Obama: Libya assault 'wasn't just mob action'

By Ben Feller

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Sept. 24 2012 3:11 p.m. MDT

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama appear on the ABC Television show “The View” in New York, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, From left are, Barbara Walters, president and first lady, Joy Behar, and Sherri Shepherd.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama says "there's no doubt" that the assault of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador "wasn't just a mob action."

The White House and administration officials have called the attack a terrorist act, though the White House initially said the attack was a spontaneous assault tied to ongoing protests over a video that ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad.

Obama made his remarks during a taping Monday with first lady Michelle Obama of the ABC talk show "The View." The interview, which mixed fluff and policy, will air Tuesday.

Asked if a Mitt Romney presidency would be a disaster, Obama replied that the nation can "survive a lot." He added: "The American people don't want to just survive, we want to thrive."

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