Here's where the President screwed up. He should have told Stewart that the killing of four Americans during a terrorist attack was a freaking disaster. An unmitigated failure. In fairness to the President, Steward used the word "optimal" first, but our President agreed with him. And that is telling in so many ways. First, that the President would not correct Stewart, but would use language that minimizes the impact of the attack. Second, that he would tell Stewart that
""And you know whatever else I have done throughout the course of my presidency, one thing that I've been absolutely clear about is America's security comes first and the American people need to know exactly how I make decisions when it comes to war, peace, national security and protecting Americans. And they will continue to get that over the next four years of my presidency.Except, Mr. President, your administration for almost fourteen days tried to make it look like a spontaneous demonstration gone wrong. We know how you make decisions, Mr. President and we don't like it.