Obama: Trust government ‘encroachments’ on privacy or ‘we’re gonna have some problems’

And how.

After the president finished his futile attempt to extol the virtues of Obamacare in California, he graciously took one question from a reporter totally selected at random:

How convenient. After asserting that the government isn’t listening in on phone calls:

He was able to get personal:

Weird example, Mr. President. As Jake Tapper pointed out:

To be fair, though, the president never seems to know what his administration is up to. But, he assures us, our other elected officials are totally in the loop (so you can blame them, too):

Don’t worry! It’s all good.

And we can all rest easy knowing that the president is committed to protecting our privacy:

Well, as long as we’re cool with “modest encroachments”:

President Obama made it clear that sometimes such “encroachments” are necessary:

For the purpose of national security:

Fine. But the issue with Obama’s surveillance program is that it goes above and beyond Bush-era domestic security policy. Not only is Obama now sanctioning policy he had previously denounced, but he’s reportedly grown the government’s scope exponentially and cast his dragnet over all Americans rather than focusing solely on potential terrorists.

And context is everything. As Michelle Malkin noted, “revelations about Obama’s expansive collection of domestic phone call data come amidst the still-exploding IRS witch hunt scandal, the DOJ/AP snooping scandal, and the invasive DOJ/James Rosen spying scandal — not to mention the gangrenous distrust of government fostered by the stonewalling, lies, and obstruction at the heart of the Benghazi and Fast and Furious national security debacles.”

How is this supposed to make the citizenry feel more secure? Guess what, Mr. President: we don’t.

And apparently that’s going to be a problem for this administration:

Is that an ultimatum?

Congressional scapegoats might “have some problems, too”:

Yep, we’re in very capable hands.

Obama 1984



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  • Janice LEE

    Can these people explain how it is that they missed the Marathon bombers.
    Or did they?

    • ObamaFail

      Either they didn’t care, or they were too busy targeting the evil tea-partiers to take any time out to keep an eye on the Boston Bombers.

    • camnpat

      They didn’t have a Gadsden flag, “The bigger the Government the smaller the Individual”, or “Vote Democrat: It’s easier than working” stickers on their car.

  • 24fan

    sounds like a threat dear leader. we already do have problems and I trust in no man. nor government.

    • mickeyco

      Particularly this man and this government.

  • Garth Haycock

    Obama: “When I took office, I made two commitments…to keep this nation
    safe and to uphold the Constitution and the right to privacy.”

    Neither of which he’s done.

    • colchak

      Obama is being modest. He’s a regular ol’ triple threat as there was that third commitment to being the most transparent administration ever.

    • ObamaFail

      Every time I hear Obama claim to uphold the Constitution, I always laugh.

    • camnpat

      I thought his commitments were to pass Obamacare, ensure that energy prices would skyrocket, and close Gitmo. I must have missed that part of his commitment.

    • vetgal1970

      He also made a commitment to transparency. Guess he forgot to watch the news this morning.

    • JR48

      Great job on Benghazi, sir.

      And I guess we don’t need the fourth amendment anymore.

  • CatHerder

    “Modest encroachment, five yard penalty, repeat first down!”

    • Michael Anderson

      There needs to be some modest encroachments on the liberty of this administration, namely jail time.

  • RightFinShark

    Obama just doesn’t get it. There is never a “trade-off” under our Constitution, ever.

    • camnpat

      He gets it. He just doesn’t believe that man can rule itself and make the best choices. Thus there is always someone else who knows better which means you should be grateful for the trade-off because it is for your own good.

      He gets it. He just believes that trade off (security) is better than the alternative (freedom). Don’t forget this is the guy who claimed you absolutely need to do something if it saves one life.

      • OLLPOH # UnBanHana!!!!!!!

        His autobiographies are his manifesto. This man’s father was track by the FBI, because his father chased white women in when he was here as a foreign student from Kenya and was depicted as a communist and this was not to acceptable at all back in the 60s. Barack doesn’t like that he is tracked by Secret Service, nor does Michelle. His books depict great disdain for the U.S. Government. He had a card carrying communist surrogate father by the name Frank Marshall Davis, that absolutely taught him to have more disdain for America. We think, that he believes we all have to feel his pain, and we also think that Obama thought it was America’s fault for being so prejudice back in the 60s. Paul Kengor has a book that would help fill in the info. on him too.
        …We leave this for all to cypher on….
        Why would Obama write this in one of his autobiographies RE: White Folks Greed?
        Taken from his book and in his own words: “Dreams From My Father” page 158 of 235 PDF Form:
        “It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year,
        where white folks’ greed runs a world in need,
        apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere…
        That’s the world! On which hope sits!”
        …another FYI…The State Dept. used $70K of taxpayer dollars to give both of his books Dreams From My Father and Audacity of Hope to foreign islamic countries for Christmas gratuities, to speed that White Folks Greed Leaves A World In Need…

