Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Monday speculated that President Barack Obama had been using a product called the Ostrich Pillow to sleep while four Americans were killed in Libya last year.
In an interview with Gohmert, Fox News morning shot host Steve Doocy wondered if a 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign advertisement accusing Obama of not being ready to take an emergency “3 AM” phone call had come true because the president had not taken any calls on the night the consulate was attacked in Benghazi.
“They had a briefing at 5 o’clock in the afternoon about what was going on and then, as Secretary [of Defense Leon] Panetta said, there was no other contact,” Gohmert explained. “It was made very clear in testimony, there were no other phone calls either way. We had people out there dying — and people that he committed there, that he sent there — and there were no phone calls either way. It’s absolutely incredible.”
“Steve, how many times have you told people, ‘Look, I’m going to stay up, you call me when you get there because I want to make sure you’re alright’? I mean, nothing like that,” the congressman continued. “It’s just incredible.”
“Maybe they were using the Ostrich Pillow. I don’t know, but something worked to allow them to sleep.”
Gohmert added that the president probably needed the extra sleep because he had a campaign appearance in Las Vegas the next day and “I’m sure he wanted to look good for that, for heaven’s sake.”
Earlier in the hour, Fox & Friends had done a segment the Ostrich Pillow, a sleep aid that covers the head similar to the false myth that ostriches bury their heads in the head in the sand when they are threatened.
Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Feb. 18, 2013.
[Editor's note: A link to the Ostrich Pillow website has been updated. The report had originally linked to a counterfeit website.]