White House: Obama not skipping intel briefings
The president is show pictures during an intelligence briefing in 2011. (Credit: White House photo)
September 10th, 2012
05:15 PM ET

White House: Obama not skipping intel briefings

The president's spokesman disputed a Washington Post item that suggested the commander-in-chief has not attended the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) "more than half the time."

The PDB is a daily rundown of threats and developments as assessed by the national security community. It is a top secret written document that is read by the President and his inner circle of security advisors and is often accompanied by in-person briefing by intelligence officials.

Check out CNN's Security Briefing for the full story.

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  1. sayer

    These people will say anything to try to discredit the POTUS. It's not going to work.

    September 10, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      He discredits himself enough.

      September 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • DEcember 2012


      September 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • demwit

      Everybody knows Tuesday is Foreign Policy day for Obama. ie., Drone kill list review day with the campaign manager.
      Obama is dong a good job..., in Pakistan.

      September 11, 2012 at 9:49 am |
      • mcskadittle

        dimwitt the drone strike was in yemen

        September 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • demwit

      Obama just needs visual explainations..
      Before drone hit, After drone hit
      Before drone hit, After drone hit

      September 11, 2012 at 9:52 am |
      • mcskadittle

        I know republicans would rather just invade everyplace with marines even if a drone strike would accomplish the mission without loss of american lives

        September 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
      • jean2009

        Heh! It works for me...much better than one of our troops being hurt.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        you can't see it but I've heard that page was done in crayola... Heard that next term they are moving him up to Etch-A-Sketch... 😉

        September 12, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • John

      The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, 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.

      September 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • John

      n July, a GAI analysis of President Obama’s calendar found that the president has spent just 412 hours in economic meetings of any kind throughout his presidency versus the over 600 hours he’s spent golfing.

      September 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • RealityBites

      Meanwhile..., out here in Reality.
      An Islamic flag is raised over the US Embassy in Eygpt.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        ...and you are surprised? It is an Islamic country.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Yes jean I am... inside those embasy walls it is American territory.... What would happen if the Egyptian embassy were over run and an American Flag were raised inside those walls???

        September 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • demwit

      Syrian refugee's before the massicare, Syrian refugee's after the massicare
      Syrian refugee's before the massicare, Syrian refugee's after the massicare

      US Navy in 2008, US Navy in 2016
      Chinese Navy in 2008, Chinese Navy in 2016

      September 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • bb

      Embassies being over run, ambassadors getting killed, colleges having bomb threats and dickless is parting with Jay -z
      un freaking believable

      September 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  2. Tim

    We have seen Obama's bumbling foreign policy. If he is attending the briefings, he must not be paying attention. Perhaps he is playing with his etch-a-sketch.

    September 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  3. larry5

    At least the briefing didn't get in the way of a round of golf. Right now Obama is evaluating everything on the basis of the election. Nothing is getting in the way of the Obama re-election machine. One problem is that people heard Bill Clinton speak and they could see what a real politician sounded like even one with a gun to his head.

    September 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Jim

      Judy if women vote they way they drive our country is in deep s__t. You liberals don't have a CLUE.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • Bob

      Reich Wing BS FAIL

      September 11, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  4. jean2009

    I've seen Howard on here posting over an over about the Marc Thiessen article in the Washington Post. What a right-wing Limbaugh type writing for the Washington Post is going to be unbiased?....please! These Fools will post any flimsy lie knowing full well other Teapotties will drink that poisoned tea.

    September 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Lizzie

      And yet you take Paul Krugmans words as gospel truth.

      September 11, 2012 at 9:12 am |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        In 1999 Paul Krugman was paid $50,000 by Enron as a consultant on its “advisory board,” and that same year he wrote a glowing article about Enron for Fortune magazine. We all know how Enron turned out.
        These days Krugman’s liberal agenda always takes precedence over economic principle. He has described himself as “an unabashed defender of the welfare state.” He has declared, “For me, Sweden of 1980 would be ideal.” He has called Barack Obama’s sweeping plan for socialized medicine “naïve” because it doesn’t contain enough mandates. He has said that “We should be getting 28% of GDP in [tax] revenue,” when the highest level ever collected, even in wartime, is less than 21 percent.

