During the show the Democratic president answered questions about his handling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the appearance that the White House and the State Department were not on the same page.
“Every piece of information that we get, as we got it we laid it out to the American people. The picture eventually gets fully filled in,” Obama explained, rejecting claims his administration was “confused” in the wake of the attack.
“We weren’t confused about the fact that four Americans had been killed. I wasn’t confused about the fact that we needed to ramp up diplomatic security around the world right after it happened,” the president said.
He continued: “I wasn’t confused about the fact that we had to investigate exactly what happened so it gets fixed. And I wasn’t confused about the fact that we’re going to hunt down whoever did it.”
As The Washington Post reports, Mr Stewart then suggested that the administration’s response had not been “optimal.”
“Here’s what I’ll say. When four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal. We’re going to fix it. All of it,” Obama said. “The government is a big operation and any given time something screws up. And you make sure that you find out what’s broken and you fix it.”
“Whatever else I have done throughout the course of my presidency the one thing that I’ve been absolutely clear about is that America’s security comes first, and the American people need to know exactly how I make decisions when it comes to war, peace, security, and protecting Americans.”
“And they will continue to get that over the next four years of my presidency,” he suggested.
“The Daily Show” host went on, asking about the security at the consulate and how different parts of the American government communicated to the nation, adding, “even you would admit, it was not the optimal response.”
“If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal,” he said. “We’re going to fix it, all of it. And what happens, during the course of a presidency, is that the government is a big operation and any given time something screws up. And you make sure that you find out what’s broken and you fix it.”
In response Obama had promised to close Guantanamo Bay in one year of taking office, but his efforts stalled amid opposition in Congress.
“I still want to close Guantanamo,” he said Thursday. “One of the things we have to do is put a legal architecture in place, and we need Congressional help to do that so that not only am I reined in but any president’s reined in terms of some of the decisions we’re making.”
However, how The Telegraph writes, Stewart made Obama laugh several times, especially when he joked about vice president Joe Biden and whether the official with a Cheshire-cat smile had ever attended a meeting in a wet swimming costume.
“We had to stop that,” Obama jested back, laughing, and confessed: “But I gotta say though he looks pretty good.”