We know. He’s a not a king. He’s more like a wannabe dictator.
“Well, I think as– as you know– and I’ve said this before to you, Jose, but– I’m not a king,” Obama replied. “You know, my job as the head of the executive branch ultimately is to carry out the law. And– you know, when it comes to enforcement of our immigration laws– we’ve got some discretion. We can prioritize– what we do. But we can’t simply ignore the law.”
Can’t ignore the law? Really?
On Friday, a 3-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously declared President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to be unconstitutional. The judges rebuked Obama both because the Senate was actually in session when he made the appointments, and because two of the three positions in question became open months (in one case, more than a year) before the president implied an urgent need to fill them during a “recess.” The NLRB, however, is now ignoring the court’s decision — thereby suggesting its members don’t think they need to heed the legally binding judgments of the federal courts any more than the president who appointed them thinks he needs to seek the constitutionally required advice and consent of the Senate.
Rather brazenly, Mark Gaston Pearce — who was handpicked by Obama to chair the NLRB — released the following statement late on Friday:
“The Board respectfully disagrees with today’s decision and believes that the President’s position in the matter will ultimately be upheld….
“In the meantime, the Board has important work to do….[W]e will continue to perform our statutory duties and issue decisions.”
Translation: Thanks for your opinion; we will now proceed as if it hadn’t been issued.
He ignores the law each and every day. But he’s not a king. OK.