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President Not-Present: Obama does not attend the meetings of his national security team
Pajamas Media ^ | 03/04/2014 | Tom Blumer

Posted on 03/04/2014 8:35:24 AM PST by SeekAndFind

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We now know — even the Associated Press, better described as the Administration’s Press [1], has now acknowledged it — that President Barack Obama, in AP’s words [2], “did not participate” in a White House meeting of his national security team Saturday morning “to get updates on the situation and discuss policy options” in reaction to Russia’s invasion and takeover [3] of Crimea and threatened military intervention in the rest of Ukraine. Those who need help getting past AP’s whitewashing need to understand that “did not participate” means “did not attend.”

Last time I checked, the president of the United States was the nation’s commander in chief [4], the person who is supposed to be primarily responsible for the nation’s security and well-being in its relations with the rest of the world. He happens to live in the same White House where the national security meeting was held. PJ Media’s Bridget Johnson has noted [5] that Obama “had no public events on his schedule.”

What Obama apparently chose to miss was not a “3 a.m. phone call [6].” It was a daytime meeting at his own residence. It concerned a country whose guarantee of security, embodied in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, [7] was confirmed by Obama himself [8] in December 2009.

Congress and the American people should demand to know exactly what could possibly have been more important than Obama’s attendance at that meeting. We all know that if a President Romney or George W. Bush had acted similarly, the press would already be demanding an answer for us, and quite properly so. Instead, we get the AP’s aforementioned indifference.

It gets worse. Obama was briefed after the fact [9] by a “national security team” led by none other than Susan Rice.

Five days after the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, which took the lives of U.S. Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, Rice went on the Sunday talk shows to claim that an anti-Muslim video inspired the “spontaneous – not premeditated [10]” attack. Just last week, in the face of overwhelming, irrefutable evidence [11] to the contrary, she contended [12] that “the notion that somehow I or anybody else in the administration misled the American people is patently false.”

Six months after it became obvious that the Senate would not confirm her [13] as the country’s next secretary of State, Obama rewarded Rice by elevating her [14] to her current perch as national security adviser. So the president’s chief informant has every reason to tell Obama things which would further his agenda, which may or may not coincide with an agenda consistent with the country’s security.

Is Obama’s real agenda different? There’s ample justification for believing that’s the case. In March 2012, he was caught on an open mic [15] telling then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with contentious U.S.-Russian issues after that year’s presidential election. Perhaps part of that “flexibility” includes pretending to have a problem with a Russian return to de facto control of Ukraine while doing nothing about it. If so, no wonder Obama was a no-show on Saturday morning. Why bother coming downstairs to sit in on a meeting about something when the result is already a foregone conclusion? Maybe his 90-minute Saturday afternoon phone call with Russian President Vladimir was really a plea: “Slow down, guy, you’re going so fast that it’s making me look bad.”

Obama may also be porting his patented habit of disclaiming responsibility for anything negative that happens in his administration from stateside matters to international affairs.

He has said that he only learned of the IRS’s acknowledged [16] targeting of tea party [17], conservative [18], ballot box integrity [19] and prolife [20] groups in press accounts “while watching the news [21].” That’s a highly suspect copout, because [22] “the Office of the White House Counsel and its head, Kathryn Ruemmler, were told … that ‘a small number of line IRS employees had improperly scrutinized certain … organizations.’” Ruemmler had a clear professional duty to inform Obama of these developments. If she didn’t, and Obama was initially as upset about the scandal as he claimed to be [23] (now he says that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption [24]” at the IRS), why is she still on the job [25]? The more plausible explanation is that Ruemmler did inform Obama, and that he’s really okay with the IRS’s conduct — except for the getting caught part.

He was supposedly as surprised as everyone else at HealthCare.gov’s disastrous rollout, despite gigantic but ignored red flags [26] at Kathleen Sebelius’s Health and Human Services Department, and despite Sebelius’s “active White House presence [27] in the months leading up to the botched rollout,” because [28] “I don’t write code.”

Obama has adopted reducing income inequality as a personal crusade, even as it has worsened [29] since he took office though after holding steady [30] during George W. Bush’s administration. Judgment-impaired energy-loan debacles are just “bad luck [31].” Record Federal Reserve-funded [32] budget deficits occur because the Republican House won’t pass even more tax increases [33]. It’s the same song and dance with the deadly Fast and Furious scandal, the NSA’s spying on Americans, and Attorney General Eric Holder’s pursuit of journalists as criminals.

