Obama: Hey, I didn’t know about spying on world leaders!

posted at 8:51 am on October 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

It’s a good thing that Barack Obama watches so much news.  Otherwise, how else would he know what his administration is doing?

The National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operation, U.S. officials said.

Officials said the internal review turned up NSA monitoring of some 35 world leaders, in the U.S. government’s first public acknowledgment that it tapped the phones of world leaders. European leaders have joined international outrage over revelations of U.S. surveillance of Ms. Merkel’s phone and of NSA’s monitoring of telephone call data in France.

The White House cut off some monitoring programs after learning of them, including the one tracking Ms. Merkel and some other world leaders, a senior U.S. official said. Other programs have been slated for termination but haven’t been phased out completely yet, officials said.

The account suggests President Barack Obama went nearly five years without knowing his own spies were bugging the phones of world leaders. Officials said the NSA has so many eavesdropping operations under way that it wouldn’t have been practical to brief him on all of them.

Is that what “US officials” want us to think?  Let’s pose a couple of basic questions.  First, who would bug the head of government of a US ally without having the highest possible level of authorization?  That would tend to be a career-ender if it got exposed, especially in the manner in which it did get exposed.  Say, has anyone been fired for it?  Er … not so far.

Second, who exactly would be the customer of this data, once collected?  Here’s a hint: It’s not going to be the undersecretary of agricultural development at the USDA.  The only reason to surveil Angela Merkel is to provide real-time intelligence to the highest level of government about the intentions of the German Chancellor. Furthermore, that intelligence would have to be specified as to its source for the policymaker to validate it for its consideration. If that policymaker is not Barack Obama, then perhaps we should be asking who exactly is making decisions at the top level of government.

The idea that Obama didn’t know about this program is absurd on its face.  That doesn’t mean it started with Obama, and it’s almost assured that it didn’t.  However, more than four years after taking office, Obama can’t seriously think that anyone will believe that he just found out about this NSA effort from the funny papers.

By the way, the revelation du jour from the Snowden files is that the NSA surveilled more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in a month.  The Spanish government has summoned the US ambassador over the report, which essentially confirms that the SIGINT agency conducts foreign SIGINT.


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The list of things this POTUS does not know is long.

mjbrooks3 on October 28, 2013 at 8:52 AM

How’s an affirmative action loser supposed to know what goes on? He’s one of the dumbest clowns in America, so I believe he didn’t know. Even if he was told he isn’t smart enough to understand what it meant.

Flange on October 28, 2013 at 8:54 AM

If not for the foreign press…

d1carter on October 28, 2013 at 8:55 AM

However, more than four years after taking office, Obama can’t seriously think that anyone will believe that he just found out about this NSA effort from the funny papers.

Some of his idiot sycophantic supporters will believe it. The rest likely won’t care.

Doughboy on October 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I hope no one tells this guy he’s the President. Think of the damage he might do.

kcewa on October 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

And, I’m a 22 year old Blonde Dalass Cowboys Cheerleader named Buffy./

kingsjester on October 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Someone should ask Bush if he knew about it because if Bush didn’t know about and Obama didn’t know about it, then what can that mean?

Buddahpundit on October 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Given how this regime goes after whistleblowers, someone still felt the need to leak this information? Dear Liar is learning how it feels to be thrown under the bus.

If that policymaker not Barack Obama, then perhaps we should be asking who exactly is making decisions at the top level of government.

cough Valerie Jarrett cough

rbj on October 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Dallas. Oh, well.

kingsjester on October 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

The front page of the Kansas City Star is hilarious today, I’m paraphrasing, but basically it was, “Obama didn’t know anyhting about any spying” says White House.

What DOES Obama know about? Basketball stats? JayZ’s home phone number? Best place to sneak a cigarette in the White House?

We are paying this dude for nothing- he admits it everyday.

BettyRuth on October 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Razor ‏@hale_razor

IRS targets: DIDN’T KNOW NSA spies: DIDN’T KNOW Obamacare failures: DIDNT KNOW World leader snooping: DIDN’T KNOW Bin Laden hit: MASTERMIND.

