"Ladies and gentlemen, Barack Obama's commitment was reinforced -- not that it need to have been -- by his two relatively recent trips to Israel, when he met with Israeli leaders from across the spectrum -- and you all know it's a very wide spectrum in Israel...."
Why would it be "it need to have been...." not "it needs to have been......"?
So there would need to be "it needed to have been..." or "it needs to have been"?
Is this some sort of subjunctive? I would say it was if it said "and it need not be."