'Credibility gap' for Obama due to handling of Libya attack?
Assessing White House response to issue
- Duration 4:44
- Date Oct 26, 2012
Assessing White House response to issue
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A growing pressure on the White House to release more information on the deadly terror attack in Libya critical new details continue to dramatic as you've heard of the last 45 minutes -- -- wind.
We're hearing more about what happened in -- -- for Americans murdered there in this of course happened six weeks ago house speaker John Boehner.
Writing a letter to the president one sentence reading quotes.
In the -- -- and your direct engagement to clarify these concerns the public's frustration and confusion.
Is likely to discredit efforts to achieve our shared goals -- justice and accountability.
For the direct assault on American interests and for the deaths.
-- four public servants just as our you -- learn from our own Jennifer Griffin that her sources say CIA agents on the ground there.
-- during the attack asked for -- asked Washington for help and were denied our next guest says the administration's handling and this tragedy.
It's creating a credibility problem for the president eleven days from the election.
Of the Wall Street Journal which is owned by the parent company of Fox News what do you what's your reactions -- this latest breaking news that we got about their denial.
For requests of help.
Well I think it's more bad news for the president -- what I think what I'm calling us is Barack Obama's credibility gap.
The -- credibility gap was something that occurred during the Vietnam War when Lyndon Johnson was president.
And essentially what it said was.
The president was not leveling with the American people or leveling with congress coming clean about a major grave event -- was happening back then.
That's what has occurred now with Ben Ghazi the White House is simply not leveling with the American people about what went on on that day and I think it is.
Truly genuinely eroding the president's credibility.
-- hurting the credibility but an impact on the election yes.
An impact on the election Jenna because.
The president is the president he's held to a higher standard he's not merely a candidate he's not some politician.
He's the president of the United States and I think people voters.
Look to him to behavior with a higher standard.
And in this case.
You know they have held off on this for months.
The vice president and the vice presidential debate a month after Ben Ghazi blamed it on intelligence services telling them it was simply.
A reaction to the video then Hillary Clinton tried -- take.
Responsibility and finally.
President Obama -- first real public statement was on the comedy channel with Jon Stewart who to his credit did ask the president how to.
You -- clean up some of these discrepancies.
But I think that this is really a much lower standard than what the American people expect of their president.
I was looking at the front page of the Wall Street Journal -- related to the -- -- -- In today and -- voters -- from Ohio we're talking about how they felt about the candidates in general.
And 20 with a writer for the Wall Street Journal said.
Many -- neither mr.
Romney nor president Barack Obama can and their worries over growing health care costs stagnating and I in times.
And that's the -- be -- job market as well in this goes beyond a diving we're talking about credibility and leadership and I'm wondering.
How both candidates -- -- when it comes to actual credibility with voters for their leadership.
Well I think you know voters are concerned at both candidates have been stretching the truth to some extent.
But I think you have to add Ben Ghazi to the other big events in this campaign the first big one was that December debate which transformed Mitt Romney's presidency.
The second has been the state of the economy the only other major event has been what happened in Libya and it will not leave the news because the kind reporting.
Fox has been doing today and because of the fact that.
And MUS ambassador in fact was killed along with three other Americans.
And those three events I think are sitting right in the center of this campaign -- are putting it down word of fact.
On Barack Obama's prospect eleven days can be a lifetime now in the campaign how quickly can it credibility gap.
Could be solved if there is indeed one.
Oh you know it's very hard to solve it was hard for LBJ to solve it dog Richard Nixon himself during his presidency once the idea sets in.
That a president who does automatically have a certain level of trust from the American people.
Has not been leveling with them.
Then he's got a pop up problem remember that guy in the second debate who stood up and said Mr.
President what are you doing for us in the every day lies to Americans.
And Obama start to talk about Iraq and killing bin Laden he was not leveling with that got I think it's created a problem for the present.
We'll continue to see white sort of challenging -- as he moved closer to Election Day we'll be talking of course.
Between now and then and -- -- Dan thank you very much appreciated.