Susan Rice, Obama’s rumored first pick for national security advisor

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The Obama mouthpiece who went on five Sunday talk shows and spun a false tale about an anti-Muslim video being responsible for the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is reportedly the president’s first choice to become national security advisor.

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, would not have to face Senate confirmation hearings because the position is a presidential appointment.

The Washington Post reported:

Rice has emerged as far and away the front-runner to succeed Thomas E. Donilon as President Obama’s national security adviser later this year, according to an administration official familiar with the president’s thinking. The job would place her at the nexus of foreign-policy decision making and allow her to rival the influence of Secretary of State John F. Kerry in shaping the president’s foreign policy.

Obama considered Rice for secretary of state, but Republican opposition over her repeating false talking points about Benghazi was so fierce, Rice was forced to withdraw her name from consideration, according to the newspaper.

“Democratic lawmakers said they believe the controversy over Benghazi has largely subsided,” the Post added.

However, U.S. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham and other “conservative critics suggested the stain of the Benghazi remarks — in which Rice suggested the attack appeared to have grown out of a ‘spontaneous’ protest over an ­anti-Muslim video — endures,” the article said.

Rice is not known for being the nicest or easiest person to work with, either, according to the Post, which noted that Rice is well aware of the criticism:

“People have called me brusque, aggressive, abrasive,” she joked at the U.N. correspondents ball. “Of course, they don’t say that to my face, because they know I’d kick their butts.”

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