Was apparently surprised that people don't trust him.
Back when President Obama was a wide-eyed candidate, he used to attack George Bush at every opportunity. One of his favorite targets was the surveillance state he said was created by the Patriot Act. In those days, he claimed that Big Brother was out of control, that the Patriot Act was an affront to the Constitution, and that - were he President - the whole thing would be brought under control.
“That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens,” he said in 2007. “No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.”
How times have changed. Under his administration the Patriot Act has been strengthened, the programs it created have been expanded, and the surveillance state he once lamented has grown exponentially. According to a new report in the New York Times, Obama was perfectly happy to let all this happen. His predecessor was gone and there was little reason to bother with undoing the transgressions of the Bush era.