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Mother of Victim Speaks out as Obama Says Benghazi Deaths Not OPTIMAL

By Bobby Eberle

Does this president have any idea what it means to be a leader? Seriously. Here is a man that following the deaths of four Americans in Libya and the attack on the embassy in Egypt described the situation as "bumps in the road." Now, Obama is at it again. This time during a stop on Comedy Central (how presidential) where he called the tragedy in Libya "not optimal."

First, here's a clip of Barack Obama's comments on CBS's "60 Minutes" program where he said there would be "bumps in the road." Keep in mind that this interview came after four Americans were killed in Libya.

The phrasing was quickly criticized around the country with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney saying the comment was quite "revealing."

"His indication that developments in the Middle East represent bumps in the road is a very different view than I have," said Romney. "I can't imagine saying something like the assassination of ambassadors is a bump in the road, when you look at the entire context, the assassination, the Muslim brotherhood president being elected in Egypt, 20,000 people killed in Syria, Iran close to becoming a nuclear nation. These are far from being bumps in the road."

Here's the interview from ABC News:

Did Barack Obama learn from that comment? Did he realize that American lives are more than "bumps in the road?" No. As we see in this report from the Daily Mail, Obama told Jon Stewart during a Comedy Central interview that "If four Americans get killed, it's not optimal."

Not optimal? Are you kidding me? How about tragic? How about evil? How about a terrorist attack that will not stand? Nope... the deaths were simply "not optimal."

It's even worse when you see him say it. So... the deaths are "not optimal" and he blames this on the fact that the "government is a big operation and at any given time, something screws up." How do you think the families of the victims feel about that one?

One mother is furious. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Pat Smith, whose son Sean was killed in the Benghazi attack said, "My son is not very optimal - he is also very dead."

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.'

Speaking from her home in San Diego, Mrs Smith, 72, continued: 'It's insensitive to say my son is not very optimal - he is also very dead. I've not been "optimal" since he died and the past few weeks have been pure hell.

'I am still waiting for the truth to come out and I still want to know the truth. I'm finally starting to get some answers but I won't give up.'

This is the president of the United States, and he can't seem to understand what terror is all about and what being the commander-in-chief is all about. For him, it's on to the next interview and fundraiser. Tragic.

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  1. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    October 19, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    Guess we will need to inform the news media if 0 hasn’t already. Instead of reporting casualties in war zones we will call them Bumps in the Road.
    Who is going to inform loved ones of those killed in action saying: Folks, I am very sorry to inform you that ………. hit a bump in the road.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      October 19, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      First it was a bump in the road, now it’s “not optimal”. Is Obama trying not to get re-elected? If he keeps this stuff up Romney won’t even need to campaign!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      October 19, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

      Obama will soon find out his administration IS optional and we the voting public will no longer as taxpaying citizens exercise that option. We will get a much better rate of return when we invest in the Romney Option.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      October 19, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

      It may be optional, but it certainly isn’t optimal.

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  3. rrg51Comment by rrg51
    October 19, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    Also relevant would be the military killed-in-action in the middle east on Obama’s term: nearly twice as many as in W’s two terms.

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    • allenComment by allen
      October 19, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

      Were these only the people killed in action in Iraq and Iran as Joe Biden would ask. Or, are you including Afghanistan, which I guess really does not need to be reported.

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  4. adrianpaulComment by adrianpaul
    October 19, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    B.O. is simply not a leader – instead of confronting the situation, he chooses instead the path of least resistance: Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Whoppi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Oprah, or a cheering crowd of college kids or gays.
    His narcissism and ineptitude thrive on such associations.

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    • seabeebobmu2Comment by seabeebobmu2
      October 19, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

      Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity!

