“If Sen. McCain and Sen. [Lindsey] Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me, and I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous.” - Barack ObamaNote the sleight of hand here, the shift in focus. Nobody's "going after" Rice. What they're trying to do is get to the bottom of the administration's obvious attempt at a smokescreen with the video protest story. Her statement is evidence and must be considered. Whether or not she herself knew for a fact it was false or if she was just repeating what she had been told by others in the administration is a piece of the puzzle.
Obama's Knight in Shining Armor act here is more than just an act of huburis, it is an attempt to change the focus of the line of questioning.
Nobody said the man was stupid.
The media, on the other hand, seems to fall for this "Squirrel!!!!" tactic very easily.