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Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?
The Washington Post ^ | Sept. 10, 2012 | Marc A. Thiessen

Posted on 09/10/2012 9:29:24 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

President Obama is touting his foreign policy experience on the campaign trail, but startling new statistics suggest that national security has not necessarily been the personal priority the president makes it out to be. It turns out that more than half the time, the commander in chief does not attend his daily intelligence meeting.

The Government Accountability Institute 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. By contrast, Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush almost never missed his daily intelligence meeting.

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.”

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; derelictionofduty; intelligencebriefing; nationalsecurityfail; obama; obamagolfing; obamamia; obamatruthfile
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1 posted on 09/10/2012 9:29:30 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Because he’s only half as intelligent as he needs to be to be president.

Next question.


2 posted on 09/10/2012 9:31:10 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is what happens when you elect a president who has never done a real job before and has had everything handed to him. There’s no work ethic, there’s no sense of responsibility. We have as our president a spoiled, pampered man-child.


3 posted on 09/10/2012 9:31:45 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: MrB

Yep. Some people can’t handle a whole lot of intelligence.


4 posted on 09/10/2012 9:31:49 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?

Because he doesn't actually give a ****?
5 posted on 09/10/2012 9:32:26 AM PDT by verum ago (Be a bastard, and Karma'll be a bitch.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He could at least send Biden in his place to the intelligence meetings.

Oh, wait. . .


6 posted on 09/10/2012 9:33:01 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is this a trick question? Ummm...because Valerie Jarrett is attending them?


7 posted on 09/10/2012 9:34:47 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

There is less intelligence when the Obamaloon is in the room.


8 posted on 09/10/2012 9:35:01 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Free ThinkerNY

uhhh ... not interested ?


9 posted on 09/10/2012 9:37:09 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They interfere with his golf game?


10 posted on 09/10/2012 9:37:31 AM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$, A$PCA, or PETA.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Do they happen early in the morning...?


11 posted on 09/10/2012 9:37:50 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He couldn’t even vote, “Present”?


12 posted on 09/10/2012 9:38:49 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Because Valerie Jarrett is running the country? He knows he can trust her to do the Communist thing, so he’s free to beg for money and golf.


13 posted on 09/10/2012 9:40:59 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: MrB
Because he’s only half as intelligent as he needs to be to be president.

But he thinks he's more intelligent than all the intelligence to be presented.

14 posted on 09/10/2012 9:41:21 AM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

half wit commie trash


15 posted on 09/10/2012 9:42:56 AM PDT by turdhopper
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?

He doesn’t have any, so what is he missing.


16 posted on 09/10/2012 9:44:40 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wonder if he sends anyone in his place, like Valerie Jarrett, or at least as bad, Moochelle.


17 posted on 09/10/2012 9:45:47 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Since Zer0’s never had a job where someone actually reported to him, he’s never experienced any of these them there meeting things,

he’s always talked to the mirror, or a teleprompter.


18 posted on 09/10/2012 9:46:03 AM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Stupid and lazy.


19 posted on 09/10/2012 9:46:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Clinton usually couldn't be bothered with them. Just wasn't the type of foreign affairs he was interested in!
20 posted on 09/10/2012 9:48:13 AM PDT by Reily (l)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Now he can’t even be bothered to vote “Present.”

Pathetic.

Perhaps he is getting briefed by the other side (US enemies) while he is on the golf course, so he really does know what’s going on.


21 posted on 09/10/2012 9:49:18 AM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

foreign policy experience = 0


22 posted on 09/10/2012 9:49:47 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: generally

“Call me if you need me.”


23 posted on 09/10/2012 9:49:47 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: SamAdams76
This is what happens when you elect a president who has never done a real job before and has had everything handed to him. There’s no work ethic, there’s no sense of responsibility. We have as our president a spoiled, pampered man-child.

BINGO!!

Barack Hussein Obama's base reflects the same attitude and lack of experience.....they want handouts. There is little self-reliance among those who admire Barack Hussein Obama.

24 posted on 09/10/2012 9:50:20 AM PDT by yoe
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Because Obama is just their token, he is the one running the show.


25 posted on 09/10/2012 9:52:54 AM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Java4Jay
Because Obama is just their token, he isn’t the one running the show.
26 posted on 09/10/2012 9:54:54 AM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Fantastic. Now ALL of our enemies know.


27 posted on 09/10/2012 9:56:32 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: MrB

Because he thinks he’s the only one intelligent enough, he finds the meetings to be “below his pay grade”.


28 posted on 09/10/2012 9:57:13 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He doesn’t care.


29 posted on 09/10/2012 10:02:09 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Intelligence is lost on Øbama.


