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A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals 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’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” said Obama.
According to Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, members of the Defense establishment were “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame.
“Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bull#ting,” 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/has been a do nothing President that will use whatever excuse he can find to avoid responsibility.
The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) is a "a new conservative investigative research organization." The GAI states as its mission "to investigate and expose crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer monies, and other governmental corruption or malfeasance."
The GAI has several ties to right-wing groups such as Citizens United, the American Conservative Union, Young America's Foundation, and the Hoover Institution
Obama religiously reads a written version of the same prepared material, often on a secure iPad (as seen in this official White House PHOTO). He often receives an in-person briefing in addition, aides note, as well as real-time national security updates during the day, both in the office and on the road.
“He does both all the time, all the time,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters today. “And when he is here in Washington, he has briefings in person in the Oval Office with his national security team regularly. And when he is on the road, he has phone conversations that supplement and augment the briefings he receives on paper that are specific to the so-called PDB. I hardly think that is different from previous presidents.”
Aides say there is no evidence to suggest an in-person briefing is any more or less efficient or effective than the president’s consuming the material electronically or in print.
originally posted by: DAVID64
You're right! How could we possibly even think of bashing His Majesty after all he's done for us!?
Well if he listens during the 42% he is there he is doing better than Bush who didn't listen to warnings of 9/11 and btw took many more vacations than Obama. Right wing memories are very selective apparently.
originally posted by: Battleline
What does Obama need with daily Intel briefing's when he has his news paper waiting for him in his golf cart.
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
Bash away! There's plenty to bash him about! But pretending that getting his daily briefings in computer form instead of attending the actual meetings is NOT something that even makes sense! It's a VERY DESPERATE and transparent attempt by the right-wing rags (and right-wingers in general) to make it appear that he's clueless. It's 2014! A person doesn't have to be in the same room to communicate with others anymore.
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