A difficult time for Barack Obama's fans

Tom Jackson
Jun 18, 2013

It's becoming harder and harder for members of Barack Obama's fan club to defend their hero — as least when it comes to his defense for NSA spying. 

As I documented in a previous blog posting, the president's director of national intelligence, James Clapper, apparently lied to Congress when he was asked if the NSA is gathering data on millions of Americans.
 
The president now owns that falsehood. He didn't fire Clapper or publicly repudiate him. Instead, Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, went out of his way to praise Clapper's supposed candor during a June 11 press briefing:
 
Q. Is the President satisfied that the American people are getting straight answers from their leadership when it comes to American intelligence?
 
A. MR. CARNEY:  Well, he certainly believes that Director Clapper has been straight and direct in the answers that he's given, and has actively engaged in an effort to provide more information about the programs that have been revealed through the leak of classified information.
 
(The transcript is here.)
 
So, what's James Clapper up to now? Excerpt from a CNN report: "An administration official said Monday that Obama had asked his intelligence chief James Clapper to determine whether additional information about the data collection programs can be made public, part of what the official described as a 'broader effort the president is undertaking to have a dialogue on protecting privacy in the digital age'."
 
So the guy who gave a false statement to Congress, under oath, gets to decide the contents of the next White House press release on domestic surveillance?

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GooseyGrandma's picture
GooseyGrandma

People just want to find another reason to hate on a black man because the righty-sissy's didn't get their way-- so they gotta have something to gripe about.....Phone calls and emails have been tracked over the course of two maybe three decades now~~~ why the insistence now of WHY?????? Why-- because WE LIKE YOU~~~M-O-U-S-E! It's all in resemblance of a Giant Kangaroo Court... For those of you who do not know what that IS!!!! { LOOK IT UP} you have internet... OHHHHHH wouldn't you want to know if you were being stalked on facebook with lies being told about you and death threats-- darn right I'd check every last email down to the POPE's Pc!!!! So stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

shucks

GooseyGrandma is kicking buttocks.

KnuckleDragger

^^another case of a lib who when confronted with the truth and no defense, throws put the race card. Soooo predictable.

The Big Dog's back

We put the truth out there knuckle, but you righties can't handle it. Does not compute. Does not compute. Does not compute.

JACKEL

We know you can't compute so give up !

gene44870

You know I dont care if they were blue and pink striped , as long as something is getting done and in the best intrest of the country

JACKEL

That is all you people can ever come up with, is race.He would be just as ineffective as a president if he were half white.He has not implemented one policy for the betterment of this country.He is a puppet put there by the powers to be, and you all are too blind to see it.You really don't think you elect the presidents,do you?

meowmix

Well, for starters, he is half-white, not "if he were". You've been watching the Manchurian Candidate haven't you Jackel???

S w Rand 2016

I assume Jackal knew he is half-White. It was sarcasm, I think. Otherwise, he/she probably would've just said White, period.

arnmcrmn

Funny GooseyGrandma because your president, Obie, was every bit against tracking Americans phone calls/records, internet searches...etc in 2008....and now he is fully for it. Can you say HYPOCRITE. I think so.

Kimo

I don't agree with everything he does but is a hellava lot better than the last bunch of "hey lets lie about WMD's and start a war so China can come in and take control of the oil when we get our ..... kicked.

anthras

Yea there were really a lot of persons telling lies,

I do not think that Bush and the republicans were the only persons wrong about the WMD's If he was in fact lying then so were the democrats listed below and I could have continued to fill a whole page with the quotes or as you say lies

"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face." — Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." — Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb 18, 1998

"Hussein has chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." — Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." — Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

"It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein wiill continue to increase his capability to wage biological and chemical warfare and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East which, as we know all too well, affects American security."
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years .. We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." — Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

shucks

Get the timeline right. The inspectors found nothing. Get over it.

