Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"I Take Responsibility"

    Hillary Clinton may have (inadvertently?) undercut her boss as President Obama heads into the foreign policy themed debate tonight with Mitt Romney.  The Chicago Tribune reports that the Secretary of State declared in a CNN interview while in Peru, "I take responsibility" for what happened in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012:
"I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world," Clinton said.
"The president and the vice president wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They're the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision."
    Mrs. Clinton's words stand in sharp contrast to the words of Vice President Biden in last week's debate with Paul Ryan:
In Thursday night's vice presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden insisted that "we weren't told they wanted more security" at the ill-fated U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, where U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens died.
    The president already suffers from a reputation for blame-shifting that from an analysis of his words as recorded on the White House website seems well earned.  The last time the words "I take responsibility" appear on the website is July 6, 2011, in the transcript of the president's Twitter Town Hall.  By contrast, during that same time period, the phrase "got us into this mess in the first place" appears 86 times, referring almost exclusively to the previous administration.  Even when the president speaks of "fault," it is often in the context of placing the word in the mouths of his critics, as in "They say the economy is bad and it's Obama's fault."

    At a time when the country is taking foreign policy hits and continuing suffer economically, voters will be looking for strong leadership to guide the United States through these next four years.  Barack Obama has not done himself or his campaign any favors by allowing his Secretary of State to look more presidential by comparison.

Note:  As I went to post this, I noticed that Ed Morrissey at HotAir hit on the same topic this morning.

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