Quoted without comment.

d1carter on October 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM

And yet Sarah Palin and George W. Bush are excoriated for being “incurious”.

Mitoch55 on October 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM

If I had a dollar for everything Obama didn’t know about his own administration I could afford the new deductibles on one of those ObamaCare plans.

NotCoach on October 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM

I hope no one tells this guy he’s the President. Think of the damage he might do.

kcewa on October 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

The job is obviously above his pay grade.

NotCoach on October 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM

And, I’m a 22 year old Blonde Dalass Cowboys Cheerleader named Buffy./

kingsjester on October 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Freudian slip?

Mitoch55 on October 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM

You lie!

We believe it, poor Obama can’t get a break
-lsm

cmsinaz on October 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

And, I’m a 22 year old Blonde Dalass Cowboys Cheerleader named Buffy./

kingsjester on October 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

And I am a 6’5″ player for the NBA who does not have osteoporosis and chronic migraines.

Hmmm. I like this game!

esr1951 on October 28, 2013 at 9:03 AM

So lets see how this will go:

1. Collective shrug from the left/MSM
2. Cursory report from the MSM.
3. Say this all started under W

Gatsu on October 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

And people keep on believing him and giving him a pass. This president has less credibility than Wikipedia.

Greek Fire on October 28, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I know nothing! Nothing!

President Shultz. Always on guard for your safety.

Wino on October 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

The conversation the American people need to have with Obama and company (taken from Full Metal Jacket)

Colonel: What is it supposed to mean?
Private Joker: I don’t know, sir!
Colonel: You don’t know very much, do you?
Private Joker: No, sir!
Colonel: You better get your head and your ass wired together, or I will take a giant shit on you!

claudius on October 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

NSA. National Security Agency.
SECURITY.
What security threats does Germany, France, England, Italy, Greece or Spain pose to us? Exactly.

astonerii on October 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Actually, if Obama came out with a statement saying “Hey, I don’t make any of the decisions as president — Valerie does all the work and gets all the NSA briefings.” it would be believable.

jon1979 on October 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Yeah and I have a body like Jennifer Aniston.

gophergirl on October 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Does this bozo live under a bell jar or cone-of-can’t-touch-me?

onlineanalyst on October 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Actually, if Obama came out with a statement saying “Hey, I don’t make any of the decisions as president — Valerie does all the work and gets all the NSA briefings.” it would be believable.

jon1979 on October 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

I think it would be the first truthful statement he has said since “you didn’t build that”.

gophergirl on October 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Fed govt is too big; majority of govt employees (at all levels) vote Democrat;

Their mindset: “Obama is OUR guy, so we’ll do anything to make him look good and the MSM will cover for us.”

Result: A person with the biggest title in the world plays golf; his sycophants make any and all decisions; the world is going to pot – I know, bad pun.

Questions: SInce this titled person is there, who put him there? Do they think he’s short on brain power and thus just don’t tell him anything? After all, they’re calling the shots.

Regardless of all the issues raised about Obama, I think we’re still missing something about him……..

MN J on October 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

That would tend to be a career-ender if it got exposed, especially in the manner in which it did get exposed.

ROFL What?

Bishop on October 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Obama: “I won. I’m in charge. But I have no responsibility for anything going on in my administration, and neither do any of my peep.”

BuckeyeSam on October 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

The Idda Know presidency continues….
H/t ed Morrissey

ted c on October 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

There are a number of ways the President can answer the question about the intelligence gathering activities via SIGINT.

However, for the President’s statement that he didn’t know, and only learned from reading the papers, demonstrates to the world that Barack Obama is little more than a feckless narcissistic pathological liar.

Athos on October 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Appropos to the subject at hand.

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

BuckeyeSam on October 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Forget a second Nobel Peace Prize, the lazy stupid bastard is clearly gunning for the Captain Louis Renault medal for lifetime achievement. Obama is shocked, shocked to find that the NSA is spying on world leaders.

