This was the long awaited speech by the President on the limits of data collection and intelligence gathering. Of course, prompted by the spectacular leaks by the NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The President made no apology for US spying, but he acknowledges that there has been a breach of privacy and in trust. So he made promises to America's friends and allies around the world.
I think it is fair to say that somewhere in Russia or wherever he is hiding, Snowden himself will see this as something of a personal victory for it is crystal clear that this speech and this national debate that is going on across America would not be happening without Snowden's intervention.
More top news
One of the attackers who murdered a priest in a French church during morning mass in Normandy has been named by prosecutors.
Father Jacques Hamel has been described as man who dedicated his life to his parishioners and still regularly led mass, even at 86.
Rain will spread southeastwards through N. Ireland, Wales and England overnight.