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"Not optimal"

Obama Benghazi Response "Not Optimal"
In an appearance on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" yesterday, President Obama told Jon Stewart that the response to the Sept. 11 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya was "not optimal." "If four Americans get killed it is not optimal," the president said. "And we are going to fix it, all of it. And what happens during the course of a presidency, you know the government is a big operation at any given time, something screws up and you make sure you find out what's broken and you fix it." Pat Smith, the mother of an American diplomat killed during the terrorist raid on the U.S. consulate, called out the president telling the MailOnlinethat, "My son is not very optimal - he is also very dead. How can you say somebody being killed is not very optimal? I don't think the President has the right idea of the English language," said Smith.

In a campaign visit to Fairfax, Virginia this morning, Obama came up with a new attack line, accusing Mitt Romney of conveniently changing his position on a number of issues in order to look more moderate to voters on Election Day; the President called it "Romnesia." "He's changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping -- we've got to name this condition that he's going through. I think it's called 'Romnesia'" Obama said to a small audience. "What a joke. This is the sign of a desperate campaign," said Sean. "Remember what Obama said in 2008? If you don't have any ideas to run on then you try to make up things about the other person. If you don't have any fresh ideas, then you try to use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you have to paint your opponent as someone you have to run from." THIS sure sounds like Obama's 2012 campaign strategy.

Obama/Romney Share Laughs Before Last Debate Battle
Obama and Romney squeezed a comedy break in before Monday night's final debate in Florida, drawing laughs at the Alfred Smith charity diner in New York City. The two traded jabs about the deficit, alleged bias in the press, Romney's wealth and Big Bird at the diner organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York to benefit needy children. Romney took a swipe at Obama's overseeing of the swelling national deficit, saying, "The president's remarks are brought to you by the letter O and the number 16 trillion." Obama even referred to his first, lackluster debate performance, joking, "I particularly want to apologize to Chris Matthews," Obama said. "Four years ago gave him a thrill up his leg, this time I gave him a stroke." Sean felt the charity event highlighted several qualities about Romney that are frequently ignored by the left wing mainstream media. "Not only did people see he was serious, smart, had good ideas, not this guy that they had pa inted him into a corner to be, but also self deprecating, funny, somebody that was probably pretty relatable." To watch some highlights from the charity dinner and Sean's reaction, please click here.

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Dick Morris

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