How Often Has Obama Missed His Daily Presidential Briefing?

by William Teach | September 30, 2014 6:54 am

In light of Obama throwing the intelligence community under the bus during his 60 Minutes interview in regards to the rise of ISIS/ISIL, one has to wonder just how often he receives a live briefing, rather than (supposedly) reading the briefing material

(Breitbart[1]) A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI)[2]report reveals[3] that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.

The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.

That’s right, campers, a shade over 40%.

On Monday, others in the intelligence community similarly blasted Obama and said he’s shown longstanding disinterest in receiving live, in-person PDBs that allow the Commander-in-Chief the chance for critical followup, feedback, questions, and the challenging of flawed intelligence assumptions.

Remember, Obama is supposed to be “one of the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence in the world”.

“It’s pretty well-known that the president hasn’t taken in-person intelligence briefings with any regularity since the early days of 2009,” an Obama national security staffer told theDaily Mail[4] on Monday. “He gets them in writing.”

The Obama security staffer said the president’s PDBs have contained detailed threat warnings about the Islamic State dating back to before the 2012 presidential election.

As noted many times, Obama likes to be president, he doesn’t like to do president.

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