This is the only part Real Dave needs to know:<quoted text>By Guy Taylor-The Washington Times Thursday, February 7, 2013
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey (right) testify Feb. 7, 2013, on Capitol Hill before the United States Committee on Armed Services to answer questions on the Department of Defense response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
Leon E. Panetta
United States Senate Committee On Armed Services
Mr. Panetta said he and Mr. Obama, along with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, discussed the attack for 15 minutes in the Oval Office the afternoon of Sept. 11, and also covered an anti-American protest that had broken out that day at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
Testifying to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mr. Panetta said the president told them to “do whatever you need to do to be able to protect our people there,” though when it came to specifics the president “left it up to us.”
Republicans said they were dismayed that the Defense Department’s top officials and Mr. Obama didn’t speak again over the next six hours, during which two attacks claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
“Did he ask you how long it would take to deploy assets, including armed aviation, to the area?” asked Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican.
“No,” answered Mr. Panetta.
“He didn’t ask you what ability you had in the area and what we could do?” Ms. Ayotte asked.
“No,” Mr. Panetta responded again.“I mean, he relied on both myself … and Gen. Dempsey’s capabilities. He knows generally what we have deployed to the region; we’ve presented that to him in other briefings.”
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"Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday revealed he personally broke the news to President Obama that the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was under attack last year — but he and the president didn’t speak the rest of the night as the assault on the compound unfolded."
I watched Panetta's testimony and heard him say it myself.
When pointedly asked again if the president called him at any time during the night of 9/11/2012 to get an update, Panetta looked like he was under a lot of duress and said, "No."