” Acting like he was fostering a robust debate on surveillance before NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks about PRISM, President Obama announced a four-point plan to make Americans “more comfortable” with the idea of data collection.
In fact, he compared this new trust-building initiative to dishwashing.
“If I tell Michelle that I did the dishes — now, granted, in the White House I don’t do the dishes that much,” Obama said at a press conference Friday afternoon in an otherwise deserted Washington. “But back in the day — and she’s a little skeptical. Well, I’d like her to trust me, but maybe I need to bring her back and show her the dishes. And not just have her take my word for it.”
“And so, you know, the program is — I am comfortable that the program currently is not being abused,” he continued.
“I am comfortable that if the American people examined exactly what was taking place, how it was being used, what the safeguards were, that they would say, you know what, these folks are following the law and doing what they say they’re doing.” “