Obama's hubris problem (It gets creepier every day)
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Since: Apr 13
#1 Apr 27, 2013
He said contemptuously that what “binds Republicans together” is their commitment to helping the rich. He delivered his budget two months late to Congress.
Such disregard for appearances and disdain for his opposition suggests a president who perceives himself as free from the fetters that keep normal people in line and give presidents a sense of perspective.
Obama is already giving off that “L’etat, c’est moi” vibe, effectively legislating from the Oval Office.
He is picking and choosing which laws to enforce - like deciding not to deport certain groups of immigrants who would have been protected by the failed Dream Act and opting not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
This could be just the beginning. He vowed last week, as he has in the past, to advance his gun control agenda on his own.“Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities,” Obama said.
The vast new Obamacare law gives him an endless array of regulations to implement, offering a cornucopia of opportunities to interpret the statute in ways that give him powers he shouldn’t have. The 900-page immigration bill may do the same, should it pass.
But hubris may not only lead a president to stretch power, it can result in abuse of power.
Certainly the core of Watergate was corruption, but only a sense of hubris could have convinced Richard Nixon – late in his first term - that he could get away with the covering it up.
When Bill Clinton bounded out of the White House residence to see Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office, he had to believe he was impervious to the rules that govern others – not just because of his behavior, but because he thought he wouldn’t get caught in flagrante delicto in the fishbowl that is the White House.
And what special exemption from reality did Ronald Reagan think he had when he convinced himself that he wasn’t paying ransom when he sent arms to Iran to try to secure the release of hostages the controlled in Lebanon?
If Obama starts to get too grand a sense of himself and sheds the last vestiges of concern for how others perceive him, it could lead him, as it has so many in positions of power, to believe he is beyond accountability. And that could end up as a tragedy for him, and for the nation.
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Since: Oct 10
#2 Apr 28, 2013
Interesting article and spot on. Obama began his tenture with this attitude. "You've got me now." He has overstepped his authority, insulted our allies and mislead more than all other presidents combined. Including Nixon.
The ever PC media has aided and anyone that speaks out or against is immediately a bigot, racist and a traitor.
History will tell the entire story. And it will not be kind.
In my opinion, there has never been such a waste of eight years or more damage done under one elected man. And we well may have another eight to struggle through.
#3 Apr 29, 2013
You struggle to remember to breathe, so you are going to have problems regardless of how long President Obama serves.
Since: Apr 13
#4 Apr 29, 2013
Not much longer if he keeps acting worse than Nixon. He'll be bounced right back to the 'hood where he a Reggie can hang an Man's Country every afternoon.
“animis opibusque parati”
Since: Oct 12
#5 Apr 29, 2013
It's killing Obama.
He wants to pull a Jason Collins so badly.
Every other attempt at legacy-building has failed.
#6 Apr 29, 2013
With Obama, you have the President of a Christian majority nation that loathes classical Christianity.
In the history of mankind it is the ultimate mismatch.
It is like electing Al Sharpton to head the KKK.
It is Barney Frank at the Southern Baptist Convention.
It is a match made in Hell.
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