Skip to comments.Obama’s Intelligence Brief Scandal
Posted on 10/13/2012 5:16:04 PM PDT by Kenny
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?
Great point that I’m sure Romney will hammer Obama with on Tuesday.
Not stunning at all. This president wants to destroy America as we know it.
Hope Governor Romney gets good mileage out of this.
What I fear is that as a "parting gift" he has planted the seeds of multiple devastating terror attacks to occur all over our country starting Jan 21, 2013.
While he basks his skinny ass in hawaii on his 35million dollar mansion
In person security briefings have a certain “pucker factor” that you don’t get by mearly reading. I don’t think Obie has the guts to sit through them.
Obama only does what Obama likes, and what doesn’t bore him. Practicing for the debate bored him; now what has been seen by millions cannot be unseen. He can “practice” now; but a day late and a dollar short.
Hell no....He's trying to figure out how he is going to pay for his Hawaiian vacation.
Maybe Michelle and the girls will have to stay home
Why would it occur to 0bama that his Arab Spring pals would cause him any trouble? Besides, there are many ways to deflect blame.
obama “outsourced” it.
"And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go."
-- Clint Eastwood 2012
Of course Reagan, Bush and other lesser mortals had to attend the daily intelligence briefings. Our current ruler finds this all unnecessary because he knows everything they could possibly tell him. He is so intelligent. Have you not seen the crease in his pants? How valuable is the intelligence he receives anyhow? Has anyone informed James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, that we have lost an ambassador. We know (thanks to John Brennan) that he does not watch television “24 hours a day.” Clapper also apparently avoids daily briefings, as demonstrated by his response to a question by Diane Sawyer. When Sawyer asked him, London. How serious is it? Any implications that it was coming here? he responded “London?” What a stupid question. London is a city. It is probably as serious as any other city. I think it is unlikely that it will move to the United States, although there was a song about one of its bridges moving to Arizona.
Did Valerie Jarrett attend the briefings?
Like Biden said they wee never told about the need for security, well of course they were not, thanks Biden , now if you and your boss actually went to these intel security briefings and actualy did your hob ten you woudl have been told.
To think there are dopes still out there who woudl vote for these lazy immature layabouts
To think there are dopes still out there who would vote for these lazy immature layabouts
You’re just jealous.
Tell me of any other Kenyan who made it all the way to the WH and Congress just stood there picking their noses.
From now on, a POTUS will not have to be a natural born citizen — Bambi never was.
This is all important but the real nuclear issue is the Darden obamacare stuff. That is devastating for the kenyan. His own supporter cutting employee hours to comply with obamacare rules.
That will hit home to all those who have struggled with employers who limited them to part time hours.
Obamacare is hitting hard right now with news of employers making plans for next year. Also many people filing taxes next week being are being told they face a HUGE tax increase for next year.
People are finally waking up and the polls show it.
I have had these same thoughts for awhile now. I remember Michelle saying something to the effect that whenever Barack would express something negative about the job, she would tell him, "Well, it's what you signed up for!". I think he realized from the start that it was ALL over his "pay grade" and he finally was in something so over his head he could not bluff and BS his way through it. It was way more work than he bargained for and I don't doubt for a minute that he relishes the idea that he just might be able to coast the rest of his life writing the odd book, giving prewritten speeches off his beloved teleprompter and playing golf and basketball whenever he wanted to, with a hefty "retirement" benefit and lifetime healthcare with a team of Secret Service protection to boot, sooner rather than later!
As for his planned "surprise" to get even with America, I actually believe he is too much of a coward to risk a prison sentence and loss of prestige and freebies to go through with it. He is, after all, a narcissist, and it is all about him - a subject he will milk for the rest of his life.
JUSTICE FOR AMERICA..WITH JUDGE JANINE P.
ONE OF THE MOST INFORMATIVE SHOWS TELLING US WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY..
for those who missed this show watch for the repeat, and I think it is repeated on Sunday at nine p.m. and I know it is football Sunday, but Americans need to view this show.
Here’s the approach I’d take with it if I were Romney:
If, as the President says, he receives all the information he needed from the PDB and feels attending the meeting itself is unnecessary then why did his attendance at those meetings suddenly spike after the attacks in Benghazi on 9/11?
Either he was receiving all the information he needed beforehand without attending or he was not and is now covering up. The fact that he’s now attending them means he believes he wasn’t receiving the information he needed to.
