- Obama has lied about his relationship with Jeremiah Wright. Which we've known since 2008.
- Obama can be demagogic. Which we've known since 2004 on a national level, and alert Chicagoans have known since the 1990s.
- Obama says things that people want to hear and tailors the content of his speeches and the cadence of his voice to his audience. Which we've known about every politician for well, ever.
Sorry, it's not news.
Now, this is news:
Within hours of last month's attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, President Barack Obama's administration received about a dozen intelligence reports suggesting militants connected to al Qaeda were involved, three government sources said.
Despite these reports, in public statements and private meetings, top U.S. officials spent nearly two weeks highlighting intelligence suggesting that the attacks were spontaneous protests against an anti-Muslim film, while playing down the involvement of organized militant groups.
It was not until last Friday that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's office issued an unusual public statement, which described how the picture that intelligence agencies presented to U.S. policymakers had "evolved" into an acknowledgement that the attacks were "deliberate and organized" and "carried out by extremists."
The existence of the early reports appears to raise fresh questions about the Obama administration's public messaging about the attack as it seeks to fend off Republican charges that the White House failed to prevent a terrorist strike that left a U.S. ambassador and three others dead.
It raises a lot of questions. I'll be curious to see if any questions get asked tomorrow night in Denver. I'd like to hear the president's explanation.