S w Rand 2016

So, ignore the fact that the Democrats were lying to us right along with Bush because they all get their info from the same sources? SMH
Oh, wait. You didn't even read his/her comment to which you replied, did you? SMH even more.

shucks

Are you new to this planet?
The Dems and others were given information that the Bush/Cheney lying machine churned out.
Want to debate if the world is flat?

S w Rand 2016

So, you think that the Democrat party leaders were only listening to Bush/Cheney and did not inquire of any other information sources at all when they have their own party members sitting on intelligence committees? That would make the Dem party leaders highly incompetent, at best.
Don't you think it sounds a little too convenient for it to be all their political opponents' fault? You would believe that?

shucks

Perhaps a little too weak to keep the lying Republicans in check.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B...

JACKEL

Kimono ,Those WMD"s still exist,where do you think Syria got them ?The rest went over the border by truck to Pakistan !

The Big Dog's back

And your proof of that is ...............

JACKEL

Fort Bragg Source !

shucks

Don't forget the Area 51 source too.
The WMD's are stacked near the flying saucer.

meowmix

OMG!!!! NOW THAT WAS HILARIOUS!!! Good thing I wasn't drinking my coffee!!

amazedeveryday

Spoken like the true leaders of our country, Glenn Beck & Rush Limbaugh! When will intelligent adults actually read the facts and come to their own conclusions. Obama does not need defending at all. We need to start asking when the people we elected to Congress will start doing their job. Did none of them read the Patriot Act before voting on it several times?
And if Obamacare is so bad, please tell me factually why. The problem in this country is no one takes any responsibility for themselves while pointing at others. The answer is leadership, regardless of party.

GooseyGrandma's picture
GooseyGrandma

vary well said --( applause to you)

your master

I have more money now than ever, my home value is up, and I'm not ashamed to be an American any more, GO BARACK we love you!

GooseyGrandma's picture
GooseyGrandma

OMG ~~~!!!!!~~~~ YOU TAKE THE CAKE-- DON'T YA JUST LOVE HOW THEY ARE ALL JUST STANDING THERE WITH THEIR HANDS UP IN THE AIR ~~~ MOUTHS GAPED OPEN~~~ FACES ALL RED~~~ SAYING "WILL SOMEONE PLEASE FIND A WAY TO GET THE GOODS ON THIS 'BLACK' MAN AND GET HIM OUTA THERE!" HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA yOU gO GET 'EM *YOUR MASTER* DO IT!

arnmcrmn

Home value is up......now there is a good one. lol.

vcreed123

Per my above post:

Better health care? Better health care? I'm just making this post because that comment makes it obvious you don't have any first hand knowledge of this situation. I purchase my own insurance, I have for years, we received notice that starting in Jan when the great one's Obama care goes into affect my insurance costs will go up 56% for the same coverage. Prior to Obama Care the highest jump I ever saw was 8%, Thank you president Obama!!!

JACKEL

Walmart will have all temp employees from now on as well !

S w Rand 2016

@amazedeveryday
When a president signs a law such as the Food Safety and Modernization Act (which allows the FDA to raid your nutrition supplement store and seize your products with no proof at all that there is anything wrong with them and, even IF there WERE something wrong, allows you to be arrested even if you had no way of knowing) and people say he doesn't need defending "at all," why bother even talking...anymore...about anything?

I also think you need to watch Senator Rand Paul's 13-hour filibuster. It wasn't just about drones (as that was just a way to get his foot on the floor) so, please, get a clue. It was mostly about our right to trial by jury.
EDIT: And on that note, you need to start watching C-SPAN and C-SPAN2 because they broadcast Congress live to the world almost 24/7. When you act like Obama is innocent and it is all the fault of Congress, it makes one think that you rely on media pundits and opinion bloggers to tell you what is happening instead of watching live on TV for yourself. /end EDIT

President Obama is either complicit in exposing us to the potential for terrible injustices to be committed against us (whether by himself or future leaders) or he is incompetent to safeguard the people. Pick one.

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