Obama: Libya assault 'wasn't just mob action'
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama appear on the ABC Television show “The View” in New York, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, From left are, Barbara Walters, president and first lady, Joy Behar, and Sherri Shepherd. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday "there's no doubt" that the assault of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador "wasn't just a mob action" but a sign of extremism in nations lacking stability. His words about the Libya killings were his most specific since the White House called it a "terrorist attack" last week.
"What's been interesting, just this past week, there were these massive protests against these extremists militias that are suspected, maybe, of having been involved in this attack," Obama said during the taping of an interview on ABC's talk show program "The View."
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama appear on the ABC Television show “The View” in New York, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The White House initially said the storming of the consulate attack was a spontaneous assault tied to ongoing protests over a video that ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad, but has since broadened its answer to say an investigation will show what ultimately happened.
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama taped the show — a clear pitch to women voters — in New York the day before the president addresses the U.N. General Assembly. The interview, a mix of policy, politics and personal tidbits, will air Tuesday. Obama made a solo appearance on "The View" in July 2010, drawing an estimated 6.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen. The first lady appeared on the show in late May, where she discussed family life and the re-election campaign.