Obama’s Bad Week—And It’s Only Wednesday

30871_large_Obama_Watching_WideIt’s shaping up to be a truly terrible PR week for the Obama administration. How bad?

Well, The New York Times Editorial Board ran a scathing piece in response to Obama’s alleged lack of knowledge about the NSA’s activities. They skipped the foreplay and got right into it in the first paragraph: “The White House response on Monday to the expanding disclosures of American spying on foreign leaders, their governments and millions of their citizens was a pathetic mix of unsatisfying assurances about reviews under way, platitudes about the need for security in an insecure age, and the odd defense that the president didn’t know that American spies had tapped the German chancellor’s cellphone for 10 years.”

When was the last time the Grey Lady labeled anything Obama-related “pathetic”?

The Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank was similarly unimpressed with Obama’s recent claims of ignorance: “For a smart man, President Obama professes to know very little about a great number of things going on in his administration,” Milbank wrote this week.

And then there’s Senator Dianne Feinstein’s completely unexpected 180-degree flip-flop on the topic of surveillance: previously a vocal supporter of the NSA’s activities, she is now calling for a “total review of all intelligence programs.”

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  • BuzzCoastin

    when has Obummer uttered the “truth”
    ever?

    O&BTW
    the secret court of democracy has ruled
    that telling the truth about spying is illegal

  • Juan

    Good, anything that discredits this farce of an alleged “political process” is fine with me. The dude is an EVIL, LYING, PRICK, just like the fucking shrub before him. If he were not an evil, lying, prick he would not be where he is. In order to even get anywhere near the political office he is in, you have to be vetted by the evil, lying, pricks who will pay for your getting into office. This goes for both parties. A psychopathic system demands psychopaths to maintain itself, not too complicated.

  • alizardx

    DiFi hasn’t shifted her viewpoint. She’s just setting up a whitewash investigation in which a “rogue” NSA middle manager will be thrown under the bus for “unauthorized activities”. Then they will announce that the “problem is solved, move along, nothing to see”.

    I wish the people at Internet Engineering Task Force success in their plan to remove NSA surveillance via change in Internet technical standards.

    As for what foreign leaders actually take this seriously… heard of any high-profile IT or spook shop firings in Germany, France, or the Vatican? Or announcements that they just ended cooperation with the NSA? Or that they’re cancelling contracts with M$, Apple, Google? I would suspect that foriegn leaders have had NSA-proof comm links for years.

    Only a handful of countries responding for real. Heard that IBM hardware sales suddenly tanked in China… and a couple of Latin America country governments moving to Open Source.

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