Obama: Republican criticism of Rice 'outrageous'
November 14th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: Republican criticism of Rice 'outrageous'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called out Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain for their "outrageous" comments saying they would block U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice if she is nominated for secretary of state.

"If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after someone they should go after me," Obama said at a White House news conference on Wednesday. "When they go after the U.N. ambassador apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a problem with me."


Filed under: John McCain • Lindsey Graham • President Obama • Susan Rice
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  1. just sayin

    Hillary Clinton: security denied

    Ambasador Stevens and 3 other brave Americans: massacred at the hands of terrorists

    Obama: lied, lied, lied and continues to lie, lie lie.

    LSM: participates in the cover up and spin.

    Our country is nearing its death when the truth falls victim to the political needs of the party in power and the "free press" participates in the cover up because they support that party.

    November 14, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. CBP

    Neither man seems to understand that the election is over. IF they are jockeying for positions in the GOP then they need to do so away form the spotlight because the time for trying to blame one person for foreign policy problems is over. IT is now the time to work together to improve our policies. In order to do so they need to cooperate with folks on the other side. We need to go beyond the blame game and find out what went wrong and fix it. It is not necessary for heads to roll.

    They do not know the whole story so they need to stop talking about it. Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham are not helping anyone except those who perpetrated the "riots" right now. The Ambassador did not want to have a fortress. He wanted people to see that he trusted them and they should trust him. Let his death produce some positive results and not more bickering here in the states.

    November 14, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Low key

    Repulicans are upset the lost they just can't believe it. How un American You Need To Respect your president.

    November 14, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. HapHak

    It's about time Obama slapped McCain and Graham.

    November 14, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. it must be said

    Methinks the presdient doth protest too much

    faux outrage to mask his guilt. far too predictable and played far too often by obama.

    November 14, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Go Mr. President!

    One is still angry about his loss in 2008 and the other is just a racist pure and simple.

    Nothing good can come of this for the republicans, and they would be better off conducing this investigation with dignity and respect for the good of the country.

    November 14, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. rs

    So much for Republicans "reaching across the aisle". They're back to just being the party of No! Idiots. They meanwhile have the absolute gaul to then wonder aloud why they aren't consulted, or complain about the partisanship in Washington.

    November 14, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. rs

    it must be said-
    Guilt for what? The Republicans being utter incompetents?!

    November 14, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Energizer Bunny

    So, McCain is still upset he never got to tell anyone where Bin Laden was hiding out? And is still throwing a hissy fit because Obama showed him up? Awfully immature of McCain. And others.

    November 14, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. rs

    just sayin-
    For Pete's sake man, grow up!

    November 14, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Facts don't Lie

    I seem to recall when an earlier president trotted out Gen Colin Powell to tell the American people what turned out to be a falsehood (one he says he regrets to this very day) about Iraq that led to the death of not just 4 American but THOUSANDS. As usual those on the right seem to have either selective memory or just short term memory.

    November 14, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. CBP

    President Obama has never denied that he is the person responsible and that the buck stops with him. Sen. Graham and Sen. McCain need to take some time off and take some time to think about what they want to do. Either they want us to become a stronger country and want us to be welcomed around the world or they want to continue to hear themselves talk. You can not do both and we need people who will work together and who will look at the errors that were made and try to find answers so that the mistakes are not made again. If they cannot do that then they need to resign their positions. The time for cooperation has come and every politician needs to be ready to work TOGETHER.

    November 14, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Sorry Charlie

    Obama is going to hit a brick wall with a Rice nomination, the only thing he will be able to do is a recess appointment. Now the middle east, we will see how deep he is in bed with brotherhood shortly.

    November 14, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Bass

    Obama should give the nation the full details on who instructed Rice and why she was told to blatantly lie on five morning programs. For anything other than that I plan to send a check to Graham and McCain, whichever one will block Rice's nomination. She is either ethically challenged or inept. I am sure Obama in true slimy Chicago fashion will put her in a position that does not require Senate approval.

    November 14, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. rs

    it must be said-
    Ever hear of the war in Iraq? Did Bush & Co. ever get held accountable? Wake up!

    November 14, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Jerubbaal

    @just saying

    What really is outrageous is your lack of basic english composition. What really is outrageous are the faux news talking points. What really is outrageous is the fact that your poutrage does not extend to 9/11, the Iraq War and the nonexistant WMD's, the 11 embassy attacks under dubya and darth cheney, so please pull up them big girl pink panties and stop being such a drama queen with all the hissy fits.

    November 14, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Energizer Bunny

    "As usual those on the right seem to have either selective memory or just short term memory."

    We should all feel sorry for them. Such ignorance as they've displayed these past few weeks is appalling on so many levels. Surely they can't help themselves? To be so woefully ignorant on so many levels is too spectacular to grasp otherwise.

    November 14, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. Sorry Charlie

    Richard M Obama will not be able to nominate anyone soon.

    November 14, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Gregory M, Newbold

    I`ll say what the President won`t or can`t [politically] The attack on Susan Rice by McCain and Grham is borders on being COWARDLY. This is not because she is a woman but rather because in her role, she`s hard pressed to fight back directly.

    As she did was use the intelligence report provided by CIA to convey the BEST AVAILABLE INFORMATION at the time to the public and they said so at that time She didn`t call the shots regarding Bengazi [even if fault is found with its handling]. This is a political character assasination attempt by these Republicans that obviously have some AXE TO GRIND against Ms. Rice.

    I have found her to be a smart, sharp woman who, I perhaps wouldn`t put "out front" role like Sec of State but that is Mr. Obama`s call. these GOP`ers seem intent on torpedoing her for some reason. Her comments on Sunday morning talk shows don`t support McCain or Grahams agenda. I expected more from them.

    November 14, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. vic , nashville ,tn

    We didn’t forget how G.W.Bush start the war with Iraq and how Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. John McCain defend that war

    November 14, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mr. President we all told you we had your back during the campaign, we've got your back now so go ahead and give John McCain and Graham a knockout. I know it's coming, they just don't see it.

    November 14, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Mony

    @vplus : ...Has historical Amenesia become the latest virus affecting the GOP? Double standars are not a choice Senator Graham! Remember 2005 Condoleezza. Rice, and her central role in the false information of "Sadan Hussein developing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq"? It was a massive intelligence failure fabricated to support and justify a war, Nevertheless, she was elected Secretary of State. We did not see you, or Senator John McCain in national TV promising to block Condi. Rice nomination, on the contrary Senator McCain defended her nomination against all evidence.
    Do you really think American people lack the ability to think and articulate historical memory? Think again! Many of us are not willing to subject ourselves to a brain wash by your deceiving, false, and biased comments.

    November 14, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. DENNA

    @Jerubbaal: Loved the last line of your post. "just sayin'" is one unhappy goober. He's been all over the place today. Oh well, he'll survive. God Bless America!

    November 14, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. don in albuquerque

    And if you thought the Bagger Party was going to try and move ahead now.........Well maybe not. Come on 2014 so we can vote the rest of the Repugs out. Expect another two years of obstructing, lying, stalling, and fillibusters. They do not know how to govern but they sure know how to play games. Games Up, boys.

    November 14, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    Bush on Osama: "I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him”.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. John McCain defend didn’t say a word

    November 14, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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