One of the most tense moments during last night’s debate came when the issue of the terrorist attack in Benghazi came up. At one point President Obama tried to claim that he publicly recognized the tragic event as a terrorist attack the morning after it occurred, during a speech given in the Rose Garden. Upon hearing that, Governor Romney entered in to the following exchange with the President;
ROMNEY: I think (it’s) interesting the president just said something which — which is that on the day after the attack he went into the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror.
OBAMA: That’s what I said.
ROMNEY: You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror. It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying?
OBAMA: Please proceed Governor.
ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.
OBAMA: Get the transcript.
Then as Romney turned to the moderator, Candy Crowley took it upon herself to interject herself in to the debate by agreeing with the President by stating;
“It — it — it — he did in fact, sir … call it an act of terror.”
Her comment was then followed by applause. The moment lended a total lack of credibility to notion that the questioners in the audience of this town hall and its moderator were impartial or undecided participants. Nothing says undecided and impartial like the moderator making one side’s argument and the crowd cheering. But this is exactly why in a pre-debate post , I specifically stated that Candy Crowley needed to keep her mouth shut during the debate.
As it turned out, within an hour of the debate, Crowley popped up on CNN admitting that she was wrong. The President never actually called the violence that killed 4 Americans in Benghazi a terrorist attack as he and Crowley claimed he did from the Rose Garden on September 12th.
On that occasion the President avoided describing the assassination of our staff in Libya as a terrorist attack. He did however say the following about the tragedy in general;
“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,” Obama said. “Today we mourn for 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.”
Then for 14 days following that statement, the President and his Administration still refused to call the tragedy in Benghazi a terrorist attack and tried to claim that it was the result of a spontaneous riot inspired by a video.
So Candy Crowley was wrong. She was wrong about her conclusion and in her to attempt disagree with Mitt Romney over the stated facts. And she was wrong for refusing to leave the debate up to the debaters. Instead she interjected her own biased conclusions into the debate. This is something she was urged to avoid when I wrote the following about Crowley in White House 2012…
“You’re not on the ballot, so we don’t care what you know, what you think you know, or what your alleged unbiased opinion is!”
But Candy couldn’t help herself. When she saw her prefered choice for President needing a lifeline she pretended to be the host of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” and gave President Obama a chance to call on a friend for the answer. That friend being herself.
If only she listened and kept her mouth shut. Instead she confirmed that her next job should not be moderating a presidential debate or reporting the news, it should be as the White House Press Secretary in the next term of whatever Democrat wins the presidency after Mitt Romney’s two terms in the Oval Office.
Oh yeah, let us not forget the other thing confirmed during all this… our President was again caught lying in an attempt to save his presidency and get reelected.
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