not either and never had one for the last year. Benghazi is a disaster becuase he does't want to hurt terrosists over there. Syria is in trouble because he doesn't want to hurt Russia's and China's feelings and is afraid of Iran. What does this tell you, looks like he's trying to destroy America by talking about birds.
    Tweet Tweet from New York.

    Oh I fiorgot, one positive, he did kill Osama well the seals did it under his watch. But during his campaighn in 2008, he said he was going to get Osama in 90 days. That's why I voted for him. People have short memories. I gues it wasn't easy to find Osama. .

    October 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  86. Dale N.M.

    Big bird is a perfect smokescreen, to avoid talking about Benghazi. He is using PBS big bird lovers, I am curious what is big bird spending all of that taxpayer money on? And has there been any investigations were this money is going.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  87. Jenna Roseville CA

    Why won't President Obama talk about Benghazi, instead of Big Bird?

    Jack, how soon you and other Republcians forget that Mitt Romney was blasting Obama and lying about what had taken place at the American embassy in Egypt while the Ambassador to Libya was under attack in Benghazi and Americans were dying. Remember the photo's of Romney leaving the press conference with that silly smirk on his face like he had one uped the president when in fact he had shoved both of his feet in his mouth?

    Benghazi is still under investigation and we do not want to to tip our hand in what we do know so we can get those responsible for the attack – right?

    As for BIG BIRD – it was Romney that said he would FIRE BIG BIRD. And Romney has stated before that HE LIKES TO FIRE PEOPLE. So anything having to do with BIG BIRD is all on Romney. If he doesn't like it BIG DEAL. I think it is hilarious that Romney stuck his foot in it and now can't seem to pull it out.

    Come to think of it Jack, Romney seems to stick his foot in his mouth constantly..

    I will NOT vote for Romney – Obama has my vote!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    October 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  88. FredPasek

    He hasn't thought of a good enough lie yet. That's why he's meeting with Hillary today.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  89. Eric

    Jack,

    Just like every other question about real issues, Mr. Obama is silent. He has no answers because he is too busy saying why Mitt would not be a good president. The way this whole episode was covered shows an administration whose first priority is to not make Mr. Obama look bad. Without his handlers and teleprompters he was exposed at the first debate. This administration is out of answers!

    October 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  90. Tony

    Wow... Finally CNN reports some real news! Good job Jack

    October 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  91. Andrew Wede Grand Island,NE

    How do you spell Watergate?

    October 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  92. Mr. D

    We all know what's really important this year-re-election. It might be for the birds (big, that is), but let's get things straight-we have an election and the world can wait until the anointment. Then we can solve all the problems in the next four years that haven't been solved in the previous four. What a country.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  93. Mark from Louisiana

    obama can avoid talking about what happened because the liberal media won't ask him the tough question, you guys have been giving him a free ride since 2007.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  94. Joan Bach

    We watched the entire hearing today......the State Dept people could not and did not dare use the words "terrorist, jihadist or islamist".....we have sick bunch of people running our country. It is so
    sad what happened and a nitwit could of predicted what was going to happen. So glad for the
    whistle blowers as they people who died they knew (thank God for them). We need a new ADM as it
    appears our safety and national security has been set back a good 10 years !!!! Ms Lamb who refused
    to give Bengazhi more security (in fact security was taken away from them after several attacks) stated
    she was instructed from above for "political reasons" and verified by Nordstroms who requested protection
    and rec'd that phone call...just sick is all we have to say. A sick bunch who need to removed today.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  95. Francis

    The president will not talk on topics he is weak on. He uses petty subjects to confuse his ardent supporters. My concern right now is not who wins this election, my concern is that the American people are being misled by people who are seeking positions of power or trying to renew their mandate. The president should confront the Benghazi issue with courage instead of protecting his political fortune at the expense of the safety of the American people. We should not be deceived but should be told the truth.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  96. Scott from st.louis

    Why? Because no one in the media is going to call him out on it that's why. Voters are smart enough to see he's been given special treatment by the media since his election. No hard questions that would make him look bad in any way. The media obviously thinks they are smarter than the average citizen or they want Romney to win. I guess the media doesnt see that by propping up our President like that it hurts him more than helps him

    October 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  97. captain c

    possibly because it would expose, in part, the failure of the intervention in libya. it's no safer now than it was before gadafi was murdered without trial by a bunch of nutjobs who enjoyed th backing of the US.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  98. LA Man

    Just how shallow and uninformed does the Dem. "team" that hold Obamma up think we are?
    Big Bird indeed. Birds of a feather do seem to flock together.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  99. Sean in Roseville, California

    Isn't it obvious, Jack? The president has put politics before telling the truth. To this day, president Obama still has not gone before the camera and personally taken responsibility for the misinformation, by admitting that it was a terrorist attack and that he knew it was as such within hours or days after it happened. This is a cover up by the president that can't be covered up by the president's spin machine anymore. The truth is coming out, showing that the president lied to the American people so that he wouldn't look bad in the final weeks before the election.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  100. Nancy, Tennessee

