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Obama Responds to 'Outrageous' McCain Threats to Block Possible Nomination of Susan Rice: VIDEO


In his 16th press conference today, President Obama took a hard stance over threats by John McCain and Lindsey Graham to block UN Ambassador Susan Rice over the attack in Benghazi if he chose to nominate her for Secretary of State.

"If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I'm happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on the intelligence that she had received, and to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous."


McCain's earlier statement:

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  1. Remember when John McCain was a man of honor, a hero, a good man who had lost graciously, and had promised in his own words to the nation "TO STAND BY HIS PRESIDENT"?

    Yeah, shame on that little man who had been easily swayed by the hateful right.

    Posted by: Magutia | Nov 14, 2012 7:37:46 PM

  2. McCain probably thinks he's going to run in 2016.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Nov 14, 2012 7:45:58 PM

  3. Here's hoping this is the beginning of NuObama...willing to tell unreasonable Repubs to f*ck right off on national television!

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER I | Nov 14, 2012 7:47:11 PM


    Linds, ya old queen.

    pack it in.

    McCain again struggles to be relevant, and Graham again tries to suck up to the GOP base by pretending he's not a glory-hole trollin' wreck.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 14, 2012 7:53:12 PM

  5. Miserable failure McCain needs to shut up. We already rejected him once. He needs to fade back into obscurity. We just do not care what he thinks about anything. Why won't rejects like Palin, Romney, Ryan and McCain just go away ? Just what do we have to do to let them know we aren't interested in anything they represent ?

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 14, 2012 8:25:49 PM

  6. It would behoove the GOP to remove Senator McCain from office.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Nov 14, 2012 8:36:15 PM

  7. As evidenced by the election, the GOP's utterly cynical, pathetic attempt to turn Benghazi unto another Watergate or I daresay another 9/11 has backfired on them. When will they get the memo? As Eleanor Clift brilliantly observed, "there is no there there." (quoting Getrude Stein) Four foreign service workers die in a remote consulate of a war-torn country. Wow, what a surprise. Surely Obama should have protected them with 35 blackhawk helicopters, 7 drones, 15 fighter jets from a carrier that immediately dispatched to Libya when Ambassador Stevens said he was traveling to the consulate without security cover. Oh I forgot to mention a few platoons of soldiers.
    This isn't making a mountain out of molehill, this is making a continent out of a dust bunny.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 14, 2012 8:50:01 PM

  8. Will we ever see bipartisan politics in our country again? The fringe element within the Republican Party has pushed them all to the far right of the isle where they’ve gridlocked our government for two years now. Will the next two be any different? They’ve been very public about their main goal being to block and bamboozle the President’s every move. It takes many hands to paint the Blackface on Obama. See my visual report of his makeup session at

    Posted by: Brandt Hardin | Nov 14, 2012 8:50:13 PM

  9. Yes please. More of this Mr. President. McCain has basically said that confirmation hearings don't matter, all you need is heresay to do your job. And finally Obama has shed the timid act so that's a good sign.

    Posted by: stranded | Nov 14, 2012 9:47:59 PM

  10. So Susan Rice was "simply making a presentation based on the intelligence that she had received, and to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous."

    On the other hand, George W. Bush and Condi Rice should have been impeached for the United States' invasion of Iraq based upon faulty British intelligence.

    OK, I get the double standard.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Nov 14, 2012 11:02:08 PM

  11. McCain is still constipated and bitter. Nasty man.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 14, 2012 11:14:00 PM


    Posted by: alex | Nov 14, 2012 11:25:05 PM

  13. Obama's face looks a bit "rested." He's had something done. Not major, but something. Maybe there is a serenity in knowing so many lies.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 14, 2012 11:37:13 PM

  14. Gary Troll. Please go back under your NeoCon rock.

    Posted by: michael | Nov 14, 2012 11:48:50 PM

  15. John Kerry's comment may apply to McCain. Get an education and learn to fly a plane or get stuck in Vietnam.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 14, 2012 11:56:09 PM

  16. "On the other hand, George W. Bush and Condi Rice should have been impeached for the United States' invasion of Iraq based upon faulty British intelligence."

    It wasn't faulty intelligence. It was planted "intelligence." They made a decision then cooked up the evidence to support it, with the compliance of the British.

    Posted by: fact checking | Nov 15, 2012 1:47:38 AM

  17. Looks like the old olive branch has a sharpened point on the end of it. Let us hope Obama strips off the bark and uses it to whip some Tea Party ass.

    Posted by: 2nd term here i come | Nov 15, 2012 1:49:52 AM

  18. Outrageous? Think again. The only thing that is totally outrageous is this lunatic Obama who thinks he is above the law. He is about to find out as the most sweeping Congressional investigation since Watergate begins, followed by his impeachment trial. And it won't be a minute too soon.

    Posted by: Johnny | Nov 15, 2012 5:39:14 AM

  19. JOHNNY swills his own crap.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 15, 2012 6:55:29 AM

  20. (the real johnny here)

    Love that the gloves are finally off. I've been waiting for this version of Obama for 4 years. Now that he has nothing to lose, we finally get to see the killer instinct. I'm loving this!

    Go away, Uncle McCranky, nobody likes you.

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 15, 2012 7:51:34 AM

  21. PS: Fake Johnny, you are pathetic. This entire investigation has zero legs to stand on. Your kind makes it sound like Rice launched the rockets herself. Idiots.

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 15, 2012 7:53:16 AM

  22. Second term Obama now has nothing to hold him back. It's clobberin' time!

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 15, 2012 9:01:55 AM

  23. Can people act like adults and not post under other people's names, no matter how much you dislike them? It's really immature. Plenty of people in the comments here do a fine job of sounding stupid all by themselves.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 15, 2012 9:52:04 AM

  24. The Republicans should keep their mouths shut. They said *nothing* about the problems at embassies and consulates under Bush II.

    For McCain to compare Benghazi to Watergate boggles the mind of someone who is old enough to remember the events first-hand. Apparently, McCain is too old. (BTW - Dean has said that Bush II was worse than Nixon.)

    @Little Kiwi: Go to Wikipedia and look up Terry Dolan and his National Conservative Political Action Committee (founded in 1975).

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 15, 2012 12:00:30 PM

  25. I think Mr Obama is an outstanding president! I hope in the second term he is more aggressive in dealing with the wing nut republicans.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 15, 2012 12:33:55 PM

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