In an appearance on "The Daily Show" hosted by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central TV network last night, Stewart raised the question to Obama of whether the Administration's changing story on the Benghazi attack "was not the optimal response to the American people, in terms of us all being on the same page?" Obama responded, "Here is what I will say: When four Americans get killed, it is not optimal..."
Obama's outrageous comment, treating the deaths of the U.S. Ambassador and three others as "a bump in the road," was immediately denounced by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), on Fox News, and run as a story in Friday's The Hill. McCain said, "The 'optimal' line, of course, is very regrettable, and makes me a little sad. But for him [Obama] to say that every piece of information they got they laid out to the American people, it's one of the most disingenuous statements I've ever heard. You really don't have to be a CIA analyst or a station chief, to know an attack with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, lasting for eight hours, is not a spontaneous demonstation," McCain continued. "Frankly, I could see that myself as soon as the reports came in and the video came in. There's two real aspects in this that we need to look at. One is leading up to the attack, and the intelligene failures there. and then, is either a cover-up or is gross incompetence following it... When [Obama talked about the terrorist attacks in the Rose Garden, clearly he was not talking that attack," McCain continued. "But leave that aside — why did he go on The View? Why did he go on Letterman? Why did he go on these other shows saying, we don't know yet. Of course we knew, and it's really an unacceptable situation, and the American people need the information about this, and it's clear there [are] a lot more layers to this onion."
Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, a diplomat killed with Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi, slammed Obama in an interview in Britain's Daily Mail yesterday, for describing the murder of her son as "not optimal." She said, "My son is not very optimal — he is also very dead. I've not been 'optimal' since he died, and the past few weeks have been pure hell. I am still waiting for the truth to come out, and I still want to know the truth. I'm finally starting to get some answers, but I won't give up. There's a lot of stupid things that have been said about my son, and what happened, and this is another one of them." Mrs. Smith told the Daily Mail, "It was a disrespectful thing to say, and I don't think it's right. How can you say somebody being killed is 'not very optimal'? I don't think the President has the right idea of the English language."
In an Oct. 11 inteview, she had said, "I cried on Obama's shoulder, and then he looked off into the distance, so that's kind of worthless."
Intelligence sources say that, in preparation for the next and last Presidential debate (so-called), Monday night, many people are advising Romney on what he should have said in the last debate on the changing Benghazi stories, . Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer says that Romney backed off when Obama declared himself offended that anyone in his administration would "mislead" the country on Libya. This helped Obama "slither out" of the Libya question. Krauthammer suggests for Monday: "You are offended by this accusation, Mr. President? The country is offended that your press secetatary, your UN ambassador, and you yourself have repeatedly misled the nation about the origin and nature of the Benghazi attack... .Why [was] more security denied our people in Libya despite the fact that they begged for it..."