Obama went on to suggest his detractors could be playing political games.
“There’s a whole range of checks and balances that we’ve put in place,” Obama said. “But I think it’s fair to say that [there are] going to be folks on the left, and what amuses me is now folks on the right who are fine when there’s a Republican president, but now, Obama’s coming in with the black helicopters.”
But Rove said Wednesday that Obama's unwillingness to strenuously defend the programs made him a pale comparison to the former vice president.
“Dick Cheney understood how important this was and offered himself up as a defender of a program, which was begun under the Bush years and continued under President Obama,” Rove said.