30 posted on 09/10/2012 10:03:19 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Because we have conclusively discovered in almost four years of his persidency that.......

There is no sign of intellegent life in the space between Obozo's ears.....(sarcasm)

31 posted on 09/10/2012 10:06:25 AM PDT by thingumbob (I'm a bitter clinger...I dare you to take my gun)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What does it matter if he attends at all if he won’t make a decision until Hillary or Valerie Jarrett tell him what to do...? The man is an empty suit—it’s doesn’t matter where the suit “hangs”.


32 posted on 09/10/2012 10:07:16 AM PDT by RavenATB
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Golf


33 posted on 09/10/2012 10:09:04 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (Our military does not kill babies, those that commit abortion kill babies.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Since what he would learn at the briefing is beyond his capacity to understand it doesn’t matter any way. We must hope someone down the chain grasps the situation and acts.


34 posted on 09/10/2012 10:10:01 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Red Badger

It’s depressing when he hears bad news about his Muslim Brotherhood pals.


35 posted on 09/10/2012 10:12:28 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He likely figures he`s got the sheeple fooled into believing he`s a brilliant foreign policy strategist... intel briefings takes away valuable campaigning time.


36 posted on 09/10/2012 10:14:35 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They interfere with his tee times.


37 posted on 09/10/2012 10:19:21 AM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Intelligence is beneath me.

38 posted on 09/10/2012 10:22:16 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He doesn’t need to be there.

All those people jabbering on and on about Muslim threats in Egypt, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan....

And then there are those yakking about how bad his good friend Vladimir is....

What a silly waste of time. Hey! What’s on ESPN?


39 posted on 09/10/2012 10:24:41 AM PDT by mojito
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They conflict with muslim call to prayer?


40 posted on 09/10/2012 10:25:42 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO GTFO!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I always pictured the presidential daily briefing as 1 or more people coming to the president in the Oval Office, not something he has to go anywhere to hear. So I just got an education. You don’t have to go anywhere to “attend” something. You just need to listen to it.


41 posted on 09/10/2012 10:28:05 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Willful negligence? If you take your hands off the steering wheel, the car crashes. Our federal deficit, credit rating, global competitiveness ranking.. All TANKING under 0bama’s reign of no leadership. But.. HE’S AHEAD IN THE POLLS!!!!.. ‘FORWARD’!!!!!


42 posted on 09/10/2012 10:39:13 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?”

Because he is stupid!


43 posted on 09/10/2012 10:45:04 AM PDT by funfan
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To: pops88
Is this a trick question? Ummm...because Valerie Jarrett is attending them?

I'd wager that Valerie Jarrett has even less interest in national security intelligence than does the President.

Simple fact of the matter is that nobody is minding the store...

44 posted on 09/10/2012 10:45:53 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Intelligence” and “Obama” should never be in the same sentence.


45 posted on 09/10/2012 10:49:46 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Free ThinkerNY

One of the problems with him not going to almost every meeting is, if during a time of crisis (one that may not be known to the general public) Obama starts showing up to the PDB consistently, that change in pattern is a tip to the other side.

i.e....”something is up...Obama has been at his PDB for 2 straight weeks.”


46 posted on 09/10/2012 10:50:21 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (It is going to be Foot to Ass combat on election day....my foot and a Rat's ass.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Because he (best Jack Nicholson voice) “can’t handle the Truth.”


47 posted on 09/10/2012 10:53:41 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: NEMDF

Because of my dyslexia I read “below his pay grade as” below his gay pride.


48 posted on 09/10/2012 11:01:52 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes. (Josef Stalin))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Regean was the gipper and Obama is the skipper.

He skipped from being a Jr Sen to President. In beteeen he had no Military service ,hardly anyone outside of his inner circle of radicals and communist know who he is,and with no real work experience in the private sector. With no evidence he knows anything about anything!
Thank goodness we didn’t elect Palin for proxi-President because we would have missed out on Obutthead.

Hs O’liness truly is the Presentdent or as I like to call him with all due disrespect intended the Prezbo.


49 posted on 09/10/2012 11:16:16 AM PDT by Leep (I'm a Chic-Fil-- A-merican)
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To: ken in texas
But he thinks he's more intelligent than all the intelligence to be presented.

This is exactly it. Plus, let's be blunt, he doesn't really care about the country. But the egoism is the primary reason. There have been presidents who cared about the country, perhaps even deeply so, but let their blind arrogance and belief in their own superiority lead them astray. Woe to us when we have a president who does not care about a strong America and is narcissist of the first water.

50 posted on 09/10/2012 11:19:50 AM PDT by WileyC
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