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    • adrianpaulComment by adrianpaul
      October 19, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

      B.O. knows exactly what he is doing. In one of his first books he stated that Karl Marx had the right idea, he just didn’t do it right! B.O. has succeeded in stacking the Supreme Court, dismantling the military, the space program (we now have to hitch a ride to the space station from Russia), reducing our missile defense system while Russia/China/Iran are building nuclear weapons faster than ever (…he’ll be more flexible after the election!), taking over GM, the banks, and headed for federal takeover of medical care. Try to find a doctor taking new patients – LOL! That’s exactly what B.O. wants – run the insurance companies out of business, saying they must insure ANYONE with preexisting conditions (why pay premiums – just wait til you’re sick). When the industry becomes non-existent, B.O. then takes over. He even hinted one time of confiscating all funds on deposit for 401-K pensions (redistribution of wealth)and putting those people on regular S.S. & Medicare – how much more Marxist is that?!?…could hoarding gold bars become a felony?!?…or owning a gun?!?…or criticizing muslims?!?

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    • redseaComment by redsea
      October 19, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

      For a change, I would like to see him on a show like BBC’s Hard Talk or such. His callousness is very offensive. I believe he used the word “optimal” intending to directly connect to Jon Stewart, because it was the word he used. I think more so the point is that Obama continues the dog and pony show, like a door to door salesman, and continues to lie. You think he might take out some time to visit the families, if he had any dignity. The idea is that Libya was a hot bed of weapons, those left behind by NATO and those from Ghaddafi’s stash, and it has been so for almost a year to the date of the murders. All the weapons deals and weapons smuggling was well known and a daily headline topic in the local news media, so imagine what inside intelligence sources knew? Our people were in the middle of that hot bed, and under such circumstances increased security should only be logic to anticipate, but repeated requests for more security were denied. I am sure there is something more to this, obviously being covered up, and something big. The cover up they tried to get away with for several days, is about as lame as the one used when we “accidentally” bombed the Chinese Embassy in Bosnia. I could forgive a cover up for many circumstances, however the callous attitude if Obama is, well I am lost for words. It just leaves me with the a feeling of rage inside, that he brings such disgrace to the office he holds. I can remember when it was a rarity for the president to appear on any television show, and now Obama seems to think he is some sort of celebrity. He is such a joke!

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  5. billwvComment by billwv
    October 19, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    Ozero is a loser and does not [SAY AGAIN] DOES NOT need to be POTUS. Anyone with half a cranium load would know that these ‘bumps in the road’ are someone’s loved ones. What a loser!

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    • heylottylottyComment by heylottylotty
      October 20, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

      You are correct about the need for qualified leadership. The question is, “How do we as a Nation get new leadership?”. We must WORK for it. We have an opportunity to right this wrong. We as Americans need to man-up and fix the mistake made by millions of good people making an appropriate decision…. Unfortunately, it was not the BEST one for the USA. To fix this we must ALL get involved educating and urging our fellow Americans to vote. Vote the ballot NOT the emotion. Vote to save the USA from Socialism and a Muslim domination.

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  6. bertieComment by bertie
    October 19, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    Mr.Obummer lied to the American People AGAIN and his kiss up followers backed him up……….He should be Impeached ASAP!

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    • 123defenderComment by 123defender
      October 19, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

      What a difference between a gallant,wonderful American lady Mrs.Pat Smith,whose son was sacrificed by that repugnant *** in the White House and Mrs.Doherty the mindless liberal robot who even with the loss of her son and the lies from this *** POTUS still can’t bring herself to speak ill of that white hating muslim ,even after the death of her son was referred to as “a bump in the road” God be with you Mrs.Smith

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  7. powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
    October 19, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    Impeachment is too nice…he should have to ride along with the troops on patrol in the hell hole he has them in and lets see him handle a weapon. Yea, I know…who am I kidding.

    Obozo takes narcissism to a new level. I hope all the idiots that put him in office are happy with the joke he is and the results of his actions. Counting down to the exit of Obozo!

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    • camzComment by camz
      October 19, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

      The idiots who put him in office still love him. You can’t un-fry bacon.

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  8. OldpatriotComment by Oldpatriot
    October 19, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    I have said before; The country can survive Obama, the country can not survive the mentality of those who put him in office. While also true, I believe I am incorrect. Obama, lately, is making Biden look like Einstein (no disrespect due Albert). This just shows, again, which side this buffoon is on.

