I wasn't really listening to the guy from Texas all that much, but the President did cite stuff about SCOTUS and the Citizens decision, closing corporate tax loopholes, and whatnot.
Some office lady who had a specific and technical gripe regarding losing her healthplan was assured that she would have someone call her directly, and then he went on to say things in general, acknowledging that the website was dildoes but to contact the call centers. He mentioned Kentucky was pretty good about it. Her response, which was drowned out as they went on the next question, was that she'd already called the hotlines.
A brown woman in a hijab and too much makeup named Rian?--didn't catch it--had a question about surveillance and NY's corrupted take on Terry stops, and asked what was being done by him to regain the trust of the people.
He pretty much just told her to Google his speech on NSA that he gave before State of Union address. Assurance was based on that it's okay because everything takes a court order. "That's always been true that continues to be true."
Was cognizant that one of the biggest concerns raised was with the collection of metadata in a single database. But he said it was only happening to a minority of people if there was evidence of reasonable suspicion that there was a single number out of many on anyone's phone number contact list that was associated with a terrorist network.
Said another concern was that if it's all held in one place, isn't that potentially suspect to abuse down the road? Promised reform so that the US government wasn't holding data.
"In next 60 days we are going to get a report back" from NSA and FBI "about how we do that"
Said in the meantime that database will not be able to be queried without judicial approval.
On the subject of surveillance broadly around people throughout the country and in others, claimed that he cared about protecting privacy rights not just here but everywhere.
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