President and Commander In Chief Barack Obama missed 6 of 10 daily intelligence briefings

The President of the United States, the most powerful person in the world, receives live, in-person Presidential Daily Briefs (PDB) that allow the Commander-in-Chief the chance for critical followup, feedback, questions, and the challenging of flawed intelligence assumptions.

An alarming report by the Governmental Accountability Institute (GAI) says that, in the 2,079 days (1/20/2009 thru’ 9/29/2014) since he became President and Commander-In-Chief, Barack Obama has attended a total of only 875 PDBs for an overall 42.09% attendance rate.

That means he missed 57.91% or 6 out of every 10 of his daily intelligence briefings.

Even worse, his attendance rate has worsened in his second term (41.26% attendance rate) as president than in his first term (42.43% attendance rate).

Obama & James ClapperObama (l); James Clapper (r)

Wynton Hall reports for Breitbart, Sept. 29, 2014, that the GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s comments on CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, saying:

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.”

But Obama’s scapegoating of Clapper is directly contradicted by an Obama national security staffer who told the Daily Mail, yesterday that the PDBs have contained detailed threat warnings about the Islamic State dating back to before the 2012 presidential election. The unnamed security staffer says, “It’s pretty well-known that the president hasn’t taken in-person intelligence briefings with any regularity since the early days of 2009. He gets them in writing. Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president’s daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election.”

Daily Beast’s Eli Lake reports that other members of the Defense establishment are also “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame. “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” a former senior Pentagon official “who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq” told the Daily Beast.

This is not the first time questions have been raised about Obama’s lack of engagement and interest in receiving in-person daily intelligence briefings.

On September 10, 2012, the GAI released a similar report showing that Obama had attended less than half (43.8%) of his daily intelligence briefings up to that point. When Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen mentioned the GAI’s findings in his column, then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dubbed the findings “hilarious.” The very next day, U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American staff members were murdered in Benghazi. As Breitbart News reported at the time, the White House’s very own presidential calendar revealed Obama had not received his daily intel briefing in the five consecutive days leading up to the Benghazi attacks.

chris-stevens1Clockwise from top left: Amb. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods.

Ultimately, ABC News reported, the White House did not directly dispute the GAI’s numbers but instead said Obama prefers to read his PDB on his iPad instead of receiving the all-important live, in-person briefings.

Now, with ISIS controlling over 35,000 square miles in its widening caliphate in Iraq and Syria, and with Obama pointing fingers at his own Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for the rise of ISIS, the question remains whether a 42% attendance record on daily intelligence briefings is good enough for most Americans.

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UPDATE (Oct. 2, 2014):

On February 12, 2008, during MSNBC’s coverage of the Potomac Democratic primary, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews had enthused that hearing then-presidential candidate Barack Obama speak, “I felt this thrill going up my leg.” On Hardball on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, Matthews now says Obama is “intellectually lazy” and “listening to the same voices all the time,” singling out close Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett and First Lady Michelle Obama. Read more, here.

The day before, on Sept. 30, 2014, Matthews criticized Obama for claiming it was “unlikely” that a case of Ebola would occur in the United States, saying, “The president said it was unlikely two weeks ago. Well, it’s not the unlikely, it has happened. It’s here.”

See “First case of Ebola in U.S. may have contacted 18, incl. 5 children, while showing symptoms“.

~StMA

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15 responses to “President and Commander In Chief Barack Obama missed 6 of 10 daily intelligence briefings

  1. Reblogged this on Fellowship of the Minds and commented:
    He doesn’t listen to the counsel of military leaders. His policies (or non-policies) have alienated allies across the globe and fostered the rise of radical Muslims in Egypt, Libya, and Iraq. He turns to Twitter for foreign policy ideas. Now comes a meticulous report that he doesn’t even attend his daily presidential intelligence briefings.

    Is it any wonder, then, why our military distrusts Obama, and why America’s foreign policy is in such disarray?

    I just pray that America and the world survive this POS.

    See also “Obama blames Americans for being lazy.”

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    • Obama hates the military so bad, they are the last people he would take advise from on “tactics”. His whole, “We don’t have a plan for ISIS” thing was infuriating to the men and women in the military, because they KNEW the pentagon has been running simulation on the issue ever since ISIS appeared. In fact, there isn’t a country on this planet that there isn’t a plan of invasion and evasion. The words of Obama’s saying he couldn’t think of anything is heart wrenchingly lame.

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  2. Google this and elevate your understanding:
    barry soetoro punahou ’79 + field mcconnell punahou ’67

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  3. He doesn’t need daily briefings because the plan he had before he was sElected is working well, and therefore needs no revision or change of course.

    His Islamic sympathies are fulfilled, his hatred of the USofA is vented daily, and national economic ruination is nearly complete. What more does a wolf in sheepskin need?

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  4. Obama avoids intelligence briefings simply because he might hear something that conflicts with his pre-formed ideas of the world. It also gives him an excuse for inaction; “Nobody told me about that.”

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  5. Obama doesn’t go to the briefings, because he flat doesn’t give a shit. As far as “passing the buck” is concerned, Obama has NEVER been one to take responsibility for problems, he has NO self accountability. When something goes sideways, it’s ALWAYS someone else’s fault. He is the biggest piece of shit we have ever had in office. He NEVER owns up to ANYTHING he does wrong. Elementary school children have more moral fiber than this piece of garbage. As my wife says, “He is NO man at all.”

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  6. I can’t wait for Obama to be wearing an orange jump suit.

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  9. Update:

    On February 12, 2008, during MSNBC’s coverage of the Potomac Democratic primary, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews had enthused that hearing then-presidential candidate Barack Obama speak, “I felt this thrill going up my leg.” On his show “Hardball” on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, Matthews now says Obama is “intellectually lazy” and “listening to the same voices all the time,” singling out close Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett and First Lady Michelle Obama.
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/10/01/chris_matthews_obama_getting_intellectually_lazy_atrophied_by_people_like_valerie_jarrett_michelle_obama.html

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    • Exactly, as he’s been surrounded by ‘Yes’ creeps all his ‘professional’ life as a Manchurian candidate.

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    • From CODA member, attorney Jay Gaskill, via email:

      “Losing Mathews is, for the left, the functional equivalent, of losing Cronkite, when that broadcaster turned against the Vietnam war. BUT, O’Bambo is not running again, so the operative question is the extent of the contagion. Hillary is within smelling range, but has she touched the tainted garments?”

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  11. Thank you StMA for this important post. We must pray for God to help us. Our situation is so awful; we must have God’s merciful and loving help.

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