    President Obama has to back off and let the intelligence community get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi. He can stilll save Big Bird, Social Security, and Medicare so he is focusing his efforts on those things now.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  101. Dalton

    Because we have a big bird and a "small" president. He needs a Teleprompter to talk about Benghazi, he doesn't need it to talk about big bird

    October 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  102. James Barton

    My wife and I viewed the hearings today in the Congress...after viewing the hearings regarding what happened
    in Libya....we think this is worse than Watergate. An impeachment should be in the works. Obama is stupid.
    J Barton
    Nevada

    October 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  103. Jill

    In 2008, we elected a President on the basis of his speaking skills and slogans like Hope and Change. That is what we have; a great orator and hollow slogans.

    The attack in Libya on 9 /11... The first 9/11 after the death of Osama Bin Laden no less, we exposed our Consulate to the terror of extremists. The same extremism that fueled the attacks on our own soil, we were left exposed.

    Our President, by not talking about this attack, is not acknowledging the errors of his Administration. He refuses to be exposed...he refuses to accept responsibility.

    As the details of the attack were shown on CNN, the details we heard from the Administration were oddly disingenuous compared to what we saw with our own eyes. Again, not taking responsibility, but rather blaming the situation on a movie trailer on the Internet.

    The reason he will not discuss the situation...sadly has more to do with the reason he was elected. There are no great speeches to give, no slogans to sell. We got what we elected.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  104. BJ Blinston

    The administration can't talk about anything bad that has happened on the President's watch. It's so much better (and easier) to rail on an opponents comments than to try and defend your own actions.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  105. Beau

    Not only will Obama not talk about it, but the media is throwing it under the rug. Props to you for bringing up the subject. If Bush was in office, he would be accountable to all the media outlets. Obama is getting a free pass on this one and there needs to be more questions from the media on it.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  106. scott

    Obama knows his goose(bird) is cooked if he does. Anything to distract from the lies and coverup

    October 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  107. John K, Charlotte, NC

    and yet this administration and their allies are calling Romney & Ryan liars?

    You didn't even mention that neither Embassy in Libya met the minimum security standard for an Embassy in that part of the world... and reportedly, the new interim Embassy planned for the next 10 years fails to meet that standard as well! The MINIMUM is to be defensible for at least one hour against an attack... these were rated at 15 mins against a 4-man attack!

    October 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  108. Boo - NYC

    Jack – it's you, CNN and other media outlets that are the ones that keep bringing up BIg Bird....GET REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  109. David

    Because Romney wants to cut access to funding for PBS (Big Bird) and Obama has absolutely nothing to do with the situation in Benghazi. The repubs are trying to make a political story out of something that is not at all political; if Obama owns this then the repubs solely own 911 and many, many other attacks of Americans on foreign soil, which were of course far, far worse.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  110. bonnie from NJ

    I am very sorry about what happened to American citizens there, but most of us out here think, just pack up and go home. Why are we there is a better question. We need the money they are spending there, here. The republicans just want to ramp up the American war machine, American citizens do not.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  111. MuckFohammad

    Big Bird is more Hussein's speed.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  112. ian

    Since Obama is clueless about what's happening on the streets of the MIddle East in addition to Wall street and Main street in America, the only thing left for him to talk about is Sesame Street.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  113. Ethics Board

    Really? We are going to blame the current President for international terrorist attacks!? I don't remember blaming the previous President for the worst domestic terrorist attack in history. This finger pointing is a waste of time and money.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  114. Kelly

    I don't think President should talk about Benghazi on the campaign trail. It's not a policy he's presenting. It's not a talking point. This is the reason we have a presidential cabinet. If Congress has a question about our foreign policy or and an issue with the State Department, they should call in the Secretary of State. Instead of playing politics and allowing Fox News to be the only voice on the radio, they should call in Chris Steven's boss and hear it from the horse's mouth.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  115. sandra

    jack romney must be one of your rich richfriend because you sure like to cover his back a lot p.s your hatredfor president obama is real clear !

    October 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  116. Robert, St. Johnsville, NY

    Honestly, Jack, let's ask why Mitt brought it up the way HE did... The tragedy happened, and within an hour, Mr. Romney had it out there, commenting about it, saying he knew what was going on, that this happened because we apologized. He had no facts, though. To be truthful, neither, it seems, did the president. And I think it's still the case. They're making sure they're not missing a clue, or more info, before becoming public. Next question: Why could the congress take a recess when we have a financial cliff fast approaching, but suddenly Issa wants to hold an inquiry, calling in the current White House Administration, right during the month of the debates...

    October 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  117. Allen

    If a country won't let us protect our embassy, should we pull out or invade?

    October 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  118. csbannon

    I would like to know why we haven't heard from the wife of the killed ambassador, or why the press is camping outside her door....remember Cindy Sheehan's son? How the press courted her as she bombarded Pres Bush? Why is the press keeping the public uninformed? Isn't that their job...to impartially question all things, all people? Or do they only do their job against republicans?

