I thought I had become immune to the tirades of columnist Bill Press but every once in a while he reaches a new low in vitriol or callousness. “Obama, Rice got last laugh on Benghazi” (MDJ 6/10) argued that President Obama beat the Republicans by naming Susan Rice National Security Adviser. Press was elated to be present “as President Obama gave a great, big, fat ‘Up Yours!’ to congressional Republicans.”
Only in passing and without words of consolation or condemnation did Press mention the attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. No, Press saved his words of compassion for Rice and his anger for those in Congress who challenged her post-attack statements. Press reserves his wrath not for the perpetrators of the Benghazi attack but for members of Congress who he claims “will live to regret the day they blamed Rice.” Apparently for Press it is not the terrorists who will live to regret their attack on the consulate but rather the Republicans for their “war on women.”
Press claims that Rice will “never forget the unfair “treatment she received.” What about the unfair treatment Ambassador Stevens and the three other received — they were murdered! Does Press think the ambassador’s wife and the families of the other three should be sharing in his “last laugh”?
Should the families share Press’ exuberance at knowing the president, who continues to keep the truth from coming out, has instead given Congress an “up yours”? Are the families to find solace in the fact that Bill Press is elated that President Obama has used a national tragedy to score a political victory over the Congress?
I will never be able to comprehend the depths of Press’ political hatred. He closes his article by stating: “One of the first lessons I learned in politics: Don’t get mad, get even!” It seems Press’ desire to get even is not with the terrorists who killed four Americans but with his political enemies. Press must believe what Hillary Clinton stated before Congress: “What difference does it make now?”