President Obama may have decided to appear on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday morning for the first time since pushing for health care reform in Sept. 2009 in order to close the deal on the fiscal cliff, but the big news coming out of the interview was about Libya.
The President indicated U.S. intelligence officials have "very good leads" about who carried out the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, back in September.
"With respect to who carried it out, that's an ongoing investigation," Obama said. "The F.B.I. has sent individuals to Libya repeatedly. We have some very good leads, but this is not something that I'm going to be at liberty to talk about right now."
Obama also defended U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who was forced to withdraw her consideration to become the next Secretary of State after Republicans relentlessly went on the offensive over her TV appearances in the days following the attack.
"She appeared on a number of television shows reporting what she and we understood to be the best information at the time," Obama said. "This was a politically motivated attack on her. I mean, of all the people in my national security team, she probably had the least to do with anything that happened in Benghazi."