The father of one of the Navy SEALs killed in the September attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya says that President Barack Obama did not seem sorry when he met him at the ceremony in which the bodies of the four slain Americans were returned to the United States. Vice President Joe Biden, he says, also made a disrespectful joke about his son.
Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, described meeting Obama and Biden at Andrews Air Force Base to Glenn Beck on the conservative commentator's program Thursday night.
"His face was pointed towards me but he would not look me in the eye," Woods says of meeting Obama. "I could tell he was not sorry. He had no remorse."
(An undated photo of Tyrone Woods.)
When Beck suggested that perhaps the president was struggling with how to talk to someone who just lost a son, Woods said he had another story to tell that showed the White House wasn't sorry.
Woods says Biden started his address to the grieving families that day by saying that he, too, had "received one of these damn phone calls," referring to the car crash that killed Biden's first wife and first daughter.
"An hour later, he came over and approached me," Woods told Beck. "And in an extremely loud and boisterous voice, [he asked,] 'Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?'"
Woods asked Beck: "Are these the words of someone who is really sorry?"
The father says that while he initially declined to speak publicly about the loss of his son, he decided to call Beck after hearing reports alleging that the White House watched the Libya attack in real time and declined to help.
That allegation surfaced after the public release of E-mails that were sent to the State Department Operations Center during the attack, some of which showed a known terrorist group claiming credit for the attack immediately afterward. The White House has said those E-mails were not an official intelligence assessment, and do not contradict what officials knew at that time.
But Woods says he does not believe the White House.
"My son's life was sacrificed because of the White House's decision," he told Beck.
The father also criticizes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who he says told him at Andrews Air Force Base that she would ensure the person who made the film "The Innocence of Muslims" would be arrested and prosecuted. The anti-Islamic film was initially blamed for sparking the protests at the consulate, but is now believed to have played a far lesser — if not negligible — role.
"She had to know she was not telling the truth," Woods said.
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