by Matt Lacy –
The White House calendar reveals there is no public record of President Barack Obama attending the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) in the entire week leading up to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic stations that resulted in the death of U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three members of his staff.
Brietbart reported that a recent study by the Government Accountability Institute says Obama skipping the briefings was a fairly regular occurrence noting that during his first 1,225 days in office, the president only attended the PDB 536 times which translates to only 43.8 percent of the time.
When asked about the study, the White House did not dispute the study’s numbers but nevertheless called it “hilarious” because Obama “always reads it, every day.”
National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor went even farther and said the president is one of the greatest persons on the entire planet when it comes to absorbing intelligence information.
“The President is among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet,” Vietor said in an e-mail.
A review of the president’s schedule on the White House website shows he did not attend a single briefing from Sept. 6 through Sept. 11.
The mainstream media castigated President George W. Bush for ignoring intelligence reporting suggesting that al Qaeda and Osama bin Ladin wanted to attack America. However, there appears to be no similar condemnation of Obama apparently ignoring warnings about the embassy attacks.
The Jerusalem Post noted that Egypt’s General Intelligence Service warned that Muslim jihadists were planning to carry out attacks against U.S. and Israeli embassies as early as Sept. 4.
The attacks have spread throughout the Middle East with additional attacks at American embassies in Yemen and Tunisia. Additionally government officials have evacuated the U.S. consulate in Berlin after an employee reported a strange smell from an envelope.
The response to the embassy attacks has been blamed on an American movie that portrayed Muhammed in a negative light.
The Wall Street Journal noted that while speaking at a meeting at the State Department Clinton said the video was, “disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.” She emphasized that the U.S. had no role in the video, adding: “We absolutely reject its content and message.”
She later spoke out against the violence saying, “The U.S. government has absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and messages,” she said. “But there is no justification — none at all — for responding to this video with violence.”
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