    October 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  119. jose

    We don't need to finish no stinkin investigation. These people were abandoned security wise starting with the president all the way down to the State Department. It was a terrorist attack plain and simple and Obama should have been better prepared to protect our ambassador and any diplomatic people not only in Libya but around the world. For crying out loud, they were warned days in advance of this situation and they did nothing...oops he did–forgot about big bird.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  120. Kelly

    This is the first time I think in history, a sitting president has been blamed for an attack on embassy staff. This event is not without precedent... in fact it's happened at least a dozen times before. Why don't we follow the same protocol? Why aren't we questioning the Secretary of State? Why isn't Congress subpeonaing anyone? Is it because it's easier to make this a political talking point? The administraiton released the information it had at the time, and had promised to release whatever else it finds, down the line following an investigation. The media should stop feigning interest in a story the American people care nothing about.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  121. csbannon

    Sadly, the press hasn't bothered to do any followup in this administration – if they say its true – its true! The press has become so unimportant because they have made a mockery of "unbiased". Where is the ambassador's family? Why haven't the press interviewed them? Cindy Sheehan was a press darling – remember? The press has destroyed its crediblity these last four years....

    October 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  122. Jim Charlotte NC

    I don't know Jack. If you are suggesting he is at fault for this then how about pointing fingers at 9/11. Was that building not attacked in1993. Weren't 2 Embassys in Africa attacked in 1998. Wasn't the USS Cole attack prior to 2001. So why weren't we prepared for that attack. Didn't we do the same thing in Lybia that we did in Afghanistan in the 80's, overthrow the people who controlled the people and let the country become an anarchy.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  123. Cynthia Harris, New York, NY

    For the same reason your station barely covered the committee meeting today. Obama and CNN are too busy trying to trash Romney, rather than actually talk about his track record as president. Obama cannot talk about Benghazi because he and his team of incompetents had it all wrong and there are plenty of sound bites to prove it.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  124. Michael, Chapel Hill

    Weak President betroths weak foreign policy. Result; US citizens lost their life & Arabs talk about weak President.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  125. duane st pete florida

    Obama's trying to distract and ignore...I find it really upsetting they feel the American people are so self absorbed that they would believe that lie about the movie causing the attack. Does Obama (and CNN) not understand that there are a multitude of new sites covering this? The truth is out and Obama, Hillary and their White House team REALLY messed up. Bet it comes up in the third debate by Romney he hammers Obama on it….rightfully so, CNN should be as well.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  126. Jeff, Fall River, MA

    He won't talk about it because this is status quo for our foreign policy. It was widely known that al-Qaeda fighters were working with our military and the rebels in Libya, and al-Qaeda flags were flying over the court house in the capital. This is what we do; we destablize a region to justify our existence there to nation-build, invade, and bomb. In short, this was allowed to happen, purposely, to further our foreign policy agenda.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  127. vicky

    They care more about a fake bird than they do people. Putting more emphasis on a bird detracts attention from the real problems that real people are facing.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  128. Keith

    Jack, because Obama and Clinton are in denial. It is tough to admit you are responsible for the lives of four people!
    Shameful!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  129. peyman golazari

    any thing to get reelected

    October 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  130. Sandstone

    "Just one 'Lap Top' Hardrive can spew out information like you find 'Hard to believe. Passwords can be easy to find, as we all keep our little note-books. less we forget! Well lets hope this is not shoved under the carpet??"

    October 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  131. Sue Cockerill

    Hiding Something????? This administration .Pure incompetence! No one to blame this one on???? I would be furious if I was a family member! I am furious as an American and ashamed of this mess. You always get caught in your lies.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  132. Kate B., Cincinnati OH

    I think the bigger question, Jack, is why are the American people more concerned with Big Bird than Benghazi? If Obama wins re-election after a bungling as significant as this, then it just goes to prove that the American people just don't care anymore. If it isn't Big Bird, or Snooki, or Honey BooBoo, we quite simply don't see it as having importance.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  133. Bernard

    Why all the anti Obama stuff? Why are not asking why the GOP blocked security upgrades. Oh...I forgot...I understand. Why don't you just say you are a republican?

    October 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  134. Lannie Reynolds

    Hey Jack, glad to see/hear CNN is finally calling the terrible attack on your Lybian embassy a "terroritst attack"; Sun News up here was calling it that shorty after it happened. The ridiculous notion that it was a spontaneous act due to that film was preposterous. As for talking big bird in place of discussing the grossly immoral and depraved attack upon your embassy says a lot about your current leader; obviously Pres. Obama and his people boned this one, and are afraid of the facts. Your people at the embassy asked for more security and received none, and we know the terrible outcome of being ignored. So big bird it is, maybe the Berenstain Bears are up next...Lannie Reynolds Haliburton Ontario Canada

    October 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  135. Russ

    Obama doesnt have a clue what he is going to for the country . He has had four years and the only thing important to him is Him!!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  136. Jeff L. in Houston

    Because the budget for Big Bird and PBS is much larger than for the additional security requested by now deceased Ambassador Stevens.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  137. HURRICANEPAUL from Hawaii

    ** Why won't President Obama talk about Benghazi, instead of Big Bird? **

    The answer is simple Jack, President Obama got caught with his hands in the Cookie Monster's cookie jar. He's got cookie crumbs all over his face and he's pointing at the Intelligence Department, saying they stole the cookies.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  138. Joe from Louisiana

    The media, that is you Jack should have waited on the FBI report but this is what we know.

