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The above video is from a September 12 interview “60 Minutes” did with President Obama in the wake of the terror attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. CBS decided against airing this segment in their original broadcast but released it on Sunday night, just two days before the election.
In the interview, Obama would not clearly say whether he thought the attack was terrorism. Transcript below.
KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word terrorism in connection with the Libya Attack, do you believe that this was a terrorism attack?
OBAMA: Well it’s too early to tell exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.
KROFT: It’s been described as a mob action, but there are reports that they were very heavily armed with grenades, that doesn’t sound like your normal demonstration.
OBAMA: As I said, we’re still investigating exactly what happened, I don’t want to jump the gun on this. But your right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt. And my suspicion is there are folks involved in this. Who were looking to target Americans from the start. So we’re gonna make sure that our first priority is to get our folks out safe, make sure our embassies are secured around the world and then we are going to go after those folks who carried this out.
KROFT: There have been reports, obviously this isn’t the first time…there have been attacks on the consulate before. There was an attack against the British ambassador. Do you…this occurred on Sept. 11. Can you tell me why the ambassador was in Benghazi yesterday? Was it to evaluate security at the consulate?
OBAMA: Well keep in mind Chris Stevens is somebody that was one of the first Americans on the ground when we were in the process of saving Benghazi and providing the opportunity for Libyans to create their own democracy. So this is somebody who had been courageous, had been on the ground, had helped to advise me and Secretary Clinton when we were taking our actions against Muammar Qaddafi. And is somebody who is very familiar with the train. He was doing the work that he does as a diplomat helping to shape our policies in the region at a time when things are still fairly fragile. But I think it’s important to note that we have a Libyan government in place that is fully cooperative, that sees the United States as a friend that recognizes we played an important role in liberating Libya and providing the Libyan people an opportunity to forge their own destiny. And in fact we had Libyans who helped protect our diplomats when they were under attack. But this is a country that is still rebuilding in the aftermath of Qaddafi. They don’t necessarily always have the same capabilities that countries with more established governments might have in helping to provide protection to our folks. But beyond that, what I want to do is make sure that we know exactly what happened, how it happened, who perpetrated this action, then we’ll act accordingly.
This (Obama’s) Auto Team… didn’t have a single person on it who had any auto experience… We asked Ron Bloom, the head of (Obama’s) Auto Team, was this (dealership closures) necessary… and he acknowledged that this… wasn’t necessary.”
Obama Didn’t Save the Auto Industry: He Took Away 2,200 Dealerships and 120,000 Jobs
“GM and Chrysler significantly accelerated their dealership termination timetables, with Chrysler terminating 789 dealerships by June 10, 2009, and GM announcing plans to wind down 1,454 dealerships by October 2010.”
“(Obama) Auto Team’s view about the need for GM and Chrysler to reduce their dealership networks and do so rapidly was based on a theory that, with fewer dealerships (and thus less internecine competition), like their smaller networked foreign competitors, the remaining dealerships would be more profitable and thus would permit the dealerships to invest more in their facilities and staff.”
“one expert opined that closing dealerships in an environment already disrupted by the recession could result in an even greater crisis in sales… job losses at terminated dealerships were apparently not a substantial factor in the (Obama) Auto Team’s consideration of the dealership termination issue.”
” it is clear that tens of thousands of dealership jobs were immediately put in jeopardy as a result of the terminations by GM and Chrysler. Finally, the acceleration of dealership closings was not done with any explicit cost savings to the manufacturers in mind.”
“Treasury should have taken special care given that the (Obama) Auto Team’s determinations had the potential to contribute to job losses, particularly given that one goal of the loan agreements was to “preserve and promote jobs of American workers employed directly by the automakers and subsidiaries and in related industries.”
“This audit concludes that… (Obama) Treasury (a) should have taken every reasonable step to ensure that accelerating the dealership terminations was truly necessary… (b) should have at least considered whether the benefits to the companies from the accelerated terminations outweighed the costs to the economy that would result from potentially tens of thousands of accelerated job losses.”
The folks at Delphi who had the pensions eliminated aren’t happy either
This man was HIRED by the Obama administration
This is NO right wing ZEALOT
The liberal media has KEPT ALL this QUIET
But it is up to EVERY person who reads this to make sure OHIO and Michigan and ALL Midwest voters SEE this
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The POWER OF COMPOUNDING is LARGE.Someone who puts this out on Twitter or facebook on their timelines exposes this to Tens of thousands of people
Imagine if those folks ALL shared it
I have “held” this information for a LONG time
Well its time to RELEASE NOW
The only person who can STOP YOU is YOU
In the battleground state of Iowa Barack Obama holds a lead of 47.66 to 46.77 with 5.57 still either 3rd party or can change their mind
In New Hampshire President Obama leads 49.7- 47.6 with 2.7 still apt to decide
In the battleground state of OHIO in the first post debate poll Mitt Romney has moved out to 46.49 -43.08 lead with a whopping 10.43 percent of the voters still “deciding” or voting 3rd party
This is Mr Romney’s largest lead in Ohio since we started polling
Mr Romney has opened up a huge lead with Independents and is only down 3% with women which is much better than expected
This is about about Obama ‘s lies and debate misstatements.
