Flashback: On September 20 Jay Carney Told Reporters White House “Hadn’t” called Benghazi a “Terrorist Attack”

President Obama claimed that from the beginning, the White House held that the attack in Benghazi was an “act of terror.” But this was directly contradicted by his own spokesman Jay Carney several days later. On September 20 – eight days after Obama claims to have called the Benghazi attack an “act of terror” – Jay Carney told reporters that the White House had never called it “a terrorist attack.”

Via The White House:

Q: Can you — have you called it a terrorist attack before? Have you said that?

MR. CARNEY: I haven’t, but — I mean, people attacked our embassy. It’s an act of terror by definition.

Q: Yes, I just hadn’t heard you —

MR. CARNEY: It doesn’t have to do with what date it occurred.

Q: No, I just hadn’t heard the White House say that this was an act of terrorism or a terrorist attack. And I just —

MR. CARNEY: I don’t think the fact that we hadn’t is not — as our NCTC Director testified yesterday, a number of different elements appear to have been involved in the attack, including individuals connected to militant groups that are prevalent in eastern Libya, particularly in the Benghazi area. We are looking at indications that individuals involved in the attack may have had connections to al Qaeda or al Qaeda’s affiliates, in particular al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

On September 20 White House Press Secretary Jay Carney actually affirmed Gov. Romney’s position that the White House did not call the Benghazi attack an act of terrorism.

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  • Romney only partially took advantage of his opportunity to show the world what a pathetic liar Obama is, but this should work as a great lead up to the next debate on foreign policy. It did show that there really is media bias for Obama. Nobody could claim Crowley’s lifeline to Obama was part of her duty as “moderator”. Let all the “fact checking” keep this topic boiling along and then use it as a segue into the next debate. The debate should have produced lots of clips for Republican campaign ads.

  • mg4us

    Obama Lies. .Ambassador dies. .

    Shame on Candy Crowley. . .who also lies to cover Obama
    You can put lipstick on a pig but she is still a pig


  • valerie

    Nail it down.

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  • snewb

    The one word missing in Obama’s & Hillary’s statements is the word“this”. Obama: All acts of terror are unfortunate. Hillary: I am responsible for all our embassies. Had they used the word this act of terror or this embassy that would have been more forthcoming.

  • mg4us

    And let’s not forget OSAMA Bin Laden lie


    Obama Lies. . Americans die

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  • Patty

    And normal human being, average education, can realize and come to the conclusion that Obama and his administration ignore the calls for security in Benghazi. It was in the journal of Ambassador Stevens. But with investigations I am sure there are more Americans including our troops all over the Middle East need more security. These American embassies should have been guarded by our Marines or special ops.

    Instead this: A small British firm based in south Wales had secured a contract to provide security for American diplomatic facilities in Benghazi despite having only a few months experience in the country.

    Sources have told the Daily Telegraph that just five unarmed locally hired Libyans were placed on duty at the compound on eight-hour shifts under a deal that fell outside the State Department’s global security contracting system.


    Now, this is an issue that needs to be addressed. I don’t believe for a minute that Obama was informed or if tried to be informed he was Campaign and never met with his Itel as he has be AWOL for months.

    Obama is responsible for the Security of our Americans. There should have been request accepted long before 9/11/12 in these areas of incompetent security and it was denied.

  • bg


    Obama built that DemocRAT trap!! 😀

    seriously, if Obama did say that, then he has just tightened the
    noose around his own neck, and CC helped him do while millions
    watched and listened..

    Obama can NEVER say he didn’t know that the consulate was attacked
    by terrorists on September 11, 2012, not that we didn’t already know
    that he already knew on September 4, 2012, and have proof of it, but
    it’s a beautiful thing when the truly guilty admit they LIED, even if, and
    especially when, they don’t realize it..


  • Patty

    Who suggested such inapt security to guard our embassies? And 5 Americans are dead and this administration has given excuses up one side and down the other. This is a major screw up and Obama and his administration are in denial mode to save his presidency.

    If investigations are over Nov. 13, 2012 and Obama is re-elected, those who voted for him will see eventually why America is vulnerable, and this president is incapable of any form of Leadership.

