We are extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step despite our very clear and lawful requests in public and private that Mr. Snowden be expelled and returned to the United States.White House spokesman Jay Carney • Responding to the news that Russia has granted temporary asylum to accused NSA whisteblower Edward Snowden, despite the numerous protestations of the Obama Administration. The White House is reportedly considering canceling upcoming one-on-one meetings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama; however, the President is currently far busier convincing Congress not to revoke the NSA’s authority to spy on American citizens. source
But what I will always remember is as I was leaving that party in 2003, I was approached by another guest, an established author. He asked about the man I had been talking to. Sheepishly he told me he didn’t know that Obama was a guest at the party, and had asked him to fetch him a drink. In less than six years, Obama has gone from being mistaken for a waiter among the New York media elite, to the president-elect.
What a country.
Raise your hand if you want to know who the author is.
Cases are brought on the merits. The merits are evaluated by the professionals at the Department of Justice. That’s not something the president involves himself in.Jay Carney • Responding to a reporter’s question,regarding the possibility that President Obama might be involved in the Department of Justice’s review of possible federal charges to be filed against George Zimmerman, during a morning briefing at the White House on Monday. President Obama has offered little in the way of opinion on the matter since Zimmerman’s verdict was revealed on Saturday, instead urging the country to remain calm in the wake of the jury’s decision. source
I have not called President Xi personally or President Putin personally and the reason is…I shouldn’t have to.President Obama • Confirming that he has not personally reached out to either Russian President Vladimir Putin or Chinese President Xi Jinping, regarding the United States’ request for the extradition of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, during a press conference in Senegal. President Obama elaborated, saying that the United States has a number of business and political deals in place, and that he didn’t believe “wheeling and dealing” was appropriate on this issue. source