Just two days ago, American Enterprise Institute Fellow Marc A. Thiessen wrote in the Washington Post that:
President Obama is touting his foreign policy experience on the campaign trail, but startling new statistics suggest that national security has not necessarily been the personal priority the president makes it out to be. It turns out that more than half the time, the commander in chief does not attend his daily intelligence meeting.
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. By contrast, Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush almost never missed his daily intelligence meeting.
Emphasis added. Hasn’t attended over half of his daily intelligence briefings? Over half? This led Richard Grenell, a former aide to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton (in an exclusive to GayPatriot) to comment:
It’s troubling to see the president is skipping his daily intel briefing much of the time. As commander in chief, he should prioritize these meetings and start his day understanding the threats facing our country. This is a scary development.
Scary indeed, particularly given yesterday’s events in Cairo, Egypt and Benghazi, Libya. Indeed, the Democrat’s obliviousness to the gravity of the crisis, an increasingly bold anti-American movement in Arab countries, continues today. Instead of huddling with his national security team today — or meeting with congressional leaders, the president, after making a brief public appearance, will be jetting off for campaign events in Las Vegas.
Perhaps, had Mr. Obama more regularly attended his intelligence briefings, he might be more aware of the ongoing activity and continued growth of Islamofascistic organizations in the nations which experienced the once-much heralded Arab Spring.
ADDENDUM: And let’s not forget that he doesn’t have time on his schedule to meet with the Prime Minister of our most steadfast ally in the the Middle East.
UPDATE: Jennifer Rubin was stunned was the lame White House response to the attacks on our embassy in Cairo and consulate in Benghazi:
An increase in security? That’s it? The president’s statement was farcical, issuing an empty condemnation with no statement regarding an appropriate U.S. response or our determination to go after those responsible. The president seemed to acknowledge the purported motivation for the attacks (release of clips from a film defaming the prophet Mohammed) while saying it still didn’t justify the attack. He said: “While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.” Wrong. The Islamists need no excuse to attack, and we would do well to stop feeding the narrative that Western “insensitivity” sparks violence.
Read the whole thing. Perhaps if he cancelled his campaign events and stayed in Washington, he could develop a more appropriate and comprehensive response.
And would make a better case for reelection than another campaign speech. He would show his determination to do his job, in short, to lead this nation in time of international crisis.
UP-UPDATE: After making his statement on the embassy attacks, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took questions from the media; President Obama did not. Interestingly, most of the questions posed to Romney were tough ones which he answered with intelligence and class.
UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: Obama Camp Condemns Romney Before Condemning Attacks in Egypt, Libya