In yesterday’s Washington Post, I broke the news that President Obama does not attend his daily intelligence meeting on a daily basis – skipping it more than half the time. During his first 1,225 days in office – from the day he took office until mid-June 2012 – Obama attended his meeting to discuss the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) just 536 times, or 43.8% of the time.
To put that figure in context, consider: According to a Brookings Institution study, Bush “spent up to an hour” on his daily intelligence meeting. Assuming Obama does the same (when he goes), that means the president has spent roughly 536 hours in his daily intelligence meetings since taking office.
By contrast, the Government Accountability Institute reported this summer:
When it was recently reported that Mr. Obama had played his 100th round of golf, the president said that playing golf was “the only time that for six hours, I’m outside.” Therefore, by his own estimate, the president has spent 600 hours playing golf.
So Obama has spent roughly 600 hours on the golf course, and roughly 536 hours discussing the PDB with his intelligence and national security advisors. White House spokesman Jay Carney said my report was “hilarious.” Really? There’s nothing funny about a president who has more time for golf than he does for his daily intelligence brief.