There are excellent grounds for criticizing many of Obama's policies. P.J. O'Rourke's column is remarkable for not presenting any of those grounds and relying instead on falsely ascribing policies to Obama where he actually supported the opposite (successful) policy.
Rolling Stone resorts to cheap parlor tricks such as getting interviewees drunk and conflating quotes to get a headline or two. It's not a secret on this side of the fence -- grabbing any underling to represent the boss.
The digital age and the internet has further limited what a public figure should and should not say. But that does not change the first commandment of all public dialogue: you are never off the record!