Obama skipped most of his daily intelligence briefings – Government Accountability Institute

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)

​US President Barack Obama has attended only 42 percent of his daily intelligence briefings since assuming office more than five and a half years ago, according to a new study.

The Government Accountability Institute, a watchdog non-profit organization,calculatedthe number of times Obama has received daily oral intelligence briefings, or the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB). The group found that as of Sept. 29, the President had attended 42.4 percent of PDBs during his first term and 41.3 percent during his second term.

The report came days after Obama told 60 Minutes that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has underestimated the strength of Islamic State, the militant group currently the target of US-led airstrikeson its holdings in Syria and Iraq.

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama said.

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (Reuters / Jason Reed)
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (Reuters / Jason Reed)

The statement infuriated some in the intelligence and defense communities. One anonymous former senior Pentagon officialtoldthe Daily Beast …read more