Arrogant White House blows off Benghazi emails: We get ’emails about all sorts of information’

Hey, you silly wingnuts, you know those emails showing that the White House knew within two hours that a militant Islamist group claimed responsibility for the Benghzi terror attack on Sept. 11?

Totally no biggie, says White House press secretary Jay Carney. Not even “bumps in the road.” Behold the dizzying spin:

Of course. The White House gets loads of emails about a whole lotta stuff and prioritizing is hard work. Why, you should’ve seen the one about Romney bending over in front of a kid. Hilarious! And you know, one of these days, responding to those Nigerian princes is gonna pay off big time.

Jake Tapper has more on the White House’s revolting CYA attempt.

White House officials maintained that the emails don’t contradict what the White House believed at that point, based on the intelligence community’s assessment of the attack. The views of the intelligence community are valued far more than Facebook and twitter claims, officials said, describing that email as an unclassified ops alert email, not a vetted intelligence assessment. It was not definitive, but rather the act of flagging open source reporting referencing a Facebook post, and – officials noted — on September 17, Ansar al-Sharia denied responsibility for the attack.

Carney today told reporters that there were emails about all sorts of information that was coming available in the aftermath of the attack. “There was a variety of information coming in,” Carney said. “The whole point of an intelligence community and what they do is to assess strands of information and make judgments about what happened and who was responsible.”

Moreover, officials said, the intelligence community still believes there wasn’t a tremendous amount of planning before the attack. A terrorist group carrying it out doesn’t mean it wasn’t an opportunistic attack, officials said.

But the notion that a YouTube video was responsible for “spontaneous protests” was a “vetted intelligence assessment”?

Twitter users helpfully explain the craven, arrogant spin:

Bingo! Shut your traps; the election is just two weeks away and this news is “not optimal.” And don’t forget, Benghazi is only an issue because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

The Twitterverse is disgusted and rightfully so.

Anyone feel that? It’s the rush of wind from President Obama’s palace guard media frantically working to spin the downplaying of these emails as bold and brave leadership.

  • $30423294

    Give us an example of another piece of information you received during that first hour that would discount the manifest urgency of these emails.

    One example.

  • Thomas Purcell

    Basically, Carney just admitted, “we don’t read our emails”

    • CalCon10

      Not important. Talk to the hand. Next question.
      –Jay Carney

  • SunnyJS

    It certainly disproves that the “video” was the sole reason, which was the message that was put out, the apology tweets, the 70,000 video to apologize, umpteen TV appearances etc. They sent out a false story. They spend all their time being clever attacking Gov’s memory as Romnesia. What do they call Obama’s forgetting Amb and Amer citizens, going to bed and letting them die at the hands of terrorists? What clever name do they call that? Lying bastards everyone of them.

    • fanofamerica

      The video – someone in the media please ask why it was okay then to make a snap judgement on that as the cause without “waiting for the investigation to be completed”?

      • Colleen Kelly

        Excellent point, which of course means it won’t happen. They dug themselves in so deep on this one that the only thing they can grab onto is their own BS. Gets hard keeping the lies straight, but hey when the MSM is your bff that isn’t a problem. This is a huge scandal and merits such attention and questioning, upcoming election or not.

        Grrr…knowing the danger that your fellow Americans were in and just willfully ignoring it is criminal and shows Obama’s true character. What this administration did cannot be denied, nor hidden.

    • Junie3

      Postings of an attack and tweets don’t have the same relevance as that of a stupid youtube video seen by 17 people and so badly made it was almost a cartoon. Let’s get real here, priorities man.

    • Catherine Barrett

      Don’t forget Obama at the United Nations ….

  • Ryan Blake Comer

    They don’t want to rush to conclusions by blaming so and so, yet they rush to conclusions by blaming it on a video. This administration is an abject disaster.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    Why wasn’t something done 20-30 minutes into the attack. We have forces close by. Maybe a couple
    Black Hawks, you know, off something we now have called ‘aircraft carriers’.

    • TomJB

      Carriers in the Med and the gulf or red sea, bases in Italy, troops in the Sinai. Every one could have had a force there before it was over.

    • redheadgrl

      Right! They showed the capability to send in troops quickly just by the fact taht they were able to send in troops to “recover the bodies” on short notice.

    • Junie3

      US guns might have been discovered at the scene. Can’t have another Fast and Furious with radicals, or Islamists. My goodness that would make Obama and Eric Holder look like lying, imcompetent thugs.

  • regmgr

    The most transparent administration in history. That says it all. The chicago way of doing business. Just lie and hope it all goes away.

    • RightThinking1

      In the case of this administration, they are abetted by the MSM.

  • Jd1367

    “…They R either incompetent or liars. Which is it?” With this administration, those are not mutually exclusive

  • Penmar

    We will endeavor to fix their problem with getting too many emails in Nov. and by Jan we hope to have it taken care of completely

  • stuckinIL4now

    Just freakin’ amazing cuz we all know how 24×7 this would’ve been for the past 6 weeks had a Republican been in the WH, though the truth is that a Republican admin would never have allowed this to happen.