Happy Nomad on October 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Knowin’ stuff is below my paygrade, now watch this drive…..

ted c on October 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

-Mr. Preznit, the rollout of Obamacare has been a flocking disaster so epic it makes Cannae look like a walk in the park, could you comment on this?

“The what care?”

-Obamacare. The affordable care act.

“Never heard of it. I’m just eating my waffle, ok?”

Bishop on October 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Does this bozo live under a bell jar or cone-of-can’t-touch-me?

onlineanalyst on October 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

More like the Cone of Silence. He doesn’t really care what his minions are doing just so long as he has plausible deniability and can keep up his schedule of golf outings, parties, concerts, and vacations.

Happy Nomad on October 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM

The idea that Obama didn’t know about this program is absurd on its face.

So what? Do I still get my damn free phone and do I still get to ransack Wal-Mart when the EBT system goes down?

/The 47%

mankai on October 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

I sm not surprised. This is the guy who gets his daily national security briefing when the paperboy tosses the NY Times over the fence of the White House every morning at 6am.

DaveDief on October 28, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Hey, quick picking on Obama, he doesn’t know anything!!

But I bet he is madder than anyone about this…

right2bright on October 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Isn’t it amazing, how President Obama, never seems to know about anything that’s going on?

kjatexas on October 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I know nothink…I vas a store keeper durink zee var!!

right2bright on October 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM

what his administration is doing?
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WSJ Article UnLocked:

Obama Unaware as U.S. Spied on World Leaders: Officials
NSA Stopped Surveillance of Merkel, Others After White House Review

By
Siobhan Gorman and
Adam Entous

Updated Oct. 28, 2013 1:05 a.m. ET
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WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operation, U.S. officials said.

Officials said the internal review turned up NSA monitoring of some 35 world leaders, in the U.S. government’s first public acknowledgment that it tapped the phones of world leaders. European leaders have joined international outrage over revelations of U.S. surveillance of Ms. Merkel’s phone and of NSA’s monitoring of telephone call data in France.

The White House cut off some monitoring programs after learning of them, including the one tracking Ms. Merkel and some other world leaders, a senior U.S. official said. Other programs have been slated for termination but haven’t been phased out completely yet, officials said.
The account suggests President Barack Obama went nearly five years without knowing his own spies were bugging the phones of world leaders. Officials said the NSA has so many eavesdropping operations under way that it wouldn’t have been practical to brief him on all of them.

They added that the president was briefed on and approved of broader intelligence-collection “priorities,” but that those below him make decisions about specific intelligence targets.
The senior U.S. official said that the current practice has been for these types of surveillance decisions to be made at the agency level. “These decisions are made at NSA,” the official said. “The president doesn’t sign off on this stuff.” That protocol now is under review, the official added.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said NSA based its operations on priorities set across the U.S. government. “The agency’s activities stem from the National Intelligence Priorities Framework, which guides prioritization for the operation, planning and programming of U.S. intelligence analysis and collection,” she said.
The administration didn’t end all operations involving world leaders following this summer’s revelations because some of the programs are producing intelligence of use to the U.S.
It could not be learned Sunday how many of the eavesdropping operations were stopped, or who is on the list of leaders still under surveillance.

Officials said the U.S. already has stopped collection efforts against Ms. Merkel and a number of other world leaders. The U.S. has decided to stop eavesdropping on another group of world leaders but those collection efforts haven’t been completely cut off yet.
The U.S. is no longer monitoring any phone numbers associated with Ms. Merkel. The White House publicly has said it isn’t and won’t monitor Ms. Merkel’s communications but has declined to say whether it monitored those communications in the past.

A spokesman for Ms. Merkel declined to comment, but the chancellor last week complained to Mr. Obama about reports of phone monitoring.
Officials said the effort to remove certain world leaders from monitoring has been complicated by the fact that communications are so interlinked. While Ms. Merkel and some world leaders are no longer being monitored, for instance, the U.S. may still be monitoring many of their foreign counterparts. So communications involving some leaders who aren’t directly subject to U.S. monitoring still may be swept up by the NSA, officials said.

