Obama has skipped nearly 60% of his daily intel briefings; wait, what?

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by Howard Portnoy

According to this morning’s Real Clear Politics average, Barack Obama’s job approval rating is 41.4%. That’s a tick higher than the percentage of daily intelligence briefings he has attended so far in his second term.

Not that he was that much more vigilant about national security in his first term, during which he was present for 42.1% of those briefings.

A new report by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) reveals that Obama has skipped 57.9% of these briefings, known officially as Presidential Daily Briefs (PDB), in the 2,079 days of his presidency to date. The shocking report comes less than 48 hours after Obama’s appearance on “60 Minutes” in which he blamed the lack of preparedness for ISIS’s rapid rise on his intelligence team, calling out Director of National Intelligence James Clapper by name.

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