Obama in the Hot Seat Over Embassy Attacks

He faces questions over intelligence lapses and the death of the ambassador to Libya


President Barack Obama had a presidential moment Wednesday in responding to the attacks in Libya that killed four Americans. He delivered—but the benefits of power also come with real responsibilities he'll have to live up to before November.

Obama stood in the Rose Garden, flanked by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, vowing to hunt down those responsible. Now comes sorting through the carnage of Benghazi, answering tough questions about the intelligence and security lapses that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens – and the larger problem of grappling with a sputtering Morsi regime in Cairo dependent on U.S. aid, still incapable of protecting Americans in the country.