President Obama Misses More Than Half of Intelligence Briefings

Being president of the United States is a huge job. There is tremendous pressure. You have to attend an endless series of events, meet with an endless series of people and make an endless series of decisions. All while displaying confidence in your policies regardless of whether they are working out.

No one person can handle all those duties by himself. That’s why presidents have a number of different advisers who brief them daily on what’s going on and provide them with advice on how to handle many different situations. The daily, morning intelligence sessions are essential for a president who wants to stay up to speed with all the issues and not allow minor, manageable problems to become major, unsolvable problems.

Well, I think you know where I’m going with this. The non-partisan Government Accountability Institute recently revealed that President Barack Obama has attended less than one-half of his daily intelligence briefings since taking office in 2009. He attended just over 42 percent of the briefings during his first term and has attended just over 41 percent of the meetings during his second term.

Now, I understand that it’s difficult to attend a meeting when you’re on vacation. He and his family take a lot of vacations that we taxpayers pay millions of dollars to support. And I understand that it’s tough to attend a meeting when you’re out on the golf course.

But to attend fewer than 50 percent of your intelligence briefings over the course of nearly six years, well, you have to be doing some serious hooky playing to reach that level. But this does start to explain a few things, doesn’t it?

Underestimating the strength of foreign threats…underestimating the potential for deadly diseases entering the U.S.…underestimating the harm that can come from having a porous Mexican border…perhaps they are all the result of our president refusing to listen to the updates and advice that we’re paying his advisers to give him on a daily basis.

How do you feel about having a president who can’t even attend one-half of the important daily intelligence briefings that are designed to keep him up to speed with what’s going on in the world?

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