You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe



Is Obama on a need-to-not-know basis?

Supporters of the Obama administration contend that the president was largely unaware of both developing problems in the malfunctioning health care website and National Security Agency surveillance activity.

This defense calls to mind the famous question from President Nixon’s role in the Watergate scandal, with one key difference.

Continue reading below

In this instance, the question is: What didn’t the president know, and when didn’t he know it?

John D. Tuerck


You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week