Since President Obama seems to be a reflective soul, he must be reflecting on the irony of his latest predicament: as the man who came into office promising to change everything and who instead seems to have let much of what he promised to fix only get worse.
First, the good news: Slowly but surely, the economy is coming back. And that's no small feat, given where it was in 2009.
Then, everything else: The constitutional scholar, civil libertarian and antiwar activist can't seem to wake up each day without some basic challenge to his political ecology. The confirmed presence of chemical weapons in Syria now makes some sort of escalation there inevitable, just as the war in Afghanistan winds down. (More military support for the rebels? No-fly zone?)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks out tonight on AC360 about the Obama administration’s surveillance programs. Assange calls Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old who says he leaked documents on the programs, a “heroic young man.”
Assange blasts the White House telling Anderson “you can’t trust any sort of statement” made by them on the controversial tracking of telephone calls and online activity. He argues there’s no validity to a secret “worldwide surveillance” program and says it’s time to stop the collection of information.
Assange talked to Anderson from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he fled about a year ago to avoid extradition to Sweden where he’s wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations. Assange has denied the accusations and fears Sweden will transfer him to the United States to face charges over his WikiLeaks website.
Glenn Greenwald says when the govt. operates in secret, officials abuse power. Ari Fleischer defends President Obama and the surveillance programs that monitor citizens' online activities and phone records.
Ari Fleischer says Pres. Obama is wise to collect Americans' phone and digital records. Paul Begala calls it overreaching.
President Obama says the coordination between the FBI and police was key in successfully capturing the Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev after a comprehensive manhunt.
Today President Obama spoke at a memorial service about the three people who lost their lives in the Boston Marathon attack. He offered prayers and shared memories from those closest to the victims.
Lingzi Lu was a 23-year-old graduate student studying mathematics and statistics at Boston University. A Chinese national, she had moved to the city in the fall. Lu and two friends were spectators at the marathon; one of her friends is recovering from injuries and the other was unharmed.
A close-knit family of five was torn apart by the violence. 8-year-old Martin Richard was killed in the bombings. His mother, Denise, and sister, Jane, were both severely wounded. A friend of the family told Anderson Cooper that Martin will be remembered as bright, energetic, friendly and faithful, and a leader among his peers.In a statement, his father, William, wrote in part. "We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin."
Dana Bash and Gloria Borger report on the president's response to the defeated bipartisan gun legislation in the Senate.
CNN's John King talks about the reaction the president received from the Israeli public during his first trip there in office.
David Gergen, Margaret Hoover and Peter Beinart discuss the authenticity of the president's outreach to Republicans.