On May 1, 2011, the president announced that the United States had killed Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaida. This created the impression that he had achieved victory over the forces that launched the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which killed 3,000 people.
The administration could now ditch its responsibility for national defense and concentrate on redistributing Americans' income instead.
This didn't play well. It was Navy Seals who risked their lives to accomplish that mission - only to have the administration make them targets themselves. The president released photos of himself sitting in a situation room watching the action.
Members of Seal Team Six were later killed when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.
Fast forward to September 2012.
With Obama's election looming, a group linked to al-Qaida attacked a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, and killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens, former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and computer expert Sean Smith, an Air Force veteran.
Americans at that facility had begged for better security, which was denied them.
Now they desperately called for help. The administration provided none.
Soon after, the administration trotted out Susan Rice with the story line that the attack was a spontaneous demonstration in response to an offensive YouTube video. The administration is being asked to explain that account of the attack.
Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, questioned by members of a House committee, expressed annoyance with questions about the story line: