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President Obama’s Intelligence Briefing at Five Guys

By on 5.31.09 | 11:00PM

The following is not a story from the Onion.

President Obama cares so much about protecting our nation from external threats and saving taxpayer dollars that he combined a burger run with an important briefing about the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, an intelligence agency within the Pentagon he hadn't previously been aware of.

The Politico reports that some guy in line at Five Guys who happened to work for the intelligence agency let the president know that the agency has something to do with satellite imaging or maps or, you know, whatever.

The transcript provided by the Politico:

Obama: What do you do Walter?
Walter: I work at, uh, NGA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Obama: Outstanding, how long you been doing that?
Walter: About six years
Obama: Yea?
Walter: Yes.
Obama: You like it?
Walter: I do, keeps me...
Obama: So explain to me exactly what this National Geospatial...uh...
Walter: Uh, we work with, uh, satellite imagery..
Obama: Right
Walter: [unintelligible] systems, so...
Obama: Sounds like good work.
Walter: Enjoy the weekend.
Obama: Appreciate it.

Note that the president didn't ask Walter what he did at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. President Obama asked what the agency did. 

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