Obama's Appeals for Trust Increasingly Fall Flat
Because he's not trustworthy
â€œTrust meâ€ is President Barack Obamaâ€™s preferred mode of action in times of crisis â€" and his go-to comment to nervous staffers has always been some version of â€œRelax, I got this.â€
But that message is an increasingly hard sell for Obama in his second term, following revelations that the man who once railed against the Bush administration over civil liberties abuses has himself surreptitiously quarterbacked the greatest expansion of electronic surveillance in U.S. history.
Obamaâ€™s call for trust, patience and near blanket secrecy is increasingly falling on deaf ears in his own party, spurring a backlash among Democrats who say itâ€™s time for the â€œmost transparent president in historyâ€ to provide the American people with a comprehensive explanation of a secret program that dragnets most phone records and much of the Internet.