    The first intell report was wrong so if you investigate this fact you will see bush's reform failed.

    The gop cut State funding to protect the embassies over 300 million.

    The gop called our President a "terrorist sympathizer" refused to unite to show patriotism and resolve and played politics without all the facts.

    Media like you Jack give the gop a free pass.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  139. tj

    The Pres. won't talk about it because one does not wish to bring blame down upon those with whom one sympathizes. Personally, I believe he sympathizes with such militants, and that is also why the debt is increased, Israel is being frosted out, and shall I go on??? TJ

    October 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  140. Sam

    Plausible deniability...trust me...President Obama is trying to find out all the details as we speak, but the CIA is a hard nut to crack and this just WREAKS CIA. But when you get Obama mad, watch out.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  141. Jeff Clark, Cary Illinois

    I spent a long time wondering why Governor Romney made such a trivial, but potentially incendiary remark about Big Bird. I now realize it was a straw man (bird) and Obama took the bait! Benghazi's too hot for Obama to touch honestly.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  142. Zoe in Marietta

    Did you watch the hearing on Benghazi this afternoon? I did. Again I was astonished that this is supposedly my government at work. This hearing stunk of politics, politics, and more politics. Why weren’t more personnel provided? Why was the funding for security cut? Why so much red tape? Who is covering what? We want a smaller government but we want more personnel. We want more security but can’t win the funding. They are so polarized there seems to be NO WAY OUT.
    I am sorry about those murdered, horrific. Just horrific. I am crying as I write this.
    no matter what this President says the other side will reply that he is wrong. It has happened over and over again. Take a look back Jack. More politics.
    But to answer your question...I do acknowledge there is a reluctance to bring that old and tired …the Democrats are internationally weak...back into the fore. And so the ‘politics’ continue…. What a shame.

    Politics, politics, politics …to the detriment of us and all of the people the 'politicians' are supposed to represent. Shame.

    Zoe in Marietta GA

    October 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  143. Sarah Torres

    Because the president actually knows something about big bird! I could have made it to Benghazi in just a few days on my own... this administration needs to get it together, Jack.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  144. Frank

    It is easier to blame the administration than to admit that more than one agency and individual is responsible for the deaths of these valiant Americans. The staff in the embassy in Tripoli should have never allowed the ambassador to travel to Benghazi on 9/11. They were well aware of the dangers and risks involved in moving around in a country with no police force or organized security. If they repeatedly asked for more security, why then did they allow the ambassador to travel to a highly dangerous city like Benghazi?

    October 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  145. Marty

    Sorry Jack,but Mitt Romney was actually the first candidate to talk about Big Bird.Why on Earth would the administration prefer to label incident in Libya as protest instead of terrorist attack,other than,it was the best intelligence at the time.How many times have you heard accounts of any event,and as time progresses,the real facts come out.Early intelligence and accounts of events that happen are notoriously bad.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  146. Elizabeth Teitter

    Dear Jack,
    The reason President Obama won't talk about Benghazi is because he delibrately ignored requests to send more protection and he knows that it is his fault those people died, because he ignored those requests. Now he is taking his time in finding "more important" things like bashing Romeny about a PBS compaign, using a character President Obama isn't even allowed to use, since Seasme told the Obama ministration to remove the add.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  147. John Wieder

    Jack:

    It is great to see a journalist asking the questions that need to be asked regardless of partisan politics. It seems to me that too many journalists soften their coverage based upon who the President is – Not you, i have seen you roast Bush and Obama alike – keep up the good work.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  148. Blythe in Montana

    Shooting from the hip landed us in Iraq, a profoundly wrong reaction to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Prudence is important in foreign relations and diplomacy. As for the "Big Bird" matter: Does anyone really believe that has been topic of conversation in the state department? Don't confuse the sometimes silly jousting on the campaign trail with the business of governing. Romney tossed funding for PBS into the mix—although he must have the financial acumen to know that is a drop in the deficit bucket. You might ask him about that. You do a disservice to the audience to trivialize serious foreign policy matters with this question.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  149. steve

    Jack,

    Its because the media has not pressed the President about Benghazi

    I listened to the congressional hearing todeay and all I can say is shame on this admisistration and shame on Big Bird for not paying his fair share ($44 million in royalities alone without any income tax).

