Obama Didn't Attend Daily Intelligence Briefing Ahead of Embassy Attacks

Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 03:09 PM

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President Barack Obama apparently did not attend his daily intelligence briefing in the week leading up to the embassy attacks in Cairo and Libya, Breitbart.com reported.

Citing the White House calendar, Breitbart.com reported that Obama last attended such a briefing on Sept. 5. A recent study the Government Accountability Institute showed Obama only attended 43.8 percent of the daily briefs during his term.

The study was highlighted in a Washington Post column by Marc A. Thiessen.

“During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times — or 43.8 percent of the time,” Thiessen wrote. “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.”

Thiessen said Obama’s attendance record at the briefings is a commentary on his priorities.

“When Obama forgoes this daily intelligence meeting, he is consciously placing other priorities ahead of national security,” Thiessen wrote in the Post. “As The Post story that the Obama White House sent me put it, ‘Process tells you something about an administration. How a president structures his regular morning meeting on intelligence and national security is one way to measure his personal approach to foreign policy.’”



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