  • Patty

    A small British firm based in south Wales ………. pay $4 an hour.

  • bg


    October 9, 2012
    Rep. Allen West

    Looking the other way: President Obama’s dangerous foreign policy

    [President Barack Obama has built a foreign policy on trying to appease and make friends with America’s enemies, rather than facing them head on with strength and clear consequences for their actions. The president’s approach, marked by his belief that he could transition from a community organizer to a global organizer, has been an utter failure. The president has diminished our nation’s international influence and stature, and most egregiously, has put the lives of all Americans in peril.

    In the days since the attacks on our embassies and consulates on the 11th of September, we have seen a president and his administration demur, deflect, and mislead the American people. Vice President Joe Biden says on the campaign trail that “GM is alive, and Osama is dead.” Tragically, so is our Ambassador to Libya.

    President Obama’s community organizer roots have given him a naïve assumption. He believes he can get everyone in one room and with time, they will all eventually get along. Anyone who studies history and understands the global threat America faces today, understands that in order for “peace, love and happiness,” not only do all parties involved need to be willing to try, but they actually have to have the same goal.]

    more at link..


  • Look-Out

    OT, but a bit juicy:

    Weekly standard is reporting BHO’s debate coach, none other than ANITA DUNN (she of the lively tongue), reports working at the WH was not so pleasant for her. Add Christine Romer’s memory of a lousy workplace too for women. Time Magazine called it a “boys club” I think. Pundit/Pundette has the link to the article. (my computer’s not allowing me to link all of a sudden)

    I already posted how BHO has, in BOTH Senate and WH (w/ article links), paid women staffers less than men.

  • Lies sell if you tell them at the right moment. Obama knows this from personal experience, as does Candy the Kook. The leftist agenda was on display again in the second presidential debate.

    Give Obama time to read all his favorite outdated “news” sources. Elect Romney/Ryan.

  • Patty

    Let’s say this is true that Security was ineffective. Let’s say that request by Stevens was ignored. Let’s say Steven was murdered and 4 others were killed on 9/11/12.

    And Romney was President. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE LEFT AND SOME ON THE RIGHT WOULD BE DOING LIKE 1 DAY AFTER. AND Let’s say the UN Ambassador to Romney went on 5 networks and said it was a Movie.

    Can you imagine: Call for impeachment. Treason.

    Just imagine!!

  • Patty

    When Obama went out in the Rose Garden and said ACTS OF TERROR and the moon and the stars comment, whatever.

    Then and there was a moment where I believe he didn’t want to hurt the Muslim Community.

    If it were Romney he would have told the Americans the truth. But Romney would not have allowed some small time security group, the cheap, to guard our American citizens in the first place. ESPECIALLY ON 9/11/12.

    And for that Barred wire, business, it would be UGLY to surrounded the Embassy with, what is uglier, dragged through the streets, raped and suffering from smoke inhalation and bombed. Or barred wire. You tell me.

  • dork lungfish

    Was Obama’s “transcript” remark a signal to Crowley to intervene on his behalf? Was there deliberate collusion between Crowley and Obama’s people to rescue Obama should a particularly delicate question come up on the Benghazi issue? Was “transcript” the “safe” word?

  • bg


    revised & extended remarks re: #11 –
    page October 17, 2012 at 11:51 am bg

    October 16, 2012

    Obama built that DemocRAT trap!! 😀

    SERIOUSLY, if Obama did say that, then he has just tightened the
    noose around his own neck, and Candy helped him climb the tree,
    while millions watched and listened..

    September 12, 2012

    President Obama speaks on the attack on Benghazi – Libya

    [“then last night we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi” at 3:47;
    “no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation” at 4:18..
    due to what he stated in between, and albeit he DID NOT DIRECTLY CALL

    but that is truly irrelevant, and a huge distraction
    at this point in time.. because the FACT remains:

    Obama can NEVER say he didn’t know that the consulate was attacked
    by terrorists on September 11, 2012, not that we didn’t already know
    that he already knew on September 4, 2012, and have proof of it, but
    it’s a beautiful thing when the truly guilty admit they LIED, even if, and
    especially when, they don’t realize it..

