Glen Doherty's Mom Says ‘It’s Sad’ Son's Death Politicized

President Barack Obama said, "There are going to be bumps in the road because...in a lot of these places, the one organizing principle has been Islam."

President Barack Obama made an appearance on 60 Minutes Sunday night commenting on issues in the Middle East.

"I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy, universal rights, a notion that people have to be able to participate in their own governance," Obama said. "But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because, you know, in a lot of these places, the one organizing principle has been Islam."

Although Obama was not specifically speaking about the attack in Libya that killed Winchester native Glen Doherty, 42, his mother told the Boston Herald it is “very sad” that her son’s death was being used as political theater.

Barbara Doherty said she agreed with Obama’s controversial assessment that the latest round of deadly troubles in the region constitute “bumps in the road,” and people like her son are making a difference every day.

She said they are making progress, but it's slow and can't happen overnight, according to the Boston Herald.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told ABC News that he couldn’t “imagine saying something like the assassination of ambassadors is a bump in the road.”

Do you agree with Obama's comment or think it was inappropriate? Tell us in the comments below.

Doherty was working in Libya as a private security contractor. He was one of the four people killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday, Sept. 11 along with U.S. Ambassador John Christopher Stevens, Navy SEAL and 20-year military veteran Tyrone Woods and American diplomat Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information management officer.

Members of the Winchester community supported the Doherty family by lining the procession route before his funeral at the St. Eulalia Church.

Check Winchester Patch's coverage of Doherty below:

  • Winchester Native Killed in Libya Attack
  • Libya Attack Victim's Family Asks for Privacy
  • Community Mourns Glen Doherty
  • Funeral Set for Glen Doherty
  • Flags Line Streets Near Doherty's Mom
  • PHOTOS: Winchester Honors Glen Doherty

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dusty cronin October 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I do think President Obama's "bump in the road" comment was inappropriate. And even more so as facts come out that these men were left to their own devices after requesting support from the administration. That's a serious problem with the Dept. of State and on up to the top.


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