Mother of Benghazi Diplomat: “My Son Is Not Very Optimal – He Is Very Dead”

(Fox News)

The mother of American diplomat Sean Smith responded to Barack Obama’s description of the slaughter as “not optimal.” Pat Smith told the Daily Mail,
“My son is not very optimal. He is also very dead.”
The Daily Mail reported:

The mother of an American diplomat killed during a terrorist raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has hit out at Barack Obama for describing the attack as ‘not optimal’, saying: ‘My son is not very optimal – he is also very dead.’

During an interview shown on Comedy Central, Obama responded to a question about his administration’s confused communication after the assault by saying: ‘If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.’

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline today, Pat Smith, whose son Sean died in the raid, said: ‘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.’

Speaking from her home in San Diego, Mrs Smith, 72, continued: ‘It’s insensitive to say 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.’

Not optimal–

Libyans dragged the body of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens out of the compound after his murder. Al- Ahram

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  • Gloria Gilson

    You expect class from this POS pretender.

    I’m guardedly optimistic that America will not be stupid two times in a row. The phrase “the most important presidential election ever” has been stretched in the past. But for this election it’s an apt description. This man is absolutely poison to America.

    On your knees, folks,

  • shibumi

    Wow, who would have thought that an out of control narcissist was not good at faking empathy?

  • bg


    not optimal

    R.I.P. 🙁


  • May our Lord God, bless the families of the four Americans slaughtered in benghazi, and give them His peace and comfort. May the entire truth be revealed and justice be served in each of their names! So be it.

  • mficentral

    Amb. Stevens died a terrible death. There are many different videos out there and together they tell a different story than the crap Obama gave out.

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  • Only a freak with personality disorders could make a statement like this “not optimal” one. Obama does’t know how much he hurts people. He does not care.

  • bg


    Chjris Stevens

    Glen Doherty

    Tyrone Woods

    Sean Smith


    [commander in name only]


  • Campfollower

    This was much more egregious than just not choosing the right words. I fully believe, after watching this man talk about and posture about our military since before taking office, that he was actually trying to be cute with his words. I won’t go so far as suggesting that he was making some kind of sick joke, but it was very close to that, imo. Like a kid who has no idea of the import of his words.

    What was it Hilary said? “Words count.” Make a difference. Whatever. If Sasha or Malia were tragically killed, would Obama say these words? Highly doubtful. But military and foreign service people aren’t really people to him. They are “my people” in the abstract.

  • Patty

    “I am waiting for the truth” AND SO ARE WE!!

  • whocaresanymore.
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  • l.barney

    we all know other stupid things o has said here is a short list as there are so many

    austrian is a language
    the corpse-man debacle
    the private sector is dong fine
    i mean what i say
    tiny rouge nations are not treats to national security
    america has 57 states
    saying he’s “tough” on China with a straight face

    well, I know there is more but that not optimal quote tops the deck for its insensitivty

  • mg4us

    Obama says this on Jon Stewarts show with no sadness or anger or resolve. . almost as though it is a joke. .

    Perhaps Obama thinks that Ambassador being sodomized first was Suboptimal?

    He is a Muzzie sympathizer

    Obama Lies American Die

    Jimmy Carter II . . on steroids

    Send Obama to the unemployment lines

  • Jean
  • bg #8 … thank you for those links!

  • bg


    re: #8 – page 1 October 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm bg

    Glen Doherty was the SEAL who helped rescue of PFC
    Jessica Lynch in Iraq, and Captain Richard Phillips from
    Somali pirates..

    American who risked life to stop Gadhafi killed in Libya

    and what to make of the following..

    Obama backing Islamic groups behind Libya, Egypt attacks?

    more here (#34), my personal opinion is that was the safehouse..


  • bg


    re: #17– page 1 October 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm bg

    President Obama Gives First Interview to Arab TV Network

    [Not only is Barack Obama violating his pledge not to campaign on 9/11
    but he is also using the day to issue greetings to the Arab Forum on
    Asset Recovery, seemingly oblivious to the importance and solemnity
    of the day, as well as the context of his message.]

    9/11 – Obama & Zawahiri on Arab Forum

    [Now it’s learned that President Obama appeared on the DJ Laz Morning
    Show in Miami, FL and, although it was his first opportunity to speak
    publicly on the anniversary of 9-11, he spoke of the Miami Dolphins, he
    spoke of College Loan reform, he spoke of his campaign, but he left out
    the day that changed America forever.]

