Obama wasn't "thrown under the bus". He bares the entirety of the responsibility. He could have put his foot down and ended this madness years ago. He didn't. He increased it and accelerated it. The fact that one of the triggermen is fingering their boss as the one who told them to do it is fine.
Hopefully, future presidents will realize that there is a new paradigm in the world. Information is leaky. It is too damned easy to leak, and once the information is out, you stand no chance of getting it back. This means that you probably shouldn't be doing shit that you don't want the world to find out about.
There is a difference between doing something in secret because you don't want other to defend against, and doing something in secret because it will be embarrassing if people find out about it and hurt relations. Planning to go shoot Osama Bin Laden in the head is an example of the former. No one the president gives a shit about would be upset to learn that they were planning to do it, but they kept it secret because it wouldn't work if everyone found out. Once the need for secrecy was over, they opened up and told everyone what happened. This sort of action is fine. Spying on German politicians on the other hand is an example of the former. You NEVER want that to get out because it is going to piss off allies. Don't do that shit. It is going to leak. If you wouldn't want it leaked after the fact, don't fucking do it.
While 'murica deserves its fair share of the blame, Europe is not blameless. Europe could put an end to this by simply hardening the Internet. Europe doesn't do this because they like to merrily spy on their own citizens and fuck with the internet, and any sort of hardening of the internet would necessarily damage their ability to do this. Europe probably has as much of a dog in the fight as America citizen do, but it would take Europeans rising up against their own surveillance states.