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June 12th, 2013
08:14 PM ET

Fmr. Bush aide thanks fmr. Obama aide for following national security programs

In 2008, President Barack Obama campaigned on the promise of change. But five years and a massive security leak later, even left-leaning media outlets are comparing Obama to his predecessor when it comes to data mining. The Huffington Post even posted a mash-up photo titled "George W. Obama."

"President Obama is keeping us safe and doing it the right way," said CNN political contributor and former press secretary to the Bush administration Ari Fleischer. "The house that he inherited from George Bush, the foundation upon which our national security and homeland security is built - with changes to a couple curtains, they put in a few more audits - is the Bush structure."

"The biggest difference here is that there are judges involved in what happens," said former deputy press secretary to the Obama administration Bill Burton. "There was not warrantless wiretapping."

The issue of surveillance programs "scrambles that partisan equation," said staff writer for "The Atlantic" Molly Ball. "You have a lot of Republicans reflexively reacting with anger because it's something that Obama has done, and then a lot of Democrats rushing to defend him, but at the same time you have liberals on civil liberties who are deeply disturbed by this."

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