    [Al-Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has confirmed the death of his
    deputy Abu Yahya al-Libi, who was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan
    this summer. The video confirming his death was released on jihadist
    forums to coincide with the 9/11 anniversary.]


  • bg


    TeachX3 #16 – page October 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    you’re welcome..


  • bg


    does it seem as if the Muslim Brotherhood/AQ had a more than
    usual beef with everyone who has been targeted so far?? 😯

    or is it just me??


  • bg #20 … It’s not just you. Facts are slowly leaking out… Fast and Furious TIMES 10. Our government gun running to Libya? Where does the corruption stop?? Which freakin’ side are *we* (the US American government) ON anyway?

  • bg
  • RE #21

  • Dang fingers. Sorry about above, posted before I was ready…

    RE #21 … that should read: Our government gun running FROM Libya?

    “In any case, the connection between Benghazi and the rise of jihadists in Syria is stronger than has been officially acknowledged.” -Michael Kelley via Business Insider

  • bg



    October 16, 2012

    UAE Calls for Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Coalition

    [The United Arab Emirates may be hard to spot on a map and it may only have a population of 8 million, but its government is flexing its muscles when it comes to the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran. It is proposing the formation of a coalition against the Brotherhood and is threatening to send saboteurs into Iran.

    The UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan, publicly suggested that the Gulf countries to unite against the Muslim Brotherhood because it “does not believe in the nation state. It does not believe in the sovereignty of the state.”

    This is very significant because the pro-U.S. Arab governments haven’t loudly vocalized their concern about the Brotherhood since the Arab Spring began. Calling out the Brotherhood is a risky move because it antagonizes large elements of the Gulf societies. It also fractures the Sunni bloc because the Brotherhood now runs Egypt. In addition Qatar, a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, is a chief backer of the group.]

    someone please, inform Obama.. /s/


  • bg


    TeachX3 #25 – page October 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    already posted several connecting links in this thread alone (i know,
    but you have to follow the connecting links to get a fuller picture)..

    September 22, 2012

    Muslim Brotherhood ‘infiltrated’ U.S. gov’t

    [The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamist organization that has
    successfully penetrated both political parties and the delicate areas
    of defense and national security.

    Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, told WND’s Greg Corombos that people with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood are in vital positions within every significant area of the U.S. government. He specifically cited high security clearances for such people in the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security.

    He said neither Republicans nor Democrats want to protest
    too loudly over concerns of being branded intolerant.

    Boykin said Republicans proved their weakness on the issue by roundly condemning Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., for sounding the alarm on this issue and specifically wondering about the Brotherhood ties of Huma Abedin, a top assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    He also slammed the sequestration plan that has the military on course for an additional $500 billion in cuts over the next decade, saying that will weaken every branch of the service and that a naive rationale is behind it all.

    Gen. Boykin said President Obama and other leftists have a vision where the U.S. takes a smaller role on the world stage so they think our military will not need to maintain its current size and won’t be pumping money into the Middle East. The general said that’s nonsense, pointing out that as long as oil and Israel are in the Middle East we’ll need to maintain a presence there.]


  • MN Jim

    The only reasonable outcome of this is for obama to resign in disgrace, or be impeached and tried for treason, but I am not holding my breath. Congress does not have the will power to do what is needed. I am amazed that obama is still polling at near 50%. If the media wasn’t blatantly supporting him (why?), I think it would be closer to 20%.

  • dwdude

    mrs smith. i would like to apologize for the treatment you have received on behalf of our federal government concerning the death of your son. this is not the type of behavior of which a majority of americans approve. thinking back to 1968, my cousin was killed in vietnam at the age of 19. he didn’t have to go…he was in college and could have taken a deferment. but he was a patriot much like your son and actually became an army ranger. he was there for less than three months and was killed rescuing wounded soldiers on the battle field. the aftermath of treatment that my aunt and uncle received from the government at that time was truly abhorrent. the remains returned to them months later were incorrect not once, but twice! shortly thereafter, they left the united states for their vacation home in canada, never to return before their perspective deaths. i, along with many of my like minded friends and neighbors, will lend our efforts to help remove the current cancer of disrespect from our white house and restore the type respect and support that our defenders, as well as their families, truly deserve.

