We already know Obama didn’t speak with the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of State after a brief 5 p.m. meeting. As it turns out, while the attack was under way, Obama didn’t call anybody:

President Obama didn’t make any phone calls the night of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House said in a letter to Congress released Thursday.

“During the entire attack, the president of the United States never picked up the phone to put the weight of his office in the mix,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who had held up Mr. Obama’s defense secretary nominee to force the information to be released.

Mr. Graham said that if Mr. Obama had picked up the phone, at least two of the Americans killed in the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi might still be alive because he might have been able to push U.S. aid to get to the scene faster.


In all fairness to the president though, maybe he was out shooting skeet — or most likely resting up for the important fundraising trip to Las Vegas the next morning. Priorities, you know.


31 Responses to “White House: No, Obama Didn’t Make Any Phone Calls the Night of the Benghazi Attack”

  1. Marshall_Will on February 15th, 2013 8:58 pm

    "shooting skeet"

    Ha! I've always pictured a typical evening for Kid Choom more akin to "Hot Tub Time Machine" ( and that's probably why he didn't pick up? ) He couldn't find Chevy Chase!

    Yeah, I can't live up to the FUNCTIONS and obligations… of the Office, but rubber stamp my homies like I 'did' a'ight..?

  2. Granny55 on February 15th, 2013 9:48 pm

    Did you hear the Special Ops guy and Ranger on Hannity this afternoon? They wrote a book, available on line only, and said that the US had several covert operations going on in Libya – specifically raids to get at the arms that were stockpiled by Ghadaffi so they wouldn't be transferred to Al-Queda groups and Syria. However, there is little communication between CIA, State Dept and Special Ops so Chris Stevens didn't even know HOW much danger he was in. He wanted extra security because he knew what was happening locally but didn't/wasn't informed about the arms raids that were taking place. Further they said the annex at Benghazi was being used by special ops as a sort of home base for planning these raids and they think the attack on the consulate was in retaliation for those raids. So sounds like we are back at square one. No one is communicating and/or sharing information at the highest levels and there-in lies the cover up of the inept power struggles in the very depts that are supposed to protect us that continue many years after the original 9/11. Brennan was up to his eyeballs involved in all of this to boot.

    Neither of these two armed forces soldiers have confidence in Brennan – so what does that say? This was never about a tape and months later we are still being stone walled and lied to.

  3. Granny55 on February 15th, 2013 9:57 pm

    AND>>>> one of them told Sean that Ghadaffi had to be taken out because if he was taken alive and put on trial things would have come out that would shock the people of the US. He said there are so many underhanded deals being made with these rogue countries and these despots would sing like a canary. The reason behind their beliefs – they listened to and watched the video of Ghadaffi being dragged around after his death and they heard people in the background speaking in a Spanish dialect – more specifically Columbian dialect which mean mercenaries were present at the scene. Interesting – hey?

  4. SignPainterGuy on February 16th, 2013 12:42 am

    Just plain freakin` WOW !! No matter how bad you think it is with this lame admin., it`s apparently FAR worse !!

  5. Doug on February 16th, 2013 1:00 am

    Granny… haven't you heard, IT WAS THE MOVIE!

    Yeah, the more it's exposed how bizarre the administration's response (or lack thereof) to the attack was, the more believable it is that the U.S. was staging a sort of "Fast & Furious, Libya Edition" and it all went bad quickly.

  6. jeffythequick on February 16th, 2013 3:01 am

    What does it matter? – HRC, 2013

    …and for the next 3 years, as the news media, along with Republicans in the Congress shower her with kisses, prep her for her coronation.

  7. SignPainterGuy on February 16th, 2013 3:18 am

    But, BUT she SAID she would not seek another office. (para.) Take that as proof you cannot trust what she says. Any dem pol. for that matter and way too many Rs while we`re considering liars !

  8. SignPainterGuy on February 16th, 2013 3:25 am

    But DOUG, Teh Won Again, Prez. Gutsy Call, just reiterated that his admin. is the most honest and open ever ! Wait, he actually said, "The most transparent in history". http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/14/obama-claims-h

    HE`s right in a way, we can see right thru him, but I get the feeling that`s NOT what he means !

