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July 28, 2013 - 6:44 am
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If Nixon had tried something like this, he would have rightly been branded a “rogue president.”

Jackie Calmes, a first-class political reporter working for the New York Times, actually had the gall to ask the president if he had consulted White House lawyers on the constitutionality of unilaterally delaying the employer mandate in Obamacare.

Obama’s answer would have been worthy of King George, or perhaps a meglomaniacal dictator — not a servant of the people in a great republic.

Byron York writes:

In an interview after his speech Wednesday in Galesburg, Illinois, President Obama was asked if he consulted White House lawyers before unilaterally delaying the employer mandate in Obamacare. Since Congress, in the Affordable Care Act, specified that the mandate is go to into effect at the start of next year, reporters from the New York Times asked if the president investigated whether he had the legal authority to put it off without going through Congress.

Obama didn’t exactly answer the question. But judging from what he said, his answer was: No, I didn’t consult White House lawyers because I know a lot more about the Constitution than the Republicans who are complaining about it. And besides, they don’t think I’m legitimately the president, anyway.

“People questioned your legal and constitutional authority to do that unilaterally — to delay the employer mandate,” asked the Times’ Jackie Calmes. “Did you consult with your lawyer?”

“Jackie, if you heard me on stage today, what I said was that I will seize any opportunity I can find to work with Congress to strengthen the middle class, improve their prospects, improve their security,” Obama began.

“No, but specifically — ” Calmes interjected.

“But where Congress is unwilling to act,” Obama continued, “I will take whatever administrative steps that I can in order to do right by the American people.”

At that point, Obama explained that if Congress doesn’t like what he’s done, then lawmakers can try to do something about it. “I’m not concerned about their opinions,” the president said. “Very few of them, by the way, are lawyers, much less constitutional lawyers.” And some Republicans “think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency.”

Methinks the president should not be using the word “gall” when talking about his unilateral action in superseding the Congress and taking the questionable constitutional step of delaying the mandate using his executive authority.

Has there been anything more revealing of Obama’s attitude toward the Constitution? Democracy is hard work. Getting Congress to do a president’s bidding takes time, patience, and a determination that President Obama lacks. He wants to take shortcuts because he believes his executive authority can give him the immediate gratification he covets. And besides, who is the Congress to lecture him about the Constitution?

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"He didn't check with the lawyers because:"

4) He already believes he's a dictator
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He didn't check with the lawyers because:

1) They would tell him exactly what he wants to hear anyway

2) This was not a legal decision but a political one, designed to take away as much ObamaCare pain to the economy as possible until just after the 2014 election, a trick he and the media used in multiple ways on many issues before the 2012 election.

3) He thinks the Constitution is a flawed document because it doesn't give him the power to re-distribute other people's money, so why should he care what it says anyway?
1 year ago
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"And some Republicans “think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency.”

Has there been a sorrier comment by a President ever in the history of the US? Petulance, immaturity, delusion, deviousness and just total crap. What an embarrassment. It doesn't even make any sense if you try to take it at face value.
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“I will take whatever administrative steps that I can in order to do right by the American people.”

By any means necessary.

I really wonder if he will step down after his term ends or not. Extending his term would only be an administrative step, after all.
1 year ago
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it would only take an executive order .
1 year ago
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obama relied on valerie jarrett agreeing with him .
1 year ago
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How about impeachment for a starter, and his mind set proves a callous disregard for upholding his oath of office.
1 year ago
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He's our lord and master, why would that despot need to ask for advice he's the smartest man in the world just ask the Obama media?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
He didn't check with the lawyers because:

1) They would tell him exactly what he wants to hear anyway

2) This was not a legal decision but a political one, designed to take away as much ObamaCare pain to the economy as possible until just after the 2014 election, a trick he and the media used in multiple ways on many issues before the 2012 election.

3) He thinks the Constitution is a flawed document because it doesn't give him the power to re-distribute other people's money, so why should he care what it says anyway?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
"He didn't check with the lawyers because:"

4) He already believes he's a dictator
1 year ago
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"There are some good people. But a good chunk of them will lie for no reason at all … They just lie because that's what they do." - John Cusack

Like most of Hollywood, John Cusack is a Lib and wouldn't criticize his glorious leader - but this quote sums up my feelings about BHO (except the "good people" part). Whenever I hear him speaking, it's all I can do to refrain from yelling "Liar!" at the TV or radio.
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"questionable constitutional step of delaying the mandate using his executive authority."
He does NOT have the authority ... period; but he knows that congress is NOT a check on his actions and neither are the Supremes. THAT the real wake-up call for us!!!
1 year ago
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So what? Obama knows that this Republican House will do absolutely nothing about it! They are the most inept bunch of hack jobs I have ever seen. The country comes second to their needs. They are self perpetuating like some kind of amoebae or fungus. We have to take the clorox to them soon.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
"And some Republicans “think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency.”

Has there been a sorrier comment by a President ever in the history of the US? Petulance, immaturity, delusion, deviousness and just total crap. What an embarrassment. It doesn't even make any sense if you try to take it at face value.
1 year ago
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This coming from the man who was supposed UNITE everyone and help move this country past our checkered racial past. He is such a disgrace as a leader and he is obviously so full of himself, he doesn't care what he says at this point. What a shameful and hateful, racially demeaning response!
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Exactly. He can't "usurp" authority he has. I'm not exactly sure what he intended to be by that remark. A five-dollar word uttered by a moron to impress the morons who voted for him.
1 year ago
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The claim that all his critics are racist is his first resort.
1 year ago
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The "I'm not dictator" King Hussein the First wants total and unconditional submission, since He is the highest authority of the land.

As for His boorish "speech" The Wohn sounds more like a Think Progress blogger, than a US president.
1 year ago
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"since He is the highest authority of the land." - in his own mind. In reality of course, he is but co-equal with congress and the SCOTUS ...
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The King Messiah has no equal. What you are saying is pure blasphemy.
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Those sorry *sses in congress need to do something about Obama.
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