The White House has a intelligence-focused Presidential Daily Brief scheduled for President Obama. But, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Institute, the President has attended 42.1% of them since he was sworn in.
This not-so-stunning revelation certainly might answer a few questions about such international quagmires such as the Benghazi attack and the horrors currently going on in the Middle East.
On 60 Minutes Sunday, Obama acknowledged a lack of awareness about events occurring in Syria and the groups behind them, saying, “I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what has been taking place in Syria.”
Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting.
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.
It’s starting to affect morale around here. Any time you’re hired by a boss to advise him about what to do in a high-stakes area, and he ignores you for a long time, it’s going to gnaw at you
The White House has not responded to this revelation or these various comments, but it’s not difficult to imagine that they would assert that the President is fully up to speed on any national security information given to him, whether in person or in writing.
A similar response occurred when the same report was issued mere days before the Benghazi attacks and a columnist compared Obama’s record of daily-briefing attendance with George Bush’s almost-perfect record. At the time, the administration didn’t directly address the information, choosing to point out that he prefers to read them.
Here’s the potential problem with that: live discussions with the very individuals tasked with presenting and evaluation information allows for follow up questions and further discussion. The point can definitely made that this, at the very least, speaks to a questionable level of engagement and interest from the Commander-in-Chief.