Earlier this week, while Obama was with the French President Francois Hollande, he declared, “That’s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want.”
The “quip” was caught on camera:
Clearly, Obama’s statement was made in jest. To draw some kind of double meaning from it would be a stretch and would seem to over-scrutinize very word uttered from the President.
What is interesting and should have the full attention of the media is that he made the remark just as the White House made the announcement that the Obamacare mandate would be delayed for businesses. Some legislators argue that this delay, done unilaterally, is a violation of the Constitution
Unilaterally delaying the Obamacare mandate indicates the Administration may think that the President can do whatever he wants. The Affordable Care Act is full of mandates that aren’t suggestions — they are laws. For President Obama to simply decide that they don’t like the effects of that law and therefore they will simply announce that the law does not have to be followed, flies in the face of a legislative system.
For media to get bent out of shape over the President teasing that he can walk out onto a porch without Secret Service “clearing it” isn’t really a story at all. But when the President to act as if he has the power to control all laws at a whim, our Constitutional Republic is further shredded.