The White House stuck up for embattled UN Ambassador Susan Rice Tuesday as members of Congress continued to say they've got questions about her TV appearance after the consulate attack in Libya.
Press Secretary Jay Carney suggested Rice's critics had developed an "obsession'" that he called "misplaced." He said that some have "focused on this for what appear to be political reasons when the issue that matters is what happened to those four Americans and who was responsible and what can we do to make sure it doesn't happen again."
Carney questioned the focus on Rice's appearance, saying it could have been him on the shows that day. "We all relied on information from the intelligence community, which the intelligence community has made clear was based on initial assessments."
He added, "the focus on a Sunday show appearance is entirely misplaced, and it represents less interest I think in what happened in Benghazi, than in political dynamics in Washington."
He said that Rice was chosen to appear on the shows -- which he said have a "vaunted status in Washington" but nothing to do with Benghazi. -- because she's a "principal on the president's foreign policy team."
Carney said her remarks on the shows were "based on the best assessments of our intelligence community at the time" and "included caveats that those assessments would evolve as more information was collected."
He wouldn't comment on whether Rice is being considered for outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's job, but repeated Obama's remarks at a recent press conference that she's "enormously qualified for the position she holds and for a variety of positions in the foreign policy field if the president were to decide to nominate her for another position."