    October 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  150. djhtex

    Jack,
    Just listened to what you had to say about the disaster in Libya.
    GOOD FOR YOU. The first news person to tell it like it was.
    This was just another of Obama's failed foreign policy efforts. He has no clue. All he wants’ to do is make excuses and bow down to these foreign leaders. They are laughing at him behind his back.
    This country needs to lead from strength not a President that apologizes constantly to the rest of the word.
    This President is weak on foreign policy and it is showing.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  151. Gary-Woodhaven, Michigan

    I find it enlightening sometimes when the media has all the answers before the investigators do.

    And since when does the President fund the government, take your questions to Congress. And who ever uses the word "cut" before thinking is a Republican.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  152. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    The answer is obvious in my opinion, Obama does not like answering tough questions. He will have to answer this whether he likes it or not during the foreign policy debate with Romney. I think Obama should have owned this and fired Susan Rice over it right away instead of having her make ridiculous excuses for it on the Sunday shows that just about everybody could see was only false spin. It is far better to just own what you are responsible for than keep digging yourself into a deeper hole which will only make things worse in the long run!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  153. John in Nashville

    Because in 2008 on the campaign trail, Obama said if you don't have a good record to run on you make the election about small things. So now we have Big Bird as the latest example of small things in a long line of shiny objects the White House throws ou there for the main stream media to latch onto like a dog on a bone!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  154. Jeetu

    This question of what happened in Libya and the killing of the Ambassador and three others is politically charged by the republicans. After the fact, every body can play Monday night foorball. Did 9/11 happen because we were not watching? Do do now know lot more about the thimgs happened prior to 9/11? Yes. Does it mean that we could have prevented 9/11? No.

    The same thing about what happened in Benghazi. More security personnel would not have stopped the attack. The Ambassor did not die because of the lack of security gaurds. He died because of the lack of oxygen. Also, republicans are the ones who cut the security funds and hence the State Department could not get more security gaurds which would not helped the situation any way. Stop using the death of these four people for political ;purposes. It does not look good for you Jack and it does not look good for the republicans. The media should develop some code of responsible reporting in the interest of the country as well rather tahn jumping on the sensational stories.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  155. Linda Loomis

    The media can squawk all they want about President Obama not explaining his administration's responses to the Benghazi attacks. Many administration spokespeople find it easier to simply duck the issue, let alone tell the truth.

    President Obama would rather talk about about Big Bird, because that's what a Big Chicken does. It's so obvious that Obama doesn't want to ruffle any feathers of potential voters when it comes to explaining how he laid an egg in terms of foreign policy.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  156. Lance

    The President does not react to things without being sure of what is going on. In other words, he doesn't "shoot first and ask questions" later. The fact is there are not always an easy answer to what people like you want to know or hear. We live in a dangerous world and we have to accept that we may lose people now and then and maybe, just maybe, we will accept that. How many soldiers were needed to protect our ambassador? 10, 20, 100? If we were going to be attacked, it would not have mattered and more of our military would have died if more had been there, It would not have prevented what happened.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  157. Muzzy

    Just another loaded and prejudice question Jack? You can do better than this. It was Romney who brought up Big Bird – and I think our President deserves the credit for a Lybia free of a dictator.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  158. A Little Sick of It

    Sooo, on and on you all go. The media that is grabbing onto the flavor of the day, minute and hour. Questioning the admin. re. Bengazi, fine. But what about all of the total reversals by Richard Milhouse Nixon in Mitt Romney disguise. Just whe I was thinking that CNN was actually doing a better job than the others I see this garbage from one of my favorite people. Come on Jack. When the WTC was blown up nobody questioned Bush to any great degree about his admins failures. When Obama blew up OBLaden it merited little praise. When Obama blows one terrorist after another to hell little praise comes his way. Instead the pick, pick, pick goes on. This is a form of warfare. In war you win some battles and loose others. Remember Dunkirk, Bataan, the Barrle of the Buldge. In the end we prevailed leaving Germany and Japan a pile of smoking ruins. They got our ambassador. A damn shame it is. But they never know when the next drone will pay them a visit.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  159. Jeff L. in Houston

    Big Bird can indoctrinate millions of little future socialists while Ambassador Stevens can’t.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  160. Blake Lee

    I can't beleive I voted Obama the first time. I listen to Obama and all of his spokespeople blame these murders on americans because of a stipid you tube movie. When they really knew it was a terrorist attack hours after it happened. Isn't this the way communist leaders lie to their people to stay in power. What has happenened to our leaders. I'm waking up this election and voting Romney and hope fellow americans who were fooled last election will wake up to.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  161. D from NY

    I think that he hurt Al Qaeda's feelings by taking out Bin Laden and then getting bragadocious about it. He also sent in drones to kill Abu Yahya al-Libi. You don't poke the beehive and not expect to get chased by bees. The UK and Red Cross had the good sense to get out when things started getting ugly, while the US for whatever the reason did not get out or up their security.

    We are nearing the election and he doesn't want the people being reminded that Al Qaeda is alive and well, and by the way, GM still owes 42 billion, which I would consider being on life support, but that's another story..