        This is the person lefties worship and adore.

        September 11, 2012 at 11:05 am |
      • jean2009

        We all know that Marc Thiessen, the speech writer for the last president,should have known better.

        Today's op-ed piece in the WP by Johnathan Capehart: "Thiessen's Intelligence Question Misses the Point" Mr, Capehart points out the fact that each president uses a different method of digesting the information supplied in the daily briefing. Some read it, some listen and ask questions, some do a balance of read and ask questions, some read it before being briefed some not..

        But we also understand on important days like 9/11 what happens when someone doesn't read or ask the right questions...or connect the dots.

        So far in my humble opinion, this president has NOT failed to connect the dots. Least one forgets he used information gleaned from daily briefings and connected the dots to bring down Osama bin Laden.

        Obama-Biden 2012!

        September 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  5. uncdig

    Wow – you have to review Carneys answering the questions – he doesnt – its all political double speak. Yes he always attends, & if he doesnt he reads – wait I dont want to go to far into that but he is a voraciuos reader & its importantfor the president & when he meets in his office – I mean the white house one – wow – even Carney doesnt know whats going on. Its easy to disprove – but instead he says its ridiculous.

    September 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  6. Judy

    the usual idiot repo postings. They will jump on anything to try and discredit the president. Good poll numbers and getting better. People have really begun to see mitt the twit for what he is a rich guy trying to by the presidency.and the puppet of others. Can;t wait fo the debates. Mitt can"t handle going off script. He doesn't know what lie to tell. It should be fun watching him . Whats even funnier is reading from the repos how wonderful he is. The stupid golf remarks don't cut it. I guess thats worse than mitt not showing his taxes or keeping his money in the caymens. BOy are you living in a different universe. Forward.

    September 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  7. john s

    Great job reporting CNN,

    A three sentence article. It doesn't get much better than this.

    And yes there is a link; which only adds two more sentences, and the rest are quotes.

    You guys are really outdoing yourself.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:19 am |
  8. Shawn06

    @Larry5, no sitting president spent more time off than Bush. Obama must be doing pretty well with those briefings as no 9/11 or any other terrorist event has taken place on our soil under his watch.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:29 am |
  9. Roger

    GWB's Intel Meetings. "Well Dick, what should we do today"?

    September 11, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • bb

      Typical dumbo-crap, u all think bush was bad, yet every freaking day u compare him to Oblunder. What does that make the inept one,the same a joke, a lose ??? the only 2 prev pres named with oblame is Bush & Carter add oblameo and u got the tree stooges
      want to be the joke of the planet??? keep sucking up to The INEPT ONE =OBLUNDER

      September 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
      • jean2009

        Frankly 9/11 wouldn't have happened f a certain former president had connected the dots at security briefings. Talk about major blunders.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        Oh ... and from security briefings Obama got Osama!

        September 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
      • november2012

        Jean you are correct...except that clinton blew it on the first trade center attack and decimated our military and intel community to the extent it took years to put it all back together...read Rumsfields book on this it is well documented and referenced. Bush simply did not have any faith in the intel...after all they did get the WMDs wrong didnt they? Funny how now you say he didnt listen to the intel community...ignorant fool.

        September 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        how soon you forget jean... Under Clinton the intellegence agencies were disconnected and not allowed to share information. Afte 7 months in office you expected President Bush to prevent 9/11 (which began planning under Clinton) with a completely dysfunctional intellegence community? However you expect us to allow years and years to pass before the Economy andjobs picture are fixed? Tell me ... when the president listed those treaties he signed did he mention that they were negoiated under the Bush administration? So if he thinks they are a good thing then its not all Bushes fault. Every president makes mistakes ... even the current president... what makes this all so laughable is that you won't admit it,,,, you are just like him... its always somebody elses fault... What would Truman say?