        In his book Audacity of Hope he states that the Constitution, that he agrees with Supreme Court Justice Breyer that the Constitution is not Static, and is a living document…

        • camnpat

          I am not sure I follow what’s the point you are trying to make here, but I’ll say something. No question that, at a personal level, he has several chips on his shoulder (or whoever wrote the book). No question that he prefers intimidation to dialogue (unless you agree with him). But let’s not make the issues about him solely because when it comes to the office of the president we would be having this same discussion if we had president Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, or John Kerry. When it comes to ideology all of them believe that the Constitution is a living document, that government needs to take care of every need, that guns are bad but an ever expanding bureaucracy is needed to protect the population from all the ‘scary stuff’ in the world, and so forth. This is not just about him because there are plenty of people all over government that adhere to these same views. Sadly, this also includes some on the GOP who, while claiming for a smaller government when it comes to spending, believe that an ever expanding growth of government in the areas of defense and ‘homeland security’ is alright no matter if it steps on the constitution and the individual (or that they are all ok with data mining like this while being ok to vote for open borders at the same time).

  • http://www.coreyspofford.com/ YEROCDROFFOPS

    He studied the Constitution to know how to dismantle it.

    • OLLPOH # UnBanHana!!!!!!!

      So true…!

  • DeadlockVictim

    “Nice country ya got here… Be a shame if anything… happened to it.”

    • mickeyco

      Exactly what it sounded like.

    • camnpat

      “Lots of nasty people around here. For a small ‘fee’ I can offer ‘protection’ “.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Just what we need…CHICAGO MOB THUGS IN THE WHITE HOUSE! #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • TocksNedlog

    That’s right, Jake Tapper — Obama answered the question by erecting a straw-man.

    • ceemack

      “This is a job for…STRAWMAN!”

      He’s the liberals’ favorite superhero.

    • vetgal1970

      And I’m not buying it. Every time they deny something they are proven to be liars. The more condescending the tone the more likely it is to be true.

  • Mike

    If these are modest encroachments, whats a major enchroachment to him, a prostate exam?

    • Clayton Grant

      That’s just a fun Saturday night at Camp David.

      • tops116

        “To the left, Biden. The left! That’s the spot. Hey, Napolitano, you want in on this?

  • TocksNedlog

    Oh, WE have got some problems all right, buddy.
    Problems of the “high crimes and misdemeanors” type.

  • ceemack

    “If people can’t trust not only the executive branch” but also Congress
    & Judiciary, “then we’re going to have some problems.”

    Guess what, genius…we CAN’T trust the executive branch, we can’t trust Congress, and (thank you, John Roberts) we sure as hell can’t trust the courts.

    And yes, we have problems as a result.

  • Clayton Grant

    So we should trust the judiciary. You know, the same third judge that signed off on the James Rosen warrant.

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Obama, NSA, FBI, ATF(E), DHS, et al:

    If this system works so well and harms no one.

    Explain why you DIDN’T jack up the Tsaraevs BEFORE the Boston Bombing?

    • camnpat

      Too busy going after those “extremist”, God-Fearing, Tea Party groups that could turn violent because of their small government, low taxes, constitutional beliefs. What do you expect? The government can’t be be bothered tracking people buying kitchen cookware when some are buying those dangerous Gadsden flags!!!

    • TexasMom2012

      Or Major Nidal Hassan. He is the most blatant example of intelligence failure. All the info was available and instead of doing anything about him they shipped him out of DC to Texas. Creeps. PC runs amok and is killing some of us.

  • gracepmc

    This is a “modest encroachment” like an Obama vacation is a “little get away”.

  • Turd Burglestein

    Translated: If you don’t trust the gov’t, the gov’t NOW has a problem with you.

  • KansasGirl

    Did O just draw a line in the sand?
    Our CIC is a thuggish bully.
    He’s as classy as Moooochelle. Pfffffft

  • Marcy Cook

    It is a “modest encroachment” it doesn’t really impact all of us. Just try calling

    1-800-Chechnya….no one will be listening, no one will have your name…you can even order your very own pressure cooker without any interference.

  • William Stanley

    I wouldn’t trust the Gov’t any farther than I could throw a piano!

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      …Any further than I can throw Washed-Up Town, Debacle of Corruption! #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • lainer51

    Since his base love their Obamaphones, I am assuming they are “off limits”

  • Marjorie

    “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.” Benjamin Franklin (I think)

  • Mama Bear

    Uh, we already have some problems!!!

