Skip to comments.Regime Brags: Obama is So Smart, He Doesn't Need Intelligence Briefings (The Arrogance)
Posted on 09/13/2012 1:32:29 PM PDT by Kaslin
RUSH: This is Marc Thiessen, opinion writer, Washington Post: "Obama Alone: This President Does Not Need Intel Briefers." Wait 'til you hear this spin. We've already got Obama walking back a major gaffe, this statement that Egypt is not an ally. They have been since 1989. Regardless the Muslim Brotherhood situation now, they've always been an ally. Folks, they've had to walk that back now. This is a major gaffe, and even foreign policy media people know this, and that's why they're walking this back, because there are some people who are not in the media laying down for this one.
Now, another complaint about Obama is he hadn't been briefed, right? We've heard this in the last couple days, that he misses a lot of intelligence briefings. So the White House has to do something about that. Here we are in the midst of a total collapse of foreign policy and the news comes out that he hasn't attended but half of his intelligence briefings. That's a problem. That is a real problem. So the White House has gone into spin mode, and what they're now telling the media is, he doesn't have to go to the briefings because he reads the brief every day. It's the first thing delivered to him in the residence. He reads the daily brief. He doesn't need to be briefed in person by his experts. He reads it and moves on.
It's the same guy that I just quoted in the story about walking back the gaffe on Egypt being an ally, a guy named Vietor, Tommy Vietor. And what this guy said is stunning. He said a president doesn't need briefers. He can forgo his daily intelligence meeting because he's "among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet."
He's smarter than the briefers. This is what the White House has put out. Tommy Vietor, White House spokesman, trying to explain Obama not attending actual intelligence briefings, said he is "among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet." And, "Truly sophisticated consumers of intelligence dont see it as a sign of weakness to 'be briefed' by the experts." This is what Mr. Thiessen is writing. What do you mean sophisticated consumers?
Every president's a sophisticated consumer, but they don't think that it's a sign of weakness to be briefed by the experts. These people are trying to say that Obama's smarter than everybody else that's working for him. And he said it, by the way, during his convention. (imitating Obama) "I know more than my political director does. I know more than my intelligence people." He really does think of himself this way. So that's the spin from the White House to explain his lack of attendance at an intelligence briefing. He doesn't need to. He reads 'em. He's smarter than the briefers, and he's among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet, while he's on the campaign trail. They obviously think it'll help putting this out. This is damage control. Yeah, they think it'll help.
They still think that everybody else still thinks of Obama the way they looked at him in 2008: smartest guy around, nobody ever been in politics like this before, great uniter, this messianic stuff, they still buy it. They're still trying to promote it. This whole campaign's based on that. This whole campaign's based on the fact Obama hadn't really been president yet. He's been too busy fixing a mess he had nothing to do with. Breathtaking.
You know, I have to say something here, folks. And then we're gonna go to the phones. And I myself have asked this question, too. You've heard me ask it. A lot of people on our side, before all this stuff popped up, "How in the world is Romney not running away with this?" And the reason for the question is, the economy's in a tatter. This guy is obviously woefully inept and incompetent. Everything he does makes it worse. The economy is just in horrible shape with no sign whatsoever of getting better. How in the world is he still in this? Remember that question?
I think there's a better question to ask that puts this in better perspective. Why isn't Obama up 20 points in the polls right now? That's the real question. The Federal Reserve is propping up Barack Obama. The media is propping up Barack Obama like they haven't propped up a candidate ever. Hollywood is propping up Barack Obama. Bill Clinton is propping up Barack Obama. Michelle (My Belle) Obama is propping up Barack Obama. Everybody, every institution, academia, propping up Barack Obama. Why isn't he up 20 points with all of this assistance, all of this propping up?
The fact is the polls now say this election is close. The polls say it's up for grabs again. Whatever convention bounce there was is gone. The real question is not why isn't Romney up 15 or 20. The real question, how is Romney so close, given all the forces aligned and arrayed against him? And by same token, how is it that Obama is not 20 points ahead? Can you imagine if our candidate had this kind of assistance? The media being totally in the tank and every story, not just being favorable about you, but every story also attempting to destroy the opponent. If we had Hollywood on our side, E Entertainment TV on our side, MTV on our side, all the late night comics on our side, everything in pop culture on our side for our candidate, and if we weren't up by 20 points, we would be shocked. We wouldn't know what to do with that anyway.
But it, I think, illustrates the question, "How is Romney still in this, given all that?" And therein lies a reason why you should be optimistic. Because with all these forces arrayed against Romney, he should have been taken out by now. I'm talking about in polls. Romney should be so far down as to be at a place where he couldn't recover, with all of this. All this opposition, all this propping up of Obama, and yet, where they're worried and where they're scared is in the White House. Where they're worried and where they're scared is in the Obama campaign. Now, throw this foreign policy mess on the top of it and we may have a tipping point here.
RUSH: We're just sharing with you Marc Thiessen's piece in the Washington Post (that would be "Warsh-ington Post" for those of you in Rio Linda), in which White House is putting out the idea that Obama is the most sophisticated consumer of intelligence ever, and he doesn't need to be briefed by his intelligence experts. He reads the brief every day. He's more briefed, he's more knowledgeable than anybody else about it, and he's the most sophisticated consumer of this stuff. So he doesn't need to actually see people.
Well, along those lines, Michael Lewis, the famed author (Blind Side was one of his books) was on with Charlie Rose last night. He's got a piece on Obama coming out in Vanity Fair, and Charlie Rose said (satirized), "Tell me, Michael, Tom Brokaw and I were talking. We really don't know the guy. We don't know what books he reads. We don't know his mentors are. It's been five years, Michael, and we were just talking the other day about how we still don't know who the guy is. Tell me, how does his mind work?"
