Obama laments loss of privacy as president – AP (4/3/09):
At a town hall meeting Friday in Strasbourg, France, Obama was asked by a Hungarian student whether he ever regretted running for president.
Obama lamented the loss of “privacy and anonymity” that comes with the job.
Cry me a fucking river. Or alternately, allow me to have my privacy and anonymity back:
The Obama administration fell in line with the Bush administration Thursday [1/22/09] when it urged a federal judge to set aside a ruling in a closely watched spy case weighing whether a U.S. president may bypass Congress and establish a program of eavesdropping on Americans without warrants.
In a filing in San Francisco federal court, President Barack Obama adopted the same position as his predecessor. With just hours left in office, President George W. Bush late Monday asked U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker to stay enforcement of an important Jan. 5 ruling admitting key evidence into the case.
The Obama administration is also siding with the former administration in its legal defense of July legislation that immunizes the nation’s telecommunications companies from lawsuits accusing them of complicitity in Bush’s eavesdropping program, according to testimony last week by incoming Attorney General Eric Holder.
That immunity legislation, which Obama voted for when he was a U.S. senator from Illinois, was included in a broader spy package that granted the government wide-ranging, warrantless eavesdropping powers on Americans’ electronic communications.