Matt Drudge has never been subtle in arranging headlines to tell the meta-story, and the attack in Benghazi by Libyan terrorists that saw three Americans murdered and several more injured is no different. He cites a LA Times article with the link text OBAMA WENT TO SLEEP NOT KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING THERE, and appears to have been referring to these paragraphs:
A White House official said national security advisor Tom Donilon first briefed the president on the violence in Benghazi on Tuesday afternoon, at the top of a weekly meeting with the Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.
The president was updated throughout the evening, and notified late Tuesday that Stevens was unaccounted for. Obama learned Wednesday that Stevens was confirmed dead Wednesday morning, the official said.
Frankly, if this was the text when Drudge linked the article, it does not directly support his contention. One can infer than Obama went to sleep while the Ambassador was missing since he was sufficiently well-rested for a day campaigning halfway across the country in Las Vegas, but the connection isn’t explicit.
It would be very interesting to get clarification from the White House Press Corps on this claim.
Was Barack Obama snoring while his diplomats burned? Was being well-rested for a two-day reelection campaign swing so much more important than the lives of those murdered, missing, and injured?
The American people deserve to know.