Skip to comments.White House doesn’t dispute my report on skipped meetings--Marc A. Thiessen
Posted on 09/11/2012 10:46:16 AM PDT by Ooh-Ah
The Politico headline reporting on the Obama administrations reaction to my column yesterday exposing the fact that President Obama has skipped more than half of his daily intelligence meetings since taking office reads White House disputes report on intel briefs. For its part, CNN reports that The president's spokesman disputed a Washington Post item that suggested the commander-in-chief has not attended the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) "more than half the time."
No, he didnt. In fact, no one in the Obama administration has disputed my report on the presidents record on attending his daily intelligence meeting. No administration official has said that the numbers I reported are wrong or that the president does in fact attend his daily intelligence meeting on a daily basis.
What the administration did say is that, while I might be right, it doesnt matter. Heres National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor in Politico:
The President is among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet. He receives and reads his [Presidential Daily Brief] every day, and most days when hes at the White House receives a briefing in person.
Translation: Obama is so smart and so sophisticated that he does not need a briefer. ...
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
“Translation: Obama is so smart and so sophisticated that he does not need a briefer. ...”
Poor li’l’ ol’ Hussein.
Can’t be right for being wrong.... said he wasn’t going to be dragged into a boxer vs. brief question.
FU Hussein, as always!
You can’t collapse a country if your hands are on the steering wheel. Obama’s disengagement is part of his strategy to allow the house of cards to fall.
...GAI analysis of President Obamas calendar found that the president has spent just 412 hours in economic meetings of any kind throughout his presidency versus the over 600 hours hes spent golfing.
Its revealing that Mr. Carney did not dispute the Government Accountability Institutes actual numbers, said Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer in an interview with Breitbart News. Thats probably because our findings are drawn directly from the White Houses own calendar.
The study found the following:
The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, examined President Obamas schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent falling to just over 38 percent.
The President of the United States gets the presidential daily briefing every day. He always reads it, every day, because hes a voracious consumer of all of his briefing material.
Likewise, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor fired back the following response to Politico via email:
The President is among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor wrote in an e-mail. He receives and reads his [Presidential Daily Brief] every day, and most days when hes at the White House receives a briefing in person. When necessary he probes the arguments, requests more information or seeks alternate analysis. Sometimes thats via a written assessment and other times its in person.
Carney also used the reports findings to take a swipe at former President George W. Bush:
I believe if you compare our foreign policy record with the one that proceeded this one, were comfortable with that comparison, he said at the White Houses daily press briefing. This president is very much steeped in the details of national security issues.
This isnt the first time a Government Accountability Institute study has caused controversy. In July, a GAI analysis of President Obamas calendar found that the president has spent just 412 hours in economic meetings of any kind throughout his presidency versus the over 600 hours hes spent golfing.
"The numbers are the numbers," says Peter Schweizer. "We just investigate the facts and report them. Citizens will interpret what they mean for themselves."
THAT'S GONNA LEAVE A MARK
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