Obama on Comedy Central: Four Dead Americans “Not Optimal”

President Barack Obama, during an interview with Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, spoke about his response to the Benghazi attack:

“If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.”

Understandably, outrage followed. The mother of an American diplomat murdered during the attack, responded by saying

“My son is not very optimal – he is also very dead.”

See the President of the United States on Comedy Central in the two videos below.
Part One – The Unedited Video

Part Two, which includes the “not optimal” line at around the 5 minute mark:

UPDATE: I’d only seen edited versions, so I decided to post the full versions for everyone to see. Only after I’d posted both segments did I get to the end and saw the comment in context. David, I’m not sure if you’d agree with me, but I thought his comment was a LOT better in context. I think if my child had been the one killed, I’d be appalled that the President was ON Comedy Central discussing it.  Nevertheless, the whole controversy does seem contrived…
Watch it and see for yourself.

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  • http://talkorigins.org jatheist

    It certainly wasn’t the best way to phrase it… but he just used the same words that Jon Stewart used in the question:

    Jon Stewart: “…even you would admit, it was not the optimal response, at least to the American people…”
    Obama replied: “Here’s what I’ll say. If four Americans get killed, that’s not optimal, we’re going to fix it. All of it.”

    Context – almost as frowned upon in GOP circles as evidence, science and equality!

    • http://www.NancyFrench.com Nancy French

      JAtheist, You know, I think you are right. I had only seen the edited versions, so I decided to post the full versions for everyone to see. Only after I’d posted both segments did I get to the end, when he made the comment. It was a LOT better in context. I think if my child had been the one killed, I’d be appalled that the President was ON Comedy Central discussing it, but nevertheless, the whole controversy DOES seem contrived…

      I actually will put a note on the above article too.

      • http://talkorigins.org jatheist

        How perfectly rational of you Nancy… kudos!

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