At tech event, Obama praises U.S. forces for capturing Benghazi suspect
June 17th, 2014
03:16 PM ET
3 months ago

At tech event, Obama praises U.S. forces for capturing Benghazi suspect

Pittsburgh (CNN) - President Barack Obama praised U.S. forces on Tuesday for capturing Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a militia leader alleged to have been a mastermind of the deadly 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

"We are all aware of the tragedy that happened in Benghazi where four Americans, including our ambassador there, Chris Stevens, was killed in an attack on a consulate office there," Obama said in Pittsburgh.

"I said at the time that my absolute commitment was to make sure that we brought to justice those who have been responsible," he added.

He said Abu Khattalah is currently being transported to the United States to face charges. He faces indictment in federal court.

His arrest, Obama said, sends a "message to the world, that when Americans are attacked, no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible and we will bring them to justice. Regardless how long it takes, we will find you. I want to make sure everyone around the world hears that message very clearly. My first solemn duty as President and as commander in chief is to keep the American people safe."

"There are a lot of danger, out there and a lot of challenges. Our diplomats serve with incredible courage and valor in some very difficult situations. They need to know that this country has their back and will always go after anybody who goes after us," he said.

Obama made the remarks at the beginning of an event that highlighted a new plan to align cities, states and the federal government to help entrepreneurs and inventors get their innovations into the marketplace.

He visited TechShop, a chain of member-based workshops, to announce the plan, which the White House said involves mayors and local leaders from 90 cities and towns across the country who have pledged to provide physical locations to spur local inventions.

"If you want to put in some sweat equity you can make it here in America and live out your American dream." the President said.

The TechShop facility visited by Obama is equipped with new generations of 3D printers and prototyping machines that individuals can rent and use on site.

It also has equipment, like laser cutters, tools and design software, that inventors can rent and use on a shared basis. It also offers classes to aspiring inventors.

Obama noted that the smartphone mobile payment accessory "Square" was prototyped and designed at the San Francisco TechShop. He also pulled out his personal Apple iPad, which has a cover that was also designed by an inventor using TechShop equipment.

According to press pool reports, Obama toured a prototyping area with a table-top, open-air 3-D printer. He tried out an injector mold and created a plastic presidential seal cast in an aluminum mold.

Obama told the group of about 80 inventors and entrepreneurs that the federal government is looking at ways to lend excess space and capacity at federal laboratories and facilities to help individuals prototype and model new products.

For example, Obama said, inventors might be able to get access to wind tunnels at NASA during off peak testing hours.

He smiled and looked at the crowd and joked, "Now, I can't rent out the space shuttle to you," And, joked, "I don't want you messing around" with particle colliders. "I want physicists in there doing the work."


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  1. Rudy NYC

    All that I want to know is this. What sort of guns was he carrying? Was he carrying any weapons of the type that the U.S. and its' allies had supplied to Libyan rebels? Anyone remember that secret trip McCain took to Benghazi to demonstrate how desperately the rebels needed to be armed?

    June 17, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    I guess if our President and Hillary had something to hide he wouldn't have gone through the trouble.
    No wait, I'm thinking of the lying right wing teatards! What is the car thief to do now?

    June 17, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Obama GETS RESULTS while the GOP continues to OBSTRUCT and critizise with THEIR GOP propaganda and BS. You GOP TRASH will be looking for new jobs after NOVEMBER. The GOP has NO CREDIBILITY on any DOMESTIC or FOREIGN policy issues. I can't wait to VOTE AGAINEST EVERY GOP on the ballot in November !!!!!!

    June 17, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    I really want to see the radical right explain how Obama is praising the capture of the terrorist leader in an attack that did not have a terrorist component. Hint: Obama called this a terrorist attack within days but the tin foil hats had hands on ears saying "la la la la la la la la la....."

    June 17, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    The first action of a socialist dictator is saying stuff like "If you want to put in some sweat equity you can make it here in America and live out your American dream."

    June 17, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Tony D

    Great! So where is the trial of this terrorist goin gto be held? I hear Chicago is a war zone already so why not have it there? Or maybe Detroit? Nothing left to destroy there, Democrats have wiped it out. Or how about NYC?!! Yeah, the new ding-a-ling Democrat Mayor can handle it right after he's done running those horse drawn carriage sout of the city.

    June 17, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Cue the GOP/TEatrolls with their "it's a distraction" meme, ridiculous criticism, conspiracy theories, pretending it's not important and immediate attempts to turn it into a nontroversy by trying to insert ideological nonsense issues into it. They're already hard at work on it: McConnell is demanding that the guy not be read his rights and Graham is using it as a launch pad to criticize the Obama administration's "interrogation policy."

    Yes, you read that correctly...they both are setting up the GOP/Teatrolls for arguing that it's "failure" if Obama doesn't waterboard this guy.

    June 17, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Obama said abu Khattalah is currently being transported to the United States."

    Oh. We got the bad guy (and it wasn't Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama)? Fancy that.

    June 17, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    In fact, news of the capture was instantly followed by this stream of garbage from the RWNJs:

    "“You have a former Secretary of State who is in the middle of a high profile book tour, I think this is convenient for her to shift the talking points to some of the things she has been discussing," Kennedy said on Fox's "Outnumbered"

    ""I think this thing needs to be tied in a bow for certain individuals to have a clean break from an incident that have become and will continue to be a scandal and an anchor around a certain individuals neck who may want to run for president," (Kennedy on Faux again)

    "Fox News' "Happening Now" host Jon Scott criticized the administration for taking so long to bring a suspect who was "out sitting in sidewalk cafes meeting with reporters." (ORLY? then why didn't you just go do it for us instead of relying on our special forces and servicemembers, tough guy?)