LEWIS: He's bright. He's obviously bright. It's interesting to see some of his abilities --because he's a person of kind of high abilities -- in that office because the office is beyond anybody's abilities. There's no way you are anything but the amateur in the room on most subjects. You've got these experts coming at you. And I think his mind is good enough that he might, at some times (snickers), deceive himself in thinking that he's always the smartest person in the room.
RUSH: (Gasp!) He thinks he's the smartest person in the room; he's deceiving himself by thinking he's the smartest person in the room. Hasn't that always been something I've said about him? But here again is the assumption: "Oh, he's smart! Oh, oh, oh, Charlie! Oh! He has high abilities. He's bright, obviously bright, Charlie!" Where's the evidence? Would somebody show me the evidence of this?
Arab Spring Obama policy totally crashes and burns.
Media focuses on Romney press conference.
Absolutely insane. America can’t afford to make another Obama election mistake. That’ll do in the nation.
I’m glad Rush mentioned Marc Theissen, his source:
Excellent column, as is Theissen’s column from earlier in the week, which broke the story:
Corpsman of the year, he told the Cambridge Police after he lowered the ocean and parted the heavens. All this he told after speaking the Limp the Pimp, the Black Panthers, and the affirming Fast and Furious. This guy, Obama, is an idiot. He is not particularly smart. He is without American ideals. He is remarkable at one thing...Bullshitting people. His whole presidency is a daily bluff....just trying to get through it. If he has to have his surrogates point out his genius, he is not. We have been looking for it for 4 years now and it ain’t nowhere to be found. He is a pretender, nothing more.
Isn’t Romney as the official Republican candidate supposed to get briefings too???
Just when I think I can’t possibly hate Obama any more than I already do...
If these basic facts were part of the Romney/Ryan campaign advertising, neither one of them would have to speak. Why isn't the campaign using the open mic sound bite? It's a guaranteed winner!
Yes he is, in his own mind. I'd bet even a lot of those WH sycophants don't believe a word of that.
Switzerland is a consistent leader on that Global Competitiveness chart, and yet people dumped on Ron Paul’s non-interventionist foreign policy views?
I want to know why Romney has not been getting the intelligence briefings. Could the reason that he did not get them, was because there were none? If so, why not?
Dumbest president ever.
Sounds like they’re describing an under-achieving high school freshman, not a sitting president of the United States.
I saw a thread about this earlier, and he is supposed to. But, Obama's Director of National Intelligence can't seem to get the logistics worked out. He needs to call UPS, they say they love logistics.
I don’t understand. He is so intelligent that he doesn’t need intelligence briefings?
President Chauncey Gardner wouldn't understand them anyway.
The “smartest person” takes his orders from Valerie Jarrett.
Right now BHO2’s drug-damaged brain is over-loaded with input he can’t handle, and Jarrett is on a direct line with central control in Chicago.
Neither is capable of handling the developing critical situation.
Who's really running the show while this douchebag hits the links and the hoops and has Wednesday night concerts in the White House?
I believe you are absolutely right!
Not going to the intel briefings sounds like dereliction of duty. Going to Las Vegas to fund raise while our embassies in the mideast are under imminent threat rather than with Joint Chiefs of Staff should tell every voter everything they need to know. Congress should be preparing the impeachment process as I type this. However, from what I seen of 3 years of this ridiculous usurper and those who empower him with their silence and excuses I am convinced nothing will come of it.
Yeah because his reelection is more important to him then doing the job he was hired to do. The same was true for the rats in the House and the Senate in 2010. Their reelection was more important to them then passing a budget. Remember it was the Republicans in 2011 who had to pass the rat’s budget in the House because Pelosi was to lazy, plus they had to pass their own budget. Dingy Harry still hasn’t passed a budget after 1242 days or more
I heard yesterday on Fox News that he will be getting them soon
He ignores intelligence briefings with humans because he is afraid that his abject ignorance will be on display. “Reading the briefings” is his presidential version of voting “present.”
Exactly! Our American ambassador is dead, an Islamic flag flying above our embassy, Obama goes to raise $$ in Vegas, and what is the media reporting???? What Romney said..... WOW!!!
It is far more likely that he’s too stupid to benefit from intelligence briefings.
I hate him more each day.
but .. wasn’t it the dems who castigated Bush re the “briefing” after the 9-11 attacks .. saying Bush didn’t read them ..??
Can’t remember all the details, but I do remember there was a lot of todo about it.
I don’t even really think he’s good at bullshitting people - he’s the (presumptive) president so everybody around him is a sycophantic boot licker so it’s kind of a go along or get fired kind of deal.
Based on his past employment history - 2 weeks at Baskin Robbins, Cubicle Clown for a while at some finance office where his greatest accomplishment was installing a mirror and imagining himself a “captain of industry” - I believe he knows and is well aware that he’s not qualified to empty the ashtrays in the White House. Just go grab some faggot dope fiend off the street and make him president of the United States and you’d have a far better result than this pencil necked geek.
Obama is a 7 year old with a chip on his shoulder and the worlds largest chemistry set.
What did we think was going to happen?
If he’s so smart, he should attend the briefings merely to tell the briefers what they missed.
Yeppers, ObrainO is so smart he doesn’t have to answer questions from the press.
I guess it doesn’t matter since mmost of them know what he is thinking...even before he speaks!
He’s so smart he has to read all his speeches on a teleprompter and when he goes off telepropter he make Biden sound like a genius.
After daily rebuffs of the security expert's recommendations, they might start to think: "what's up with this guy? He's not on our team. " Obie exposed, game over.
That's why he won't take the live briefing. imho. Easier to ignore the American loving fools if he doesn't have to face them. Blow 'em off.
Well, bub, game is over and it showed in spades this week. Sorry if that's rrraaaaccccisssss
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