According to The Daily Caller, Obama told the NSC and the FBI to downplay the terrorist angle of the San Bernardino shooting. (Boldface below is my addition.)
A source told Jack Murphy of SOFREP that the FBI instantly believed the shooting, which left 14 dead, to be a clear act of terrorism. The White House, however, didn’t feel the same way and quickly moved in to squash the terror classification.
This source added that as soon as the shooting took place, Obama convened a meeting with the National Security Council and the heads of other federal enforcement agencies to discuss a public relations strategy.
It would be one thing if Obama ever reacted by reassessing policy in light of events as they unfold. Never happens. Instead Obama's narrative must be defended and a public relations strategy is devised for the purpose. It's much like Benghazi,where instead of formulating plans to protect consulate personnel or rescue them once the attacks were under way, all effort went into buttressing the narrative, denying responsibility, and deflecting criticism.