Senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer tried to deflect Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace’s questions about the president’s whereabouts and involvement in the decisions on the night of the 9/11 attacks in Benghazi. He went on to call the suggestion of the questions to be “offensive.”
Wallace asked whom President Obama met with and where throughout the day of the attack, suggesting meetings could have occurred in the Situation Room. “I don’t remember what room the president was in on the night, and that is a largely irrelevant fact,” Pfeiffer said.
Pfeiffer later appeared to struggle to address Wallace’s questions about the Benghazi talking points and references to protests about a YouTube video as the catalyst for the attacks. Pfeiffer said the CIA mentioned protests in its version of the talking points, but Wallace interjected to say that the reference to protests is that the Benghazi attacks where inspired by protests in Cairo. Pfeiffer appeared to agree, but not directly.
After trying to get clarity from Pfeiffer, Wallace directly asked, “There was no demonstration against the video in Benghazi?” Pfeiffer did not provide a clear answer before moving on. U.N. ambassador Susan Rice blamed the attacks on the YouTube video on the Sunday morning talk shows the weekend after the attacks.