"It was amazing to me to see a president of the United States try to say, after we lost our ambassador and three other Americans in a terrorist attack, 'I've taken a tough stand. We're gonna get to the bottom of this.' Well, he should have thought about that when the ambassador and the State Dept. representatives were saying we need more security here in Benghazi. We think this is a dangerous situation," he said.
In question was a speech the president made in the Rose Garden at the White House following the attack. Some analysts believe the president may have implied that he believed the attacks were the result of pre-meditated terrorism.
"The country is only as strong as the character of our people...who represent us around the globe," said Obama. "No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for."
Many others, including candidate Mitt Romney and Gov. Bryant, have pointed out that Obama did not concede the events that led to the deaths of Stevens and the others, were terrorist attacks until 14 days had passed. Media many times over recorded Obama's assertion that the attacks were a spontaneous event, brought about as a violent reaction to a YouTube movie that was said to denegrate Islam.
Moderator Candy Crowley backtracked during the debate after jumping in and correcting Romney, eventually acknowledging Romney was correct that Obama did not specifically call the Libyan attacks acts of terrorism.
Bryant was unhappy with Crowley's actions.
"Now he (Obama) had Candy Crowley on his side. If you remember when Mitt Romney said the president wouldn't admit this was an act of terrorists, Candy Crowley corrected him. She said 'Oh no, Gov. Romney. He did do that.' Well, the fact is that he made so vague a reference to terror attacks, but then went on for weeks saying this was a response to a video. Now for candy Crowley to interrupt a debate and correct the governor was shameful."
Bryant said he believes Romney had command during the debate.
Obama's Rose Garden speech on Sept. 12.