On ‘Daily Show,’ Obama calls American deaths in Libya ‘not optimal’


You might remember a little kerfuffle a couple of nights back during the second presidential debate, when moderator Candy Crowley helpfully stepped in and backed up President Obama on his claim that he had called the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. consulate in Libya “an act of terror” the very next day. Why was that such a big deal? Well, aside from the fact that it wasn’t true, it reopened a very serious question: Why won’t the president finally come clean on what happened in Benghazi?

It took two weeks and an appearance on “The View” for Obama to finally admit that the attack which led to the deaths of four Americans in Libya “wasn’t just a mob action.” So, while the president takes baby steps toward the ugly truth about Benghazi on entertainment television, can we expect a more decisive statement on “The Daily Show” tonight? Apparently not.

Obama to Jon Stewart: Benghazi deaths “not optimal”cbsn.ws/R73xJr

— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 18, 2012

What’s #notoptimal to Barack Obama? Four dead Americans.

— nydem49 (@nydem49) October 18, 2012

You heard correctly. While the Left has become apoplectic over Mitt Romney’s “binders” comment, their leader has evolved from viewing the deaths of four Americans as “bumps in the road” to something even more outrageous. The Washington Post has a preview of Obama’s comments to TV clown Jon Stewart, which are set to air tonight:

“Here’s what I’ll say. When four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal. We’re going to fix it. All of it,” Obama said. “The government is a big operation and any given time something screws up. And you make sure that you find out what’s broken and you fix it. Whatever else I have done throughout the course of my presidency the one thing that I’ve been absolutely clear about is that America’s security comes first, and the American people need to know exactly how I make decisions when it comes to war, peace, security, and protecting Americans. And they will continue to get that over the next four years of my presidency.”

When four Americans “get killed, it’s not optimal”? Outraged Americans were quick to launch the #NotOptimal hashtag to highlight a few other things that are broken in Obama’s “big operation.” Any other little screw-ups on the fix-it list?

7.8% unemployment #notoptimal

— Sunny (@sunnyright) October 18, 2012

16.2 Trillion dollar deficit. #notoptimal

— vbspurs (@vbspurs) October 18, 2012

a president who thinks it’s worth going on Jon Stewart’s show #NotOptimal

— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) October 18, 2012

Binder full of bankrupt energy companies #NotOptimal

— S.M (@redsteeze) October 18, 2012

Clinging to Big Bird & “Women in binders” as your last ditch campaign strategy #notoptimal

— AlexaShrugged (@AlexaShrugged) October 18, 2012

I’m guessing Obama moved on to talk about how you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs? Class act, that guy. #NotOptimal

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) October 18, 2012

Blowing half a billion on Solyndra #NotOptimal

— RB (@RBPundit) October 18, 2012

An American ambassador sodomized, tormented, murdered by terrorists, then Obama Admin doing apology ads for Pakistan as a result #NotOptimal

— Joe the Patriotic (@joethepatriotic) October 18, 2012

Having a president who signed Lily Ledbetter but pays his own women less than men is #NotOptimal

— R Wood (@rlwood1) October 18, 2012

Credit downgrade for the first time in American history #notoptimal

— Leah(@gopfirecracker) October 18, 2012

Asserting executive privilege over #fastandfurious documents instead of giving answers to Brian’s family. #NotOptimal

— Skeetz (@maryclimer) October 18, 2012

#NotOptimal standing over caskets of fearless warriors and pusillanimously blaming a VIDEO!!!

— Wayne Fox (@WayneFox2012) October 18, 2012

50% increase in food stamps #notoptimal

— Angie Mancuso (@AngieMancuso) October 18, 2012

1 in 6 Americans live in poverty. #NotOptimal

— LisainDallas (@LisainDallas) October 18, 2012

On-the-job training as President of the United States #notoptimal ow.ly/eAMuE

— Tom Hackett (@TFHackett) October 18, 2012

Refusing to call terrorist attacks, terrorist attacks is #NotOptimal

— Ninety Miles (@NinetyMiles1) October 18, 2012

“Work place violence” at Ft. Hood. #notoptimal

— Graham(@PoofImGraham) October 18, 2012

Having your VP admit the middle class has been “buried” by your administration #notoptimal

— Sunny (@sunnyright) October 18, 2012

Chris Stevens’ mother has heard NOTHING from the White House #notoptimal

— Amy Lutz (@amylutz4) October 18, 2012

300+ Mexican citizens….DEAD. #notoptimal

— Skeetz (@maryclimer) October 18, 2012

Obama’s budgets receiving 0 votes in Congress. #notoptimal

— Graham(@PoofImGraham) October 18, 2012

Being $51,000 in debt the moment you’re born. #notoptimal #ObamaEconomy twitter.com/a_ryan88/statu…

— Aaron (@a_ryan88) October 18, 2012

Incorrectly stating on national what Planned Parenthood does for women #NotOptimal

—Nancy (@nmhowie) October 18, 2012

Arresting a YouTube video producer when you knew Benghazi was an act of terrorism is #NotOptimal

— R Wood (@rlwood1) October 18, 2012

#NotOptimal $5.5 trillion of new debt, 23 million unemployed or underemployed, declining real incomes, anemic economic growth.

— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) October 18, 2012

Telling a nation of entrepreneurs that “you didn’t build that.”#notoptimal

— Gabriel Hudelson (@GabrielHudelson) October 18, 2012

Having Whoopi or Eva speaking on your behalf. #notoptimal

— Matt Sargent (@matsarge69) October 18, 2012

50% of college grads either unemployed or underemployed #NotOptimal

— Morgan(@veracity81) October 18, 2012

Having no 2nd term agenda #notoptimal

— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) October 18, 2012

Thinking that the American people are stupid enough to buy into the big bird and binder memes to take the heat off of Benghazi? #notoptimal

— Conservative First (@l4issez) October 18, 2012

@evalongoria‘s performance as #Obama campaign co-chair #notoptimal

— Bryan Preston (@texasbryanp) October 18, 2012

@mittromney puts “women in binders” and its an outrage.Obama puts Ambassadors in coffins and its #notoptimal. @hughhewitt @michellemalkin

— RomanDad (@RomanDad) October 18, 2012

Haven’t you all forgotten something? This isn’t a debate, it’s an appearance on Comedy Central — Obama’s sixth appearance on “The Daily Show” overall and his second as sitting president. So where are the laughs? Or did Joe Biden use them all up during his debate?

Anybody think Jon Stewart will cut the “optimal” quote out of the broadcast? shar.es/cbkta #NotOptimal

— Jim Rose (@PopinjayRose) October 18, 2012

Oh no, they’ll leave it in. And why not? Romney said “binders,” after all.

Had Romney said what Obama said, the Beltway Media would be exploding right now. But, it was Obama… so they’ll wait for Romney’s response.

— RB (@RBPundit) October 18, 2012

@rbpunditAnd I’m sure his response will be a huge gaffe we’ll talk about for days

— nydem49 (@nydem49) October 18, 2012

@rbpundit and then attack his response for being too premature

— AlexaShrugged (@AlexaShrugged) October 18, 2012


Here’s the video:

Obama – ‘When Four Americans Get Killed, It’s Not Optimal’ (Video): youtu.be/UYd72lvJ74A via @youtube

— B Zipper (@BZipper) October 19, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/18/on-daily-show-obama-calls-american-deaths-in-libya-not-optimal-thats-not-all-thats-notoptimal-says-twitter/

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