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Monday, September 10, 2012

If Obama is Skipping His Intelligence Briefings And His Economic Briefings What The Heck Does He Do?

Mark Thiessen has an interesting Op Ed in the WAPO today. Apparently Barack Obama isn't a big fan of attending the daily intelligence briefings designed to give the Commander-in-Chief the latest scoop regarding what is happening in the world.   It turns out that more than half the time, the commander in chief does not attend his daily intelligence meeting. Granted he gets the report and claims to read it judiciously every day, but most of the time he skips the opportunity to probe, ask, questions and consult.

The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, examined President Obama’s 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. By contrast, Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush almost never missed his daily intelligence meeting.
Think about this for a moment.  The Muslim Brotherhood has taken over Egypt, we are fighting a war with the Taliban in Afghanistan, Iran is building nukes, Syria is in the middle of a civil war, Russia is moving in on our area of influence and for the last year and a half Barack Obama has gone to less than four out of every ten intelligence briefings. And we are supposed to feel secure in his leadership?
According to former officials who have detailed knowledge of the PDB process, having the daily meeting — and not just reading the briefing book — is enormously important both for the president and those who prepare the brief. For the president, the meeting is an opportunity to ask questions of the briefers, probe assumptions and request additional information. For those preparing the brief, meeting with the president on a daily basis gives them vital, direct feedback from the commander in chief about what is on his mind, how they can be more responsive to his needs, and what information he may have to feed back into the intelligence process. This process cannot be replicated on paper.
While the Bush records are not yet available electronically for analysis, officials tell me the former president held his intelligence meeting six days a week, no exceptions — usually with the vice president, the White House chief of staff, the national security adviser, the director of National Intelligence, or their deputies, and CIA briefers in attendance. Once a week, he held an expanded Homeland Security briefing that included the Homeland Security adviser, the FBI director and other homeland security officials. Bush also did more than 100 hour-long “deep dives” in which he invited intelligence analysts into the Oval Office to get their unvarnished and sometimes differing views. Such meetings deepened the president’s understanding of the issues and helped analysts better understand the problems with which he was wrestling.
Does this president believe he is so brilliant he does not need to understand the major international problems this country is facing? Then again we also know that Obama didn't received his daily economic briefing from April 2011 though at least July 24 2012.

If he only attends 38% of his Intelligence briefings and 0% of his economic briefings, allow me to ask just what in the hell is he doing with his time? Folks this isn't even leading from behind, this President is AWOL.


Unknown said...

He has been very busy campaigning and/or entertaining celebrities!

RebeccaH said...

He golfs. He fund raises. He makes pretty speeches (make that one speech multiple times).

That's what he does with his time.

Meagan said...

Wrong, and bad facts on the part of the "journalist."
Obama is doing what Clinton did -- he's not wasting time by making everyone go to meetings.
Instead, he's reading reports, emailing back and forth, and asking relevant questions, the same as every President before him, except for George W. Bush.
Bush decided it was too hard to read so much information, so everyone had to attend meetings and spell everything out for him.
Obama went back to the way it's worked for decades, for Presidents who can read and understand information. He's not attending briefings because he doesn't need them. The only President to require them was George W. Bush.

C5H11ONO said...

Biden is the one that golfs, religiously, every Friday. He is flown by helicopter. It costs taxpayers millions for his sport.

Obama, vacations - to the tune of $57 million to taxpayers, and yet he wants us not to vacation in Vegas. I guess so, since he expects us to pay for his vacations.

He is saving us taxpayers the cost of having to pay for his security cabinet to show up at the White House every day. Maybe if he did attend a meeting every now and again, he would know that when speaking the following:

"When I meet with world leaders, what's striking -- whether it's in Europe or here in Asia..." -he would have known he was actually in Hawaii (North America not Asia).

And when speaking:
"The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries." -- he was in Tampa, Fla not the Middle East. Jan. 28, 2010

In my opinion, keeping this man in power is wasting too many tax payers dollars, which we need to get the country back on track.