McCain was on Fox News this afternoon when he made the claim, railing once more against the administration’s handling of the attack’s aftermath. “What we don’t know is what he did in the intervening hours between then and when he left for Las Vegas,” McCain told host Neil Cavuto, continuing a right-wing meme that has speculated that the President went to sleep during the attack.
McCain then compared the administration’s actions in Benghazi to those during and after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden as evidence of the cover-up he has long alleged:
McCAIN: Now, we’ve got dramatic pictures of everybody watching the raid that took out bin Laden. Right? We don’t have any pictures, we don’t have depiction of what the president was doing while the lives of four brave Americans were being taken in this what is clearly a terrorist attack by an Al Qaeda affiliated organization.
Watch McCain’s statements here:
The problem with that statement, however, is that the White House did release a photo from the night of the attack in Benghazi. On the White House’s Flickr account, you can see the photo taken by White House photographer Pete Souza clearly labeled “September 11, 2012.” In the photo, then-Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough can be seen briefing Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on the situation in the Middle East:
This isn’t even close to the first time that McCain has fumbled the facts on Benghazi to score political points against Obama. The Arizona Republican led the smear campaign against U.S. Ambassador the U.N. Susan Rice last October over the administration’s response to the attacks.