On Thursday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” co-host Greg Gutfeld challenged President Barack Obama’s defense of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice in his press conference on Wednesday.
Gutfeld, the author of “The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage,” said the mixed signals coming from the White House are as unprofessional as they are unpersuasive.
“So, responding to the Benghazi mess, President Obama said Susan Rice had the best intel available,” Gutfeld said. “[B]est intel available? The White House caterer knew this was a terror attack before Obama and Rice did. Yes, the president blames some of their actions on the fog of war, while claiming to be perfectly clear on others. This is the sort of excuse you get from the kid that broke mommy’s vase. Only here it wasn’t a vase. It was American lives. Obama knows, Obama doesn’t know. Who knows? Certainly not us! And mommy ain’t buying it, and she’s getting impatient. Despite Obama’s murky explanations and tough guy act at the lectern, the whole affair makes as much sense as left-handed frying pan.”
“Remember, Obama claims he called Benghazi terror the day after, yet Rice said it wasn’t,” Gutfeld continued. “Which Obama says was his position! Which leads back to: Who said, ‘Blame the video?’ I guess we now know it was Obama, who ran with his foreign policy instincts honed from years of community organizing. In Chicago he also learned the value of phony outrage.”
Gutfeld said the president’s “sexist” defense of Rice showed he’s more concerned with deflecting criticism than figuring out what happened in Benghazi.
“What’s going on here?” Gutfeld said. “Is he Ross to her Rachel in a pointed episode of ‘Friends?’ His rage over criticism of Benghazi far exceeds his rage over Benghazi. And to me it’s kind of sexist. Obama casts himself as Rice’s protector with a juvenile bravado that scared only the NPR correspondent. … What, he doesn’t think she can take care of herself? Would he have offered the same protection to a male ambassador? See Benghazi.”