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(Mediaite)   "Presidents are elected to lead, not to read" - Ainsley Earhardt   (mediaite.com) divider line
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2020-06-30 8:09:52 AM  
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2020-06-30 8:11:35 AM  
Who dot gif
 
2020-06-30 8:11:54 AM  
Yeah, that's definitely Sean Hannity's girlfriend.
 
2020-06-30 8:13:43 AM  
Shut your cakehole, bimbo.
 
2020-06-30 8:18:54 AM  
Is anyone keeping a list of traitors and sympathizers so when we're able to use the guillotines we can just get started?
 
2020-06-30 8:25:31 AM  
I would bet money Obama read all his briefings, and made sure he understood them, asking clarifying questions and such.

What is the point of briefing the president on anything if he's just going to ignore it?
 
2020-06-30 8:28:13 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Who dot gif


Fox & Friends Barbie.
Adversarial cable tv propaganda.
 
2020-06-30 8:30:41 AM  
Trump cares more about his golf game and selling out the US to Putin.
 
2020-06-30 8:39:27 AM  
Well, at least Fox News viewers are becoming aware of this story, so that's something. I can't wait to see how my "MAGA, I love the military, M-I-L" spins this story.  She will, but I'm not sure yet what crazy story she is going to go with.
 
2020-06-30 8:45:29 AM  

hugram: Well, at least Fox News viewers are becoming aware of this story, so that's something. I can't wait to see how my "MAGA, I love the military, M-I-L" spins this story.  She will, but I'm not sure yet what crazy story she is going to go with.


It will either be "fake news" or they will ignore it. Or blame Obama.
 
2020-06-30 8:46:23 AM  

Ambivalence: I would bet money Obama read all his briefings, and made sure he understood them, asking clarifying questions and such.

What is the point of briefing the president on anything if he's just going to ignore it?


I would be farking terrified not to.

Even a sociopath would know that getting surprised could be bad for their own political position.

A lazy moron with slavish followers tho...

Bottom line is that Trump is who he is. His voters and the GOP are to blame for empowering him.
 
2020-06-30 9:00:46 AM  
Reagan liked his briefings condensed onto one page so he had time to watch his movies, I guess, but at least he read them.
 
2020-06-30 9:02:22 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Who dot gif


She disappeared in an airplane. I don't know how they got a quote from her about this.
 
2020-06-30 9:13:25 AM  

Jake Havechek: Reagan liked his briefings condensed onto one page so he had time to watch his movies, I guess, but at least he read them.


He also had naptime every single day.
 
2020-06-30 9:22:17 AM  
Hey remember when Republicans shiat all over Obama for requesting the full PDB in writing every day?

/that was awesome
 
2020-06-30 9:23:27 AM  
Cool. We have a fool who does neither.
 
2020-06-30 9:24:11 AM  

Ambivalence: I would bet money Obama read all his briefings, and made sure he understood them, asking clarifying questions and such.

What is the point of briefing the president on anything if he's just going to ignore it?


I would also bet that if this scandal broke out on Obama's watch and the excuse was that he doesn't read all of his briefings then Fox News would have do I even need to bother finishing this sentence?
 
2020-06-30 9:25:23 AM  
LOL

The notion that a President is only presented intel that has been confirmed with 100% certainty is idiotic.

Complicating matters is that he was presented the intel.

Their fallback spin is essentially "He's stupid and lazy", which is pretty satisfying.
 
2020-06-30 9:25:57 AM  
He's not leading either.
 
2020-06-30 9:25:58 AM  

Butterflew: Is anyone keeping a list of traitors and sympathizers so when we're able to use the guillotines we can just get started?


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Seems unwise to put that sort of thing in writing.
 
2020-06-30 9:26:36 AM  

Jake Havechek: Reagan liked his briefings condensed onto one page so he had time to watch his movies, I guess, but at least he read them.


He also tended to appoint people who were intelligent to run everything and let them do it.

He appointed evil mofos to run things - but at least they were semi-competent evil mofos. Not reality show dropouts who tried out for the job by shiat-posting racist BS on Twitter.
 
2020-06-30 9:27:00 AM  
So.... what's Blanche's latest little witchhunt all about, doofus?
 
2020-06-30 9:27:41 AM  

wet drum sandwich: cameroncrazy1984: Who dot gif

She disappeared in an airplane. I don't know how they got a quote from her about this.


You're thinking of Helen Keller. The one who hid from the Nazis for two years in the attic.
 
2020-06-30 9:27:59 AM  
"The point here is: if it is not verified by our 16 intelligence agencies, that's their job, that's what they do it doesn't get to the president's desk."

All 16 of our intelligence agencies said Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but Trump said he talked to Putin and Putin said he didn't do it so he believes him over the 16 intelligence agencies. Defend that Ainsley.
 
2020-06-30 9:28:10 AM  
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2020-06-30 9:28:17 AM  
Maybe it's because of The West Wing but I expect more from Republicans named Ainsley
 
2020-06-30 9:28:55 AM  

wet drum sandwich: cameroncrazy1984: Who dot gif

She disappeared in an airplane. I don't know how they got a quote from her about this.


