For the first time since March, President Obama held a White House press conference.
But he allowed only 11 of all the reporters present to ask any questions at all.
All of these 11 favored few were called on by name – indicating that they were selected in advance.
The transcript shows he deluged their comparatively brief questions with 76 long paragraphs of his own.
On the Breitbart website, Ben Shapiro reported:
“Today, during his first press conference in five months [sic], President Obama finally answered questions on Benghazi and the murder of four Americans there. Or rather, he pretended to answer. Instead of actual information, he provided bloviation and overheated rhetoric about just how offended he was. Not as offended as, perhaps, the dead Americans were when the U.S. did nothing to protect them. But pretty offended.
“It was a bizarre mix of softball questions from his press sycophants, false righteous indignation from the president over his administration’s Benghazi failures and lies, and an oddly blustery position-shift on tax hikes as opposed to tax loopholes.”
A USA Today headline the morning after read:
“Obama Bristles at GOP Criticism of Rice,” with the following lead:
“President Obama hasn’t picked his nominee to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, but he made clear Wednesday that he doesn’t think much of Senate Republicans’ warnings that he not choose United Nations envoy Susan Rice.
“Obama fiercely defended his administration’s handling of the attack Sept. 11 on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and pushed back against Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham’s criticism of Rice’s description of the incident.
“‘If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me,’ Obama said. ‘And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador? Who had nothing to do with Benghazi? And was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received? To besmirch her reputation is outrageous.’
“Hours earlier, McCain, R-Ariz., and Graham, R-S.C., as well as Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., called for a Senate investigation of the Benghazi incident, which left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead. They threatened to block Rice if Obama nominated her to lead the State Department.
“At issue are Rice’s comments five days after the attack attributing the incident to a spontaneous uprising that was a response to an anti-Muslim video, and not a terrorist attack. U.S. intelligence agencies resolved within a day of the attack that the incident was a terrorist attack.”
On CBS’ “This Morning,” Sen. McCain said in an interview:
“We’re all responsible for what we say and what we do. I’m responsible to my voters. She is responsible to the Senate of the United States. If you’re going to tell the American people something, you’d better make damn sure it’s true.”
And Sen. Graham commented:
“Mr. President, don’t think for one minute I don’t hold you ultimately responsible for Benghazi. I think you failed as commander in chief before, during and after the attack.
“We owe it to the American people and the victims of this attack to have full, fair hearings and accountability be assigned where appropriate. Given what I know now, I have no intention of promoting anyone who is up to their eyeballs in the Benghazi debacle.”