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  9. librabobComment by librabob
    October 19, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    He should have finished his complete thought on that subject by saying the death of four Americans is not optimal to his re-election campaign. Of course for those of us who are not drinking the obamamania kool-aide, we already know that was what he was thinking.

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  10. letmeComment by letme
    October 19, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    I know it was a pathetic thing to hear the president of your nation say something as baseless as that. At the same time we can’t take our eye off the ball. Go figure, if (and he did)he said something like this at the forefront of the election it is doubtless to assume he has something up his sleeve. What could that be? Well,you know that Spain is (at least that’s what I’ve read) supposed to be counting America’s votes for the election. George Soros, Obama’s friend owns the company.
    These two bed fellows have unscrupulous characteristics which may spell trouble for us. I don’t know how you feel about God but we need Him now more than ever. But prayers mean nothing without FAITH in the Lord Jesus Christ. PLEASE ACCEPT HIM AS YOUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR, THERE IS NO OTHER WAY.

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    • verydisappointedComment by verydisappointed
      October 19, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

      And I say AMEN to that!

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    • OldpatriotComment by Oldpatriot
      October 19, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

      letme, your comment could not be MORE right on!

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  11. namreh1Comment by namreh1
    October 19, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    Tell a mother like me who has lost both of my children that it was “a bump in the road”. I wonder if obama would think it a “bump in the road” or “not optimal” if he lost one of his children? What an unfeeling *** he is.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      October 19, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

      you have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your children. it ain’t supposed to work like that. if they were in the service, I can only hope that you didn’t get a pre-printed form letter signed by an electric pen, like parents are under Obama. yet he can manage to write a personal note to a dead rapper’s family…

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  12. jagansComment by jagans
    October 19, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    This guy has no idea what losing a child does to a parent. It rips your guts out. His lack of concern over the loss of our citizens, including a US ambassador is incredible. Historically, an attack on a countries embassy was the same as an attack on the countries home soil. Let them get away with this Obama, and they will hit again, soon. The perpetrators need to be rooted out and annihilated.

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      October 19, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

      I’m still stuck on the deaths of 16 members of Seal Team 6 because this administration tries to take credit for every success and shift blame onto others for the Libyan fiasco and every other mess it has caused including the doubling of gas prices and its squandering of money on “Green Energy” companies owned by contributors.

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  13. rustypatComment by rustypat
    October 19, 2012 @ 4:49 pm


    This guy must live on a steady diet of Quaaludes.

    Obama-Nation is an Abomination.

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  14. verydisappointedComment by verydisappointed
    October 19, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    It’s a good thing Oyoyo wasn’t in charge during WW 1 & 2 or we would be calling them “ruts in the sand” maybe in Korea and Viet Nam ” weeds in the grass” and what about Pearl Harbor. What about all the other skirmishes and fights we have been involved in right up to desert storm. We need to show the middle East what we are really made of, but our fearless leader seems to enjoy taking us down the wrong path. And this must stop!

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    • rustypatComment by rustypat
      October 19, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

      “fearless leader”

      He’s afraid of the truth, and he’s not a leader.

      Obama-Nation is an Abomination.

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  15. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    October 19, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    Going on Letterman and John Stewart and the View right after this tragic incident is bewildering. He is trying to win votes, but forgetting about the unraveling of the Middle East. He thinks that Qaeda is dead after Bin Laden was offed, but Bin Laden was not very effective while holed up in that house anyway. Now these terrorists are back stronger than ever, especially in Lebanon, Egypt and Libya. Both Egypt and Libya had been our allies before Obama aided the rebels in their removal of their governments and dictators. Now the Muslim Brotherhood (Obama’s buddies) are in control, but no longer buddies with Obama or our country.

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  16. sexysadieComment by sexysadie
    October 19, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    He is a disgrace and impeachment is too good for him. He should be tried for high treason and banished to a remote island with the rest of his muslim brothers (and dumbocraps, too) with nothing to eat but wild pigs.

