President Defends Susan Rice, Handling of Benghazi

And yet more awkward


President Barack Obama offered a fiery defense Wednesday of his administration's handling of the attack on Americans in Benghazi, challenging Republican critics to question him and not his ambassador to the United Nations.

He specifically rebutted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who earlier Wednesday called for a "Watergate-style" investigation into the attacks and said they don't trust Rice because of her statements.

"If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me," Obama said in the East Room of the White House during his first news conference since winning re-election, referring to Susan Rice, who is seen as a top contender for secretary of State.