by Andy Weddington
Thursday, 15 November 2012
"The oldest, shortest words - "yes" and "no" - are those which require the most thought." Pythagoras
Barack Hussein Obama, 44th President of the United States of America, held a press conference yesterday.
It was not a serious event.
But there was a serious question.
Ed Henry, senior White House correspondent for the Fox News Channel, asked President Obama an 18-word question about his role in the terrorist attack and murders of four Americans at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.
Mr. Henry's serious question: "On 9/11, as commander in chief, did you issue any orders to try to protect their lives?"
President Obama's fugitive answer: 195 words - neither "yes" nor "no" among them (see Post Script).
Remember, Mr. President, you are an employee of the United States citizenry and sworn - with left hand atop Bible and right hand raised - to an oath of office, an oath of service.
So, Mr. President, I respectfully draw your attention to the quote opening today's comment - please note that Pythagoras said, "most thought" not "most words".
Now, as to Mr. Henry's gravely serious question that he, and America, deserves answered in a one-syllable, one-word answer...
Mr. President, yes or no?
14 November 2012 - excerpt from President Obama's press conference transcript...
"Yeah. Ed Henry.
Q: I want to take Chuck’s lead and just ask a very small follow- up, which is whether you feel you have a mandate, not just on taxes, but on a range of issues, because of your decisive victory. But I want to stay on Benghazi, based on what John (sp) asked, because you said, if they want to come after me, come after me. I wanted to ask about the families of these four Americans who were killed. Sean Smith’s father, Ray, said he believes his so basically called 911 for help, and they didn’t get it. And I know you’ve said you grieve for these four Americans, that it’s being investigated. But the families have been waiting for more than two months. So I would like to — for you to address the families, if you can: On 9/11, as commander in chief, did you issue any orders to try to protect their lives?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Ed, you know, I’ll address the families not through the press. I’ll address the families directly, as I already have. And we will provide all the information that is available about what happened on that day. That’s what the investigation is for. But as I said repeatedly, if people don’t think that we did everything we can to make sure that we saved the lives of folks who I sent there, and who were carrying out missions on behalf of the United States, then you don’t know how our Defense Department thinks or our State Department thinks or our CIA thinks. Their number one priority is obviously to protect American lives. That’s what our job is.
Q: (Off mic.)
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Ed, what — I’ll put forward — I will put forward every bit of information that we have. I can tell you that immediately upon finding out that our folks were in danger, that my orders to my National Security team were do whatever we need to do to make sure they’re safe. And that’s the same order that I would give anytime that I see Americans are in danger, whether they’re civilian or military, because that’s our number one priority."
A president, unwilling to accept responsibility, unwilling to directly answer a "yes" or "no" question as to performance of duties, who's void of integrity, recently re-elected or not, is unfit for office.
United States Senators, John McCain (R, AZ); Lindsey Graham (R, SC); and Kelly Ayotte (R, NH), are leading the charge for that "yes" or "no" - and more - from the president. They need public support! Their respective government website links provided below. Please, flood them - with email and phone calls and letters.
Take a moment, it's simple, to send them an email of encouragement, of support. I sent a short note to Senator Graham yesterday - "Stand your ground, Senator!" - and will send like notes to the others.
Remember, these Senators, these citizens, too, are employees of the United States citizenry. They serve at our pleasure. Demand performance per their duties and sworn oath.
Also, contact your respective Representative and Senator. And forward this comment to all you know via email, Facebook, and Twitter - our ability to communicate, to mass, is power.
Don't spectate. Participate - so expects our Republic.
Keep the faith!
Senator John McCain: http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/
Senator Lindsey Graham: http://lgraham.senate.gov/public/
Senator Kelly Ayotte: http://www.ayotte.senate.gov/