This isn't Republican birtherism. The exact opposite is true. The President's mother and father were both CIA operatives, who met in Hawaii. The young boy seen as having the perfect complexion for some future high office, he was groomed with CIA opportunities all the way.
Similar things can be said about other Presidents in recent history, I am sure.
His "looking forwards, not backwards" toward all CIA crimes like torture certainly follows.
One problem is, we're taking their word it is different now wrt torture. And their word has a long history.
Giving an executive order to stop torture in 2009 was a fine first step. But prosecution(s) should have followed, since it was already illegal (and against treaties).
And then there's drones. He promised to use them less, but they haven't been dismissed altogether as law and ethics would demand.
And CIA, Wall Street, Military Industrial Complex, Media, Plutocracy, it's all the same thing with a lot of corrupt relationships.