  9. Truesoldier__ on February 16th, 2013 2:09 pm

    No surprise about the raids. Mr "lead from behind" never took into account all the weapons lying around in Libya when he made his "gutsy call" to help bomb Libya via logistical support. Of course the same thing happened in Iraq to a point. We would fing massive cache's of ordance scattered throughout the countryside of Iraq from when our planes blew the Iraqi ammo depot bunkers and the bombing would scatter unexploded ordance (UXO) to the four winds. The insurgents would go out gather these up (lots of 155mm artillery rounds) and use them as IED's. At least in the case of Iraq we had boots on the ground and we able to locate and destroy a lot of these caches (not all of course).

    What is worse, is that these raids are coming too late as it has already become public information that someone (more likely AQ) made off with thousands of surface to air missle manpacks (mobile SAM launchers) capable of taking down airliners.

  10. Truesoldier__ on February 16th, 2013 2:12 pm

    It does make you wonder if those raids were to recover the Libyan weapons for the sole purpose of sending them to Syria. Sort of a "false flag" operation so that the US would not be implicated in arming the rebels, especially in light that the Saudi's have been funneling the weapons to the Islamic extremist rebel types.

  11. Pasadena Phil on February 16th, 2013 3:16 pm

    Community organizers lead from behind. He was waiting for someone else to make calls so he could then either attack them or take credit for himself. It's like with Congress. He tells everyone what he wants and leaves it up to them to compromise their way there.

  12. Truesoldier__ on February 16th, 2013 3:23 pm

    Yep. And then when it fails to work he blames them for their lack of a real plan.

  13. SignPainterGuy on February 16th, 2013 3:39 pm

    It makes you wonder about Prez. Lead From Behind. As the expression goes (illustrated by a team of sled dogs), "If you aren`t the lead dog, the view never changes". Barry has lead from behind so often and for so long, it would seem he likes the view !

  14. Granny55 on February 16th, 2013 4:07 pm

    I don't have a kindle – but here is a link to the book. If anyone cares to buy it and fill us in on more.

  15. Pasadena Phil on February 16th, 2013 4:19 pm

    To really understand why he gets away with it, it is important to understand why the GOP doesn't fight. It's about the thorough corruption of the American constitutional process by dirty globalist money. Yesterday at MM's, I linked to this Financial Times article.


    It reports on how former Democrat but now GOP mega-contributors Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson, donated over $300 MILLION for establishment GOP candidates the last cycle through Karl Rove. They ARE American Crossroads. Just as Soros controls the Dems AND sharing the same core agenda but with different ego issues these two Rove sponsore control the GOP. When you hear Rove, think Soros.

    It also reports how they are now holding back on Rove these days for fear that the GOP establishment is no longer committed to its Democratic principles. They will only support a Democratic party without Obama. It's Obama they hate. They want the GOP to be the Democratic Party only without Obama. (Then why didn't they support GW Bush? But I digress)

    Think about that. Two big globalists have a bigger voice than all other voters combined! They can BUY an entire national party and impose its will on the rest of us.Just like Soros controls the Democratic Party mothership. Political parties no longer represent voters. That is not my opinion. It is a certified fact. The world is now being run by monied globalists determined to establish a world government. I'm waiting to see if the next pope will be a former Goldman Sachs partner. Heck, they control everything else.

    And it's happening right out in the open these days. This tells us that they are through with the niceties of pretending to be working through the system legally. They are afraid. They fear the Tea Party. That is why Rove set up a new PAC dedicated to deal with why he is having trouble raising money from his two American Crossroads PACs. Rove's power is derived mostly from two people. On the other hand, it is also troublesome to see the Koch brothers' involvement with the Tea Party. What do THEY want?

  16. SignPainterGuy on February 16th, 2013 5:25 pm

    There is a FREE download of Kindle for computers. I have it. Click on "Free Reading apps" top left at your linked page.

