Obama responds to criticism with 'fix it' strategy
Kathleen Hennessey and Christi ParsonsWASHINGTON — At a news conference in a rainy Rose Garden on Thursday, President Obama and the Turkish prime minister had weighty matters to discuss — the bloody civil war in Syria, a disastrous Syrian refugee crisis and Turkey's strained relationship with Israel. But before they got too far into that, Obama had something else to say.
"With the prime minister's permission, I want to make one other point," Obama said, launching into an appeal for Congress to support more money for embassy security — a not-so-subtle reply to Republicans who've pounced on the president's handling of last year's attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
The remark signaled how Obama and his aides have decided to respond to the pounding they have taken in recent days as three controversies have threatened to interfere with his second-term agenda. The White House has tried to showcase Obama as a pragmatic leader taking decisive action, contrasting him with what the president's aides see as a Washington establishment obsessed with scandal.
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"Obama responds to criticism with 'fix it' strategy", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2013. Consulté le 01/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/obama-responds-to-criticism-with-fix-it-strategy