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Obama Weighs in on Mariah, But Not Benghazi

The Weekly Standard’s Dan Halper reports on an exchange between reporters and President Obama in Virginia this morning. Obama answered questions about his mood going into tonight’s debate and his wife’s vote, but shut down when asked about whether Hillary Clinton was right to take responsibility for the Benghazi attack:

At 10:35, a black Suburban rolled by slowly, with a handful of agents trailing behind on foot. The president came next, wearing a dark suit, strolling in the center of the road. Anita Dunn was on his left. David Plouffe on his right.

This pool, standing about 50 feet away, had this exchange:

Reporter: “How are you feeling about tonight?”

Obama, smiling: “I feel fabulous. Look at this beautiful day.”

Reporter: “Are you aware Michelle voted for you yesterday?”

Obama, turning to yell back: “Thank goodness!”

Reporter: “Is Hillary to blame for Benghazi?”

Obama: Silence. Kept walking.

Pool was told Obama was heading to a short debate prep session and we’re heading back to the hold.

It’s been over a month since militants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and killed four Americans, and Obama still hasn’t personally addressed the American public about the details of the terrorist attack. Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took responsibility for the breach in diplomatic security, but Obama has yet to comment on whether he shares the blame. However, the president did find time to weigh in over the weekend on the important dispute between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj:

During a recent call on “The Yo! Show,” the president was asked about the “Idol” drama, which revolved around a contentious and curse-laden exchange between Minaj and Carey. …

“You know what, I think that they are going to be able to sort it out. I’m confident,” Obama told the show’s host, Michael Yo. “I’m all about bringing people together, working for the same cause. So, I think both outstanding artists are going to be able to make sure that they’re moving forward and not going backwards.” …

“Mariah, she’s actually done some events for us, and I’ve gotten to know her and [husband] Nick [Cannon] and she’s a wonderful lady,” he said, while adding, “Nicki I don’t know, but I’ve got her on my iPod.”

At least he was able to clarify his position one pressing national issue. As for Benghazi, I get the feeling we’re not going to hear any forthright comments from Obama unless our drones hit the right target in northern Mali.


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