The new U.S. account confirms elements of a report last week. The U.K.’s Guardian newspaper reported that 35 world leaders were under surveillance, citing a document leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
It is unclear how far back the tapping of Ms. Merkel dates. Germany’s Der Spiegel newsweekly, citing NSA documents Mr. Snowden leaked, reported the monitoring dates back to 2002, before she was elected. If so, it is less likely NSA would have had a reason to brief the Obama White House without a specific reason to do so, because it would have been seen as one of many continuing surveillance programs at the agency.

This summer, President Obama launched two reviews—an internal one and an external one. He highlighted them in a speech in August as part of a series of measures being taken to respond to the domestic uproar over NSA’s extensive spying practices in the U.S.
Those reviews have taken on growing international significance in recent weeks as top administration officials repeatedly cite them in response to anger from European leaders following revelations about Ms. Merkel and about surveillance of phone calls in France.

Most recently, the White House referred to the intelligence reviews in its statement last week on Mr. Obama’s call with Ms. Merkel about allegations of NSA spying.
Traditionally the U.S. and four other countries—known as the five eyes—don’t spy on each other. The five eyes are the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The administration reviews are largely focused on countries other than the five eyes, officials said.

The reviews may take on an even greater role because the NSA is set to lose both its director, Gen. Keith Alexander, and its deputy, John C. Inglis. Both are scheduled to step down in coming months.
The internal review, among different U.S. national security agencies, will be informed by findings from the external review, which is expected to deliver its final report in December, said White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.
The external review, being carried out mostly by former government officials, has been criticized for being too close to the Obama administration and to intelligence interests.

Officials involved in the review have met with a wide range of interested parties, including Mr. Obama, lawmakers and privacy groups, said current and former officials, who add that, despite criticism of government coziness, the group plans to take a hard look at the NSA’s practices.

Its members include Richard Clarke, who was a counterterrorism chief for former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush ; former Central Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Michael Morell ; University of Chicago Law School professor Geoffrey Stone ; former White House regulatory official Cass Sunstein ; and former Clinton and Obama administration economic and privacy official Peter Swire.

Panel members are spending multiple days a week on the panel’s work, a person familiar with the review said. “It’s actually a big deal,” this person said. “It’s the kind of time where independent recommendations like these could actually happen.”
The group’s broad mandate is to advise the president on how best to employ NSA’s spy capabilities in light of changing technology, while weighing issues of foreign policy, national security, privacy, public trust and the need to prevent leaks.
Current and former officials familiar with the group’s efforts thus far said they are evaluating the management of NSA and agency security as well as larger policy issues.

They are also discussing NSA’s organizational structure. One question is whether it should be headed by a military officer or a civilian leader. Its director has traditionally been from the military, with a civilian deputy.
The group plans to issue an unclassified report. Its deadline for completion is Dec. 15.

Separately, Ms. Vines said on Sunday that a report in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reporting Mr. Obama personally authorized the tapping of Ms. Merkel in 2010, and was briefed on it by Gen. Alexander, was false.

—Anton Troianovski contributed to this article.
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http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304470504579162110180138036

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Next step is that there is no one—-no one mind you, that is more angrier/interested/furious/pick one with this situation than he is…. trust him — he took a poll and he answered it higher than everyone else….

ted c on October 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

And, I’m a 22 year old Blonde Dalass Cowboys Cheerleader named Buffy./

kingsjester on October 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Dallas. Oh, well.

kingsjester on October 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Considering THIS play from yesterday…I think you got it right the first time…Dalass.

JetBoy on October 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

The Germans may beg to differ.

Barnestormer on October 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

MeanWhile,..back at NSAGoonsSpooks Ranch:

NSA surveillance programs leaked

Spain’s government summons the American ambassador to address NSA data collection allegations – @NYTimes

49 mins ago from http://www.nytimes.com by editor
==============================================

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/29/world/europe/spain-calls-in-us-ambassador-in-spying-scandal.html?_r=0

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM

This is the guy who gets his daily national security briefing when the paperboy tosses the NY Times over the fence of the White House every morning at 6am.