  • Discontentwliars

    I want everyone to “Trust” in the government, just like it says on the coins. You don’t have to worry, the free press will get to the bottom of the issues, Just watch TV, and the teleprompter, for belief in their abilities. Please don’t read anything on the internet, because they are telling you not to trust them, and the government is out of control. They are just fear mongering. You should “Trust Me” since I said so.

  • ObamaFail

    Sounds like Obama is threatening us. What do you think he’ll do to punish us for not trusting him? Attack our 1st Amendment rights? Oh, wait. He already did that. Attack Our 2nd Amendment rights? Damn, he tried that already too. Oh, I know! He’ll use the IRS to target Conservative groups to silence the opposition. Wait, that happened already. Oh, he’ll go to bed and ignore 4 of our men dying and then cover it up. Oh, that already happened! I know! He’ll do nothing to create jobs and then blame Bush when he gets called out on it. Oh wait, HE DID THAT TOO.

    • Lotte Lenya

      Of course he’s threatening us. Next up: Re-education Summer Camp; if that doesn’t work, drones. Easy peasy.

    • OLLPOH # UnBanHana!!!!!!!

      Wait, you don’t forget that his spying didn’t prevent Ft. Hood Major Nadal Hasan from workplace violence, what most Americans still call a Terror Attack, and his Spying didn’t prevent what he called a Terror Attack at the Boston Marathon….

      • ObamaFail

        Thanks. It’s just so hard to keep track of ALL of the things Obama has failed at or how many things he’s done wrong since becoming President.

  • tops116

    Problems such as what? IRS auditing the political opposition? DOJ harassing reporters? Government spying on average citizens? Oh right, according to Obama, those aren’t problems; those are features.

    Y’know, as I recall, a certain Senator for Illinois expressed a lot of outrage over Bush’s warrantless wiretaps of suspect terrorists in foreign countries. I wonder where that senator is. I bet he and his supporters would have a lot to say about PRISM. 😉

  • Markward

    Next we will have the Nightwatch… Oh wait, that be DHS. Well At least President Clarke, sorry, I mean Obama, has yet to resort to dissolving Congress. Wow, I wonder how I got those two confused.

    • http://www.FunDMental.com TheRealJackpineSavage

      Great Babylon 5 reference!

      It’s scary how Joe Straczynski nailed Obama back in the 90s.
      Let’s just hope we don’t need to recruit Aliens to help depose our President Clarke like they did.

  • IronButterfly

    I wonder what apparatchik in Washington is reading all of these Twitchy comments?

    • Zefal

      His name his Rogue Employee.

  • Bill Board

    Der Führer lies.

  • Misanthrope

    “Nobody’s listening to your phone calls.”
    I wonder what paper he read that in.

  • notenoughtime

    Prefer to put my faith and trust behind my family and those who deserve it not a President who has no respect for our laws and the citizens of this country!

  • $35072932

    Didn’t the Dear Liar already claim the WOT is over?

    I guess we can trust him about as much as we can trust the IRS….

  • $6565218

    translation: I am the dictat…,uh, President, and you peons need to deal with it. And, if you want problems, I will unleash DHS against you all.

  • gekkobear

    My Senator was one who asked explicitly about his in 2011… what was he told?


    “The Intelligence Community has put in place a variety of procedures,
    which have been approved by the FISA Court as required by law, to ensure
    that only persons reasonably believed to be located outside the
    United States are targeted and to prevent the intentional acquisition
    of any communications as to which the sender and all intended recipients
    are known to be located in the United States.”

    And under Oath in front of Congress…


    On March 12, at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Wyden asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper responded: “No, sir.” When Wyden followed up by asking, “It does not?” Clapper said: “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could, inadvertently perhaps, collect—but not wittingly.”

    If by “briefed” you mean “blatantly lied to as we said even under oath we wouldn’t do this” then yes, they were “briefed”.

    If you mean the normal definition of “briefed”… no, lying to someone and telling them you’d never do it doesn’t count as briefing them that you are doing it and will continue doing it.

  • Bristel

    Waiting for the comments from liberals tilting at windmills.

  • Timothy Kennedy

    “If”…he said “If’…is he out of his friggin’ mind? In what way can we trust this government?

  • Ronald

    When the Government watches you it’s very bad. When corporations watch you they get a pass. That’s not right. People need to reject private snooping just as adamantly as they do when its the government.

    • dagnytaggart

      I don’t so much like corporate snooping either, but the difference is you are told you will be watched, as in when you get a grocery store “card,” where you get coupons mailed to you etc. You can opt out. Even the online news pages that force me to watch commercials I don’t mind, because I can just not use their page if I don’t like it. What I am bothered by is how all the ads are suddenly targeted to my browsing habits. THAT is not ok with me.

      • Ronald

        Excellent points.

