Obama: “I can do what I want”

Obama: “I can do what I want”

Let us contrast this to the president that the founding fathers of America intended.   As Alexis de Tocqueville put it in the early 19th century, the president “has but little power, little wealth, and little glory to share among his friends; and his influence in the state is too small for the success or ruin of a faction to depend upon his elevation to power.”

How far we have come…

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3 thoughts on “Obama: “I can do what I want””

  1. Indeed. When I listened to this Obama slip in context, it occurred to me how unfortunate it is that due to the blatant abuse of power by the executive branch for decades, even small, potentially benign missives made by presidents must be suspect. Does the comment provide a Freudian window into the subconscious of a man drunk with power? It is entirely possible this was just a simple attempt at casual levity on the part of POTUS, but in light of flagrant abuses by the branch, it is easy to understand the backlash. Pauvre de Tocqueville!

    1. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/4/obama-brag-new-book-im-really-good-killing-drones/

      “the president’s specific words: I’m “really good at killing people,” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann write in “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” The Daily Mail reported. They get their claim from a Washington Post report that buries the statement as a brief anecdote in an article, in which the president is described as speaking to aides about the drone program and then making the claim.”

      1. Absolutely. Best case scenario, he is making light of his ill-begotten power — worst case scenario, he believes it. I can’t imagine a commander-in-chief along the lines of a George Washington finding these comments humorous in the least. How far we have strayed from the prototype. Those who seek power are by default unfit to wield it.

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