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To republicans.

The neocon hacks are whining:

Marc Thiessen ‏@marcthiessen

But @BarackObama skips his daily intel mtg the day after a terrorist attack and goes to Vegas fundraiser and … [crickets] 1:26 PM – 13 Sep 12

The best response:

Scott Peterson ‏@petersonscott

@marcthiessen “All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.” #WeRememberBushFAIL. 4:09 PM – 13 Sep 12

The guy who didn’t like to read:

Farewell to All That: An Oral History of the Bush White House

February 2009

by Cullen Murphy and Todd S. Purdum

….Richard Clarke, chief White House counterterrorism adviser: We had a couple of meetings with the president [George W. Bush], and there were detailed discussions and briefings on cyber-security and often terrorism, and on a classified program. With the cyber-security meeting, he seemed-I was disturbed because he seemed to be trying to impress us, the people who were briefing him. It was as though he wanted these experts, these White House staff guys who had been around for a long time before he got there-didn’t want them buying the rumor that he wasn’t too bright. He was trying-sort of overly trying-to show that he could ask good questions, and kind of yukking it up with Cheney.

The contrast with having briefed his father and Clinton and Gore was so marked. And to be told, frankly, early in the administration, by Condi Rice and [her deputy] Steve Hadley, you know, Don’t give the president a lot of long memos, he’s not a big reader-well, shit. I mean, the president of the United States is not a big reader?….

Monday, at the Obama White House:

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

September 10, 2012

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 09/10/2012

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

12:42 P.M. EDT

….Q    And finally, who does get the presidential daily briefing if he’s not there?  I saw this —

MR. CARNEY:  I saw that report.  It is hilarious to me —

Q    — if he’s not there?

MR. CARNEY:  He gets it every day, okay?  The President of the United States gets the presidential daily briefing every day. There is a document that he reads every day when he is not — well, he always reads it every day because he’s a voracious consumer of all of his briefing materials.  And when he is physically here, most days he has a meeting in his office, the Oval one — (laughter) — with participants in — his national security team, including obviously Tom Donilon and others.  He also has regular meetings with —

Q    This is about the physical briefing from whoever is giving it versus the written briefing?

MR. CARNEY:  This was a case of — I don’t know how far I want to go here, but I believe if you compare our foreign policy record with the one that preceded this one, we’re comfortable with that comparison.  And this President is very much steeped in the details of national security issues and the information that as President he received —

Q    Do you believe this report was misleading —

MR. CARNEY:  I believe the article written about it was amusing….

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