Barack Obama: 'The Problem Is ... I’m Not the Emperor of the United States'
President Obama has revealed something about his imperial mentality that critics have been saying his entire time in office. He said that, “the problem is… I’m not the emperor of the United States.”
The line came during the 2013 Fireside Chat hosted by Google+, which was attended by conservative commentators Kira Davis and Lee Doren. It came in response to a question about the deportation of persons who are in the country illegally.
“This is something I’ve struggled with throughout my presidency,” said Obama. “The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”
As the British might say, that’s not a bug, it’s a feature. At the very least, the Constitutional restriction of presidential powers certainly isn’t a problem, especially for those of us clinging to the liberty that the Obama administration hasn’t violated yet.