Obama’s passive posture and his gutting of the military [34] appear designed to remove the U.S. from having any meaningful role in world affairs. The overwhelmingly likely deterioration in worldwide democratic conditions would then be something he would say he was powerless to reverse.

Along with Russia, the Taliban [35], al-Qaeda [36], and the Chinese [37] appear to be quite pleased at this. The American public should be extremely alarmed.

URL to article: http://pjmedia.com/blog/president-not-present/

URLs in this post:

[1] the Administration’s Press: http://pjmedia.com/blog/the-administrations-press/

[2] in AP’s words: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_UNITED_STATES_RUSSIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

[3] invasion and takeover: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/world/europe/ukraine.html?hp&_r=0

[4] commander in chief: https://www.senate.gov/civics/constitution_item/constitution.htm#a2_sec2

[5] has noted: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/03/01/obama-misses-national-security-meeting-on-russian-invasion-of-ukraine/

[6] 3 a.m. phone call: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yr7odFUARg

[7] the 1994 Budapest Memorandum,: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ukraine._Memorandum_on_Security_Assurances

[8] by Obama himself: http://zik.ua/en/news/2009/12/04/207367

[9] briefed after the fact: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-skips-national-security-team-meeting-russia-ukraine_783659.html

[10] spontaneous – not premeditated: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/ambassador-susan-rice-libya-attack-not-premeditated/

[11] overwhelming, irrefutable evidence: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2539034/Top-secret-Benghazi-documents-prove-Obama-administration-knew-terrorist-attack-minutes.html

[12] contended: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/23/us-libya-usa-rice-idUSBREA1M0ZJ20140223

[13] would not confirm her: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/susan-rice-withdraws-as-candidate-for-secretary-of-state/2012/12/13/17ad344e-4567-11e2-8e70-e1993528222d_story.html

[14] elevating her: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/05/susan-rice-to-replace-donilon-as-national-security-adviser/

[15] caught on an open mic: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/26/us-nuclear-summit-obama-medvedev-idUSBRE82P0JI20120326

[16] acknowledged: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/17/report-irs-staff-acutely-aware-tea-party-antipathy/?page=all

[17] tea party: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/12/IRS-Targets-Tea-Party-and-Conservative-Non-Profits-for-Audit

[18] conservative: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303426304579401513939340666?mg=reno64-wsj

[19] ballot box integrity: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/02/07/true-the-vote-president-catherine-engelbrecht-slams-irs-abuse-weaponizing-of-government-n1791240

[20] prolife: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/01/documents-irs-targeting-of-pro-life-groups-continues/

[21] while watching the news: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2327008/Aide-President-Obama-learned-IRS-scandal-watching-news.html

[22] because: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/20/theres-no-way-obama-is-telling-the-truth-about-when-he-learned-of-the-irs-scandal/

[23] he claimed to be: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2013/05/15/angry-obama-says-irs-chief-resigned-other-heads-may-roll/

[24] not even a smidgen of corruption: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/02/transcript-bill-oreilly-interviews-president-obama/

[25] still on the job: http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2013/12/ruemmler-delays-departure-as-white-house-counsel.html

[26] gigantic but ignored red flags: https://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2013/October/Experts-Saw-Red-Flags-Ahead-of-Obamacare-Rollout/

[27] active White House presence: http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/02/15/18-visits-sebelius-what-did-president-obama-know-and-when-did-he-known-it-botched

[28] because: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-id-fix-healthcaregov-myself-but-i-dont-write-code/

[29] has worsened: http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/bobbeauprez/2014/01/27/inequality-worsens-under-obama-reaches-historic-high-n1785150/page/full

[30] holding steady: http://alineofsight.com/IBD%201-27-14%20Income%20Gap.jpg

[31] bad luck: http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Green-Economics/2011/0926/Solyndra-bankruptcy-what-went-wrong

[32] Federal Reserve-funded: http://www.cnbc.com/id/49180320

[33] more tax increases: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/02/21/5589189/obamas-latest-budget-drops-social.html

[34] gutting of the military: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/02/what_gutting_the_us_military_means.html

[35] Taliban: http://www.firstpost.com/topic/place/afghanistan-a-look-inside-taliban-run-madrasa-training-next-generation-o-video-AUFl39lgVZo-31-7.html

[36] al-Qaeda: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/al-qaeda-is-morphing-not-on-the-run-intel-chiefs-say/

[37] Chinese: http://realtruth.org/articles/131213-002.html


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: nationalsecurity; obama; securitybriefings

1 posted on 03/04/2014 8:35:24 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

And we re-elected this @**hole.


