Ostensibly, he's doing something completely different: "The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, according to senior administration officials."
Look, we all know that this is how it will go down:
Barack Obama: Hey, guys, end the NSA program!
Senate: Ah... Yes. Yes, here is our bill that will pretty much kill the NSA and send all the people who currently work there to labor camps in Montana.
House: We aren't going to pass that.
Senate: :publicly: BAD REPUBLICANS! BAD! :sotto voice: Thanks.
Barack Obama: BAD REPUBLICANS! BAD! :privately, strictly to himself: Thank God.
...and then we'll go back to routine 90-day 'temporary' reauthorizations of the current way of doing things until the current controversy fades into the background. Because there isn't anything as permanent as a temporary government solution, and nobody in power actually wants to change the program. Particularly since doing so would involve changing it in ways pleasing to individuals, groups, and countries that simply do not like the United States of America.
And yes, in comparison to some of that sort Barack Obama is freaking Captain America. Republican, Democrat, it doesn't matter: rust never sleeps, and neither does the leadership cadre of the hardcore anti-American Left.
Moe Lane (crosspost)