    October 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  162. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama didn't talk about the planned attack to kill Osama bin Laden until the job was completed. I think it's smart of Obama not to talk about the attack on Benghazi because the next question would be "what are you going to do about it".

    October 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  163. Miure

    Thank you, Jack! Please hold this President accountable to discuss why we were unprepared in Libya vs talking about a PBS character! Keep up the great work, Jack!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  164. Jim Cannon

    Jack, are you sure you are not working for Fox News? As to your premise, the GOP fought to not add more security to our embassies. Why aren't you talking about that? Are you just trying to stir up outrage? Is that your job?

    October 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  165. Tim of Ft Lauderalde

    It never ceases to amaze me how such a complicated issue can be turned into a 3 minute rant...I love Monday Mornign Quarterbacks!!!.....Why dont we wait until a thorough investigation is done before we start blaming people and accussing the White House of covering up information. Would you not rather have facts versus rumor or do you prefer to report rumors?
    This morning it was reported that in fact there was a request for one additional State Department Security Agent. That's right ONE!!!....Do you really think one person would have made a difference in this situation. Remember this is not the U.S. Embassy but rather at best a satellite office. In reality it was a residential compound. If it was such a vital facility where were the Marine Guards? The reason again because it was a satellite facility that the Ambassador was visiting. This was not his residence. Maybe a better question would be why was he being escorted with such a small team?
    Lets wait for the facts Jack. If you want to incite people maybe you need to go to the Fake News Network. Remember you are on CNN and not live at five in NYC any longer.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  166. Rich Lathrope

    Hi Jack,

    It is wonderful to see you media types finally taking Mr. Obama to task – you have given him a free ride all this time. Keep up the good work

    October 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  167. Thomas Bult from Wiesbaden, Germany (US Army)

    First, lots of the issues with what happened in Benghazi are classified, so even if the administration wanted to talk about it more they can't. We can't go onto national tv and tell the world what goes into the decisions on what type and level of security we use t embassies and consulates around the world. As far as the Big Bird discussion, it directly address the differences between President Obama and Gov. Romney's economic and tax plans.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  168. John Black

    Jack, most probably George Bush told Obama not to comment on Benghazi.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  169. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Really Jack? In case you haven't noticed there's an election going on. Real politics now? Pa-leeease.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  170. Bill

    76 million households, representing 146.1 million people tune in to their local Public Television station. Romney wants to kill funding for it. That's a lot of potentially angry voters. Enough said?

    October 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  171. Steve- Illinois

    Because they were trying to play the incident down, being so close to the elections. Anyone with even an ounce of common sense, and logic, knew right away this wasn't over some obscure movie. Did the movie tell them the location of the safe house? The compkex is attacked from three sides at once, in less than an hour the safe house is attacked. If there was any reason to believe this was caused by a movie, then our "government intelligence" is an oxymoron!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  172. Big Ben

    Why won't President Obama talk about Benghazi, instead of Big Bird?

    It means the Obama presidency is over. I can wait for Romney to take office. The first thing on his agenda should be killing off that horrible Obama Care. Followed by sending troops to any place threating American interests.

    We to walk not so quietly and carry a huge stick and show these people we are not afraid to use it.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  173. Michael in Florida

    Gorilla "Terrorism" is a War Strategy Tactic.

    It is Impossible to Win a War Against a War Strategy Tactic because it is an Intangible Thought Experiment Idea.

    If you can't touch it with your hand, you can't win a physical war against it.

    Every human on the planet is capable of having terroristic thoughts and thinking up ways to carry out acts of terrorism. You'd have to kill every person on the planet to kill the "Terrorist Tactic".

    October 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  174. Sandstone

    "Obama's Ideas' Are not 'Obama's Ideas! You either can think or you can't.,. Obama is still stuck with the same 'Blank-Page!'

    October 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  175. Lee in Pittsburgh

    He doesn't want to talk about it Jack, because as you said the way it was handled was a disgrace.

    First he was Romney's dog on the car, then the prank Romney pulled in college and now Big Bird. It's par for the course!
    Talk about ANYTHING but his screw-up's.

    Then there is the media that won't let go of the "47%" video but Obama's "redisbribution" video faded fast.

    Seems as though it is OK to bring up Romney's past but not Obama's.

    I call BS on that one!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  176. dean

    Let me get this straight JACK...Dufus MITT responds to reducing the deficit by cutting funds for PBS which is about 1/100th of 1% of GDP. This is his response before about 70M viewers via TV and the internet. My wife and I nearly fell off the sofa at such a ridiculous remark. And you are dissing President OBAMA and the rest of the country for making fun?...Mitt brings up the subject and Obama gets dissed.Your thinking pattern is messed up Jack, have another beer !

