Pat Smith, the mother of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith who died in the September 11, 2012, attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, appeared before a congressional committee on Thursday investigating the government’s response to that attack.
She insisted that she was repeatedly lied to by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who all immediately blamed the attack on the spontaneous demonstrations arising in response to a YouTube video.
“I was told a few things and they were all lies,” Smith said. “Obama, and Hillary, and Panetta, and Susan [Rice] all came up to me at the casket ceremony — every one of them came up to me, gave me a big hug — and I asked them what happened.”
“And every one of them says, ‘it was the video,’ and we all know that it wasn’t the video,” she continued. “Even at that time, they knew it wasn’t the video.”
“So, they all lied to me,” Smith continued.
“I don’t count,” she added. “People of America don’t count. The only thing that counts is their own selves and their own jobs.”