Joking matter: Obama's in your e-mail
June 11th, 2013
03:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Joking matter: Obama's in your e-mail

(CNN) - If Obama is looking at a computer - with kids, with aides, or by himself - he's checking your e-mail.

That's the joke in a new Tumblr mocking the National Security Agency's Internet data-mining program that came to light last week.

It posts photos from the White House photostream of the president looking at screens, and the effect is ominous.

Laughing with kids in front of a laptop? He's checking your e-mail.

Browsing the presidential Blackberry next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel? That's your e-mail he's looking at, too.

And that shot of Obama looking into an iPhone with Justin Timberlake? They're looking at your e-mail.


Filed under: NSA • President Obama
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I realize that the Ticker is not a news page, but a little more than an op-ed page.
    This article is neither, and nothing in between.

    June 11, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz aka Take Back The House

    First of all, this NSA probe is no laughing matter. Secondly, this is so childish of a news organization to be reporting.

    June 11, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Wouldn't surprise me a bit. They've lied about everything else.

    June 11, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. truth hurts but reality bites

    Has the collective IQ of the country sunk that low? So low that it cannot even see when their own freedoms are slipping away, day after day? Our country has developed a very dangerous hive mentality. It could end up being fatal to our individual freedoms.

    June 11, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Dixie

    I know this is suppose to be funny but it's only sad. What ever happened to our freedom? Oh yea – Obama

    June 11, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Next up: GOPers/Teatrolls claiming he used the NSA programs to win the election in 2012. They're nothing if not consistent in their quest to find an excuse, any excuse, for losing in 2012 that doesn't involve admitting the truth of the matter that their ideology and policies are being rejected and their racism, bigotry and misogyny are finally, at long last, catching up with them.

    June 11, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts but reality bites

    Has the collective IQ of the country sunk that low? So low that it cannot even see when their own freedoms are slipping away, day after day? Our country has developed a very dangerous hive mentality. It could end up being fatal to our individual freedoms.
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    It would seem that the collective IQ of the right wing has dipped. They seem to have forgotten that they signed a "Terms of Use" agreement with their phone carriers, which allows them to do whatever they wish with your phone records, but not the content.

    Try searching the web for Gallup Poll 21628 , dated February 24, 2006. It is very similar to this one. It asks whether or not Americans approve of the Bush administrations warrantless wiretapping.

    53% of respondents approved, with 46% disapproving of the warrantless wiretapping.

    June 11, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    We've had the Age of Faith. The Renaissance. The Reformation. The Age of Reason.

    Welcome to the Age of Snark.

    Actually, I find the idea of Obama and Timberlake looking at the "enlargement" spam in my Inbox to be rather humorous.

    June 11, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Wouldn't surprise me a bit. They've lied about everything else.
    ********************
    Another delta-minus moment from the whiner.

    June 11, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts but reality bites

    Has the collective IQ of the country sunk that low? So low that it cannot even see when their own freedoms are slipping away, day after day? Our country has developed a very dangerous hive mentality. It could end up being fatal to our individual freedoms.
    *****************
    If I wanted a dangerous hive mentality, I would watch FOX, and only FOX.

    June 11, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. bob

    CNN is a joke. They will soon be revealed as a friend of the oligargy

    June 11, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. just askin

    do all of you pea brains actually believe the federal government when they tell you they are not collecting the content of your email, phone conversations, tweets, texts, google seaqrches, etc??? that is what the nsa does for a living!!! they are the nations largest spy agency! and now they have been set loose on the american people. they used to be used only overseas.

    June 11, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    That's not far from the truth. The reality is......he has his "people" doing it.

    June 11, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Greg in Arkansas

    What's next from the TeaTrolls...?? Traffic Cams are an invasion of privacy because they invade our privacy when we drive through stoplights?

    June 11, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Tell us dems, are you for or against the Patriot act this week?

    June 11, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. California Gary

    @Dixie......"What happened to our freedom? Oh yea, Obama........". You might want to refer back to the so called "Patriot Act" if you want to know where our freedom went........Obama was not in a position of leadership when that little jewel was rammed down our throats.

    June 11, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    The Real Tom Paine – You appear to have a little bit of Obama juice on your lip there son.

    June 11, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Boo

    Love all of these comments about Obama....question to the right – just come out of your coma when Bush left office?

    June 11, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Peoples State of Illinois

    @just askin

    do all of you pea brains actually believe the federal government when they tell you they are not collecting the content of your email, phone conversations, tweets, texts, google seaqrches, etc??? that is what the nsa does for a living!!! they are the nations largest spy agency! and now they have been set loose on the american people. they used to be used only overseas.
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    I wonder what the lefies think that multi-zetabite storage facility being built out in Utah, is for.

    June 11, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    The Patriot act would of expired if it wasn't for Obama extending it and actualyl enhancing it even further.

    June 11, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    The Real Tom Paine – You appear to have a little bit of Obama juice on your lip there son.
    ***************
    This, coming from the person who whined last week that I thought my "chit" didn't stink after I put you in your palce at the kids' table? Please, you parrot back every phrase that Uncle "Hacker" Rupert tells you to, and you do so with the all the fervor of a true believer. Btw, when did you suddenly discover Civil Rights? This morning, on "Fox and Friends"?

    June 11, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. Peoples State of Illinois

    According to Gallop, Bush is now more popular than Obama. Maybe the next time a former community organizer raised in a creepy church runs for president, the media will work a little harder to dig into his real agenda.

    June 11, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. lolo

    Oh Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These trumped up charges and childish investigations are getting old. GOp please get a life and produce that jobs bill you promised in 2010 to get your sheep to vote you in. I do not hear them whinning about it at all. Just keep harping on the black man as usual.

    June 11, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    That's not far from the truth. The reality is......he has his "people" doing it.
    *****************
    Reality? From you? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. just sayin

    now we know why obama signed the patriot act into law again after railing against it for years. he's a born liar. this is the obama patriot act that is being used against the american people. he signed it. nobody forced him to sign it.

    June 11, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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