‘My son is not very optimal – he is very dead’: Mother of diplomat killed in Benghazi

Oh my:

‘My son is not very optimal – he is very dead’: Mother of diplomat killed in Benghazi attack slams Obama’s comment on raid

  • President told Jon Stewart, ‘If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal’
  • Remarks sparked massive backlash from conservatives on social media
  • Mother of slain diplomat Sean Smith says Obama was ‘disrespectful

From the Daily Mail in the UK:

The mother of an American diplomat killed during a terrorist raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has hit out at Barack Obama for describing the attack as ‘not optimal’, saying: ‘My son is not very optimal – he is also very dead.’ During an interview shown on Comedy Central, Obama responded to a question about his administration’s confused communication after the assault by saying: ‘If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.’ Speaking exclusively to MailOnline today, Pat Smith, whose son Sean died in the raid, said: ‘It was a disrespectful thing to say and I don’t think it’s right. ‘How can you say somebody being killed is not very optimal? I don’t think the President has the right idea of the English language.’


  1. John Fisher
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I am really surprised this hasn’t gotten more attention. It was just such a stupid thing to say. And of course we know if Romney had said it, the MSM would be demanding a press conference.

  2. No Tribe
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow. It’s quite telling that this was an exclusive…. ie, no legacy media even went and asked her about it. Where was Ben Smith?

  3. MassLiberty
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I like the fact that he was being showman Obama. he didn’t have to do a television show. He chose to. And now it may come back to bite him hard.

  4. Jon
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Real heros rise to the call. This shows you who and what Obama is. This will get the attention. Obama might have sealed his candidacy with this. Unfortunately, I don’t want to insert politics, but I think Glenn’s( SEAL Kia) family will allow Romney to stand up for him.

  5. Posted October 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    yeah instead the media calls Romney talking about getting Binders full of Women as if it is some sort of Gaffe….how is it a gaffe for an employer to talk about binders of female resumes?

    Yet the friggin POTUS says 4 dead people is not optimal. What makes it worse is Stewart’s question was not about the four dead, his question was if the president would agree that the RESPONSE from the WH was not optimal in getting all Americans on the same page. Obama answers that well four dead people aren’t optimal. WHY ISNT THIS NEWS. Yet Romney and binders is a big flub.

  6. allthingsgeography1
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I agree, his choice of words wasn’t exactly the best to say the least. I expect Romney will bring this up in the debate. The whole Benghazi issue is messy and I still personally question why security wasn’t provided properly as requested. It’s one thing to take responsibility for the mess, but answers are still required, regardless. I expect the moderator to ask about it directly and he must have a solid answer, no dancing around…otherwise he’s just create a further drag on himself.

    • Posted October 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

      his choice of words weren’t optimal? 🙂 yeah on a COMEDY show seemingly brushing off 4 murders that the administration lied about what happened for 10 days as “not optimal” should be a MAJOR gaffe covered endlessly on every news show until Monday. Instead we will get treated to binders full of women, tax returns, big bird and Ryan cleaning dishes.

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