Debate: Did Obama Call Embassy Attack 'An Act Of Terror' On Sept. 12?

Craig Bannister | October 16, 2012 | 10:56pm EDT
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Pres. Obama and Gov. Romney had a heated dispute about whether or not Pres. Obama referred to the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya as "an act of terror" in his Rose Garden remarks the day after the attack. Here's what Obama actually said.

According to the transcript posted by the White House on, here's what Obama actually said in his Sept. 12, 2012 speech:

"Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks.  We mourned with the families who were lost on that day.  I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed.  And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.

"As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it.  Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.

"No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.  Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.  We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act.  And make no mistake, justice will be done."

Thus, after commemorating American deaths in "9/11" and "Iraq and Afghanistan," Obama did utter the words "act of terror" - saying that such acts will not "shake" America - but, did not specify that the attack on the U.S. embassy was such an attack.

Read Pres. Obama's full remarks here.

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