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No single way modern U.S. Presidents have been briefed on intelligence...

For some days or weeks, the narrative has circulated that President Obama skips half of his intelligence briefings, but finds time to play many, many rounds of golf.

Something about that claim seemed misleading, out-of-context, or just plain wrong, but I never got around to researching the claim.

The WASHINGTON POST's fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, has. He finds the reality is more more nuanced both for President Obama -- and his predecessors. No President has absorbed intelligence in the same way.

In fact, the kicker: By the standard of American Crossroads - the group that has promoted the idea that Mr. Obama prefers golf and celebrity appearances to intelligence - President Reagan "skipped" his intelligence briefings 99% of the time.

Read the analysis from Kessler...


Posted at 8:02am on September 25, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Tue, Sep 25, 2012 11:28am
Fact-checking the fact-checkers...

"Mr. Kessler’s attempt to label as “bogus” Mr. Obama’s failure to attend over half of his Presidential Daily Briefs on intelligence cannot change this fact: in the five days leading up to the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo and the murder of Ambassador Stevens and his three staff members, Mr. Obama’s own official White House calendar shows no record of the president attending his daily briefing. What’s more, we now know that the “the U.S. State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert,” and the Ambassador’s own diary reveals he was worried about Benghazi security.
No, Mr. Kessler’s real beef, it seems, is with a devastating new ad by American Crossroads that utilizes these facts to portray Obama's as an "empty chair" presidency.
The mainstream media may not like the facts, but that doesn’t change them. "


Allan Loudell
Tue, Sep 25, 2012 11:57am
Breitbart is one-sided, partisan... Kessler isn't.

Liberals have attacked Kessler too when THEIR ox is being gored.

Tue, Sep 25, 2012 12:14pm
Partisan, yep...factually correct yep.

Breitbart's whole purpose for his many sites was to keep journOlists and "mainstream" media honest and VET our president since the "newsmedia" didn't in 2004 and continue to protect him now.

Allan Loudell
Tue, Sep 25, 2012 1:07pm
Agreed. And the Left has sites which do the same, trying to keep what they see as the right-leaning, corporate "mainstream" media honest. Maybe this is a New Age version of checks and balances, although I become leery of extremely one-sided sites.

That said, I would differentiate between the way a President gets his intelligence briefing (again, as noted by Kessler's interviewees, this has varied from President to President) and the specific circumstances of the tragedy in Libya.

Actually, this could end up becoming a scandal for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton - and any potential Presidential ambitions for 2016 - if it can be shown she was behind the decision to use a British firm to provide security at the consulate.

Allan Loudell

Tue, Sep 25, 2012 1:49pm
Mr. Loudell,

I agree with on everything you said...and whether I get my information from the right or the left I want them to show me their sources for info.

"Trust, but verify"~Ronald Reagan

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