President Obama today honored slain ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans killed in this week's attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya.
"Chris Stevens was everything America could want in an ambassador, as the whole country has come to see," Obama said as the bodies of the slain men were returned to the United States.
Noting that Stevens worked in Libya before the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, and helped it forge a new government in the two years since, Obama echoed the Scripture that "teaches us greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
In Benghazi on Tuesday, Stevens "laid down his life for his friends, Libyan and American -- and for us all," the president said.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also spoke a "transfer of remains" ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, saying that Stevens won friends for the United States in far-flung places."