    September 14, 2012

    Obama administration warned of possible
    attacks, but failed to take precautions

    one of my favorite sayings is:

    “give them enough rope and they hang themselves”

    anyone who thinks that is a RACIST
    statement is intellectually dishonest
    and needs to get over their high and
    mighty judgmentally appointed self..


  • lizzy84

    Crowley On September 30th: Administration Took Weeks To Admit Benghazi Might Be A Terrorist Attack~AoS http://ace.mu.nu/archives/333937.php

    Crowley’s interview with David Axelrod on September 30th..video here:


    TOO MUCH Candy………liar!

  • GotFreedom

    Please read/listen to the following and
    then pass it along. . .they all knew what was going on because they were
    listening to it happen “in real time”:






    From Page 5:
    . . .”When the attack began, a Diplomatic Security agent working in
    the Tactical Operations Center immediately activated the Imminent Danger
    Notification System and made an emergency announcement over the PA.
    Based on our security protocols, he also alerted the annex U.S. quick
    reaction security team stationed nearby, the Libyan 17th February
    Brigade, Embassy Tripoli, and the Diplomatic Security Command Center in
    Washington. From that point on, I could follow what was happening in
    almost real-time”. . .

    Please listen to Col David Hunt’s radio interview about how the
    Imminent Danger Notification System works and who would have been
    listening to the attack at Benghazi:

  • GotFreedom

    Sorry, don’t know why the links did not work:
    Charlene Lamb testimony: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/199157.pdf

    Col. Hunt interview: http://audio.wrko.com/a/64657882/col-hunt-on-the-newest-libyan-revelations.htm

  • bg


    GotFreedom #23 – page 1 October 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    thank you..

    this Crowley crap is nothing more than distraction fodder.. Obama Knew
    of the attack before it went down, and not only did nothing, but refused
    to do anything, and 4 people died, those are the only facts that matter..


  • retired militaryq

    ” No, I just hadn’t heard the White House ”

    But you see when he said this he wasnt tlaking about Biden or Obama. He was talking about the White House itself. Just like when Biden was saying noone had told them, that he and Obama wasnt part of the administration.

  • Look-Out

    LOved how MR pointed out BHO taking off for Vegas fundraiser and another one when he knows an Ambassador is dead.

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  • GotFreedom

    Just heard a terrific caller on Rush make a very important point. . .during the VP debate, Biden tried to throw the Intel community under the bus on Benghazi. . .yet, later in the debate, he apparently swore on his life/his grandkids that Iran didn’t have nukes. . .if our Intel is so bad, how does he have info like that about Iran and not Libya? They can’t have it both ways. . .sheesh, and they think we are the dumb ones!!!

  • bg


    Look-Out #26 October 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    too bad he didn’t know Obama was coldly tweeting about his
    while the bodies were still warm so to speak.. 🙁

    [As the caskets containing the bodies of four slain Americans were being
    unloaded from the plane, Barack Obama was tweeting about campaign

    We also learned today that the same Hillary Clinton who early on
    banned military uniforms from the Clinton White House signed the
    rules of engagement that left the US Ambassador in Benghazi
    without Marine protection and defended by local guards without

    links & more at links, ie:

    [Today’s Polls the ObamaMedia Will Ignore

    National: Romney 48/Obama 45 – That
    from the most reliable pollster of 2008.

    NC: Romney 51/Obama 45]


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  • whocaresanymore.

    Unanswered Questions: Who Denied Security to the Benghazi Consulate?


  • owl

    GotFreedom#22-23……………..Good links. I had just listened to the Howie Carr/Col David Hunt interview and was coming to comment. I also heard Col Hunt on FOX several days ago make similar comments. He is talking about what I wanted to know…………….

    What did Obama do during that 6-8 hour attack? Why did he not help our people????

    Hunt explained it in detail about how many would be asking what to do? He also said they would be waiting for civilian leadership to say go and that nobody pushed a button to allow it. Where was our fearless leader that is so OFFENDED. Not pushing the button.

