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Krauthammer: Obama "Playing President" During Sandy, But Not For Benghazi

"Well, he says he's not concerned about the impact on the elections," syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said about Obama and Hurricane Sandy on Monday's broadcast of "Special Report" on FOX News. "I'm sure he's very sincere on that. It is a little odd that he shows up in the briefing room, where he hasn't shown up in the briefing room for about, what, a month and a half? On Libya, or for everything else for that matter. Then you get the photo-ops of him in the Situation Room deploying, I guess, the utility crews who will restore power all over America. Whereas you would think he might want to use the Situation Room and had convene high level people during the nine hours our people were under attack in Benghazi."

"It's hard to look at this, playing the president, playing the Commander in Chief in what's a natural disaster that really doesn't a lot of leadership from the White House," Krauthammer said. "It's up to the Governors mostly. The White House and the Governors release money, that's about all that they do. And he's really good at releasing money and pretending it's not about politics. He wants to use this to show himself in command and I think he might actually be the beneficiary of the fact that all national attention is drawn away for three days. Romney clearly had the momentum, it slowed down but it was still heading in his direction. It's not clear what happens when the country sort of wakes up out of this in three days and restarts attention on the campaign, whether the momentum will be gone or not. I mean, that's an open question."

"I think Charles is a little too hard on Obama. Frankly, it's huge progress that he didn't blame this hurricane on a video," Jonah Goldberg, fellow "Special Report" panelist, joked.

"Or on George Bush," Krauthammer shot back.

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