The position of holding security as a higher priority than freedom makes more sense then than it does now in that context.
Especially when one considers the huge negative reaction to the Iraq war, and the diminishment of civil rights under the Bush admin.
Obama ran on, and got elected in no small part because he promised to take a different path.
Now it's 5 years after his election and what do we come to find out....
We find that despite doing the exact opposite of what he said he would do with regard to civil rights etc. the people still don't care.
It seems like his likability factor trumps every other consideration.