    October 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  177. Robin

    It is being said over and over, Mitt brought up big bird but he will flip on that. Question at hand, he is addressing many issues while doing re-election campaigning. I find it odd that a president would be questioned so much over something he should know when he was not there or is still being informed. I would prefer an intelligent person running the country rather than the commander in chief answering and making statements without the correct information. I have watched CNN for many years and am noticing more misses and errors in the stories. You report a story about how Libya will not allow the FBI in the country and they must get permission, also for safety. Goodness knows if the FBI went in when everyone here decided they should go we may be having a few more reports of those public servants deaths and funerals. Now we have the public and news media going after the president and the state department for their decisions to know everything. How about funding for the embassies abroad, has this been cut? Who recommended? Congress? Senate? Should they be held responsible for doing so? Please give some real journalist who want answers and not keep saying one thing and then report something different a week later or omit information. Let's get it all together or nothing at all, THE WHOLE TRUTH and nothing until you it all. Oh wait could that be what the current commander in chief, the white house and the state dept were trying to do before they were getting letters from the GOP demanding half answers or part of. THE TRUTH not something they are familiar with at this point.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  178. Bonnie in Arkansas

    The consulate requested better security and was turned down by the Republican House of Representatives - isn't that how it went?

    October 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  179. Serge Crespy

    The (terrorist) plot in Benghazi may have been diabolical to the extent that it is not politically wise, at this point in time, for the President to comment any further.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  180. Kay Hopson

    Remember the Alamo?

    October 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  181. Charlotte in St. Louis

    Watching the outrage expressed by the GOP in today's hearings, I wonder: where was their outrage when our Republican President/Vice President committed us to a war in Iraq, predicated on lies and mistakes, that resulted in the loss of nearly 5,000 American lives? Obviously, mistakes were made in Benghazi that resulted in the loss of four lives. Were the lives of the 5,000 lost in Iraq any less valuable? It's sad to watch the grandstanding and posturing, instead of trying to discover what really happened and avoid similar mistakes in the future.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  182. Mark.....in Houston

    Because Jack, unlike the media, he is waiting till he knows ALL the facts.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  183. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    God Jack, Have you lost your mind asking such a rediculious question. As you know and I know, the mental capabilities of the average US citizen understanding the complexities of Bengazi attack would zoom over at least half of their heads, rendering them as dumbfounded as most of the FOX News viewers. Our country under the Leadership of Dick Cheney and his puppet President George W. Bush, is responsible for the murder ,maiming and torture of over a million innocent Iraqi People( innocent as for the attacks of 911), that alone fuels the anti USA across the world and we are living in a time when the rest of the world is troubled seeing yet another privy son Mitt Romney in contention to be the next President. The whole world is in disbelief that about half the USA citizenship is stupid enough to ever consider voting for another Privy Son that will be beholden to Big Oil and the Military Industrial Complex, that Old Dwight warned us about so many decades ago. If Mr. Obama explained it to the USA citizens the GOP would call him out for being a brainiac elitist. After all the lies and untruths told by the GOP, very few of their electorate will ever turn the channel to check facts. They sadly are, what is truly wrong with the USA. They believe fiction vs fact and cling to every chance to hate, that FOX news feeds them. What gives me hope for the future of our country is the diversity and youth who seem for the most part,to have risen above racism and see past the Lies spewed daily by the GOP/Neo Con Nazis. November 7th we will rally in support of President Obama, lets hope he will never again cave and fold to Republican interests.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  184. Ready

    It's a scandal, we were lied to and we don't have any real journalists in this country anymore.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  185. dldula

    Jacky boy, you didn't raise this much cane over 9/11, Pres. Bush couldn't have prevented that event any more than Pres. Obama couldn't stop Benghazi. M.P.R – Mittens Pinochio Romney – is the one whom raised the issue of threatening Big Bird... those white women's vote whom he needs in OH, their kids watch big bird, they learn from big bird. Mittens has threatened big bird and the children who watch the PBS classic. Now Jack how about developing a moral spine and check Romney on all of his lies.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  186. malangrad

    Seems pretty straightforward to me ... numerous previous requests to the State Department for more security were declined or ignored. And who runs the State Department? Oh, that's right ... the wife of Obama's most effective surrogate/spokesman, Mrs. Bill Clinton. Not a word will be said until AFTER she leaves her "earned" office and then it'll be too late, just like it always is. This is EXACTLY why this sort of metaphorical incest amongst political allies should be prohibited by law. Mrs. Clinton doesn't seem to have done much beyond the usual demanding of American-style "rights" for females in other countries, yet Obama acts as if she's been just peachy because he needs her husband. We get a useless and seemingly-incompetent Secretary-level employee; Obama gets re-elected. Shall we all chant, "USA, USA" now?

    October 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  187. Tom K. From Beverly Hills

    It's obvious there's some doubt now in the leadership of this Administration. They should've come clean right away instead of not being transparent to the American public. This IS a COVERUP!!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  188. Never Voting Republican Again

    So we were unable to defend ONE of 1000's of embassies, consulates, bases, etc. throughout the entire world from a single coordinated attack on 9/11/2012 – how about the outrage for the lack of accountability or responsibility shown by Republicans from the original 9/11 which happened HERE AND ON THEIR WATCH !!!!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  189. Jen in CA

    Why?
    Obama's own words in 2008: If you don't have a record to run on, you make a big election about small things.

