Promises, Promises: The 180-Degree Legal Transformation of Barack Obama

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Obama once disparaged presidents who use executive action to bypass Congress. How quickly things change…

Tom Rogan writes:  Few politicians are disciples of truth. But when it comes to President Obama and executive power, the gap between rhetoric and reality is truly astonishing. The candidate who once promised a presidency of humility is long gone. Instead, this president has defined his administration by a naked and extreme exertion of executive power. And now he’s been caught.

In its unanimous ruling late last week that the president’s non-recess appointment of three officials to the National Labor Relations Board was unconstitutional, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t pull any punches. Unfortunately, the court’s ruling is a little late. For the past four years, Obama’s executive authority has been restrained only by the limits of the president’s imagination.

Of course, unilateral executive action is not new. George W. Bush was hardly an infrequent fan of executive orders. Nonetheless, Obama is worse — if not in quantity, than at least in quality. Just look at the record.

On gun control, we got major executive orders including the “clarification” that doctors have the right to ask patients about their gun ownership.

On education, the landmark No Child Left Behind law remains in force… except where education authorities don’t like it, thanks to Obama’s free-for-all waiver program.

On the environment, Obama apparently believes that he has the power to regulate the wind.

On critical congressional investigations, the hideout of executive privilege is apparently preferable to the honor of finding and publicizing the truth…

Read the rest…

The Week

Tom Rogan is a conservative writer who blogs at TomRoganThinks.com. Follow him on Twitter@TomRoganTweets.


2 Comments on “Promises, Promises: The 180-Degree Legal Transformation of Barack Obama”

  1. […] Pundit from another Planet Obama once disparaged presidents who use executive action to bypass Congress. How quickly things […]


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