Obama: ‘I cannot just impose my will on Congress, even though sometimes I wish I could’

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 at 7:39 am
Barack Obama

For a guy who uses executive orders all the time, he seems oddly sour that he can just run roughshod over Congress whenever he pleases. Really, since when has another branch of government been an impediment to him?

During a lengthy speech at the University of Yangon in Burma, President Obama signaled the important traits of American democracy, particularly his limited powers as president.

“As President, I cannot just impose my will on Congress — the Congress of the United States — even though sometimes I wish I could,” he stated. “The legislative branch has its own powers and its own prerogatives, and so they check my power and balance my power.”

Obama also mentioned his responsibilities as Commander-In-Chief of the United States Military were limited by civilians.

“America may have the strongest military in the world, but it must submit to civilian control,” he said. “I, as the President of the United States, make determinations that the military then carries out, not the other way around. As President and Commander-In-Chief, I have that responsibility because I’m accountable to the people. ”

Sure he is. Now if he’d only be accountable for the Benghazi cover-up.

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5 Responses to “Obama: ‘I cannot just impose my will on Congress, even though sometimes I wish I could’”

  1. txmarko on 19/19/12 at 9:53 am

    We need a whole lot more folks to grow a pair the size of Joe Wilson’s.

    Joe said it first, people were shocked and pissed, but Joe was right.

    “You LIE !!!”

  2. JB1000 on 19/19/12 at 10:57 am

    Bad things are going to happen in the next four years and I want to make it perfectly clear that these problems are really not my fault.

    Unfortunately, I have lost my ability to blame Bush. I wanted to try blaming Rombushney but the polls indicate the american public is just not that stupid.

    CINC (Choomer in Chief)
    Barrack the First, Last and Only.

  3. fen gulley on 19/19/12 at 1:59 pm

    well… if he were a dictator that would be unpleasant- but the exit strategy for dictators has never been very good. ’tis a fair spot … etc. etc

  4. MT Geoff on 19/19/12 at 2:37 pm

    This comment is all right. Every president has thought it and many have said something like it.
    I would love to see Obama’s actions live up to some of his statements, though, and his well-known penchant for evading Congress makes his comment look like hypocrisy. Imagine that.