On Friday, President Obama took one question at a speech in northern California. Naturally, the question was about breaking information that the Obama administration has been monitoring Americans’ communications, including email exchanges. President Obama first said that all the stories were hype. Then, oddly, he said that even he could be targeted once he leaves office, so that proves he’s concerned about privacy issues:
I will leave the office at some point. Sometime in the next three and a half years and after that I will be a private citizen. And I suspect that on a list of people who might be targeted so that somebody can read their emails or listen to their phone calls, I might be high on that list. So it’s not that I personally don’t have an interest in insuring that my privacy is protected.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).