DaveDief on October 28, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Well considering all that Valarie Jarrett leaks most of what the NYT prints, that’s one way of getting in to see the boss.

Happy Nomad on October 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM

You know the lazy stupid coward is really in trouble when he and the shaved Yeti actually took the brats to church yesterday. It’s like when Clinton was about to be impeached and suddenly he troops across Lafayette Square with a big Bible in hand.

Happy Nomad on October 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM

The only reason to surveil Angela Merkel is to provide real-time intelligence to the highest level of government about the intentions of the German Chancellor.
==================

Maybes,…………..the White House is paranoid that Germany
will go the way of WW Two again,

and Hopey wants World Domination for himself!

Just a Wacko-Bird Theory,…jus say’n!!

(snark)

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Here’s a hint: It’s not going to be the undersecretary of agricultural development at the USDA.

“No, it’s totally him! That crafty sonofabitch” -Bambi warming up the underbus device.

SoRight on October 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Maybes,…………..the White House is paranoid that Germany
will go the way of WW Two again,

and Hopey wants World Domination for himself!

Just a Wacko-Bird Theory,…jus say’n!!

(snark)

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

The first rule of spying on foreign leaders is that you don’t talk about spying on foreign leaders.

I want to know, by name, who was stupid enough to authorize this spying. And if no name is forthcoming then Clapper and Alexander should be held responsible.

Happy Nomad on October 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Obama only wanted to gather intel on what European leaders might want as gifts…considering The One hasn’t been known to give good presents in the past.

JetBoy on October 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Here’s a hint: It’s not going to be the undersecretary of agricultural development at the USDA.

“No, it’s totally him that crafty SOB.” -Bambi (while warming up the underbus device”

SoRight on October 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Obama can’t seriously think that anyone will believe that he just found out about this NSA effort from the funny papers.
=============================================

Well,…..according to Pelosium,…she claimed that the CIA Lied to
her,

maybes someone in Hopeys Governmental Caves,are try’n to make Changey
look bad!!

Jus say’n, again!
(sarc)

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Happy Nomad on October 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM

And just like the Cone of Silence, obozo never works either.

Flange on October 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

The stupid is strong with this one.

RSbrewer on October 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

The idea that Obama didn’t know about this program is absurd on its face. That doesn’t mean it started with Obama, and it’s almost assured that it didn’t. However, more than four years after taking office, Obama can’t seriously think that anyone will believe that he just found out about this NSA effort from the funny papers.

.
One would hope that this happy horsepucky is NOT being peddled to Angela Merkel and other world leaders.

Whether or not America is justified in tapping the phones of world leaders, when the FACTS come out it HAS been going on the world leaders are going to be unhappy and feel insulted.

Grasping for the political cover of “I didn’t know about it” at this point, is an ADDITIONAL slap in their faces because Obama is saying,

“Hey, you’re either stupid enough to believe this ‘plausible deniability’ crap or I am a complete incompetent who you’ve been suckered into believing you could treat on a ‘equals’ basis. Either way, you lose, not me.”

Side note:
For all those saying, “The world needs to grow up. Of course, we spy on our friends!” – So … America has been wrong for keeping Jonathon Pollak in prison for three decades now?

PolAgnostic on October 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

OH SH*T,..it never ends…..

US charges hacker in England with breaching thousands of computer systems, including US military networks, to steal data – @Reuters

53 secs ago from uk.reuters.com by editor
=============================================

U.S. charges Briton with hacking into military, other networks

Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:32pm GMT
****************************

(Reuters) – U.S. authorities have charged a hacker in England with breaching thousands of computer systems, including U.S. military networks, to steal massive amounts of confidential data.

Lauri Love, 28, was charged with one count of accessing a U.S. department or agency computer without permission, and one count of conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in New Jersey said.

Love, who lives in the Suffolk village of Stradishall, was arrested on Friday by authorities including the U.K.’s National Crime Agency in a separate investigation, Fishman said.

U.S. prosecutors said that between October 2012 and October 2013, Love and co-conspirators placed hidden “shells” or “back doors” within the hacked networks, allowing them to return later to steal data.

