Carol Platt Liebau

Marc Thiesson reports on a Government Accountability Institute report (http://g-a-i.org/washington-post-president-misses-over-half-of-his-daily-intelligence-briefings/).  Based on examination of the President's daily schedule from the day Obama took office through June 2012, it appears that the Presidential Daily Briefing -- the time where he receives information about the most critical national security threats -- isn't actually so "daily." In fact, the President attended his Presidential (Not-)Daily Briefing less than half the time. 

During the President's first 1225 days in office, he attended the PDB 43.8% of the time.

But during 2011 and the first half of 2012, he attended only slightly more than 38% of the time.

Contrast this reality with the WaPo puff piece from earlier this year, which stated that one of the meeting's "regular participants" said that the meetings "show a president consistently participating in an exploration of foreign policy and intelligence issues." (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/measuring-a-presidents-approach-on-foreign-policy/2012/01/14/gIQANYv13P_story.html)

Interestingly, foreign policy has always been an area of relatively strong voter approval for Obama (http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/obama-job-approval-foreign-policy).  Maybe, given the facts, that's because he gives it relatively little of his personal time and attention.


Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.