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Out of the National Security Agency snooping scandal and the possible political fallout for the Obama administration.
President Obama said last week that top secret NSA surveillance programs.
Don't really affect normal everyday Americans however.
Admitted leaker Edwards Snowden who had access to a wide range of top -- -- documents apparently says otherwise.
Bob Cusack he's managing editor for the hill it's an interesting turnabout for the president because candidate Obama back in 2007.
Was railing about warrantless wiretaps -- that sort of thing from the Bush Administration implying that they wouldn't be employed in his administration well now.
He's the guy at 16100 Pennsylvania Avenue and he seems to have a different approach -- different thought.
Yeah that's right John I mean this is a delicate situation for the bomb minister nations known as saying that the president did not keep his cell promises on the 2008 the that he made -- -- -- -- -- -- campaign -- so that's why he's gone public and Snowden is.
Is very media savvy so of course.
The US government has to go after him on because he broke the law but politically this is gonna be a delicate line.
And how the administration handles it is going to be a tricky situation.
Well we know -- I mean just these back -- Developments in the last week or so we now know that essentially the government can look at every keystroke of every Internet communication every search that every American types if it wants to.
Does the president come out and defend that.
Well I I think this is that that's the problem for the present is that just last week he was saying.
This does not affect everyday Americans and Snowden is counter is saying that's wrong basically and saying the the US government is collecting more more information.
Each year and -- is fast becoming -- cult hero on and factions of the left and factions of the right.
Like the fact -- -- has gone public so.
You know this manhunt now forehand and drag him away.
Could reflect the portly off on the White House even though you know he does -- pres Obama does have support from.
From congress including -- it was just on your show saying.
We need to go after him but still that how the -- whether he he mentioned snowed -- by name now that there's a public face.
It's going to be I think it's going to be challenging -- and a challenge for that the White House PR shop.
You have some interest in political bedfellows being made out of all this but the president's most left wing base.
And they can't be happy about all of this government snooping and if he tries to defend -- he alienates his biggest supporters -- me.
Yeah that's right I mean that that the left it is is growing very frustrated with Obama and and they've always been claims out there that Obama is like George W.
Bush because he kept a lot of -- Anti terrorism.
Measures but now it's really resonating more more more people are saying that I'm making that similarity -- comparison between.
Present Obama and George W.
Bush and of course you know they'll all Obama White House does not like that comparison so.
This this is this is a tough spot for the for the White House and how they go forward.
With the the hunt for Snowden.
And the prosecution of snow and has an -- probably work with China on -- and China in all likelihood.
Is probably gonna give them over potentially good news for the president though is that and you know the IRS scandal Ben Ghazi all of those other cases have been pushed to the back burner at least are -- in the newspapers.
Yes for the moment anyway.
Bob Cusack from -- thanks -- yet.
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