Braille.
 
2020-06-30 9:29:13 AM  
that's really amazing video, I like the part where the blonde says it's well known russian, iran, and pakistan have all supported the taliban for years, "it's nothing new", but if it isn't verified it doesn't get to the president's desk. -- what? so, it's something we all know is happening but it hasn't been verified?

and then the smart one with glasses chimes in, sure it may have been written down on paper, but no one told the president so he could hear it with his own ears - what a total shiatshow
 
2020-06-30 9:29:41 AM  

shpritz: He's not leading either.


He's leading us right off a cliff. That's a KIND of leading.
 
2020-06-30 9:31:18 AM  
Tens-of-thousands of intelligence analysts exist solely to distill all that information down to a concise list of actionable threats. Republicans were ready to burn down the entire intelligence infrastructure because they failed to correlate a dozen pieces of otherwise unrelated intel from a dozen different sources that hinted that there might be an attack at some time in the future against one of half-a-dozen different targets around the world.

Fast forward a few years: "A president can't be expected to read both paragraphs, jeez"
 
2020-06-30 9:32:00 AM  

Ambivalence: I would bet money Obama read all his briefings, and made sure he understood them, asking clarifying questions and such.

What is the point of briefing the president on anything if he's just going to ignore it?


It was pointed out that Obama made an effort to read his entire Daily Intel, not just the summary. Which was hopefully a bit of hyperbole. As I can't imagine it being under 200 to 300 pages, which is why they began making a presidential summary.

So yes Obama read the summary and is alleged to regulary have read the entire thing.

/ Hell at this point I would expect the summary to be 20+ pages.
// Cause, there is that much going on that demands the attention of the executive branch now.
 
2020-06-30 9:32:39 AM  
doocy: if he knew he would've done something about it
reality: he did know and he did nothing.  not one thing.
 
2020-06-30 9:33:09 AM  

Snapper Carr: Maybe it's because of The West Wing but I expect more from Republicans named Ainsley


What, you expected something other than table-pounding and appeals to patriotism and lib-bashing and the fallacy of the false middle?

Were you watching a different West Wing series than me?

// I expected her to be eating something
 
2020-06-30 9:33:39 AM  
I want to punch kittens every time I see that particular argument.

"It's okay that Trump's actually bragged that he doesn't waste time with the daily briefings because not EVERY President read EVERY SINGLE document ALL THE TIME"

Fark you, Ainsley
 
2020-06-30 9:34:23 AM  

Ambivalence: I would bet money Obama read all his briefings, and made sure he understood them, asking clarifying questions and such.

What is the point of briefing the president on anything if he's just going to ignore it?


Marc Thiessen had a whole cottage industry of outrage about the fact that Bush 43 scheduled someone to come in and read him his PDB daily whereas Obama did not, preferring to read it himself and then call in someone to explain any concerns he had about the contents. If he only called someone in a third of the time, how could we know he read it at all? That, Obama golfing too much, and how much enhanced interrogation benefits not just our country but also the people we interrogate were his big three subjects for articles in the previous presidential term.

Somehow those first two are no longer an issue with Trump; all the articles are about Trump setting a new standard of how impressive a presidency can be.
 
2020-06-30 9:34:32 AM  

Arkanaut: shpritz: He's not leading either.

He's leading us right off a cliff. That's a KIND of leading.


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2020-06-30 9:34:38 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Jake Havechek: Reagan liked his briefings condensed onto one page so he had time to watch his movies, I guess, but at least he read them.

He also had naptime every single day.


As did Truman.  It's a good habit.
 
2020-06-30 9:35:34 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Yeah, that's definitely Sean Hannity's girlfriend.


I thought her name was Peggy...
 
2020-06-30 9:37:07 AM  
FTA: Earhardt's response: "All president's don't read all of their briefings."

Then they should not be president.  I am rather positive that Ms. Earnhardt would agree with me if the current president was Barack Obama.
 
2020-06-30 9:37:31 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: LOL

The notion that a President is only presented intel that has been confirmed with 100% certainty is idiotic.

Complicating matters is that he was presented the intel.

Their fallback spin is essentially "He's stupid and lazy", which is pretty satisfying.


If that was true, we wouldn't have been in Iraq in the first place.
 
2020-06-30 9:37:32 AM  

Xzano: Ambivalence: I would bet money Obama read all his briefings, and made sure he understood them, asking clarifying questions and such.

What is the point of briefing the president on anything if he's just going to ignore it?

It was pointed out that Obama made an effort to read his entire Daily Intel, not just the summary. Which was hopefully a bit of hyperbole. As I can't imagine it being under 200 to 300 pages, which is why they began making a presidential summary.

So yes Obama read the summary and is alleged to regulary have read the entire thing.

/ Hell at this point I would expect the summary to be 20+ pages.
// Cause, there is that much going on that demands the attention of the executive branch now.