2 posted on 03/04/2014 8:37:41 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

so Obama can claim he knew nothing about it , what ever it was/is


3 posted on 03/04/2014 8:37:47 AM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: molson209

He was also nowhere to be found when the Benghazi attack occurred.


4 posted on 03/04/2014 8:39:37 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

So... where was he at that time?


5 posted on 03/04/2014 8:39:57 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: skeeter
And we re-elected this @**hole.

"What do you mean "we" Kemosabe?"

6 posted on 03/04/2014 8:40:51 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: Mr. K

RE: So... where was he at that time?

Playing with Reggie Love, I guess.


7 posted on 03/04/2014 8:42:07 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Broken record time, but imagine GWB pulling something like this. The “journalists” would go insane.


8 posted on 03/04/2014 8:42:53 AM PST by dainbramaged
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
The collective 'we'.

How humiliating.

9 posted on 03/04/2014 8:43:51 AM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Not I, said the cat.


10 posted on 03/04/2014 8:43:58 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I have always thought that the last election of obammy was a fraud……….but that’s just me.


11 posted on 03/04/2014 8:47:05 AM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess Rush Limbaugh was wrong years ago when he was referring to Obama as “the least qualified in every room he enters”, because he’s too stupid to enter the rooms.


12 posted on 03/04/2014 8:50:00 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not to worry, the Bamster’s on it. He’s on air as we speak throwing $1 billion at the problem to assure full and free elections in the Ukraine. He’ll also be on the phone with “our partners” whoever they are.


13 posted on 03/04/2014 8:50:55 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not to worry. The first woman President of the USA was there
—— Valerie Jarrett.


14 posted on 03/04/2014 8:51:07 AM PST by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go! The Pack will be back in 2014!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I'm sure the "president" was there - Valerie Jarrett was most likely in the room.
15 posted on 03/04/2014 8:53:11 AM PST by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: basil
"...but that’s just me."

No, it's not. It WAS a fraud.

Romney received zero votes in some precincts of Philadelphia? Statistically impossible without outright fraud.

The presidential election of 2008 was a joke. A fraud. Corrupted. The Dems perfected their game that time and they will continue to bastardize each election from now on. The coup d'etat was completed in 2008. Most people are too stupid to see that.

GWB was the last Republican president of The United States. And he will be the last.

16 posted on 03/04/2014 8:54:05 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Commies got it down pat. It’s WHO COUNTS THE VOTES that decides elections.


17 posted on 03/04/2014 8:57:37 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: skeeter
And we re-elected this @**hole.

Well, they put lipstick on the @**hole/issue and called it "ballot box integrity" instead of vote(r) fraud.

18 posted on 03/04/2014 8:58:19 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

That would be okay with me—if we could get a true conservative to run under any name but Republican.


19 posted on 03/04/2014 8:59:32 AM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: basil

More accurately, there will never be another non-Dem, non-Liberal president in this country. It will take a war to change things.


20 posted on 03/04/2014 9:07:46 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, he’s quite busy instructing CNN this morning for instance to put out a headline depicting our military as mentally deranged. That takes attention


21 posted on 03/04/2014 9:20:10 AM PST by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s waiting word from Val first.


22 posted on 03/04/2014 9:29:50 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: skeeter

Not ME... those other freeloading losers did!


23 posted on 03/04/2014 9:51:36 AM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SeekAndFind

Its hard to sit through one of those meetings when you have the attention span of a gnat.


24 posted on 03/04/2014 10:36:08 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: skeeter
And we re-elected this @**hole.

Hey, it was either that or the dog-abusing polygamist who went around shipping jobs to India and giving people cancer.


25 posted on 03/04/2014 11:06:02 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s OK. There’s not a whole lot going on internationally at the moment. I don’t blame him.


26 posted on 03/04/2014 11:08:48 AM PST by thesharkboy (posting without reading the article since 1998)
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To: SeekAndFind
Let's get serious....is there anything useful the Bozo-in-chief could have contributed? Unfortunately, the country is better off when the Big Zero is playing golf as opposed to doing bad things.
27 posted on 03/04/2014 11:18:27 AM PST by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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