Even Democrats Are Demanding Answers From the President

September 28, 2012 at 10:44 am (9/11, Ambassador Stevens, Benghazi, Cover Up, Ed Morrisey, George Bush, John Kerry, Libya, President Obama, Scandal, Senate Democrats, Terrorist Attack, Thomas Nides)

They’re normally just so obedient.

But the Obama administration’s lies are obvious, and the cover up is becoming more scandalous on a daily basis.

Via the Washington Examiner:

Senate Democrats joined Republicans Thursday in questioning the Obama administration’s handling of the fatal Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and why the administration refused for days to acknowledge that it was a terrorist attack linked to al Qaeda.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., circulated a bipartisan letter addressed to Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, asking for an “accounting of the attacks against U.S. missions in Egypt, Libya and Yemen,” according to a copy obtained by The Washington Examiner.

The lawmakers are also demanding to know whether the administration had any advance warnings of the Libyan attack and, if so, whether it had shared that information with U.S. personnel on the ground.

The letter marks the first time congressional Democrats have so directly expressed their dissatisfaction with the administration’s response to inquiries about the attacks, which resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others and raised questions about U.S. security throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa.

A Kerry aide confirmed that the committee intended to enlist the support of Republicans and Democrats and said the letter would likely be sent Friday. Another aide told The Examiner that the panel’s 10 Democrats and nine Republicans plan to sign it.

In other words, recognition of obvious bulls*** has now gone bipartisan.

Gabriel Malor in the Daily News writes:

It has been 15 days since the attack in Libya. And where are we? President Obama, who first confidently (but incorrectly) declared that the attack grew spontaneously out of a protest over a YouTube video, has finally admitted that it was an act of terrorism directed against Americans on the anniversary of 9/11. There was no protest before the attack, we now know.

We now know this because of journalists in Libya. We know this because of Libya’s own officials. But we know hardly anything from our own government about what happened in Libya because most of what we were told by the White House was a lie.

The President boldly vowed that the perpetrators — he declined to call them terrorists at the time — would be brought to justice. To that end, he called in the FBI. More than a week later, the FBI flew a team to Tripoli, but that is as far as they got. They have not traveled to Benghazi. They have not examined the scene. They have not collected evidence. They have not interviewed the people the Libyans have arrested. It has been fifteen days since the attack.

Why is this not a scandal yet?

The answer is that the President’s name is no longer George Bush. Had this obvious cover up occurred under W, it would be an epic media played scandal.  But today, the media provides cover for a President coming under attack from even his closest political friends, such as Kerry.

That said, it’s actually worse than simply not providing answers that the American people deserve.  It’s the active lying prior to, and since, the ensuing attacks.

As we reported earlier, the administration did indeed have advance warning of imminent attacks on 9/11. 

This CBN report explains:

CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck called Benghazi an al Qaeda “hot spot” and agrees that there was threat there well before the film’s release.

“For the Obama administration to continue to argue that these attacks were just spontaneous flies in the face of reality,” Stakelbeck said.

“One day before the attacks, Ayman al-Zawahri — who’s al Qaeda’s global leader — specifically called for al Qaeda attacks in Libya,” he explained. “One day later we see those attacks.”

This is a cover up of the highest order.  The Obama administration knew that attacks were possible and left U.S. consulate buildings unprotected.  The administration is directly responsible for the magnitude in which those attacks became successful.

And now, they know that there is evidence that something could have been done to prevent the deaths of these four Americans.


As Ed Morrisey writes, the administration “got caught flat-footed on the anniversary of 9/11 in the one part of the world where an American diplomatic mission would be most vulnerable — and they’ve been trying to deny it ever since.”

The American people deserve the truth.

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New Ad Slams Obama For Gutting Welfare Reform

August 8, 2012 at 7:00 am (2012 Election, Bill Clinton, Bipartisan, Carl Levin, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Legislation, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Rise and Fall of Welfare Reform, Welfare Reform, Work Requirements)

Last month, the Obama administration gutted Clinton-era welfare reforms by offering waivers to states from work requirements in the welfare reform bill.  The move eliminated conditions that able-bodied individuals receiving welfare continue to work or actively seek employment.

The Romney campaign has responded with a devastating new video

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed bipartisan legislation that reformed welfare. 

Democrats from Carl Levin to John Kerry, and even Joe Biden supported the bipartisan reforms. President Obama, on the other hand, has been a consistent opponent of the law and recently dismantled the historic bill. When it comes to welfare reform, President Obama is out of step with the country, his party, and even his own Vice President.

