Candy Crowley gets it wrong: Obama never called Benghazi a ‘terror attack’ in Rose Garden speech

During tonight’s presidential town hall debate, an audience member asked the president to clarify why additional security was denied to the consulate in Benghazi. Photo: Associated Press

PHOENIX, October 16, 2012 — During tonight’s presidential town hall debate between Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, an audience member asked the president, “We were sitting around talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed four Americans. Who was it that denied enhanced security and why?”

Obama gave a lengthy response which never addressed the question. During his rebuttal Romney said, “I think it’s interesting, the president just said something which is that the day after the attack, he went into the Rose Garden and said that this is was an act of terror?

“It was not a spontaneous demonstration; is that what you’re saying?” 

“Please proceed, governor,” Obama replied. 

Romney looked at him with consternation as the president didn’t say whether he called the Libya attack an act of terrorism on September 12. 

To much surprise, debate moderator Candy Crowley interjected herself into the conversation and said that the president did in fact call it a terrorist attack during the Rose Garden speech, thereby shielding the president from embarrassment over the question. 

“He did in fact say it was an act of terror,” Candy Crowley said to Gov. Romney. 

A review of the official transcript on the White House website and the video from the Rose Garden address shows that not once did the president call the Benghazi attack a “terror attack.” He used the word “terror” exactly once, late in his address:

“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.” From the context, it was clear that his reference to “terror” was general. Not once did he apply that characterization to Benghazi.

“I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives,” said the president during his address. 

Crowley’s intervention on Obama’s behalf was a blatant display of mainstream media bias. She incorrectly declared that Obama called Benghazi “an act of terror.” As a member of the media and as the debate moderator, should not have protected the president nor thrown him a lifeline. She should not have inserted her own interpretation of Obama’s September 12 remarks to suit his immediate need.

Crowley lied to protect the president, becoming another collaborator in the Obama-Libya coverup. 

Update (12:09 am): Candy Crowley admits she got it wrong and that the President did not refer to Benghazi as a terror or terroist attack. She commented, “I think actually, you know, because right after that, I did turn to Romney and said you were totally correct but they spent two weeks telling us that this was about a tape and that there was this riot outside of the Benghazi consulate, which there wasn’t. So he was right in the main, I just think that he picked the wrong word.”

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Henry D'Andrea is a Conservative columnist and commentator. He writes a weekly column at the Washington Times Communities called "The Conscience of a Conservative," which features his commentary on current events and political stories from a conservative perspective. He often writes on foreign policy, domestic and economic issues, the conservative movement, and elections.


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