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President Obama there along with -- British prime minister David Cameron in a news conference after the -- held a quick meeting this morning.
They were mostly talking trade but the press wanted to know about a couple of things and president.
I was summoned up all of the presidential disapproval that he could.
In talk -- about these two big stories that have been dogging the White House won only since Friday.
-- that the IRS office in charge of deciding who gets tax exempt status decided to single out an awful lot of conservative groups and those that.
Contain words like Tea Party.
In their titles also groups that criticized how the country is being run.
And groups that want to educate Americans about the constitution and the bill of rights so.
How did he do let's talk about it with Brett -- and Nina Easton -- the anchor of special report -- From fortune magazine.
So Brett again no we heard a lot of outrage there from the president especially on this IRS issue he said.
That people have to be held accountable.
And that that the behavior as described he says he just learned about it on Friday was.
Out of rages.
It does intend to see the -- deal of these two scandals and kudos to the AP for asking me as we guessed the multi pronged question -- questioned -- one that's right and you know his his tactic was to embrace the IRS.
Allegations as real he did stick if this proves to be true it would be outrageous.
But he said he had no time for it it would not he would not tolerated and it it would they would get to the bottom of it and consequences would come.
But fully embrace of the the fact that the IRS may in fact be doing this he said the the investigation was still be going on.
On the flip side of the -- Ghazi investigation he -- the exact opposite tact and said.
There's no there there and then insinuated that.
It's essentially a political circus.
And stirred up by.
You know the right side of the -- and the media yeah it was -- attacked our thoughts for dealing with two things that are getting a lot of attention now.
He -- he used terms like political circus he said we play these political games in Washington describing.
The investigation into the aftermath of the Ben Ghazi attacks.
Again it's part of the effort to to say this is all been investigated and this is old news.
Yeah that's exactly right I think -- was right that yeah.
It was interesting on IRS issue got right out in front.
Called it outrageous if the allegations are true and -- Betty on any side of the aisle should be concerned about an IRS is less than neutral.
Switched to Ben -- I got that sense he is running out the clock I mean he he did.
Derided it the latest news revelations as a political circle circus this question of course is about.
Whether these talking points were.
Were changed to -- -- really in an -- political campaign.
She say that to focus on a protest.
That was caused by an American men and -- video.
As the reason for this this attack on -- -- as opposed to what it turned out to really be which was an al-Qaeda linked terrorist attack.
So he talked about this as -- is sort of political sideshow.
It didn't enable any reporter to follow up and say well why -- the the links to al-Qaeda.
Taken out of that talking points memo so and he kept talking and talking the president did and then he answered another question about.
And the UK which really it there's a reason for the US to -- and on whether that you UK has has should be you have reforming the -- you are stepping aside from that excitement except that it -- it prevents.
And reporters from.
Focusing on asking for their questions and I thought interestingly also on Syria was a very interesting contrast.
In the leadership style of these two leaders and -- ice David Cameron.
At Davos world economic form in January right after the Algerian terrorist attack.
He talked about our long struggle against murderers terrorists.
And then he also in now on the Syria case he made a very robust.
A case to go in and support.
Baghdad opposition before it is shaped by al-Qaeda linked forces were -- -- -- -- much more cautious approach yeah.
-- just say one thing about his timeline on on talking about terror.
You know the president now -- first -- that Rose Garden speech and where he said act of terror.
And he says he talked about terrorism there there's some debate that it was kind of in direct.
And he was -- -- 9/11 let's just give it that and set that aside that's the whole debate during the third.
Debate between Mitt Romney and himself let's just say that after that he has an interview with Steve croft -- sixty minutes and Steve croft.
Asks him while you went out of your way to avoid the use of terrorism.
In that speech and he's in the rose garden and he says right.
-- and Steve croft goes on to ask him a question about that.
Then two days after that he's asked by -- would -- -- on the view was -- terrorism and he says it's too early to tell and he talks about the video.
He talks -- at the UN about the video.
Regards to Ben Ghazi.
Videotape will be you know if you just lay it out and a time line what the president said when he was asked about it it doesn't match up to what he said today.
And when he references the National Counterterrorism Center director Matt Olson testify on Capitol Hill.
That was huge news -- because also was asked in Q&A day up on Capitol Hill wasn't a terrorist attack it wasn't like he was just offering it in an opening statement.
From the administration point of view he did say it was a terrorist attack but that was in direct contrast to what the administration.
Was saying at the time so that's why it was big news it was interesting to see the president's.
Tick -- today that seem to be different then.
When you lay out all the pieces of videotape one after another.
And of course we have to remember that all of this was framed against a presidential campaign that was very tight end and included many friends many presentations by the president saying.
Osama bin Laden is dead in on al-Qaeda is on around --
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