White House Claims Obama Did Not Know About NSA Surveillance, Obamacare Glitches
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on October 29, 2013 @ 6:29PM
Created on October 29, 2013 @ 6:00PM
President Obama has put a lot of stock in personal responsibility since he took office, but in the last two issues to rock the capitol, the NSA spying scandal and the Obamacare Website disaster, the White House says Obama didn't know anything about the problems.
It's important to point out that our government is huge and Obama just can't be briefed on every single thing each of the agencies is doing, but many are finding it hard to believe the president wouldn't know about things this big. Analysts are saying that if Obama knew, he's misleading the American people, and if he didn't know, his own staff was keeping him in the dark. Both of those options look pretty bad.
Security analysts said that specific targets are not discussed with the president. The White House declined to say what exactly Obama knew and when he found it out, but whenever Obama learned about the NSA's surveillance programs, he's putting them under review now.
"I'm initiating now a review to make sure what they're able to do doesn't necessarily mean what they should be doing," Obama said on the Fusion TV network.
"To me, the president should be advised, and if not, I would like to know how high up in his administration it went and who was the closest person to him that did know about it and why did that person not tell him?" New York Representative Peter King said about the NSA's program.
There are still a few bugs in the Obamacare Website, but tech experts are working to fix them as soon as possible.
Enrollment numbers aren't going to be released until mid-November, but it seems that the number of people signed up for healthcare will be lower than the White House originally thought. The Associated Press is reporting that the administration expected to have 500,000 people enrolled just in October, but now they are expecting the initial enrollment to be much smaller. One republican has said he thinks the number of people signed up will be less than a fourth of the original estimate.
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