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  17. gnafuComment by gnafu
    October 19, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    But, but…Obama says he loves the Military and is there for each coffin that comes back to the United States…do you recall that statement? Something very contradicting here. I thought he also said the dead military/personnel/government personnel were “bumps in the road” “optimal”..but he is right there when each cargo plane unloads the dead service people??

    Getting rather tired of hearing words of what Obama did and what he really feels and talks about our American troops – personnel.

    God Bless Mrs. Smith and all the families of the murdered American “victims” during 9/11/2012 – BEFORE and AFTER that date.

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  18. pypypypyComment by pypypypy
    October 19, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    BO = weak economy, mounting debt and a weakened America

    Romney = strong economy,control spending and a strong defence

    Strong economy will enable this country to defend herself with state of the art military hardware. Pitch forks just aint gonna work. It is imperative that Gov Romney stresses that the economy and defence are both interwined, yin and yang.

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  19. JDZComment by JDZ
    October 19, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    The American people are now seeing the “real” Barack Obama who is a narcissistic politician who really is just playing a role as our President. He tries to give the impression that he cares about our military servicemen and women, or those in foreign countries like our embassies, but the bottom line is that he really has little sincere empathy for any of them. He goes through the motions to receive caskets of those slain, like the four killed in our embassy in Libya, but it is primarily an act he goes through for political benefit.

    This man should never been elected President. He is an inexperienced and inept executive with a chip on his shoulder toward “white people” that goes back to his early years and re-enforced in his college years and early days as a community organizer. He pays little attention to details and how our government really works. He has never worked in our private economy and has trouble discriminating between small businesses, large corporations, wall street, and government and how they interact in our economy.

    He has basically ignored our national debt and deficit problems and just keeps on borrowing and spending, and thinks that rising the tax rates on those making over $200K at higher rates will fix everything which is simplistic and factually wrong.

    He has fumbled just about attempt to fix the economy, our military strategy, and our foreign policy.

    This country must replace Obama with Romney and put the adults back in charge.

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  20. Cape ConservativeComment by Cape Conservative
    October 19, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    It is frightening to realize there are ANY Americans who believe this man…he does nothing but make blunder after blunder after blunder! Governor Romney has demonstrated over and over again, as has Congressman Ryan, that our country will have true leadership and be on the road to recovery once they are in office.

    November 6 cannot come too soon…and someone had better be STRONG in preventing the current occupant of the oval office from completing his task of ‘total transformation’ of our country before January 20!

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    • smartwayComment by smartway
      October 20, 2012 @ 9:32 am

      BHO thrives on lies, on distorting real facts. For example,
      he repeated incorrect claims that ExxonMobil receives what he termed “corporate welfare.”
      I believe ExxonMobil receives no special treatment in the U.S. tax code. What BHO often calls subsidies for “Big Oil” are legitimate tax provisions that apply to virtually all American manufacturers & producers.
      Go here to learn more about BHO=>
      Please send this web site to everybody in your Address Book.

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  22. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    October 19, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    With this man in the White House I praise God every day that I didn’t pursue a career as a foreign diplomat for the US as I thought to do when I got out of college. When your boss doesn’t have your back you don’t have a chance. I pray for the people in the diplomatic corps who seem to be considered pawns in some big chess game…they are considered expendable.

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  23. pypypypyComment by pypypypy
    October 20, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    I feel that I need to post these comments here…

    Voters BEWARE!

    According to Mr Morris, there will be an October Surprise. Apparently, BO is on the verge of signing an agreement with the Ayatollahs to stop uranium enrichment for relax sanctions!

    I think BO will most probably bragged about it during Monday night’s debate or he will make it a major press conference 1 wk before the election.

    I dont trust BO ( just take a look at his ME policy of appeasement and apologies) and I certainly do not trust the Iranians will keep their word and they are trying to influence our election! Dont let them do this to us! Ask yourself why are the Ayatollahs doing this??? Why? and you will have your answer!

    I find the timing of this highly agreement highly suspicious. Just take a look at the Benghazi coverup and lies. I hope voters will see through this!

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  24. robertmcdonnelComment by robertmcdonnel
    October 20, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    What do you expect from a Alqida Ally in the oval office.

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    October 27, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

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