President Obama, Community Organizer, Doesn’t Bother with Intel Briefings


When you have the experience of a community organizer like our president, you don’t need to bother with daily intelligence briefings, after all, you have such extensive knowledge of foreign policy you can probably divine the potential terror threats.

Iran is the biggest sponsor of terror in the world and has said they will attack Israel and us but, as the president said, it’s just a little country. He must still believe it as he allows Iran to get the bomb.

The Government Accountability Institute, an organization which investigates crony capitalism, 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.

via Marc A. Thiessen at WaPo

I asked National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor about the findings, and whether there were any instances where the president attended the intelligence meeting that were not on his public schedule.

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.”

President Obama, with only the experience of a community organizer, did not see the need to meet with his experienced, knowledgeable intelligence and security officials. He now criticizes Romney for his lack of foreign policy experience and, yet, I am reasonably sure that Romney would meet with the officials daily. I also believe he would not allow the complete takeover of the Middle East by the Muslim Brotherhood.

In January of this year, Walter Pincus in a WaPo article on foreign policy and national security wrote that Obama meets daily with his advisors, stressing the importance of these meetings and how these daily briefings are the measure of the man’s approach to foreign policy. The article also pointed out how, unlike his predecessors, he attends these daily meetings to stay ahead of probems, to thwart them before they happen. [President Bush attended the daily briefings six days a week, no exception]

Process tells you something about an administration as he bragged about the daily briefings we now found out that Obama did NOT attend.

Well sure he does, look at how he personally took out Osama bin Laden with the help of some SEALs.

Obama doesn’t go to Job Council meetings either. They’re not important either?

When asked about the president missing the briefings, Jay Carney found it hysterical that he just reads them and feels no need to discuss the issues with his advisors. Maybe he needs better advisors if they know more than a community organizer:

MR. CARNEY: He gets it every day, okay? The President of the United States gets the presidential daily briefing every day. There is a document that he reads every day when he is not – well, he always reads it every day because he’s a voracious consumer of all of his briefing materials. And when he is physically here, most days he has a meeting in his office, the Oval one – (laughter) – with participants in – his national security team, including obviously Tom Donilon and others. He also has regular meetings with –

Q This is about the physical briefing from whoever is giving it versus the written briefing?

MR. CARNEY: This was a case of – I don’t know how far I want to go here, but I believe if you compare our foreign policy record with the one that preceded this one, we’re comfortable with that comparison. And this President is very much steeped in the details of national security issues and the information that as President he received –

Q Do you believe this report was misleading –

MR. CARNEY: I believe the article written about it was amusing.

He believes the article is misleading, well, of course he does. I believe Jay Carney is misleading when he says Obama attends meetings when he’s there – what does that mean? If he has contradictory material, why not say so? Actually, he did tell us the report was accurate if you read his words carefully. Carney offered no facts, just another straw man, and, in essence, admitted that the GAI report is accurate.