Statement Analysis in bold type. It is not the first time she has taken the fall for the White House.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton played the good soldier yesterday, trying to take the heat off her boss by saying she’s to blame for last month’s deadly attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya .
“I take responsibility” for what happened on Sept. 11, Clinton told CNN.
“I’m in charge of the State Department’s 60,000-plus people all over the world [at] 275 posts.
“The president and the vice president wouldn’t be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They’re the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision.”
Note verb tense, "wouldn't be" is not to say they "did not" have knowledge
But in 2008, then Senator Clinton criticized then Senator Obama during the Democratic primary seizing on comments Obama had made about being a President who would inspire and provide a vision for the country and not make sure "everything's running on time."
"Being President means being both CEO and COO of one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world," Clinton said.
"I know that we can get on top of this, but it's going to require strong presidential leadership — it's going to require a President who knows from day one you have to run a government and manage the economy," Hillary Clinton added, using the flailing economy to hit Obama. "The buck stops in the Oval Office."