The president is asking us to take his word that the government is spying only on terrorists. Yet it seems to me that he and the vice president have all but called this nation's war critics terrorists.
I can well imagine the administration spying on everyone from political opponents to war critics to outspoken members of the media. I can't imagine a judge approving any surveillance of such people.
This administration for years harbored someone who exposed a CIA agent. I don't think it is too much to ask that they now demonstrate that they are acting in good faith by retroactively getting approval - in accordance with the law of the land - for their spying.