  17. Marshall_Will on February 16th, 2013 5:38 pm

    "Fast & Furious, Libya Edition"

    More proof sequels S@CK. With Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez! It's gonna' Blow.You.AWAY..! From the producers that brought you Deathproof and Planet Terror!

  18. Pasadena Phil on February 16th, 2013 5:38 pm

    I just downloaded it onto my PC. Works great.

  19. SignPainterGuy on February 16th, 2013 5:41 pm

    I had to re-load it. My "shortcut" had apparently fallen prey to gremlins and wouldn`t open. Yep, it`s so easy, even "I" can do it ! ;-)

  20. Marshall_Will on February 16th, 2013 5:45 pm

    Events over the last several weeks lead me to believe Cession is the only viable path going forward. The lead economist for Zillow was interviewed in Forbes and noted the uptick in home prices is driving OUT middle and lower middle people in DROVES.

    Where are they 'going'? Texas! The monied elite are staying PUT ( in spite of higher taxes ) Their Progressive Utopia is finally formulating and taking shape by default. What we'll essentially have is "gated communities" w/ great schools, roads, infrastructure, amenities OTA and the rest of us can take a flying LEAP.

  21. Marshall_Will on February 16th, 2013 5:47 pm

    Dude! I'm genuinely impressed! ( You can drop the good old boy act now okay? )


  22. Marshall_Will on February 16th, 2013 5:50 pm

    I'd add ( and thanks for the heads up Granny ) this raises my estimation of Sean immeasurably. Thought he'd gone soft in the HEAD there for awhile?

    I might even start sampling/surfing [occasionally] again. ( Where were you in 2012 when we could have USED you Sean? )

  23. SignPainterGuy on February 16th, 2013 6:04 pm

    You`re very welcome ! Occasionally, I have to show that I am more than JUST a pretty face ! ;-)

  24. Pasadena Phil on February 16th, 2013 6:18 pm

    Same here. The Kindle app I had already downloaded earlier wouldn't open so I downloaded it again.

  25. Pasadena Phil on February 16th, 2013 6:37 pm

    Can't speak for the rest of the country but here in CA, the "bottom" in real estate prices is due to two things:

    The end of the banking practice of filing multiple foreclosure claims to bog down the process on Jan 1


    And money laundering by Chinese politicians:


    The typical sale out here involves a middle man who buys multiple properties simultaneously and all cash. Apparently hey bypass the Patriot Act thanks to some loophole while the "too big to fail, too big to jail" banks (a GOP creation) launder the cash.

    I hope you still read Zero Hedge. They come up will multiple doozies every single day but even the "conservative" blogosphere shies away from reporting these things for fear of being called names (like "conspiracy!" or "paranoid nutter". These are not obscure people doing these things and they are not doing it in the dark. I've come to reading foreign sources because the one-party establishment can't shut them up.

  26. Marshall_Will on February 16th, 2013 6:37 pm


    Must need a Financial Times sub. to get the full link? In any event, the Zillow article I ref'd above concerned Cali. I think one of the most critical aspects we need to make clear to moderates and even hardline Progs;

    Right now, things are going YOUR way… And you couldn't be loving life any more if you TRIED. The military spending you've always loathed is falling off a cliff, everyone's getting an O'phone and the social justice agenda you've always envisioned is coming along swimmingly!

    But guess what dude ( this ain't gonna' last ) We're only (1) election cycle away from surrendering our Rights as citizens ALTOGETHER. Hell, we barely 'matter' NOW? You can keep that 47% smirk up all day but when this eventually dries up ( and it WILL ) just remember what we TOLD you!

  27. Marshall_Will on February 16th, 2013 7:05 pm

    "Many of you reading this will undoubtedly have spent time in an international bank and been forced to sit through countless hours of “know your client” and AML training. Fascinating to note that the National Association of Realtors lobbied for and received a waiver from such regulation."

    So glad we played by the RULES huh? Perfectly predictable RESULT from a basically criminal organization. For years housing bubble bloggers have referred to the NAR as "The Cartel". Let's see.., pocket listings, off the books high end property 'swaps', endless re-sets for the Days On Market for their listings..!

    Chuckie Schumer's suggestion we offer Green Cards For Wealthy Overseas Infestors ( not a sp. error ) went over like a f@rt in church. So they just did the old end-run and pulled one over on us ANYway. Again, as bubble bloggers predicted!

  28. Pasadena Phil on February 16th, 2013 7:34 pm

    You can register online without a subscription.

    I'm actually very hopeful that 2014 is going to be the endgame. I have been predicting since 2006 that the GOP is only concerned about clearing the landscape of conservatives to prepare for a run by Jebbie in 2016. That has proven to be correct and they are now in a panic because the more they punch the Tea Party tar baby, the stronger we get.

    Everything that matters must happen between now and 2014. After that is irrelevant. The current rigged economy cannot hold together until 2016 and whoever is in power will suffer for it. That is why the GOP didn't commit to winning in 2012.

    If only Romney had realized that he might have avoided being used and run his own campaign. He paid a big price for dumping his trusted and loyal campaign manager from prior victorious campaigns in favor of the Bush crowd.

  29. SignPainterGuy on February 16th, 2013 8:37 pm

    It`s either a conspiracy or those gremlins have a nat`l org. ! ;-) They strike occasionally and without warning. Sometimes I think I hear them laughing !

  30. Marshall_Will on February 16th, 2013 8:49 pm

    Oh that's right. I'm thinking IBD is the *pay* site, I used to read FT regularly.

    So let me see if I've got this straight.., I'm thinking the GOP is a lost cause. Pribus, Rove and others are desp. attempting artificial respiration but..? They're just delaying the inevitable.

    As T.E.A mbrs. should we then be directing our appeal to mods/inds and stop wasting our time trying to help an addict that doesn't want to help himself? You've done the demo. breakdowns in the past and it's always looked perfectly viable to me? At the State level, the OR GOP is in tatters.

    Dims, as always, seem to think a dismantled GOP would give them the 1-party rule they LUST for. Won't they be surprised when it's effectively disbanded and they now face REAL competition!? They won't know what HIT 'em.

  31. Pasadena Phil on February 16th, 2013 11:26 pm

    "As T.E.A mbrs. should we then be directing our appeal to mods/inds and stop wasting our time trying to help an addict that doesn't want to help himself?"

    Yes. I've been advocating adopting a new language. Most of my friends are "liberals" only in that they have to pick Dem or Rep in discussions. However, many of them are no longer Dems but indies. Just like my conservative friends. I don't know too many people anymore who are registered to either "major" party.

    The point is that by and large, most of us are indies for the same reasons. But we speak a different language. The former Dems still speak Dem. The former Reps still speak Rep. So we end up talking past each other for lack of a common language.

    We can unite a big chunk of the 42-43% of voters who are no longer Dems or Reps by adopting a new language based on shared values and the biggest one is the restoration of constitutional liberty.

    I like talking about Thomas Paine and how government exists because free people cannot resolve their own problems among themselves and grows as more and more people turn to government as the first alternative. We surrender our liberties every time we turn to the government.

    It is not a big leap to then suggest that we are not a country divided between liberal and conservatives or Dems vs Reps but between moral responsible people and amoral irresponsible people. Producers vs non-producers. Dems are not much different from Reps when those values are discussed. It's a core issue to unite us.

    Then it's about how no matter which party we vote for, we end up in the same place. THAT is the very reason why just about ALL of us are indies. "So what can you do?" they'll ask. That is when everything opens up. I talk about the 42-43% who are indies just as I did above and introduce them to the history of the Tea Party and what we've been up against. It all comes together.

    America is much less divided than is being reported. The main divide is between the ruling elite establishment and voters. We just need to unite the citizens because we are all being warred against by the bought-and-paid-for government.

    If you listened to Rand Paul's SOTU rebuttal, the threat of 3rd party was loud and clear. If Rubio is just infiltrating the GOP establishment as a reverse Trojan Horse, we might be witnessing a Tea Party ploy to really shake things up in 2014. A colossal and thorough Rove defeat in 2014 would leave the one-party establishment apoplectic. They would panic.

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