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U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice meets with President Barack Obama during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Nov. 28, 2012. Rice met with the Republican representatives on Wednesday in an attempt to smooth over the festering dispute about the deadly attack on the American diplomatic mission in Libya and clear a roadblock to her nomination as Secretary of State.

Doug Mills, New York Times

Obama calls embattled ambassador 'extraordinary'

  • Associated Press
  • November 28, 2012 - 5:50 PM

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is hailing U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as "extraordinary" as she continues to face scrutiny over her initial comments about the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

Surrounded Wednesday by his Cabinet members — including Rice — Obama said he could not be prouder of the job she has done on behalf of the United States at the United Nations. His comments came in response to a reporter's question about whether Rice was getting fair treatment on Capitol Hill.

Cabinet members joined Obama in applause.

Some Senate Republicans have said they would hold up Rice's confirmation if Obama nominates her to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Some lawmakers fault Rice's early explanation of the September attack that killed four Americans.

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