Among the networks they hacked into were those of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. prosecutors said.

Information accessed included budgeting data, the disposal of military facilities, and personal information on thousands of people including military personnel, they said.

Love also intruded into networks belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. prosecutors added.
=======================

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/28/us-usa-crime-hacking-idUKBRE99R0LP20131028

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

He is either lying as he usually does about everything or he may be speaking the truth, a rare event with Obama, and if this is the case then this shows us that the intelligence agencies do not trust this man (rightly so) and do not respect this most incompetent fool and welfare queens agitator from Chicago (rightly so)…

mnjg on October 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM

And I own a bridge in Brooklyn I’m lookin to unload cheap…

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

So glad our country is being run by Sergeant Schultz.

kenro85 on October 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM

I guess NSA wiretaps of foreign leaders isn’t as entertaining as Drone snuff video?

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

The first rule of spying on foreign leaders is that you don’t talk about spying on foreign leaders.

I want to know, by name, who was stupid enough to authorize this spying. And if no name is forthcoming then Clapper and Alexander should be held responsible.

Happy Nomad on October 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Happy Nomad:

I think, Hopey is in the loop on this one, and with his administration getting
caught, essentially spying on the Tea Party,by way of IRS Audits, its only
re-enforcing the opinion, that the US is going rogue somethings on its
Allies!

Agreed, everyone is spying, just don’t get caught:0

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Obama only wanted to gather intel on what European leaders might want as gifts…considering The One hasn’t been known to give good presents in the past.

JetBoy on October 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

JetBoy:Lol, ya know, thats logical crazy speak. You might be on to something
there! Sarc):)

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

OH SH*T,..it never ends…..
canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Anarchy is the new hotness…V for Vendetta sorta thingy…the youngsters want to be Neo.

*blech*

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Give the guy a break.

It’s huntin’ season…and lil barry wants to shoot some skeetz for Thanksgiving dinner.

Y’all innerfeerin’ wit his man-stuff.

Solaratov on October 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM

We’ve ALWAYS spied on foreign countries(All of them). I was a “ditty bopper” in the early 70s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Air_Force_Security_Service … Our SIGINT went to NSA

It’s absurd for anyone to believe that we wouldn’t.

Nelsa on October 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Obama can’t seriously think that anyone will believe that he just found out about this NSA effort from the funny papers.

Well if the past is anything to go by, at least 33% of the population, being Obots to the core; they’ll believe ANYTHING their Obamassiah says.

GarandFan on October 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

U.S. prosecutors said that between October 2012 and October 2013, Love and co-conspirators placed hidden “shells” or “back doors” within the hacked networks, allowing them to return later to steal data…
canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Interrogator: What were you planning on doing with the stolen data Miss Love?

Lauri Love: No….see we were watching this old movie called War Games and my mates placed a bet on who could hack the fastest and retrieve the most data and then…really you got this all wrong…

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Y’all innerfeerin’ wit his man-stuff.

Solaratov on October 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Michelle has more “man-stuff” than Barry.

Flange on October 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

The epitaph of the Obama Administration will be:
“Deny, lie and blame others.”

albill on October 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Obama doesn’t seem to know anything about anything in his administration. Since his supporters are clueless idiots, he can say that any time anything goes wrong. And, I can’t remember anything going more wrong in an administration in my lifetime. The guy makes Carter look competent. I still can’t believe that the people of this country elected this incompetent fool twice to lead this country.

cajunpatriot on October 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Maybe Obama should fly to Germany again and give another speech…

The Euros wanted us led by this guy…so what are they complaining about.

William Eaton on October 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Anyone been compiling a list of Ida Knows of Mr. Obama’s two terms — from Rev. Wright’s theology to the latest NSA revelations? Or would it just take too long?

normschaef on October 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Between him claiming not to know anything, Sebelius claiming he knew nothing about the website issues, and the recent NYT story about him scrolling through his BlackBerry during meetings, I’m honestly starting to think that his handelers simply treat him like a child.

