The PJ Tatler

Obama's NSA Scandal Defense: 'I'm Not Dick Cheney'

Well, the manchild has a point. Dick Cheney’s IRS didn’t abuse Americans who just wanted to participate in politics. Dick Cheney’s NSA actually spied on terrorists and didn’t give mosques a free pass. Dick Cheney didn’t call an obvious terrorist attack on American soil “workplace violence.” Dick Cheney didn’t declare that the future will not belong to those who “slander” the “prophet” of Islam.

Dick Cheney didn’t leave four Americans to die in Benghazi and then blame their murders on a movie.

Obama also appeared to reject comparisons between himself and Vice President Dick Cheney, who strongly backed similar surveillance efforts in the George W. Bush administration and has defended Obama’s continuation of national security-related programs similar in many respects to those pursued by the previous administration.

“Some people say, ‘Well, you know, Obama was this raving liberal before. Now he’s, you know, Dick Cheney.’ Dick Cheney sometimes says, “Yeah, you know? He took it all lock, stock, and barrel,” the president told interviewer Charlie Rose in the exchange recorded Sunday. “My concern has always been not that we shouldn’t do intelligence gathering to prevent terrorism, but rather are we setting up a system of checks and balances?”

Barack Obama campaigned full throated against everything the Bush-Cheney administration did to fight terrorism. Then in office, Obama kept many of those things in place that he had railed against.

It’s the hypocrisy, stupid.

And the childishness.