    "Allen West ✔ @AllenWest
    Squirrel! #Benghazi suspect conveniently captured to deflect attention from all the other nightmares "

    "Joe Walsh @WalshFreedom
    Glad we nabbed a #Benghazi suspect, but the timing is questionable. Did they let him wander, waiting for the perfect political opportunity?"

    "Isn't it an amazing, timely coincidence here that they have found a militia leader of the Benghazi attack and they've arrested him?...So I guess the video really wasn't to blame. Because the guy that did the video is in jail, he's who knows where anymore. Remember the video made these guys do it, so whoever did this really can't be blamed. They were just incited by this video. But all of a sudden we've got the militia leader...But isn't it fortunate that President Obama get a headline using the US military when he really needs one," -Limbaugh

    "Lindsey Graham ✔ @GrahamBlog
    Holding Khattala on a ship shows the haphazard approach which comes from not having rational detention & interrogation policies. #Benghazi"

    Disgusting.

    June 17, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. bill

    The village idiot sucking more money out of his ignorant sheep.

    June 17, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Great picture of Obama.... he looks as clueless as ever. Now he's wondering just what the heck can he do with this guy. Can't bring him to Gitmo. Nope. Maybe we can trade him back to Al Quada for a herd of goats? Yeah, problem solved.

    June 17, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. smith

    Glad to hear this guy has been captured and the US team finally takes down Ghana. Dual victories for the good ol` US of A.

    June 17, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    You just can't make this ish up.......

    June 17, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Chris-E...al

    Another Very politically motivated planned move at the expense of of the families of our 4 dead americans that are still begging for answers but being stonewalled as they continue to grieve over the graves not knowing the truth and not expecting it for that matter they said it and we know it . How much lower can a dem go ? If they can i dont want to kn0w .

    June 17, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Tommy G

    Rudy NYC
    All that I want to know is this. What sort of guns was he carrying? Was he carrying any weapons of the type that the U.S. and its' allies had supplied to Libyan rebels? Anyone remember that secret trip McCain took to Benghazi to demonstrate how desperately the rebels needed to be armed?
    -–

    You're losing it Rudy. They know exactly what kind of weapons he was carrying because they have it all on video from the cameras on site. Please try to keep up.

    June 17, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    So the GOP is saying don't blame the terrorists blame Obama. SICK

    June 17, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    The GOP right wing morons will still critize the president FORDOING TZhE RIGHT THZiNG , while the GOP party of stupid SITS ON THE SIDE LINES parroting their FOX COMEDY CHANNEL TALKING POINTS that only their BRAIN DEAD GOP supporters believe. You EILL PAY for all your political SABATAGE in November AND I CANT WAIT. It will make your MITTENS and CANTOR LOSS look like ROMNEY all over AGAIN. GOP, BE VERY AFRAID!!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Sniffit 3:41

    Too funny ... if only (these fools would be called to task publicly for their absolute BS filled hypocrisy).

    Going to take a break: too disgusting to digest at this time. Thanks for your post, though.

    June 17, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    " They need to know that this country has their back and will always go after anybody who goes after us."
    -------------------------–
    Yes sir Mr. President. And we don't leave Americans behind.

    June 17, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Chris-E...al

    This man they caught is maybe just a fall guy to smooth the waters from the never ending democrat storms that seems to come with ever breeze ? If the video lie didnt work lets try this for Clinton catch my drift ?

    June 17, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Hillary Clinton: Butcher of Benghazi

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House
    " They need to know that this country has their back and will always go after anybody who goes after us."
    ---------–
    Yes sir Mr. President. And we don't leave Americans behind.
    ---

    Yes, we know in the case of Benghazi, they had no problem waiting until all the killing and shooting was over before sending anybody there so they could collect the dead and wounded.

    June 17, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Too funny ... if only (these fools would be called to task publicly for their absolute BS filled hypocrisy)."

    Speaking of taking them to task...hopefully this will make you feel a little better when you get back:

    ""It doesn't matter what your ideology is, you should feel good about this. There’s no conspiracy here, this is actual news. But the reaction of some of the Republicans, I’ve been told, is to downplay and insult the brave men and women of our special forces and the FBI. They’re trying to say, oh, it’s no big deal. I wonder if the men and women who captured the terrorist agree. But the Republicans said it's no big deal. Even in these days of polarization, created by the obstruction, the delay, and diversion of the Republicans, even in these days of polarization, their reaction is shocking and disgusting. They’re so obsessed with criticism, criticizing anything President Obama does. They’ll go so far as to sit here and insult the men and women in uniform and in law enforcement. They should stop and think, just for a little bit, about what it’s like to put your life on the line and to do something for our country - that’s what they did. They’re insulting these good men and women who did some courageous things, heroic things, in order to criticize President Obama. I think they’ve lost touch with reality; it’s really pathetic, there’s no other word for it." – Harry Reid

    June 17, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Chris-E...al

    Really what to believe at this point after so many halftruths and lies ? Who would want to work with and be apart of the dim way ?

    June 17, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    All DEMS and indes, vote in November and TRASH these GOP BAFOONS, then they can stay home and watch the FOX DOPE CHANNEL ALL DAY with their moron GOP supporters!!!!!like DONNA!!!!!

    June 17, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Doug in NYC

    So let me get this straight, Benghazi is now a distraction from......Benghazi???

    Can someone please clue me in on the conservative thought process? No never mind don't, I prefer to keep my sanity.

    June 17, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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