    It's called distraction and please don't look at our record...

    October 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  190. David Whipple

    Is the Obama administration incompetent, deceitful or just misguided and naïve about terrorists? This scares me!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  191. Kwabena Kissi,Mississauga Ontario.Canada.

    Sorry America but you are like roman mobs during elections time.sad that the Benghazi incident has turned into politics for votes.everything Romney is promising to do,Obama`s administration is doing it," i will work with the Libyan government and.........." Don`t just follow noise wherever there is one or easily be swayed by words for the cadidates gain.Did you get something out of Big Bird as a child?

    October 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  192. Gigi Oregon

    There was a reason the people did not know what intelligence knew, Pearl harbour, December 1941 was going to be bombed...The Republicans would have shouted to the enemy over the air waves...and the rest is history...

    October 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  193. jsl

    It's funny, I read the comments from the right and they are same sound bites you hear on Fox on a daily basis, Little sheep learning their rote messages, tomorrow there will be another sound bite sent out and we'll see it all over the internet. Deep thinkers all.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  194. Paully_one

    Because Obama is out to kiss the muslim's rear ends. He has let the Muslim Brotherhood into the white house. He wants to get rid of free speech. He laid it all out at the UN. He is the biggest danger to America right now.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  195. AB

    Jack, has it ever occurred to you that maybe that the incident in Benghazi is currently under investigation(the FBI and DOD investigators were dispatched there as well as in Egypt) and that until the investigation is completed, it is prudent for the Obama Administration to say notthing about the matter until it has all of the facts?? You are a journalist and have been one for several years and ought to know better than to comment on a situation before you have all of the facts!! So just knock off the rhetoric and hysterics and wait for the facts to emerge from the investigation on the terrorist incidents.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  196. dldula

    Jacky boy, get over it. People worldwide die violent deaths everyday, .. I guess Pres. Obama should have run into the telephone booth and switched into "Superman" the same way that Pres. Bush did with 9/11. Mittens Pinochio Romney is the one whom threatened big bird, those women in OH... their children watch and learn from big bird. Jack ask Romney about the 28 lies he told in 37 min.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  197. bigreenize

    So let me get this straight. Now the Administration is blaming this fiasco on an bad intelligence. Like this excuses everything. I seem to remember these same people raking Bush over the coals for stating that it was bad intelligence that led to the belief of WMD being in Iraq. This administration is the worst I've ever seen (and I'm not young) for thinking the same standards to not apply to them. The tragedy on 9/11 in Libya was avoidable which makes this cover-up, yes I said cover-up, all the more disturbing.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  198. darwin

    Why won't President Obama talk about Benghazi, instead of Big Bird? Well, Jack, the truth: Romney said, "I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS." That came out of Elephant's mouth. As for Libya, well, let's see, it's a fact that in the Middle East terrorists hates Americans, whether or not if Americans are secure, terrorists will go at great length to kill any americans. Those GOPs that are questioning the attack are full of crap and politicizing it during the election. It's palpable what the Republicans are doing.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  199. lynn

    it was a sneak attack , something the gop knows well .

    October 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  200. Fred Flintstone

    $16T is a number most people just can't imagine. Romney addressed it but Obama can't. Although the government contribution to NPR/PBS is minuscule compared to $16T it's a start. Obama tries to please all the people all the time but no one can't. Our government has so much wasted money that you just can't imagine. You don't take an asprin for a brain aneurysm. Romney has a proven record of working across the aisle. Obama hasn't gotten a budget passed in three years. He doesn't know what to do so he attacks. $16 trillion - go count the zeros. We need someone to make tough choice. We aren't electing a king but someone who has to work with congress.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  201. Denis Wilson

    When is the press going to REPORT news and not try to play politics. The house ( GOP) cut funding for security. Short of sending in a MILITARY force how else could the FBI get to the embassy? This is just another case of blame Obama when the GOP house blocks him at every turn and then they want to blame him. So much this year could have been done to help OUR COUNTRY, but all I heard from congress was let's get Obama out, mean while the CITIZENS suffer. We don't need a new President, WE NEED A NEW CONGRESS!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  202. Zoe in Marietta

    Wow, Jack has lost it.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  203. Joe Faber

    The reason the President does not want to talk about Benghazi is that he is a weak leader at best... much like Romney would be as well. Neither of these buffoons will reach out and discuss in any worthwhile detail the problems our country faces or what they would do to alleviate those problems. We might have a better choice if our news media would cover the news as journalist instead of as propagandists. There are 5 major political parties, not 2. Why do you not show the American people the respect that they deserve by letting them make their one decisions instead of "hand picking" decisions for them.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  204. David

    And they (the Republicans) call the media liberal? Jack is definitely not liberal – this seems like a partisan attack-making a scandal out of a terrorist attack. Shame on you Jack!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm |