President Obama Talks Libya, Taxes & CIA Cheating Scandal At 1st Post-Election Press Conference [VIDEO]
There was a lot to talk about at President Obama’s first press conference since winning re-election last week. The commander in chief spoke to the media Wednesday (Nov. 14) addressing the attack in Benghazi, Libya, taxes, and the CIA cheating scandal.
In speaking on the extramarital affair of former CIA head, David Petreaus, the president refused to “meddle,” but hoped it would “end up being a single note on what ends up being an extraordinary career,” for the lauded general.
Petreaus admitted to having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and stepped down from his post late last week.
When asked about the strikes in Libya that resulted in the death of a U.S. ambassador the president was adamant about taking the blame. Standing up for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who has been criticized for her characterization of the fatal incident, Obama made it inherently clear where critics— like John McCain, and Lindsay Graham—can send their discrepancies. “If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me,” he said. “For them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous.”
The POTUS also addressed the rise of tax cuts for American’s making less than $250,000 a year. Going into his second term, Obama announced the end of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, of which he approved during his first four years in office.
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