Did his non-attendance lead directly to the success of the attack in Benghazi? Hard to say. What we do know for sure is that he cannot claim he did “everything in his power” to prevent that attack. Even he doesn’t believe that - as evidenced by his new-found interest in the attending the morning intelligence briefing.
Fast and Furious got broomed by the media but Benghazi has split open like a rotting corpse at the worst possible time for Obama.
i thought Col. MacInerney was going to stroke out!
obamma has to be one of the laziest presidents we have ever had.
Obama does not attend to ensure he has “plausible deniability” in his own mind. He intends to do nothing to thwart the efforts of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda and does not want to have to “act” responsibly in front intelligence and military professionals.
The campaign needs to take up the slogan - He won’t defend our borders at home, why would he defend embassy borders abroad.
“Obama intelligence” oxymoron
Apparently none of the major news are reporting this.
A google news search of Obama Intelligence Brief only return a couple of MomAndPop websites.
I’ll bet you a dollar that the reason His Majesty doesn’t attend these briefings is because he doesn’t like hearing advice from people he perceives as underlings. It’s clear to me that Obama is extremely proud & haughty, and thinks he already knows whatever he needs to know. The experience of having people square off to him in the briefings and say, “You know, Mr. President, we really need to address this particular issue...” must really be the sand in his grits! So he avoids it by getting the written briefings instead ... which of course are not nearly so useful.
I'd be willing to bet it's because he can't handle the truth... especially coming from people who have seen more, faced more danger, and accomplished more before they were 30 years old than he could possibly dream of.
He doesn't see those kind of people as underlings. He fears them! He knows they are the Alpha dogs, and he knows damn well he's a Beta. They make him pee on the floor.
“Obama intelligence oxymoron”
Surprised they’re not trying to tell us that Hussein is so intelligent that these daily intelligence meetings are beneath him.
Has Carney said this is “preposterous” yet?
Did Carney get his advice from Biden? Americans were tortured and murdered and this moron thinks it's funny.
No, but I think he said “malarkey”.
“What I fear is that as a “parting gift”
He put as much socialism in place as FDR did, and we are still seeing how all that played out. And the stuff LBJ gave us has not come, fully, to fruition.
He signed many bills (like the affordable healthcare act) that we won’t truly see the impact of for decades.
“Did Valerie Jarrett attend the briefings?”
The born in Iran Jarrett? Was Huma Abedin there too?
“...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?”
Nope. Picture Jim Carrey saying the line “It’s shoooowwwtime!”
Thanks! Will look for the re-air.
The Marxist scumbags ran from terrorism and decided to piss on the 1st Amendment as a diversion.
Path to 9-11-12.
“What I fear is that as a “parting gift” he has planted the seeds of multiple devastating terror attacks to occur all over our country starting Jan 21, 2013.”
I’ve thought of the same thing...
Just as 9/11 happened 8 months after W. was in office. Obviously, that terrorist attack was many years in the making and W. was blamed for it.
Right, but he can practice with a singing instructor for hours a day to sing two lines of an Al Green song that made the media swoon like a pack of hormonal teenagers at a Davy Jones concert.
Valerie Jarrett looks like some Reptilian half-breed straight out of Star Trek. The other one looks like she’s missing her head scarf.
“’This is stunning, and theres no excuse for it.’
Not stunning at all. This president wants to destroy America as we know it.”
Now just a cotton pickin’ minit here. He already knows everything, so why does he need to attend briefings, you racist, you./s
I honestly don’t think it makes a difference at all whether he is there or not. I think all of this is way over his head anyhow. Not sure if I want him making foreign policy decisions like this for our country, among other decisions that deal with our country. I think he is just a figure head and someone else is calling the shots.
Obama came IN with Hasan and KNOWS the Enemy.
Protects the Enemy. Defends the Enemy.
Helps the Enemy. Destroys the American people for the Enemy.
Obama does not need Intelligence Briefings.
He represents the Enemies of the US Constitution,
foreign and domestic.
“. . . that you dont get by mearly reading. . .”
I don’t assume he reads them. Getting them and reading them are two different things. 9th grade boys in school have to be quizzed on materiel they’d been given. Getting and reading are quite different. Ob operates on their level, as far as I can tell.
“Maybe Michelle and the girls will have to stay home”
Oh, yeah, Michelle does what Bumby tell her to do. I’ll bet she hates the White House.
There, fixed it