  • OLLPOH # UnBanHana!!!!!!!

    George Washington did not become the General of The Continental Army knowing that he would become the 1st President of the United States, nor because he snooped on the people that came here and colonized here, because they all share a very common natural desire the concept of freedom, liberty to speak, to prosper and solely that the individual made this country and he gathered up the people and didn’t have to get permission from no one and they decided that tyranny no more by God by King George.

    For those that just were not the slightest bit interested to learn in the founding of their Nation, John Adams was the 1st Vice President of the United States of America and the 2nd President of the United States of America.

    America, yesterday was D-Day, we lost relatives fighting for freedom in foreign lands and there are 9000 headstones to prove it from Normandy Beach, yet this occupant in our Whitehouse chose to visit with kids and talk about giving them free broadband connection in school, when he could have been sharing with them the pride of our Treasured Soldiers, that did not get to know freedom, liberty life and the pursuit of anything resembling happiness…God Bless The Hallowed Grounds of Normandy and those that came before and died for us…Thank You!

  • Michael Rice

    Just a small encroachment….but hey, I still love privacy. I mean, hey, if your 8 year old wants an abortion without parental consent I am all for that.
    Do you recall the uproar over Bush’s security measures? Imagine if this was him. There would be outrage and rightfully so. But, since it’s Obama…..nothing but a few peeps.

  • sluker1

    Let me get this straight. Government officials have SECRET emails and even bogus identities that win awards, but the government is spying on us.

  • dagnytaggart

    If you don’t trust the government, then I will MAKE you trust us, and TRUST ME you won’t like it…

  • Ron Rice

    Trust me is Demospeak for screw you!!!

  • Guest

    I’m ready!! Bring it on, obama, baby!! Put your diaper on, though, no wet carpet or floor here, @sshole!

  • AmericanMom

    Shutting down all criticism of Barry and his regime is his apparent goal. Being “compliant” and not “betraying” dear leader won’t help us or anyone else to trust Barry’s version of government.

  • Gallatin

    Zach Wolf ✔
    .@barackobama calls dragnets of Internet and phone data “modest encroachments” on privacy… part of a trade-off for security.

    Maybe if someone had been doing some “dragnets of internet and phone data”; Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith,Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty wouldn’t have made a “trade off” of their lives “for security.”

  • kim

    hmm…. so they don’t take the names that go with the phone numbers. They don’t listen to the calls. They just record the phone number making the call, the phone number receiving the call, and the duration of the call. Right?
    So am I considered suspicious if every Saturday at 2 pm I call the same number and the duration is always about 60 minutes? Do they then trace my number to see who it belongs to, then run a background check (my voter registration) and do the same for the number I called? THEN go get a search warrent signed to listen to the next call?
    Do they not bother because they find the person I call each Saturday is my Mother? Or is it suspicious because I call with such regularity?
    But what if I am Muslim? Does that automatically erase suspicion, because we can’t racially profile, or just assume that a terrorist would be Muslim because they all have been so far….?
    What if I am Catholic and a registered Republican? Does this make me ‘dangerous’ as Homeland Security has said? Should my calls be monitered to make sure I am not planning a protest of Planned Parenthood?
    What if while checking my background they find I vote Republican, blog conservatively, follow Glenn Beck, Ted Cruz and Michelle Malkin and I do not like the President? What if they go so far as to find that not only do I match the HHS ‘suspected’ list in many areas, but I turn myself in to the Obama website, all the time? Will that have them listening?

  • JR48

    Okay, I’ll trade my phone records for one glimpse at his sealed college transcripts.

    Deal? Oh wait, only the POTUS gets the right to privacy.

  • Bathing Suit Area

    Man, remember the early 2000’s when anyone who questioned the government was a terrorist? Good times.

  • HerodiousPeaskinner

    Years of federal employment has taught me that when they deny something repeatedly and vociferously you can bet they’re covering their butt. The hidden meaning behind “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” speaks volumes.

  • Paul C.

    Trust government like the IRS, EPA,TSA, State department, ETC. Wake up these are people who would do anything to keep their job. TRUST ME (grin).

  • stillinthe60s

    “In God We Trust”? Nah! Trust POTUS.

  • Nadine Faber

    Do you think NOW that we are in a police state run by a corrupt government? The phones maybe not listened to NOW, but I somehow don’t believe that. The temptation to listen to Tea Party, Congressional Members, Possible opposing politicians to obama… is how communism and a one sided, dictator is born…. I don’t trust the “word” of any of them.

  • Jack

    so….pouring some water on some scumbag who would joyfully cut your throat is abhorrent, but tossing the constitution out the window is ok….eff me!

  • chetnapier

    Oh man are we going to have problems!

  • chetnapier

    Oh man are we going to have problems!