Skip to comments.President Obama and the "Intelligence Brief" Scandal
Posted on 10/11/2012 9:15:42 AM PDT by Kaslin
The last few weeks have produced many intriguing political moments, but none as shocking as the revelation that President Obama has been absent from the vast majority of his daily intelligence briefings.
According to a study by the Government Accountability Institute, Obama failed to attend a single Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) in the week leading up to the recent anniversary of 9/11 and the chaos that erupted in the Arab world. The mere fact that we were approaching 9/11 was a crucial enough reason to attend not one but all the briefings. President Obama attended none.
Worse, this is apparently nothing new. Obama attended only 43.8 percent of his Daily Briefs in the first 1,225 days of his administration. For this year, he attended a little over a third.
This is stunning, and theres no excuse for it.
Washington Post columnist, Marc Thiessen, who worked for President George W. Bush, pressed NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor for an explanation. Thiessen reported:
Vietor did not dispute the numbers, but said the fact that the president, during a time of war, does not attend his daily intelligence meeting on a daily basis is not particularly interesting or useful. He says that the president reads his PDB every day, and he disagreed with the suggestion that there is any difference whatsoever between simply reading the briefing book and having an interactive discussion of its contents with top national security and intelligence officials where the president can probe assumptions and ask questions. I actually dont agree at all, Vietor told me in an e-mail. The president gets the information he needs from the intelligence community each day.
Thats simply the White House covering for the president.
Similarly, White House spokesman Jay Carney dismissed the PDB charge as hilarious. No, no, said Carney, the president gets it every day. By it, Carney was apparently talking about the intelligence briefing papers, not the actual meetings.
Pro-Obama journalists happily accepted Carneys explanation. CNN posted Carneys comments under a photo of a pensive Obama sitting at an intelligence briefing.
Sorry, but, once again, theres no excuse for this, especially in the post-9/11 world. George W. Bush not only didnt miss the PDB but actually expanded it to six meetings per week.
Consider, too, the case of Ronald Reagan, who liberals, ironically, portrayed as an uninformed idiot who didnt pay attention in meetings or read anything.
Reagan, in fact, attended the daily intelligence briefing. I could lay this out at length, but here Ill offer just two Reagan sources, both still living, who can speak to this:
One source is Herb Meyer, special assistant to CIA director Bill Casey in the 1980s. Meyer told me: Of course Reagan attended all those daily briefings. And after the briefers returned to CIA headquarters, Bill [Casey] would meet with them just to be sure the president (and Haig & Weinberger) got answers to whatever questions they may have had. In short, it was a veryveryserious business.
Another source is Bill Clark. Clark was Ronald Reagans right-hand man in foreign policy. As his biographer, I know Clark well. He is 80 years old and lives in California. Clark told me this about Reagan and the PDB:
Bill Casey would, by courier, send the Presidents Daily Brief each morning at about 5:00 a.m. to our war room downstairs in our [National] Security Council . It would be delivered to the president in his residence before he came over [by 7:00 a.m.] . Hed write questions all over the margins about things that werent clear in the briefing. And, of course, the agency [CIA] would come down with further explanations.
Clark recalls how Reagan craved that regular morning update. He would read it and then they would meet. Reagan ate up these briefings. He asked questions of his advisers. He probed for ideas. Reagan attended the briefings and used them as presidents should.
When Reagan finished his presidency, after two terms, genuine freedom and democracy were surging all over the communist world.
As for President Obama, if hes in the process of finishing his presidency, after one term, hes facing a surge of radical Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East. Can any of that be blamed on Obamas failure to attend these routine briefings? Maybe, maybe not, but it certainly cant help.
In fact, as Marc Theissen and the Government Accountability Institute have noted in follow-up stories, Obama is now suddenly attending his daily briefing. Thats no doubt a response to political criticism. But could it beon the heels of the eruptions in Libya and Egypt, which Obama initially blamed not on pre-meditated terrorism but a videothat maybe President Obama feels like he might have been missing something?
Dare I call this “BriefGate?”
He doesn’t attend the meetings indicates he doesn’t care about what is happening
How many of the briefings has Hillary missed?
But but...I’ll be racisss if I say Obama is lazy....well ok...
OBAMA IS LAZY
WE HAVE A SLACKER PRESIDENT
BO HAS SKATED HIS WAY THRU LIFE BECUZ HE THINKS HE WAS BORN TO BE A KING
If Olazybum is actually not black, but a Saudi Arab, then is it still racisss?
Losing the election may be the best thing that can happen to Obama. This cover goes to the highest levels. Obama’s immediate finger-pointing toward that silly movie trailer is quite similar to Bill Clinton walking around ground zero a few days after 9/11 stating, “I tried my hardest to get bin Laden, etc.” Both men knew they were responsible and immediately went into CYA mode.
What I’d like to know now is, after the attack who FIRST mentioned blaming it on the video? Who decided to create this meme that the video was responsible? I think the White House had a long night that night, trying to get their story straight.
Monica Lewinsky was in all of President Clinton’s briefs.
We’ve put a jug-eared, dissembling dilettante into the highest office in the land. It’s time to sweep him OUT.
Obama is now **suddenly** attending his daily briefing.
To little to late,it’s par for him.
Any one who wears a ring that says “Allah ...” , and knows of the Islamist habits to commerorate anniversaries , and denies the significance of 9/11, and doesn’t show up for confidential briefings, doesn’t deserve THE office of prominance.
One word comes to mind : INCOMPETENT !!
“the Presidents Daily Brief each morning at about 5:00 a.m. to our war room downstairs in our [National] Security Council
. It would be delivered to the president in his residence before he came over [by 7:00 a.m.]”
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Obama’s schedule start before 10am.
It proves to me the guy is a puppet. He’s sent out in public to read from a teleprompter and with the media on his side he doesn’t have to worry about what he says without one.
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