There is so many of them I would need 8 or 9 columns to name them all from the 2 Presidential debates.
It is no wonder that in the latest Gallup Poll of likely voters, Romney is now ahead by 7 percent ,after being down before the first debate 2 weeks ago.
Today in the day of the internet there are fact checkers Although many people do not care to do their homework, there are plenty of folks like me who do it, and also write in a column for tens of thousands to read.
I will try and focus on the most glaring and imbecilic.
1)Why wouldn’t we eliminate tax breaks for corporate jets? My attitude is if you got a corporate jet, you can probably afford to pay full freight, not get a special break for it.
The president and his handlers don,t understand there is NO special deduction for private jets ,just like their is no special deduction for moving a business overseas.
I am an accountant married to a CPA , but in fact I knew all this as a first year accounting student.
Someone please tell the President and his”handlers” that flying commercial or on a private jet is the SAME travel expense. It is deductible by law for EVERY American both rich and old.No matter where you travel to.
There is No SPECIAL private jet deduction or moving businesses overseas DEDUCTION.
The president repeated the moving business overseas deduction again in the 2nd debate.
Please send him a copy of this, it is obvious no one in his inner circle has told him this or perhaps he hasn’t chosen to listen.
The other night,Mr Obama again said ” We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years”.
This is REALLY a whopper.
First of all, Obama’s idea of “we”, somehow tries to take credit that the administration tries to somehow say they are responsible for this increase. That is simply NOT true. In fact most of the increases have occurred due to drilling on private land not government land.
According to Energy Information Administration, in fiscal year 2011, production on federal lands dropped 13 percent from fiscal year 2010 levels, led by a drop in federal offshore production of 17 percent. It was obviously private lands that fueled the increase so saying”we” is not only disingenuous its an out and out lie.
Second of all according to the EIA which is a government agency, oil production in 2011 is much less than it was ever in the 1990s. So his statement is not only disingenuous but blatantly false.
I mean do you blame the advisers or the President himself? I cant speak for him but before I say anything I fact check it first to even a simple client .To lie like this in front of 70 million people is inexcusable and is a severe character flaw.
Then he told Romney in the debate that Romney was lying about this.
NO Mr President and his gullible followers,YOU ARE LYING.
Obama continued by saying Is it fair for somebody like you, making $20 million a year, to pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or a bus driver, somebody making $50,000 year? And he claims ( Romney) said, “Yes, I think that’s fair.”
The fact is Romney pays a higher rate on his dividend income than the bus driver who made 50,000 a year would pay on THEIR dividend income
The bus driver who had dividend income of under 35,000 dollars would pay a much lower tax rate and at worst would pay the EXACT rate than Mr Romney
There is NO special tax rate for upper income earners,in fact the bus drivers dividend income would be taxed at a MUCH lower rate than Mr Romney’s in all probability
What Romney actually said was “I think it’s the right way to encourage economic growth – to get people to invest, to start businesses, to put people to work
And one of the reasons why the capital gains tax rate is lower is because capital has already been taxed once at the corporate level, as high as 35 percent.”
If Mitt Romney got paid a salary he would be taxed on that money as earned income at federal rate of 35 percent not 14%
Mr Romney pays a whopping 58% of his income in taxes and CHARITY and only keeps 42% for he and his family.
So it is very MISLEADING to imply that Mr Romney is somehow GREEDY
Mr Biden and Mr Obama who are very generous with other people’s money but apparently NOT their own.Both have had year where they gave less than 1% in charity while having incomes over 250,000 dollars.
So who really isn’t paying their fair share now?
Now either 1) Barack Obama knows that and is being dishonest with the American people. Or its possible he doesn’t know this .I suggest hiring someone like me that knows this or to spend time learning the tax code .Just think of how many hours it took to play over a hundred rounds of golf and attending a couple hundred fundraisers in the past 4 years.
Imagine if that time was instead was spent consulting with actual job creators and those who are economically educated.
What do you think is Mr Obama just comfortable reporting things he knows are lies ? Or is he a type of person who is economically illiterate and really doesn’t know how asinine and inaccurate what he is saying really is.
Maybe someone in the media will ask him or his supporters this?
Of course he won’t take any press conferences.
But he will interview with Pimp the LIMP and LIMP Wristed Adulterer Dave Letterman, the bastions of morality and intelligence
4 more years??? Get real