What the hell does this mean? (Taken from here.)
Q You can get the Congress to protect telecom companies from lawsuits, but then there’s no recourse for Americans who feel that they’ve been caught up in this. I know it’s not intended to spy on Americans, but in the collection process, information about everybody gets swept up and then it gets sorted. So if Americans don’t have any recourse, are you just telling them, when it comes to their privacy, to suck it up?
THE PRESIDENT: I wouldn’t put it that way, if I were you, in public. Well, you’ve been long been long enough to — anyway, yes, I — look, there’s — people who analyze the program fully understand that America’s civil liberties are well protected. There is a constant check to make sure that our civil liberties of our citizens aren’t — you know, are treated with respect. And that’s what I want, and that’s what most — all Americans want.
I am not going to ask questions that others have asked already, but I wonder what the hell the following is supposed to mean:
I wouldn’t put it that way, if I were you, in public.
I’m guessing that it means that the tool for manipulating the public that is known as media, stepped out of line and asked the wrong question.