Obama defends Libya actions to Daily Show’s Jon Stewart
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama defends himself against critics who charge that there was much confusion about the administration’s response after last month’s attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
On Thursday, he defended the administration’s actions on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” after he was pressed by host Jon Stewart on the issue.
The president vowed that he will fix any security problems in all American diplomatic posts following the terror attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Obama has faced scrutiny over the lack of security in the consulate.
Obama told Stewart that he “wasn’t confused” on the decision to investigate the attack and increase security for all diplomatic personnel worldwide.
The comedian told Obama that the administration’s response was not done in an “optimal” way. Obama replied that it is never optimal when four American lives are lost.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has criticized Obama on why it took weeks for officials to say that the Sept. 11 attack was an act of terror and instead argued it resulted from a spontaneous protest against a video ridiculing Islam made by an American filmmaker.
The show also had its lighter moments when Stewart joked about making a scrapbook of Michelle Obama’s photos during the past two presidential debates. One photo shows she looks angry while the other shows she is smiling.