Obama on Libya: 'I Wasn't Confused'

Jon Stewart asks about wiretapping, Congress
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2012 7:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Barack Obama stopped by the Daily Show last night for the lightest of grillings on matters ranging from economic policy to the situation in Libya. Stewart pressed Obama on whether he thought Romney had a point about unemployment being too high. Obama defended his record, adding, "We could be growing even faster" if not for opposition from "Governor Romney's allies in Congress." Stewart's response: "Aren't they still going to be there, or if you win again do you get to at some point say, and I'm just going to throw a phrase out there, abracadabra?"

But perhaps the meatiest exchange was over Libya, with Stewart asking what caused the administration's apparent confusion. "We weren't confused about the fact that four Americans had been killed," Obama replied. "I wasn't confused about the fact that we had to investigate … and I wasn't confused about the fact that we're going to hunt down whoever did it." But, Stewart pressed, wouldn't he admit that it wasn't an "optimal response?" "When four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal," Obama replied. "We’re going to fix it. All of it." (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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