There were mixed messages from aides to Barack Obama this morning on the Sunday talk shows.
On the one hand, political adviser David Plouffe, who works at the White House, defended America's U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, for her handling of the terrorist attack in Libya. But on the other hand, David Axelrod, a top Obama political adviser stationed at the campaign headquarters in Chicago, threw Ambassador Rice under the bus. Watch here:
On Meet the Press, the moderator asked Plouffe, "Why didn't the president come out and call this exactly what it was: an act of terror on the anniversary of 9/11?"
Plouffe responded, “Well, this is an event of great interest, obviously, to the public, to the news media. Information was being provided in real-time. Obviously, you're going to know more two weeks after an event than a week after an event. And as Ambassador Rice was-- that was the information from the intelligence community. It was the same information provided for Congress. The reason obviously we now have stipulated this is a terrorist attack is that came from the intelligence agencies. So as information has become available, as this investigation has continued, we're obviously making that information known.”
And on CNN, when the host asked a similar question, Axelrod said, “Well, first of all, Candy, as you know, the President called it an act of terror the day after it happened, But when you're the responsible party, when you're the administration and you have a responsibility to act on what you know and what the intelligence community believes. This is being thoroughly investigated because we need to bring to justice.”
Both version can't be true.