Obama Tells Americans, 'We Leave Nobody Behind'

By Susan Jones | October 31, 2012 | 10:04 AM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - When President Obama said on Tuesday that America leaves nobody behind, he was talking about the storm that devastated the East Coast.

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But in light of the terror attack in Benghazi -- and reports that his administration didn't do enough to defend the Americans who were still fighting for their lives hours after the initial attack -- his remark is resonating on Wednesday.

"This is a tough time for a lot of people -- millions of folks all across the Eastern Seaboard," President Barack Obama said Tuesday when he dropped by the American Red Cross in Washington.

"But America is tougher, and we’re tougher because we pull together.  We leave nobody behind.  We make sure that we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever an American is in need, all of us stand together to make sure that we’re providing the help that's necessary."

The comment about leaving nobody behind came at the very end of his remarks.

Four Americans died in the terror attack on Benghazi, which began at the U.S. consulate and ended about 6 hours later at a "safe"  house about a  mile away.

The dead include U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens; former Navy Seal Tyrone Woods, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghan wars; former Navy Seal Glen Doherty, also a veteran of the Iraq and Afghan wars; and State Department communications specialist Sean Smith, an Air Force veteran.

As CNSNews.com reported, the White House is not saying when exactly President Barack Obama first learned of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, nor is it saying whom exactly Obama ordered to make sure our personnel in Benghazi were secured.

President Obama went to the Red Cross Tuesday to emphasize public safety -- and to "talk about the extraordinary hardship" resulting from the superstorm.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who have lost loved ones.  Unfortunately, there have been fatalities as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy, and it’s not clear that we’ve counted up all the fatalities at this point.  And obviously, this is something that is heartbreaking for the entire nation.  And we certainly feel profoundly for all the families whose lives have been upended and are going to be going through some very tough times over the next several days and perhaps several weeks and months.

"The most important message I have for them is that America is with you.  We are standing behind you, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet."