"President Obama, who had recently returned from a weeklong vacation and planned a quiet day at the White House before departing for a two-day bus tour across New York and Pennsylvania, was told of the attack in the Oval Office that morning during his regular intelligence briefing."
That's paragraph 6 of a NYT article headlined "Advertise on NYTimes.com
Blasts in the Night, a Smell, and a Flood of Syrian Victims." Read the previous 5 paragraphs and think about what the NYT is trying tell us about Obama.
Remember the notion of the "3 a.m. call."