President Obama dished out a lot of tough talk about Benghazi during his first press conference in eight months. (I’m old enough to remember when the media would have disapproved of a President who so obviously hid from serious questions during his re-election campaign.) Obama was particularly vigorous in his defense of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who was dispatched to the Sunday talk shows to spread the Administration’s false narrative of “spontaneous video protests” after the consulate attack.
Asked about Republican promises to oppose Rice if Obama nominates her to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, the President erupted:
Well first of all I’m not going to comment on various nominations that I’ll put forward to fill out my cabinet for the second term. Those are things that are still being discussed. But let me say specifically about Susan Rice, she has done exemplary work. She has represented the United States and our interests in the United Nations with skill, and professionalism, and toughness, and grace. As I’ve said before, she made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her.
If Senator McCain and Senator Graham, and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador who had nothing to do with Benghazi? And was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received? And to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. And, you know, we’re after an election now.
There are several things going on here. First and foremost is the extension of Obama’s “War on Women” agitprop, which worked well enough to get him re-elected. Critics who marvel at Obama’s portrayal of this powerful and accomplished woman as a helpless damsel in distress are missing the point of the War on Women, which is a relaunch of victim-based feminism, after its old leaders threw away their credibility to keep Bill Clinton in office.