There’s been a lot of debate about the second Presidential Debate that took place on Tuesday October 16, 2012 between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
The topic that seems to be dominating the media is about the attack that happened in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on September 11, 2012.
During the debate, President Obama referenced his remarks in the Rose Garden and called the attack in Benghazi and “act of terror.” Governor Romney disputed what President Obama said saying that he didn’t call it an “act of terror” until two weeks later! So…
…did he or didn’t he?
Here’s the video of the segment:
As you can saw, the moderator Candy Crowley, gave President Obama a great big kiss and did an on-the-spot fact check (which brings up a whole other story) with the transcript of him saying that the attack in Benghazi was an act of terror. The President asked for the transcript…
Remarks by the President on the Deaths of U.S. Embassy Staff in Libya
10:43 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Every day, all across the world, American diplomats and civilians work tirelessly to advance the interests and values of our nation. Often, they are away from their families. Sometimes, they brave great danger.
Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi. Among those killed was our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. We are still notifying the families of the others who were killed. And today, the American people stand united in holding the families of the four Americans in our thoughts and in our prayers.
The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. We’re working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats. I’ve also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.
Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.
Already, many Libyans have joined us in doing so, and this attack will not break the bonds between the United States and Libya. Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans. Libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety, and they carried Ambassador Stevens’s body to the hospital, where we tragically learned that he had died.
It’s especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city that he helped to save. At the height of the Libyan revolution, Chris led our diplomatic post in Benghazi. With characteristic skill, courage, and resolve, he built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries, and helped them as they planned to build a new Libya. When the Qaddafi regime came to an end, Chris was there to serve as our ambassador to the new Libya, and he worked tirelessly to support this young democracy, and I think both Secretary Clinton and I relied deeply on his knowledge of the situation on the ground there. He was a role model to all who worked with him and to the young diplomats who aspire to walk in his footsteps.
Along with his colleagues, Chris died in a country that is still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war. Today, the loss of these four Americans is fresh, but our memories of them linger on. I have no doubt that their legacy will live on through the work that they did far from our shores and in the hearts of those who love them back home.
Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks. We mourned with the families who were lost on that day. I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed. And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.
As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it. Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.
But we also know that the lives these Americans led stand in stark contrast to those of their attackers. These four Americans stood up for freedom and human dignity. They should give every American great pride in the country that they served, and the hope that our flag represents to people around the globe who also yearn to live in freedom and with dignity.
We grieve with their families, but let us carry on their memory, and let us continue their work of seeking a stronger America and a better world for all of our children.
Thank you. May God bless the memory of those we lost and may God bless the United States of America.
10:48 A.M. EDT
Source: the White House
The transcript DOES NOT specifically state that the attack in Benghazi was an “act of terror.” When he does say the phrase he was referencing the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. For the next two weeks, President Obama and his staff explained that it was a spontaneous outburst in reaction to a YouTube video that slandered the Prophet Muhammad.
If you had been watching or reading what the media had to say during that time was the same thing the White House was saying…it was due to a video. When the White House finally acknowledged it was a terrorist attack all the the headlines read: “For the First Time White House Admits the Attack was an Act of Terror…” Or something like it.
One thing that drives me crazy about political debates is that both candidates are spitting out numbers, “facts,” statements and such the average person would have no idea if it were actually true or not? The level of trust we have for politicians is so incredibly low that, for the most part, take whatever they say with a grain of salt.
Do your own part and find the truth for yourself. Don’t rely on what someone else says…even what you’re reading in this blog post…do your own research and make your own conclusion. That’s what I did and in this instance, I believe the President lied about his statement in the Rose Garden and Governor Romney told the truth.
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