I imagine these NSA comments will get a lot more play than Obama's health care remarks.—
Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 07, 2013
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.