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?
That's what good managers do.....
I was friends with our corporation's controller and I remember him once telling me about the CEO. The guy would be in his office by 6:00 a.m. and wouldn't leave until about 8:00 at night, monday thru fridays. He even worked Saturdays and Sundays, and expected his staff to be on hand also.....
Obama is just the opposite, he is clueless on the world and has no managerial skills whatsoever. He relies on info fed him by incompetents and then says go ahead and do it........
He’s just gonna turn on that charming personality we’ve all come to know and love the past 5 years. In other words - he gonna get snotty. (Snotty, snotty, snotty . . )
No one is Ronald Reagan. Wishing won’t fix it; and I ain’t voting for Hussein. - Reagan was attacked relentlessly by leftists in his day and not given credit for who he was until years later. - I repeat, I ain’t voting for Hussein, nor for a third party, only human “dream” candidate who hasn’t a snowball’s chance of getting elected, effectively handing it back to Hussein & Michelle & Joe Schmoe. Mitt and Paul won’t be perfect, Reagan wasn’t, but I’m crawling over broken glass pushing a peanut with my nose to get to the voting booth. I think that’s what Reagan would do. If I’m wrong, I’m sure he will tell me one day; until then I’ve got to live in the real world that is getting worser every day.
As CIC, it’s his JOB to go to those briefings!
He didn’t do his job, and people died!
Do we really want this bozo carrying the football?
BO just doesn’t like to actually work and was probably asleep while these briefings went on. Romney needs to hammer him with this because he simply will not be able to defend himself on this one. He can hammer Romney on the 47% remark and Bain and all the rest, but those issues have nothing to do with life and death of Americans. Romney should easily be able to deflect any childish gotcha remarks from BO with facts like these.
This is no surprise at all. Mr. “The Party Doesn’t Stop Around Here” (he actually said that) is bored with meetings and anything resembling grunt work. He’s been the golden boy for so long that he believes the hype: his mere presence cures all ills. He can’t concentrate on the problems at hand because he’s always thinking about his next party, golf outing, or vacation.
It’s well known that Zero doesn’t get up until 9:00 and he doesn’t have his first meetings until after 10:00 (yes, a solid 4 hours later than the regular civil service).
Sure, O starts his day bright and early at 7:00—California time!
One of the two must ask questions. The other is what’s up between you and Vladimir?