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“What I’ve seen is much political theater,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I was disappointed in the president’s press conference. I believe that’s driven by his clear understanding that the American people are absolutely unhappy with what they learned. Much of what he suggested is superficial.”

Lon Snowden appeared on the show alongside his attorney, Bruce Fein, and the two confirmed that they have secured visas and will travel to Russia soon to meet with Mr. Snowden.

“My son has spoken the truth,” Lon Snowden said.

Edward Snowden’s revelations and the national debate they have spawned underscore a deeper problem in American society, some lawmakers say.

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said Sunday that he doesn’t disagree with any of the reform ideas that the president laid out last week but that efforts also must focus on the broader goal of restoring public confidence in elected leaders.

“There’s a careful balance here between preserving our assets and capabilities and making sure the American people are convinced that their privacy is not being violated,” Mr. McCain said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Right now, there is kind of a generational change. Young Americans do not trust this government. Without trust in government, you can’t do a lot of things.”

Mr. McCain cited the disparate reactions to the Snowden leaks as an example of the generation gap.

“There’s a young generation who believes he’s some kind of Jason Bourne,” he said.