August 12, 2022

Obama outed on bin Laden raid?  Where was he during Benghazi?

Reggie Love, Obama played cards

Now that President Barack Obama’s former body man and still companion Reggie Love has let it out that Obama was playing cards during part of the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, can he tell us where the president was on the night four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens were killed in Benghazi?

“’…Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, “I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing,”’ Love recalled of the May 2011 raid during a forum hosted by the D.C.-based Artists & Athletes Alliance in Los Angeles last month.” (Weekly Standard, Aug. 14, 2013).

Though Love’s remarks were made during the L.A. forum one month ago, they were outed out by the enterprising blog Weasel before any major mainstream media picked up on the story.

The story, now going viral on the Internet, included a YouTube: “Update: The original video was yanked from YouTube, I inserted a new version from LiveLeak.” -WeaselZippers.

At press time, the WeaselZipper’s video was displaying a broken link to the shorter version, but a full version was available with the pertinent information starting at the 6:25 mark.

There is no established timeline as to when Obama was missing from the White House Situation Room.

Love said that he and the president, along with White House photographer Pete Souza and Obama aide Marvin Nicholson, gathered in the private dining room to play a couple rounds of cards.

A “couple of rounds of cards” in this case being “15 rounds”.

“Describing it as a “very long day,” Love said most people were in the Situation Room but Obama came to the private dining room to play cards with Love, White House photographer Pete Souza and staffer Marvin Nicholson. (CNN, Aug. 14, 2013)

“[President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not, I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing’,” Love said. “We must have played 15 hands-15 games of Spades.”

“In the wide-ranging interview, Love further revealed the president’s reaction upon finding his birth certificate after critics raised an uproar over his eligibility for the White House.

“Love, who left the White House at the end of 2011 to complete his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, also recalled the moment when the president “finally” found his birth certificate.

“The moderator jumped in: “It took a little too long, by the way.”

“Explaining the delay, Love said when “your parents don’t live together (and) you travel all over the world, documents get lost.”

“He wanted to just have an impromptu press conference, just walk in to the press briefing room in the White House and put it down on the podium. And everyone was like ‘That’s a really bad idea’,” Love said, drawing laughs from the audience.

“But he was very gung-ho about doing it, because he was so irritated about it,” he said.

“Of course, in April 2011, the president did in fact announce the news in the press briefing room, shortly after his office released the long-form birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii.

“Normally I would not comment on something like this,” Obama said. But the country has pressing fiscal and other priorities, he added, and the so-called birther story had been a distraction.

“Obama released a shorter, legally binding “certification of live birth” in 2008, but that failed to persuade members of the “birther” movement.”

White House photographer Pete Souza and staffer Marvin Nicholson, who replaced Love as Obama’s body man, have known for two years that Obama was not always in the Situational Room on May 1, 2011.

The big question now comes down to: Where was President Barack Obama on September 11, 2012 when Americans Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were left to die in Benghazi?


YouTube video of Reggie Love interview deleted after comments hit Drudge


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