I feel like I remember reading that Obama's was less than ten, but that still worked because it was well put together and he was the kind of guy who could use a summary as, well, a summary, and follow up as time permitted.
 
2020-06-30 9:37:34 AM  

Jake Havechek: Reagan liked his briefings condensed onto one page so he had time to watch his movies, I guess, but at least he read them.


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The Critic: Ronald Reagan
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2020-06-30 9:37:41 AM  
And of course there is an old Trump tweet criticizing Obama for the same thing.

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/Seriously, is there ever not a tweet?
//Nostradumbass
 
2020-06-30 9:37:51 AM  
Are these the same briefings Trump asked to have reduced to one page with large type bullet point lists and illustrations?
 
2020-06-30 9:38:19 AM  
On the contrary: Reading is literally all Presidents do. Reading and attending briefings. It's literally like 99% of his job.

They read reports, they read assignments, they read executive orders and policy proposals, they read bills passed by Congress, they read prepared speeches and they recommend/make changes to them, they read briefings, they read confidential and classified documents, they read dossiers and prepared statements when visiting foreign heads of state and summit gatherings, and when they're on the plane they like to read longform works of non-fiction, usually about past Presidents and the difficult choices they made.

(source: Obama, W, Clinton all did this)

Someone should have explained this to Trump the day he descended down the escalator:

"Do you even know what the job entails? .......well, there's a lot of reading. Like, a lot. Of very dry documents in an officialized, technocratic jargon. That's all you'll be doing most of the time. Being President means making important decisions, and knowing which decisions to make requires a lot of reading. Now ask yourself: Is that what you really want to do for the next 4 years?"
 
2020-06-30 9:39:08 AM  
I love this timeline that "hey, he just chose not to read important information" is considered a defense for Russia paying bounties to kill our troops.

And for all you conservatives who find this 'defense' valid, it's time to yank that yellow ribbon magnet off the back of your SUVs.
 
2020-06-30 9:39:45 AM  
A couple days ago somebody was expressing guarded optimism that this could be the scandal that's finally too deep in the muck and mire for republicans to keep wading along dumbly behind Trump.

I expressed what might be charitably be considered skepticism of this possibility and suggested there is nothing too low, too disgusting, or too evil for Trump supporters to either excuse away with the flimsiest of nonsense or try to spin as akshually being Obama's or the democrats' fault somehow.

Seems I was correct.

You'll never go wrong assuming the worst of Trump supporters, no matter how bad they already are. The vast majority of non-Trumpers out there need to start understanding that the Trumpers are not reasonable people expressing reasonable concerns about actual problems they want to see productive solutions to. They have completely dropped any pretense of being honest participants in our social, legal, and political structures and they need to be approached and understood on that basis, because you are never going to reason with them on anything they've already made a decision on, no matter how wildly conspiratorial or obviously untrue their position is.
 
2020-06-30 9:40:13 AM  

TrainingWheelsNeeded: that's really amazing video, I like the part where the blonde says it's well known russian, iran, and pakistan have all supported the taliban for years, "it's nothing new", but if it isn't verified it doesn't get to the president's desk. -- what? so, it's something we all know is happening but it hasn't been verified?

and then the smart one with glasses chimes in, sure it may have been written down on paper, but no one told the president so he could hear it with his own ears - what a total shiatshow


I was saying the other day how hard it is to defend Trump at this point. Luckily everyone still doing it is a giant piece of shiat, or else I would have sympathy for them.

And in the case of the latest Fox and Friends blonde, being stupid makes defending him while maintaining logical consistency doubly hard.
 
2020-06-30 9:40:26 AM  
The takeaway should be that other presidents could at least read. I'm not saying Trump can't read. He can  obviously read a little. Does he even do that? No. That's a common theme in books I have read about him. If there is any chance at him looking at a report, it has to be some bulleted points done in crayon. Seriously.

There has never been a more unfit person as president.
 
2020-06-30 9:42:43 AM  

Ishkur: On the contrary: Reading is literally all Presidents do. Reading and attending briefings. It's literally like 99% of his job.

They read reports, they read assignments, they read executive orders and policy proposals, they read bills passed by Congress, they read prepared speeches and they recommend/make changes to them, they read briefings, they read confidential and classified documents, they read dossiers and prepared statements when visiting foreign heads of state and summit gatherings, and when they're on the plane they like to read longform works of non-fiction, usually about past Presidents and the difficult choices they made.

(source: Obama, W, Clinton all did this)

Someone should have explained this to Trump the day he descended down the escalator:

"Do you even know what the job entails? .......well, there's a lot of reading. Like, a lot. Of very dry documents in an officialized, technocratic jargon. That's all you'll be doing most of the time. Being President means making important decisions, and knowing which decisions to make requires a lot of reading. Now ask yourself: Is that what you really want to do for the next 4 years?"


It wouldn't have mattered, he still would have signed up for it because he believed (believes!) his own crap about the potus being ceo of USA, Inc.
 
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