  • donh

    Time for the Obama CULT to turn and face the ch ch ch Changes…..>

  • bg
  • bg


    re: #27 October 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm bg

    direct link..

    sorry, meant to include..


  • Ghost

    who can know what the legacy will be from this election, bat DAMN! that headline is an absolute Killer.
    “Mom killed the fraud president” (there ya’go, SouthPark)

  • Look-Out

    The heart breaks for these parents. When he made that comment, I don’t think Obama was thinking of any of the men who were killed on that day. He was only thinking of the problem their deaths were now causing him. “Four Americans” were not four precious lives..he could not see they were living, breathing men. He could only see what their deaths had done to him and his chances for reelection. “We’ll fix it,” were his next words.

    Narcissists, especially ones so extreme as he, are incapable of love. Or the normal caring responses of healthy individuals. People, for them, are to be used…to aid them in achieving their goals or getting their needs met.

    I hope this mother knows her son was appreciated and valued by the vast numbers of Americans who are not so psychologically damaged and that our hearts and prayers are with her and all the families in this time of their grief.

  • Joanne

    The picture of Stevens may be a reminder of what happened to him, but I am sure it causes great pain to his family to see him in that state.

  • traitors! cowards!

    Folks..he is NOT running the country its Jarrett she is the President! This is a deal Jackson, Axelrod, Jarrett sit him to get him in the White House! Moochele is a prop! She was told according to WND she didnt have to do anything but just spend money!! This has been a HOAX they dont know what they are doing but getting people killed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holder is a wack job Lisa Jackson is rampant wild pit bull–this is nuts!!!!

  • bg


    re: the degrading pic of Chris Stevens:

    just GP keepin’ it classy.. /s/


  • bg


    heck, we don’t even show pictures of our beloved soldiers
    caskets without a respectfully draped flag covering them.. 🙁


  • bg
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  • Mike

    Heartbreaking. My heart goes out to these families. Unfathomable how the commander-in-chief could be so completely insensitive. I hope this all ends on November 6th.

  • Fionnagh

    So many comments on this thread are outstanding, but dwdude, my hat’s off to you, for yours. Maybe you should email it to Glenn Beck, who could find a way to get it to Mrs. Smith.

  • Limousine Barry

    What’s wrong?

    Let me be clear, “If four Typical White Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.”

    What’s wrong with that? The Whities got killed – so who cares? I don’t!

    Look, not one Terrorist was killed in the attack! I am very proud of that fact! During, my preppy day’s at Harvard Law we would call that a solid B+

    OK, I’ll admit that my lies are not optimal. But, with Davy Axelrod, Chris Tingles, Ezra Klein, Jay Carney, Jay Carney’s wife Clair Shipman of Good grief American slanting the news for me I am sure some you would like give them a swift boot to the rear.

    Here are my top Hollywood Talking Head Cronies:

  • Rdm

    Having the office degraded by someone like Obama is suboptimal. Having our fate in the hands of people like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi is suboptimal. Having evil people like Valarie Jarret and Van Jones whisperin into the ear of the CIC and walking through the halls of power is suboptimal. I am sick to death of suboptimal.

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  • mg4us

    While this Mom grieves, Obama thieves

    Look at how he handles security for his pal Valerie Jarrett

    Gotta protect our own!!!

  • Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, was tortured, sodomized, raped, and dragged through the streets as Muslim Libyans cheered his murder.

    But, they didn’t stop there, on September 11, 2012, eleven years after the attack by Muslim terrorists that killed nearly 3,000 Americans, we had FOUR Americans killed at our embassy in Libya–– This was done because the Quran says to “kill the infidels.”

    “Infidels” includes YOU if you are a follower of Yeshua Ha Machiach!

    2:191 And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers.

    2:193 And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.

    2:216 Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that ye love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knoweth, ye know not.

    2:244 Fight in the way of Allah, and know that Allah is Hearer, Knower.

    5:33 The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom.
    Source(s): The Quran

    The Quran is Satan’s counterfeit of the Bible and Allah is Satan himself!

    #There is NO GOD but YHVH!!! And… it is blasphemous to even mention false gods in the same place you mention HaShem (The Name) YHVH!

    Christians who are scripturally illiterate and don’t really know the Word of God are an easy target for the enemy to deceive.

    I LOVE Muslim PEOPLE because Yeshua LOVES them!

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