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Internal White House Memo: Time for an Imperial Presidency! …*Suckers*.

Posted by on Jan. 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM
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Sometimes I wonder whether the Obama administration’s absolute and total contempt for its most rabid supporters is based on the same thing as my absolute and total contempt for its most rabid supporters. Because let’s face it: if you spent eight years screaming about Imperial Presidencies and Unitary Executives and how George Bush was a unilateralist cowboy and similar agitprop, this passage should be the equivalent of a poisoned-tipped dagger in the kidney.

Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer outlined the lessons learned in a three-page memo that Obama discussed with his Cabinet in recent weeks, according to several administration officials who have read the document.

Among its conclusions is that Obama, a former state legislator and U.S. senator, too often governed more like a prime minister than a president. In a parliamentary system, a prime minister is elected by lawmakers and thus beholden to them in ways a president is not.

As a result, Washington veterans have been brought into the West Wing to emphasize an executive style of governing that aims to sidestep Congress more often.

…Should be, of course, but will not be, also of course. This feckless willingness to suborn one’s supposed principles in order to achieve a purely tribal partisan win would be the behavior pattern that triggered my aforementioned absolute and total contempt. And possibly Barack Obama’s as well. I’d ask him, but we’re hardly on each other’s Christmas card lists.

 

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Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Andy Kroll        âś” @AndrewKroll

Obama's "What Went Wrong in 2013" memo says he should engage with Congress *less*. Is that even possible?  

 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2014 at 9:33 AM
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Bad names for Republicans/Conservatives do not apply to Dems/Progressives. Everybody knows that.
One oversight that Madison and the Founders made was not giving the Legislative Branch it's own Police/Enforcement arm outside the purse strings. Just how does Congress act against an Executive who refuses to obey the mandates of his office?
All of the enforcers work for him.

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Jan. 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

I give him credit.He said all the right things and the independents voted him in.  Then he continued with his Progressive ways

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Jan. 27, 2014 at 10:46 AM
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Among its conclusions is that Obama, a former state legislator and U.S. senator, too often governed more like a prime minister than a president. In a parliamentary system, a prime minister is elected by lawmakers and thus beholden to them in ways a president is not.

Interesting...

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Jan. 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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Quoting Ednarooni160:

Among its conclusions is that Obama, a former state legislator and U.S. senator, too often governed more like a prime minister than a president. In a parliamentary system, a prime minister is elected by lawmakers and thus beholden to them in ways a president is not.

Interesting...

And sadly it's turning into reality while some cheer him on. SMH

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Jan. 27, 2014 at 1:11 PM
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Quoting numbr1wmn:

I give him credit.He said all the right things and the independents voted him in.  Then he continued with his Progressive ways

He's cunning & deceitful...I wish more Americans would have seen through him. 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2014 at 3:23 PM
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Quoting blondekosmic15:


Quoting numbr1wmn:

I give him credit.He said all the right things and the independents voted him in.  Then he continued with his Progressive ways

He's cunning & deceitful...I wish more Americans would have seen through him. 

 The bigger problem than that are the people who knew what he was and still voted for him.

When he is but a footnote - they will still be here.

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Jan. 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Obama= 6 going on 8 more years of Bush, folks...and I voted for each of them, once.

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