        September 12, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Oh and it was a coreagous Pakistani Dr. the provided that intel.... and he is ... go on say it .... about to die!!! So much for the gratitude of a greatful president.

        September 12, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        You have got to be kidding me .... Seriously ... Moderation for the truth ... no dirty words... and nothing you have not already reported in that single post.

        September 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        okay ... trying this again

        It was a coureagous Pakistani Doctore that provided that intel jean. He is currently in prison in Pakistan. Our president does not appear to value that service.

        September 12, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
  10. Jay in NC

    Wasn't The Washington Post the ones that published the Pulitzer Prize winning articles on Watergate? Maybe they are on to something.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • jean2009

      The WP is a big tent, but Thiessen is a political hack.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        and that makes you the formost authority on what?

        September 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
  11. Kool-Aid Police

    Obama's Intel briefing, "What time do I tee off?"

    September 11, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • bb

      thats pretty funny

      September 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  12. Ishalfthepopreallythat stupid?

    GWB attended all of them and how did everthing turn out? Economy went into a tailspin, Bin Laden lived in Luxury in Pakistan, Stock markert almost crashed, Can't find the WMD's, Worldwide recession, Constitution used as toilet paper, U.S tortures people, Unfunded wars, Tax breaks for those who didn't need them, etc. So we want our current Pres. to do what "W" did while he occupied the White House? Does it sound just as stupid when you read it?

    If I made a list of all of the dumbest things that reporters come up with to occupy the minds of all the idiots I would run out of paper and ink. Oh look there goes a shiny spinner, what was I talking about ?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm |

    At least CNN got the first part of its picture description correct.
    THE PRESIDENT IS SHOW pictures during an intelligence briefing in 2011

    September 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  14. NObama 2012

    Wow! But he did attend 600 or so glof games. BO sure gave it to President Bush in his last two years and now it is his turn...but its still all Bushes fualt...got it?

    The recession was over June 2009, six months after BO took over...Started December 2007. This has been obluners baby all the way. One mess after another. Very poor leadership. Today they are discussing raising the debt limit again, last year oblunder called congresional leaders to the white house to solve the impass. The congressional leaders of both parties ask obama to leave the roon so they could negotiate...that sums up the obama presidency

    September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  15. bb

    Our embassy was stormed and capt bung-hole gets briefed AGAIN TAKING IT AND LEADING FROM BEHIND, definetly a catcher

    September 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  16. pbcalif

    Does this mean there is a squealer in the White House? I don't think so. This is just more Republican idiotic spin. CNN should know everything since they employ a "security expert" Frances Townsend, who ad libs her way thru, pretending she is Secy of Homeland Security, although she has absolutely no access to anyone or anything in the Department of Homeland Security.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  17. David

    Ask Bin Laden how many briefings Obama has missed....

    September 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  18. november2012

    Funny these left wing nut cases today are carping about Bush ignoring the 9/11 intel...when truth is clinton decimated our military and intell agencies to the point Bush had little faith in them...after all they did get the WMDs wrong didnt they? Rumsfield's book speaks to all this and it is well referenced.

    September 11, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      agreedl... if this president got better intel... he can thank Bush for tearing down the Clinton boxes that housed each intellegence service and a coureagous Pakistani Doctor who is current imprisioned in Pakistan. Does not seem to be doing a good job at either of them.

      September 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
  19. Phil Thomas

    I hope we see McCain on on the Sunday shows blaiming this leak on the POTUS himself. its sad how hard these guys work to discredit the president. There are no shortage of people who will jump in and cry if any one brings up the race card but trust me folks. All this hate is not because the guy was borng in Hawaii, the thing thy don't get is the minute Romney has to stand up and defend his 2k positions on every item it over. Obama is going to expose this guy like no one ever has in his silver spoon life.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:17 am |
  20. cross the fence

    It's a shame that these two stooges are all there is to pick from.

    September 18, 2012 at 7:28 am |