Obama on the Defensive: 'I'm Not Going to Scramble Jets to Get a 29-Year-Old Hacker'
Reporters challenged President Obama during an overseas trip today, taking him to task for his failure to capture NSA leaker Edward Snowden and unsuccessful effort to persuade China or Russia to return him to the U.S.
Obama defended himself against charges that the U.S. looks weak in having explicit demands go unheeded.
The president, however, said he has bigger business to do with the likes of China and Russia, adding that he won't be making any personal calls to the countries in regards to Snowden.
"The reason is is because number one, I shouldn't have to. This is something that routinely is dealt with between law enforcement officials in various countries," he said. He added, "No, I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker."