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Sen. Graham mentioned during Obama press conference

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Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at an Upstate event. (File/FOX Carolina) Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at an Upstate event. (File/FOX Carolina)
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During a press conference at the White House on Tuesday, President Barack Obama fielded various questions including one in reference to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Obama was asked by CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin, "Lindsey Graham, who is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, has said that Benghazi and Boston are both examples of the U.S. going backwards on national security. Is he right and did our intelligence miss something?"

In reply, Obama said, "No, Mr. Graham is not right on this issue, although I'm sure it generated some headlines."

The president went on to say the FBI investigated the older Boston bombing suspect but did not find any signs that he was "engaging in extremist activity."

Graham's office almost immediately sent out the senator's reply to the president's statement saying, "With all due respect Mr. President, Benghazi and Boston are compelling examples of how our national security systems have deteriorated on your watch."

Graham cited issues in both the Benghazi and Boston attacks that things could have been prevented.

"If Benghazi is not an example of system failure before, during and after the attack what would be?" Graham said. "If Boston is not an example of a pre-9/11 stove-piping mentality what would be?"

Obama said James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, is investigating the Boston attack to see what happened and if there is something that can be done to prevent a potential attack.

"All of this has to be done in the context of our laws, due process, so part of what Director Clapper is doing is to see if we can determine any lessons learned from what happened," Obama said.

Graham also took to Twitter to respond to Obama's comments.

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