More on Benghazi here:
On Saturday, retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer told Fox News that according to his sources, President Obama watched the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, from the White House as it took place.
“This was in the middle of the business day in Washington, so everybody at the White House, CIA, Pentagon, everybody was watching this go down,” he said on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”
“According to my sources, yes, [President Obama] was one of those in the White House Situation Room in real-time watching this,” he added.
Col. David Hunt, a Fox News military analyst, said the "entire U.S. government was paying attention," since this was the fourth embassy to have been attacked in a 24-hour period.
But President Obama said Friday that he was "not personally aware" of any requests for additional security.
Per the AP "The State Department’s timeline says the attack itself began at around 9:40 p.m." (presumably local time), which is certainly during the afternoon in Washington.
Obama spoke at the Pentagon 9/11 memorial service that morning, spoke in the Rose Garden the morning of the 12th, and flew to a Vegas campaign event. So he certainly coul dhave been in the Whiye House minding the store that afternoon. I don't recall Obama telling us where he was and what he was doing as the events in Cairo and Benghazi undolded, but I welcome assistance.
His Rose Garden talk included this account of his personal schedule:
Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks. We mourned with the families who were lost on that day. I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed. And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.
About "Last night" - the State Dept says the attack began at 9:40 local time. At 4AM the annex to which people had retreated took precise mortar fire and a decision was made to evacuate the annex. Benghazi is six hours ahead of Washington DC, so the attack began at 3:40 EST (although the militants were marshalling for an hour or so before that) and the annex was struck at 10PM.
Forget about the 3AM phone call - Obama can't even take the 3PM calls. If Obama was not involved in the decision process as events unfolded, why not?