I was driving down the road so I listened to his news conference on NPR, wondering if Katrina would be satisfied : )
He said that no damage had been done to anyone, like someone put in jail
I used to talk to Soviet emigree. He made some innocuous comments about the government, complaining. Someone heard, reported it, and made life hell so he left the country. If the NSA was using data to punish or reward people for political statements, then the program would be much worse.
Obama, FISA court judges, NSA people,..., are all in the same spot, if some terrorist event happens that could have been prevented by listening, then they'll be screwed.
Maybe Obama will make some reasonable changes. Maybe public response and Snowden's clever slow release of information will motivate Obama and congress to do more.
Someone asked Obama if there should be a deal with Snowden. Obama said that should be handled by Attorney General - he didn't say that Snowden is a criminal so maybe...