Colbert Report: “Ed Snowden has ruined the President’s surprise”


[Updated 8/18] The August 16 edition of the Colbert Report covered President Obama’s recent communications about NSA surveillance programs. Appearing August 6 on Jay Leno’s late-night television program, the President told viewers, “There is no spying on Americans. We don’t have a domestic spying program.” Stephen Colbert adds:

Now the rest of the story is that the president gave us more details about the program that we don’t have at a secret press conference–secret in that it was held at 3 pm on a Friday in August. By then Wolf Blitzer is already three margaritas deep in the situation hammock.

At an August 9 press conference, the President announced that a plan to form a “high level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence communications technologies…I’m tasking this independent group to step back and review our capabilities.” Colbert comments:

See….outside experts, independent groups which will be chosen by independent, outside Director of National Intelligence James Clapper–the guy who lied to congress about  the spying program fives months ago but assured us that he was being the “least untruthful” he could.

Also at the August 9 press conference, the President said, “I called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before Mr. Snowden made these leaks. I actually think we would have gotten to the same place.” Colbert responds:

Yeah, he called for these a long time ago. He would have gotten to the same place. Which means that Ed Snowden ruined the President’s surprise. Barack Obama was planning all along to throw a big transparency party and hold the same press conference.