  • civet

    It’s true. They get tons of email. Just last week they scored some foreign policy points by giving a Nigerian Prince full access to the federal reserve so he could hide some money there.

  • Bizdawg

    Not only was the Youtube video a convienent distraction from the awful truth, it fit neatly into the narrative of their campaign. The attack was result of discrimination by an American. Discrimination & American power is the root of all evil and problems in the world. Republicans/conservatives are discriminators; therefore it must be their fault. Why no one in the media has advanced this theory is beyond me. This gives rationale to the stubborn advancement of the false narrative. They were campaigning and pandering while covering up the senseless death of 4 American patriots. Talk about turning lemons into lemonaide, this was a two-for-one deal. The confidence that the lapdog media would protect them through the election was surely a factor and they not only went along with the story, they made headlines bashing Romney while real questions about the tragedy went un-asked and un-answered. Shameless and scary reminder of why a free and un-biased press is so important to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    • RightThinking1

      An overlooked additional and important point is that Obama *promoted* the video, thus encouraging (and legitimizing) ongoing unrest in various parts of the middle east.

  • CalCon10

    Sgt Schultz (“I know nuuuuthink!” in Hogan’s Heroes), call your office.

    • Lady 12

      Best answer yet.

  • elijahzabmom

    Obama put a target on that poor mans back and he needs to be held accountable for it. Where are the leftist liberals on this issue? If this was George W. Bush perpwalking an innocent man for the offense of blasphemey against Islam they would be picketing the white house. Some people have NO principles. Now like Theo Van Gogh and Salman Rushdie the video maker will have to live out his life in fear of being brutally murdered by Islamic fanatics.

    And where is the compassion and outrage for the poor Americans who were left to die during a 6-8 hour attack? Obama could have done SOMETHING!

  • TomJB

    Carney can dismiss this since it was apparently from a Hillary Rosen with whom he is not familiar.

  • Juanita Outlaw-Bedford

    Was the video the cover for Hillary to trot her happiness to the U.N. so that she could sign off on the “Shutting Up of America”, so that we could no longer say anything about Islam

  • Laurileena
  • Abe Stract

    To any Libs who might be lurking about: There is no point in voting for Obama – His 2nd term will just be spent fighting off his inevitable impeachment, and will devastate the democratic party -Or- Please do vote!

  • elijahzabmom
  • James Neal

    I can finally visualize the resolution of the
    Benghazi tragedy. In Hillary Clinton’s own words, “We have to get to the
    bottom of this and do whatever it takes to fix it and assure that it
    never happens again.” There may be others to follow, but we can start
    with her resignation and her pledge to never participate in politics

    Jay Carney should resign. Susan Rice should resign.

    Obama must
    face a court martial for dereliction of
    duty in the deaths of four Americans, and must be impeached for lying,
    trying to cover up the incompetence, and obstruction of justice by
    placing the blame on an unrelated American filmmaker, and also lying to
    the world about it at the U.N.

    The Commander-In-Chief is
    responsible — he stood by and did nothing and let COM personnel be
    killed — even went to bed or to Vegas while a terrorist attack was
    underway. Any soldier who did that would face court martial — nothing
    less will serve justice in this matter. To assure that no president ever
    abdicates the duties of the commander-in-chief again, the president,
    after impeachment, should be stripped of his pension and all
    post-presidential perks. The American people should not be required to
    spend one more penny on this disgraceful poser.

  • Lori

    Gee, haven’t any of you ever had an email get lost in your spam folder?

  • JoeMusgo

    If Obama was sincere about claiming responsibility for this fiasco, as he claimed in the second debate, he would demand the resignation of James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, immediately for failing to properly assess the situation and for allowing the fiction that a video was responsible for the death of the ambassador to persist. If Obama took his responsibility to defend the citizens of the US seriously, he would immeidately demand the resignation of Hillary Clinton for failing to provide the security that had been requested by the embassy in Libya. But, alas, the only thing Obama is serious about is golf and getting re-elected.

  • alumin

    These people have been watching too much Star Wars….do they think their Jedi Knights? “These are not the droids you are seeking”!

  • SonofaCV15

    By this weekend the administration will be out making the rounds denying that Benghazi even happened. The dementia of denial is a hard thing to watch.

    The airbrushes are working overtime on history in the WH tonight. Too bad they can’t read the graffiti on the wall.

  • Brett McMicken

    now, if it had been an email from sesame street…..

  • Owen007

    Oh good. Nice to know that keyboards like “Ambassador,” “terrorism” and “dead” filter messages into the White House spam folder.

  • Craig Taylor

    why does anyone expect any different ,until we have the balls to rise up against lies and deception they are gonna keep doin just that ….what exactly do we need to prosecute?

  • EastValleyConservative

    The situation room had a live feed, there’s a long list of people who HAD to know. And if they didn’t know, we have a much bigger problem on our hands than just the lying liars in this administration. We have a full house of incompetents who are leaving us vulnerable. Either way you go, the American people get screwed.

  • BeeKaaay

    Clinton lied, people died.

  • Francis Arsenic

    Carney has a tough job. I’d have to get drunk to do what he does and not feel it.