President Obama: “I Am Not A Dictator.” Yet.

March 11, 2013

There’s something creepy about President Obama’s repeated assertions that he is neither dictator, nor emperor, nor king.

I am not a dictator,” President Obama told the White House press corps recently, explaining his inability to stop sequestration.

I’m not the emperor of the United States,” President Obama said in February, during a Goggle-sponsored event.

“I am president, I am not king,” President Obama said in 2010, during an interview discussing the lack of immigration reform.

In the context in which he’s made these denials, he could have very easily said, “but I’d like to be.”  Or maybe, more appropriately, “but I act like one.”

After all, being the most powerful man in the world clearly isn’t enough.  President Obama subverts the authority of others at every chance.

He’s been running the country without a budget for years.  He appointed members of the National Labor Relations Board without Senate approval, even though the Senate was in session.  He’s sought, but has not yet received, authority to raise the debt ceiling without Congressional approval.

He’s refused to negotiate or even meet with Republicans to discuss the most important crisis of his administration – the growing federal debt – even while claiming that the U.S. does not have a spending problem.  (Yes, he’s been courting Republicans during the past week or so … think he may have some political reason for doing so?)

And he’s appointed Cabinet heads that, likewise, don’t act like they are employed by a democracy.  Lisa Jackson, Eric Holder and a few others spring to mind.

His denials recall what is probably the most famous denial ever by an American President.  No, I’m not referring to President Clinton’s statement the he “did not have sex with that woman.”  President Obama sounds more like President Nixon claiming, “I am not a crook.”


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