On Sept. 11, 2012, the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and then a nearby "annex" used by the CIA.
At 4:05 p.m. that day, a State Department email informed the White House that the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi was being attacked. At 5:00 p.m. that day, as the attack was unfolding in Benghazi, Obama met with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. The terrorists would eventually kill four Americans in Benghazi. Two of them -- former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty -- were killed seven hours after the State Department first told the White House the attack was underway.
On Sept. 16, 2012, five days after the Benghazi attack, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, said on national television that the attack grew out of a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube.
On Sept. 25, 2012, two weeks after the attack in Benghazi, Obama spoke at length in the U.N. General Assembly about the YouTube video.
On Nov. 6, 2012, Obama was re-elected president of the United States.
On Nov. 9, 2012, CIA Director Petraeus resigned because an FBI investigation discovered he had had an extramarital affair with biographer Broadwell.
At a briefing on Tuesday, Nov. 13, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that no one had informed the president that his CIA director was under investigation until Wednesday -- the day after the presidential election.
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