If they don’t and he does know about everything that people claim he doesn’t know about, then why in the world are all of these stories coming out to paint the picture of him being like a child? If they are seriously trying to protect him, they are making him look worse with the picture they are painting.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Many narcissists are obsessed with what others think of them. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ordered NSA to spy on world leaders so he could find out what they say about him behind his back.

Fazman on October 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

The most clueless president ever.

sadatoni on October 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Low Information President!

Brat on October 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM

The idea that Obama didn’t know about this program is absurd on its face

Edited, for the sake of brevity…

JohnGalt23 on October 28, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Valerie Jarrett just wanted to know what color shoes Merkel was planning on wearing to a Summit meeting!!

Deano1952 on October 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM

We know. Like most things you heard about it from the TV news first.

/s

MJBrutus on October 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM

If he knew, he’s a schmuk, if he didn’t know he’s a schmuk. Take your pick.

rjoco1 on October 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM

The Mushroom King. He’s kept in the dark and fed crap all day.

txhsmom on October 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM

What does President Obama know? When reached for comment he responded,“Fore!”

Mason on October 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Its one thing to attempt to be dictator of a country but when you try this worldwide you have an uphill climb. Just ask Hitler. Also the world at large isn’t populated with a ton of low info morons wanting their welfare checks to keep coming.

neyney on October 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM

It would probably be more than a career gender, it would probably mean jail foam lower level person who authorized this type of spying.

William Teach on October 28, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Why is it, for the big embarrassing scandals obama is always NOT INFORMED

well who is?

who is calling the shots and keep da community organizer out of the loop.

maybe if obama took less vacations he could be informed

who is running the country Valerie Jarrett?

Joe (shotgun) Biden?

George Soros?

sniffles1999 on October 28, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Does anyone still believe anything this man says?

dogsoldier on October 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Smart Power, FTW!

Christien on October 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM

so according to liberals its BAD for Bush to listen in on radical muslim phone calles

but ok for obama to listen in on our allies

kinda double standard to protect obama again.

sniffles1999 on October 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Mason on October 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

He knows the superbowl game six is on Wednesday. /s

dogsoldier on October 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Maybe Valerie Jarrett is running the country! We knew BO had little interest in the details of governing but now it appears he isn’t even interested in the big picture. What does he do all day?

katiejane on October 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM

And, I’m a 22 year old Blonde Dalass Cowboys Cheerleader named Buffy./

kingsjester on October 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

*

Dallas. Oh, well.

kingsjester on October 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

You are Blonde, spelling errors are waived if you post a picture :o)

oh, and did you see what the Lions did to them yesterday?, priceless!!

RealMc on October 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Heh

Schadenfreude on October 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM

They used to make fun of Reagan for taking naps.

Apparently, the only time Obama wakes up is for the evening news.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Is there anything this guy does know?

lonestar1 on October 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM

You know the lazy stupid coward is really in trouble when he and the shaved Yeti actually took the brats to church yesterday. It’s like when Clinton was about to be impeached and suddenly he troops across Lafayette Square with a big Bible in hand.

Happy Nomad on October 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Yep, it was damage control or change-the-narrative time.

onlineanalyst on October 28, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Last week Ed mentioned Bill Keane’s Family Circus and the mischievous Ida Know. Maybe people are catching onto Ida, so I’ll suggest the President take a page from Steve Martin…

You.. can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes! You can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes! You say.. “Steve.. how can I be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes?” First.. get a million dollars. Now.. you say, “Steve.. what do I say to the tax man when he comes to my door and says, ‘You.. have never paid taxes’?” Two simple words. Two simple words in the English language: “I forgot!” How many times do we let ourselves get into terrible situations because we don’t say “I forgot”? Let’s say you’re on trial for armed robbery. You say to the judge, “I forgot armed robbery was illegal.” Let’s suppose he says back to you, “You have committed a foul crime. you have stolen hundreds and thousands of dollars from people at random, and you say, ‘I forgot’?” Two simple words: Excuuuuuse me!!”

normschaef on October 28, 2013 at 2:33 PM

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