September 2nd, 2008
06:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama gets first high-level intelligence briefing

Obama was briefed on topics of national security interest.

Obama was briefed on topics of national security interest.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama Tuesday received his first high level briefing as a candidate from the office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to officials at the campaign and at the DNI's office.

DNI spokesman Richard Willing said the briefings were on "topics of national security interest."

Obama was given the briefing at the FBI field office in Chicago. A team of intelligence experts from the DNI office traveled to Chicago to brief the democratic candidate on national security and intelligence issues, according to sources.

The briefing was more extensive than what he would normally get as a senator on the Foreign Relations Committee, but not as detailed as the daily briefing given to the president.

President Bush has followed the practice of previous presidents in deciding that intelligence briefings will be made available to the presidential and vice presidential candidates of both major parties, CNN has learned.

Sen. Joe Biden, Obama's running mate, has not yet received a briefing. The Republican ticket, Sen. McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin, will be able to be briefed once they are officially nominated later this week.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. drew

    it does not matter. this election is over. obama is winning in the polls, even when young voters aged between 18-25 are being vastly excluded due to the fact they don't have LAN line phones. This election will be a blowout. Obama will win PA, MI, MN, VA, CO, and probably OH as well. So what if he loses FLA, that place is nothing but old people and cubans anyway.

    September 2, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  2. a_REAL_American

    Wow, GW was given all kinds of intelligence briefings about potential attacks like 911; briefing after briefting saying there were no WMDs in Iraq. That there would be an insurgency in Iraq if we went in and stayed too long. Yeah he really showed great INTELLIGENCE and listened to them didn't he –NOT.

    McCain at one time criticized Bush's policies, I had respect for him then.

    September 2, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. mel from Ohio

    Be sure to give lots of time to the McCain/Palin briefing. He'll be asleep and she won't have a clue about what's being discussed

    September 2, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. Lance

    Sarah Palin and John McCain don't need the briefing, they will just make it up as they go, to suit their short term political needs.

    Actually, they'll get a briefing from the oil industry and maybe from the corporate lobbies. That will tell them whom they should bomb and when.

    Of course, then they'll have the head lobbyist for Georgia working for Mccain and taking a few hundred thousand for McCain's campaign to get us into war there too.

    And then Palin will ad the couple hundred million in earmarks she's gotten for Alaska and the 27 million she got for her town of 6500, and she'll make sure that the oil companies pay her at least that much when she decides that invading Iran for the oil there too, (just as she said about us being in Iraq.)

    Oh yes, McCain and Palin will come fully equipped to do damage.

    The last thing we need is an actual thoughtful and careful and caring President like Barack Obama, think about how many lobbyists he's already put out of work.

    At that rate, he'll cause such a rise in unemployment there won't be any oil rich jobs left at all, and then what would John McCain and Sarah Palin do?

    September 2, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. A verb, a noun and POW-that's all he has.

    Obama has time and time again proven his superior intelligence. Not only is he a constitutional scholar. He is an erudite, curious, a magnificent organizer, great fund raiser, orator, phenomenal leader, and brilliant. That's what I want in a President. And, I almost forgot, I would love to drink a beer and converse with him.

    September 2, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. Veteran (DC)

    Even when you receive such high level intelligence briefing, you must have some intelligence and a understanding of National Security in order to understand and grasp the information being given to you. I am sure BO can handle that however, I have serious doubt about McWar and whats her name.

    September 2, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. Eileen

    Obama gets that you can't have "victory" in the traditional sense, after all, who are we going to fight and where. I lived and worked in the middle east and knew when we went into Afghanistan that we could never "win". That is exactly what attracted me to Obama because HE GETS THAT! This is 2008 and we have to stop with the traditional fighting and GET SMARTER! That means bringing troops home and putting them EVERYWHERE HERE! Then regroup, get some of the best innovative technology designed and use THAT to keep them away. How does a country fight unamed people in numerous unknown countries that are faceless? People get a brainwave! They want attention and an attempt at some respect – its called keeping your friends clse and yor enemies closer. Does not anybody see that Iran is goading us because they know we are stretched thin both in money fighting the faceless and in manpower. I want somebody in office smart enough to not fall for it!

    September 2, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Manuela

    I have been a registered republican for many years, but I would rather President Barak Obama pick up the phone at three in the morning.

    September 2, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. LW

    Before Bush, diplomacy had meaning and substance. And being stateman was actually an ideal to which we strived. Living abroad changes your perspective, just as going off to college, or having a child, or a number of other life altering events. In the late 90s, when I was living abroad, the US was respected. I felt it everywhere I traveled. After 9/11 we had the sympathy of 90% of the countries around the globe and it was squandered by Bush and his neo con idealogues.

    We need to regain that respect. Obama has the wherewithall to do just that.

    September 2, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. therealist

    Obama's getting his first intellegence report while his blowhard doofus is out calling Pilan unqualified. Is this the change we are to expect?

    September 2, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. katrina

    "Real_American," you're scared because your future president is briefed? You'd prefer him to be unprepared? Not that he doesn't know more about the world than Bush, McC and Palin combined already....

    September 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Ken

    I never would have thought that "High Level Intelligence" and "Obama" would have been used in the same sentence. He claims his executive exoerience comes from running his campaign, now he will claim some foreign policy exoerience from this briefing. He's got it going on.

    September 2, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. JC

    Roger D. Perkins what exactly are you talking about? Do you even know? Obama already has some foreign policy experience from his almost 4 years in the US Senate (securing loose nukes is his biggest foreign policy achievement). He has more foreign policy experience than many previous presidents who first served as governors. And he has more than McCain's VP pick.

    September 2, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. DSA

    Obama. A man of mixed race as all of us are. (Asian, African, Irish, German, Croatian, Russian, Indian, Latino etc. etc. etc.) All of us Americans. This American man proposes genuine goals for our country to step forward into the future of our Global World.
    McCain proposes...uh, let's wait for his staff to get back to us. Buffalo John and Sarah Oakley with their outdated rhetoric can hardly save the day, or the future of our country. Voting is serious business. Make it worth something more than fear.

    September 2, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  15. msh

    "intelligence briefings will be made available to the presidential and vice presidential candidates of both major parties, CNN has learned."

    Obama is going through a positive official process like any other presidential candidate. I don't see why we should be critical of this.

    September 2, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. GCBlaze

    With 3 winners like leiberman, Palin and Fiorina in your corner you can't lose!. If there was ever an example to question someone's judgement it's Mcains VP pick!.GW says he's ready, But, GW said a lot of things that were not true!. Let's see 72 years old and if something happened to him then the VP takes over.I feel safer already!.

    September 2, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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