Obama: “Will no one rid me of this troublesome Congress?”

Posted by: Phineas on July 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm

**Posted by Phineas

"My will is enough!"

“My will is enough!”

Politico’s Glenn Thrush today reports, in an article on Obama’s second-term strategy, that, soon after reelection, the top-most question on his mind apparently how to figure a way to govern without Congress:

After the emotional high of his reelection dissipated, Obama convened his top advisers for a series of sober meetings in the West Wing to map out strategies for dealing with the fiscal cliff negotiations. Aides remember Obama’s mood changing, like a man returning from a vacation to find a ransacked house.

“Guys, I don’t want politics to be a limit of what you recommend to me,” Obama told senior aides David Plouffe, Lew, Dan Pfeiffer and Pete Rouse a couple of weeks after his reelection, according to a White House aide with direct knowledge of the meeting.

“Let’s come up with an agenda, then let’s figure it out from there as best we can,” he said, prodding them to adopt a more muscular approach to the use of executive power. “We can’t let the driving force of what we pass be Congress.”

Wait minute. I have to check the owner’s manual on this thing…. Ah! Here it is:

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

That’s Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution, Mr. President. Try as I might –and I’ve really looked hard!– I don’t see anything in there about you getting to pass anything. In fact, now that I think about it, I think these old, hard-to-understand and so very flawed words mean that Congress is the driving force of what gets passed.

I dunno, Boss. I know you’re a constitutional scholar and all, but maybe you should try reading the document, sometime.

via Charlie Spiering

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “Obama: “Will no one rid me of this troublesome Congress?””


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    The way it is taught is the legislative branch (Congress) passes the laws, the judicial branch (Supreme Court) interprets the laws, and the executive branch (President) sees to it the laws are carried out. It is as simple as a three-legged stool. And that applies to all “57 states”.

    As for Obhammud’s second-term strategy, what second-term strategy?

  2. Carlos says:

    And since when, since he was elected to the presidency the first time, has Dr. Zero Knowledge of Anything had one whit of concern for that document written by a bunch of old dead white guys, for what it says, and for what it means?

    If he was concerned about the document one little bit, don’t you think he would have provided valid documentation to prove he was eligible to run for the office? Or that he might reconsider running the government through executive fiat?

    Nope. It don’t mean nothin’ to him, and Congress is simply a bunch of fools to be used when show is important, not when a part of his objectionable agenda needs to be implemented.

  3. Brontefan says:

    0bama is NOT a Constitutional scholar! He was never really a Constitutional Law professor–not even adjunct. All that was hype, like most of the other selling points when he ran in 2008.

    The one class he did teach in Chicago, was a political favor for someone–and all he taught under the umbrella of Machiavellian Law–was Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Peeling the onion of his so-called credentials is rather interesting because he is largely a creation. Not a genius! Dr. Thomas Sowell is genius; 0bama carefully sealed his college transcripts–something you only do when there would be something to question.

    Judging from his leadership abilities as president… begs the question, did he ever work a day in his life? To his credit, he has grabbed more power and control than any other president in our history. He’s going to appear today at the WH to sell 0bamaCare–a disaster designed to control the medical industry and destroy our country–which means he really is a Liar in chief.

    There have been times… I have seriously wondered if he ever read the document; I know Diane Feinstein hasn’t and resented it when Ted Cruz asked her about the 2nd Amendment. Am I the only one who finds it interesting that so many elected officials are insulted when asked about the Constitution?

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    Agreed, Brontefan. A very poor advertisement for an Ivy League education, to be sure. I went to a little ol’ cow college in the hills of West Texas and do not feel inferior to the jackwads in this administration.