Appearing on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Stewart asked why the White House and State Department offered conflicting reports about the attack.
“We weren’t confused about the fact that four Americans had been killed,” Obama said, according to the Washington Post.
“I wasn’t confused about the fact that we needed to ramp up diplomatic security around the world right after it happened. I wasn’t confused about the fact that we had to investigate exactly what happened so it gets fixed. And I wasn’t confused about the fact that we’re going to hunt down whoever did it.”
Militants attacked a U.S. consulate in Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three staff members.
Early response from U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said protests against an anti-Islam film spiralled out of control and led to the ransacking of the consulate.
That explanation later gave way to suggestions is was a planned terrorist attack.
Stewart said it wasn’t an “optimal response.”
“Here is what I will say, if four Americans get killed it is not optimal,” Obama said, according to CBS News.
“And we are going to fix it, all of it. And what happens during the course of a presidency, you know the government is a big operation at any given time, something screws up and you make sure you find out what's broken and you fix it.”
It wasn’t all serious, however, and Obama played along with some jokes about Vice President Joe Biden.
“How many times a week does Joe Biden show up in a wet bathing suit?” Stewart asked.
Obama said don’t worry, he’s already written the directive.
“But, I’ve got to say, he looks pretty good,” Obama said.