    I loved that Hunt kept stressing that this one was NOT an intelligence failure.

    Hunt said ‘hundreds’ would have been listening/watching attack.

    I am with Hunt. How could they just sit and let it happen without trying? Something BAD STINKS. Thinking out loud several days ago, I said it smelled like Fast & Furious.

    It smells like Morsi & Obama.

  • owl

    Run the clock out with a crooked AG and incompetent Congress. Why am I not hearing our ELECTED officials asking these very same questions????????????

  • bg


    if true, this is extremely disturbing..

    more here & here..


  • bg


    re: #29 – page 2 October 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm bg

    whocaresanymore. #31 – page 2 October 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    September 14, 2012

    Colonel: Hillary Made Decision Not to Post Marines at Benghazi


  • bg
  • Look-Out


  • Look-Out

    Owl — Morsi and Obama…I’m smelling it too

  • Look-Out

    Re LIES..I was made MR let BO take over his time during the energy debate — when he challenged O’s claim about increased drilling/production and it was about the liveliest moment — but maybe it was good because it was a pile and now there’s an Oil Exec. setting the record straight…It would make a good AD to have first the insistence of BO he wasn’t lying, then droning on and finally the Exec. showing what a LIAR he is.

  • Look-Out

    I was “mad'”…..

  • Amash

    What is wrong with you people. Eyecandy would never lie to us. Now there’s a man of his word.

  • mg4us
  • This is one of the primary reason’s why the Socialists who control the government want to get their stinking hands on all other forms of communication other than what the government sanctions, like tablets or small recorders in the hands of the press. Other than those things and who it is who is allowed to “record” words spoken by the President or his spokesmen, the general public is not allowed to record anything by any manner. This is what their law, or rather “decree” would sound like. That would mean that the public would not have the opportunity to be able to bring to memory words said at any time by some despot in the office of the President so that we would not be able to repeat those words back to anyone, or look them up for themselves or someone else. Yeah, yeah, I know that people would be able to record some speech of the President on the TV or the radio with a little tape recorder, because see the left would also outlaw Ipods, Iphones, or any device that could record things, blah, blah, blah, and if anyone is caught could be charged with “subversion against the government” punishable by death.

    Kinda sounds like Nazi Germany doesn’t it? Well, that’s where we’ve been at for many years now and you didn’t even know it. We live in a police state run by Nazi’s who in turn are being led by Communists in the top offices of the government, like Obama.

    Obama didn’t like it that millions of people across the country last night could get recordings of his speech in the rose garden the day after 9-11 where he never did say the attacks were terrorist attacks.

    And doesn’t everyone remember that the day after the attacks there was stories all over the net that 48 hrs. before the attack in Libya Obama had gotten intel reports that there were terrorists planning a attack on our embasy in Libya? That was at the same time we heard that Obama had missed something like 38 intel breifings because he was out of town, golfing, sleeping, or just didn’t want to hear them? I don’t care about how many breifings he’s missed that fact remains that he DID get those reports about attacks on our embasy in Libya were about to happen on 9-11.

    And Obama said after he was forced to admit that the attacks were terrorist attacks he said that he was more upset that the Libyan Security Forces let him down by not doing what they promised they would do and that is to protect our embasy personnel. Ooooh damn Obama, how about giving our embasy personnel the freedom to protect their own asses from attack just in case the Libyan’s were to run and hide? In the case of what happened is the Libyan Security Forces told the terrorists where our personnel were hiding, not the Libyan’s.

  • Ricciricci

    The issue, for the people with severe short term memory, is that Obama said that HE said it was an Act Of Terror in the Rose Garden shortly after the news broke. The White House et al., backpedaled on if it was an act of terror or not for about 2 weeks AFTER the president called it an Act of Terror without truly knowing if it was or if it wasnt. Bottom line is, he said it was an act of terror immediately -this is on record-. The White House then waffled on exactly what it was; was it related to the video, or a separate act of terror (things that the intelligence community needed to affirm before making such a bold statement). You Pro-Romney folks watch way too much fiction.

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