December 2nd, 2008
08:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama briefed daily on intelligence

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama is receiving regular briefings, says McConnell"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama apparently has a hearty appetite for intelligence.

The president-elect is receiving intelligence briefings every day of the week, exceeding the six days given to President Bush, according to Michael McConnell, the director of national intelligence.

At an appearance Tuesday at Harvard University, McConnell jokingly wondered aloud whether "there's a little bit of competition" between the men.

He said he was amazed at how much and information the two men absorb and how quickly they do it. "The speed with which these two particular gentlemen absorb information and move on is astounding," said McConnell.

Obama's briefings typically last 30 to 60 minutes and cover a "great deal of substance on any topic you can imagine" concerning national security and threats to the country, McConnell added.

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  1. skeptical me

    blaming the problems we have now on the Clinton administrations is like saying that the Republicans did not have the strength or the smarts to improve the situations while they were in control. It would be an admission of weakness and ineptness.
    They had the bully pulpit for 8 years. they let there base sack this country and are now blaming it on the previous administration. It will be a long dark night for the the right unless they own up to the evil doings and reinvent their selves...and loose the neoconservative wackos.

    December 3, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
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