At the White House briefing today, press secretary Jay Carney seemed confused when talking about how often and where President Obama's receives the presidential daily briefing:
CARNEY: “He gets his -- but what is the question? He gets his presidential daily briefing every day. He has …”
QUESTION: “The -- (inaudible) -- president speaks directly to his national security adviser. Obviously the suggestion here is that's a more efficient way of communicating than getting a written briefing. He …”
CARNEY: “No, he gets both. He does both. He does both all the time -- all the time. And when he is here in Washington, he has briefings in person in the Oval Office with his national security team regularly. And when he is on the road, he has phone conversations that supplement and augment these briefings he receives on paper that are specific to the so-called PDB. I hardly think that is different from previous presidents. And again -- well, I'll leave it at that.”
Marc A. Thiessen, earlier in the week reported, "According to the public schedule of the president, the last time the Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting was Sept. 5 — a week before Islamist radicals stormed our embassy in Cairo and terrorists killed our ambassador to Tripoli."
The Government Accountability Institute examined President Obama’s schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) — the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times — or 43.8 percent of the time. ...
During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent — falling to just over 38 percent. By contrast, Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush almost never missed his daily intelligence meeting.
There are two ways to look at the profits reports that are emerging from corporate boardrooms, often after a brief stop for an added shine at the office of the firms’ accountants. One is to find out just how this or that firm has been doing in the past quarter, compared with a year ago and with analysts’ expectations. I leave that to security analysts, whose job it is to move from that information to a guess as to what it portends for the future, and from there to a “buy,” “sell,” or “hold” recommendation. With some 80 percent of companies thus far reporting exceeding analysts’ (modest) expectations, and their earnings increasing by 40 percent compared with last year, there is cheer in the counting houses.