According to a study by the Government Accountability Institute, based on the publicly available White House calendar, Obama failed to attend a single Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) in the week leading up to 9/11 and the chaos that erupted in the Arab world. The mere fact that we were approaching 9/11 was itself a crucial reason for attending not one but all of the briefings. Obama attended none.
Worse, this is apparently nothing new. Obama attended only 43.8 percent of his Presidential Daily Briefs in the first 1,225 days of his administration; that’s less than a majority.
Again, this is shocking, and there’s no excuse for it.
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 don’t agree at all,” Vietor told me in an e-mail. “The president gets the information he needs from the intelligence community each day.”
Thiessen continued: “Vietor also directed me to a [Washington] Post story written this year in which Obama officials discuss the importance of the intelligence meeting and extol how brilliantly the president runs it. ‘Obama reads the PDB ahead of time and comes to the morning meeting with questions,’ The Post reported. ‘One regular participant in the roughly 500 Oval Office sessions during Obama’s presidency said the meetings show a president consistently participating in an exploration of foreign policy and intelligence issues.’”
Yeah, right. More nonsense from a scandalously biased media that refuses to do real reporting on Barack Obama.”
Of course, the truth is quite another matter.
Two possible conservative explanations fit Obama’s humungous ego and anti-military political bias to a tee, and are most likely spot on:
Genius Mind Needs No Briefing
Because Obama is so very intelligent, so they say, the notion that he would benefit from any “Intelligence” briefing conducted by mere mortals burdened with just normal intelligence borders on blasphemy and impertinence of the crassest kind.
True, bureaucrat mortals might benefit from exposure to Obama’s vast wisdom and brilliance; however, The One is fully occupied with fund raisers, campaign stops, and interviews where soft-ball questions are lobbed at him for hours.
And do not forget his commitment to golf!
The War on Terror Has Been Won by The One
The most credible argument in support of Obama NOT attending intelligence briefings is the fact that, according to the DNC and The One, Obama has won the war on terror!
In other words, ignore the burning embassies and dead bodies from Libya: Thanks to Obama, there is no war on terrorism and attending an unnecessary intelligence briefing might give Al-Quaeda and the Taliban heathen the false impression that America still cares!
And so it is. Obama’s failure to attend meetings on intelligence is similar to his refusal to attend his Job council meetings at a time when unemployment runs rampant.
Bottom line: Golf and fund raising have replaced world peace and jobs in Obama’s feckless, progressive world!