Absentee Commander in Chief

President Obama’s PDB briefing book

Most people who keep an eye on current events are aware that Obama seems to be much more concerned about golf, Hollywood events and fundraisers – instead of the actual duties and responsiblities of the Commander in Chief.

This is very obvious in the way his daily briefings and foreign policy are “hit and miss”. Here are some details that show just how bad his “performance” on foreign policy awareness has been and the link to a Government Accountability Office report lays out just how “missing in

Empty Chair at Intel Briefing

Empty Chair at Intel Briefing

action” he has been, when it comes to keeping up with the security concerns for the US.

Let me say that I understand a daily intelligence briefing can be read on his own. BUT with a person who has NO military or intelligence experience, wouldn’t it just make sense to meet with the officials who know what they are talking about?

(I added the red – but the bold type was in the original article.)

President and Commander In Chief Barack Obama missed 6 of 10 daily intelligence briefings

The President of the United States, the most powerful person in the world, receives live, in-person Presidential Daily Briefs (PDB) that allow the Commander-in-Chief the chance for critical followup, feedback, questions, and the challenging of flawed intelligence assumptions.

An alarming report by the Governmental Accountability Institute (GAI) says that, in the 2,079 days (1/20/2009 thru’ 9/29/2014) since he became President and Commander-In-Chief, Barack Obama has attended a total of only 875 PDBs for an overall 42.09% attendance rate.

That means he missed 57.91% or 6 out of every 10 of his daily intelligence briefings.

Even worse, his attendance rate has worsened in his second term (41.26% attendance rate) as president than in his first term (42.43% attendance rate).

Wynton Hall reports for Breitbart, Sept. 29, 2014, that the GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s comments on CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, saying:

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.”

But Obama’s scapegoating of Clapper is directly contradicted by an Obamanational security staffer who told the Daily Mail, yesterday that the PDBs have contained detailed threat warnings about the Islamic State dating back to before the 2012 presidential election. The unnamed security staffer says, “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.”

Daily Beast’s Eli Lake reports that other members of the Defense establishment are also “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame. “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” 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 not the first time questions have been raised about Obama’s lack of engagement and interest in receiving in-person daily intelligence briefings.

On September 10, 2012, the GAI released a similar report showing that Obama had attended less than half (43.8%) of his daily intelligence briefings up to that point. When Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen mentioned the GAI’s findings in his column, then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dubbed the findings “hilarious.”The very next day, U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American staff members were murdered in Benghazi. As Breitbart News reported at the time, the White House’s very own presidential calendar revealed Obama had not received his daily intel briefing in the five consecutive days leading up to the Benghazi attacks.

This is the link for the Government Accountability Office report – www.g-a-i.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/GAI-Report-PDB-Update-9.29.2014.pdf

Originally posted here – http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/09/30/president-commander-chief-barack-obama-missed-6-10-daily-intelligence-briefings/

Empty Chair Image and the Accompanying Article – http://weaponsman.com/?p=4763

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One thought on “Absentee Commander in Chief

  1. usawoman says:

    He’s not interested in he work of being the president. He needs to be at the briefings to hear the recommendations and ask questions.

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