Obama Is So Smart He Has No Use For The Entire U.S. Intelligence Community

Because he’s “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet,” according to a spokesperson for the National Security Council. Marc Thiessen reports:

When I asked National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor if the president had attended any meetings to discuss the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) since Sept. 5, he repeatedly refused to answer. He noted that Obama had attended a principals meeting of the National Security Council on Sept. 10 and reiterated that he reads the PDB. “As I’ve told you every time you ask, the President gets his PDB every day,” Vietor told me by e-mail, adding this swipe at Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush: “Unlike your former boss, he has it delivered to his residence in the morning and not briefed to him.” (This new line of defense was echoed this morning by my Post colleague, Dana Milbank, who writes that Bush was briefed every day by his intelligence advisers because he “decided he would prefer to read less.”)

Vietor’s reply is quite revealing. It is apparently a point of pride in the White House that Obama’s PDB is “not briefed to him.” In the eyes of this administration, it is a virtue that the president does not meet every day with senior intelligence officials. This president, you see, does not need briefers. He can forgo his daily intelligence meeting because he is, in Vietor’s words, “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet.”

Truly sophisticated consumers of intelligence don’t see it as a sign of weakness to “be briefed” by the experts. Most of us, if we subscribed to a daily report on, say, astrophysics, would probably need some help interpreting it. But when it comes to intelligence, Obama is apparently so brilliant he can absorb the most complicated topics by himself in his study. He does not need to sit down for up to an hour a day with top intelligence officials, or hold more than 100 “deep dives” in which he invites CIA analysts into the Oval Office and gives them direct access to the commander in chief to discuss their areas of expertise. Such meetings are crutches this president does not need. Written briefings, questions and comments are enough. Obama has more important things to do — such as attend Las Vegas fundraisers.

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  • How do you say “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet”in Austrian, I wonder?

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  • arcman46

    Who wants to bet that he doesn’t read them either?

    • jim_m

      That’s just the point. An email is really easy to ignore or forget. A real person delivering a briefing is harder to dismiss. And unlike the lefty trolls here it doesn’t have to be the Joint Chiefs and the directors of every intel agency, it can simply be a designated person from the intel community that delivers the briefing.

      SOme person who has some knowledge and who can respond to questions and go get answers of necessary. A person who won’t be ignored in favor of securing a tee time.

  • Owen007

    “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet”

    Can’t exactly consume intelligence when it all just goes in one ear and out the other.

  • Vagabond661

    “Let’s see…drop Adrian Peterson…but where am I going to pick up another running back?”

    oh wait…maybe this isn’t the caption contest…

  • Plinytherecent

    This strongly indicates an uninquisitive mind. Without a briefer present, there is no opportunity to ask questions to gain deeper understanding. No truly sophisticated consumer of any type of information would accept reading only, if the writers were available.

    • And, strongly indicates an inflexible mindset. He already knows what he’s going to do, who his ‘friends’ are, etc.

  • 914

    Yeppers!! when they? made Obuma, they threw away the mold and cast the swine before the prrompteddumpulater.. if that makes sense? Then you vote hope for change! 2012!! llol

  • 914

    Barry has no use for the intelligence community? Thats because he has no intelligence toi figure it out.

  • 914

    “Wheres My Caddie??”

  • GollyGeez

    Someone actually said this? Thought it was a joke.

    • Like “Ha ha” funny or Ah ha – a realization of an alternate condition?