I think all the negative press that creatine gets is a shame, especially since it's all rumors and media sensationalism. I've seen sevaral news reports talking about the dangers of prohormones, etc. where they show a container of creatine on the shelf right next to some hormone product without ever mentioning that creatine is not a hormone or anything like it. That kind of thing really confuses people.
I agree that pre and post workout is the way to go. It's gonna be even easier to get the creatine into your muscles after a workout, especially with the addition of simple carbohydrates into your shake.
I really don't see how creatine should be viewed as any more unnatural than taking a multi-vitamin or using protein shakes. And like the others have said, it works.