Confirmed again: Obama missed his 3 a.m. phone call on 9/11/2012. Early Thursday morning during testimony on Capitol Hill, Panetta told Senators he did not speak with President Obama or anybody in the White House the night the terrorist attack was carried out on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, leaving four Americans dead including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
“He knew generally what was deployed out there but as to specifics about time, etc., etc., he left that up to us.”
Panetta argued Obama relied on the Defense Department to work with the State Department on the issue.
Senator Kelly Ayotte asked Panetta if President Obama followed up with him about the status of the attack throughout the night, the answer was no.
Meanwhile, General Dempsey said the State Department never sent a request for military backup before, during or after attack occured.