In his press conference yesterday, President Obama seemed irritated when Jonathan Karl asked him about the Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsay Graham’s determination to block U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s potential nomination to be Secretary of State:
As I said before, she made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But, for them to go after the U.N. Ambassador. . . .
Well, Mr. President, that U.N. Ambassador did go on a number of Sunday shows to put forward a theory at odds — even then — with what Libyan authorities were saying. They did not think that an obscure internet video had sparked the attacks.
Allahpundit (who links the video) asks the pertinent question:
What on earth was Rice doing on the Sunday shows in the first place? Two months later, I’ve yet to see an explanation of that in the media. She’s the ambassador to the UN; she has no firsthand knowledge of what happened in Benghazi the way, say, Hillary or Petraeus or John Brennan or Tom Donilon or other people who dealt with the crisis would have.
So, Mr. President, you want to have that discussions, let’s have that discussion, why did the administration dispatch Ambassador Rice to those talk shows and instructed her to say what she said? Was it that she was unfamiliar with the situation and so could repeat the administration talking points without doubting their veracity? And are you saying that a potential Secretary of State shouldn’t be held responsible for her words?
The Democrat seemed quite petulant in responding to Karl’s question as if it was entirely inappropriate to second guess the words of an official in his administration.
Paul Mirengoff hold that “if Obama is sincere” about the need for accountability and his eagerness to cooperate, “then he should testify before Congress about all aspects of Benghazi.” Indeed.
The president yesterday really did seem to need to lash out at someone yesterday. Wonder why.
UPDATE: As usual, Charles Krauthammer sees through Obama’s theatrics, contending that Obama may soon regret having made his faux-chivalrous gesture:
Via Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin.