During an appearance in Iowa on Tuesday, presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a funny story about how he once wandered into a private Christmas party in the mistaken belief that it was a block party. The story took an unexpectedly somber turn – and became visibly difficult for Romney to finish relating – when he revealed that one of the people he met at that party was Glen Doherty, one of the former Navy SEALs murdered alongside U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi on September 11.
A campaign spokesman told CNN that “Romney only recently learned for certain that Doherty was the same man he had met at a party in La Jolla, California.”
Romney’s description of how Doherty raced into harms’ way to protect the Benghazi consulate is a detail that has not been widely reported. It’s not surprising to anyone familiar with the SEALs. Maybe we’d have known about it sooner, if Barack Obama hadn’t spent the first couple of weeks after the attack trying to convince America that it was a spontaneous movie protest that spiraled unexpectedly out of control.