AD FACTS: Script For “The Rise And Fall Of Welfare Reform”
 
VIDEO TEXT: “In 1996, President Bill Clinton And A Republican Congress Passed Historic Welfare Reform.”
 
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “The new bill restores America’s basic bargain of providing opportunity and demanding in return responsibility.”
 
·         PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “The new bill restores America’s basic bargain of providing opportunity and demanding in return responsibility.” (President Bill Clinton, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 8/22/96)
 
VIDEO TEXT:  “A Bipartisan Bill Overwhelmingly Supported By Republicans And Democrats”
 
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “This bill will help people that go to work, so they can stop drawing a welfare check and start drawing a paycheck.”
 
·         PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “This bill will help people that go to work, so they can stop drawing a welfare check and start drawing a paycheck.” (President Bill Clinton, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 8/22/96)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “Democrats Like…”
 
VIDEO TEXT: “U.S. Senator Carl Levin”
 
SENATOR CARL LEVIN: “Why should an able-bodied person, receiving welfare benefits, not be required to work…”
 
·          SENATOR CARL LEVIN: “Why should an able-bodied person, receiving welfare benefits, not be required to work for two years?” (Senator Carl Levin, Senate Floor Speech, 7/19/96)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “U.S. Senator John Kerry”
 
SENATOR JOHN KERRY: “I believe it’s an important change. Yes, people ought to work. Hardworking American citizens should not be required to carry people.”
 
·         SENATOR JOHN KERRY: “I believe it’s an important change. Yes, people ought to work. Hardworking American citizens should not be required to carry people.”(Senator John Kerry, Senate Floor Speech, 8/1/96)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “U.S. Senator Joe Biden”
 
SENATOR JOE BIDEN: “I introduced a concept of workfare in 1986. I remember being pilloried by my colleagues on the Democratic side at the time for suggesting that there be a mandatory work requirement for anyone receiving welfare.”
 
·         SENATOR JOE BIDEN: “I introduced a concept of workfare in 1986. I remember being pilloried by my colleagues on the Democratic side at the time for suggesting that there be a mandatory work requirement for anyone receiving welfare.” (Senator Joe Biden, Senate Floor Speech, 7/18/96)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “What Did Barack Obama Think?”
 
STATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: “I was not a huge supporter of the federal plan that was signed in 1996.”
 
·          State Senator Barack Obama, In 1998: “I Was Not A Huge Supporter Of The Federal Plan That Was Signed In 1996.” OBAMA: “You know, let me say one thing about this, because I’ve been very active in drafting the state of Illinois’ welfare proposal and thinking about how do you craft these coalitions. I was not a huge supporter of the federal plan that was signed in 1996.” (Barack Obama, Remarks, Washington, DC, 6/8/98)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “A Bill That Requires People On Welfare To Work, Instead Of Just Collecting A Check.”
 
VIDEO TEXT: “I Would Not Probably Have Supported The Federal Bill That Was Passed.”
 
STATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: “I would not probably have supported the federal bill that was passed.”
 
·          State Senator Barack Obama, In 1999: “I Would Not Probably Have Supported The Federal System – The Federal Bill That Was Passed.” OBAMA: “The first question which is fairly specific is about welfare reform. As most of you know I think, in 1996 the Republican Congress passed and President Clinton signed a welfare reform bill that essentially ended a 60 year entitlement to welfare. I was a strong proponent of some reform of the welfare system. I would not probably have supported the federal system – the federal bill that was passed.” (Barack Obama, Remarks, Northfield, MN, 2/5/99)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “Probably Turned Into Reality.”
 
VIDEO TEXT: “Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It”
 
·          National Review Online: “Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It” (Robert Rector and Katherine Bradley, “Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It,” National Review Online, 7/12/12)
 
JIM ANGLE, FOX NEWS: “[T]he Obama Administration quietly offered to issue waivers to the work requirements in the law.”
 
·         JIM ANGLE, FOX NEWS: “Well, the Obama Administration quietly offered to issue waivers to the work requirements in the law.” (Fox News’ “Fox Report,” 7/13/12)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “Obama Guts Welfare Reform”
 
·         The Heritage Foundation Headline: “Obama Guts Welfare Reform” (Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley, “Obama Guts Welfare Reform,” The Heritage Foundation, 7/12/12)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “President Obama”
 
VIDEO TEXT: “Taking The Work Out Of Welfare”

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