Hypocrite: In 2008 Obama Said Executive Power Was Dangerous

We all know that Obama has been abusing his power as President, trying to push his policies on Americans through backdoor means and subverting the legislative process, but what did Obama think of the penchant of presidents to extend executive power when he ran for president in 2008? Well he was against it for George W. Bush, of course.

A lot of people have been pointing out that this president is lawlessly using his powers to regulate and to issue Executive Orders to subvert the legislative process and to get around having to live by our American system to force things on Americans that he can’t get politically or through the legal process. Yet Obama stood against this very sort of presidential action in 2008.

At a campaign stop on March 31, 2008 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Obama had these harsh words about what he considered Bush’s obscene misdeeds with executive power:

“I taught constitutional law for ten years,” President Obama claimed. “I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.”

So, what is he saying now that he is President?

In his recent State Of The Unions speech, for instance, Obama told the nation, “I have got a pen and I have got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders.”

Obama has warned Congress since nearly his first year in office that he’d ignore them, go around them and do what ever he wants.

In fact, only days ago Obama said that as President, he can do whatever he wants to do.

This arrogance is all a far cry from the candidate in 2008 that pledged to “reverse” executive abuse of power.

Welcome to Obama’s Banana Republic.

(H/T American Commitment)

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  • Paul Hooson

    I was a little horrified to hear this part of the SOTU speech as well. There is the legal rule of law. – Likely the president was speaking out of frustration with congress. But, the rule of law restricts any imperial presidency in this country, but maybe not so in Russia….
    Courts will have the final say if any president attempts to take on more powers than he legally is allowed. But, it shouldn’t have to come to that.
    The SOTU address was a real mixed bag for me. At moments I say a very patriotic man who loves his country praise our military, and then at other moments, I saw things like this attempt to up-end congress, which may not be legal. This was a very uneven SOTU address.

  • LiberalNightmare

    When you throw words like hypocrite around, don’t forget to include all of the people that voted for Obama, who now sit quietly and allow their boy to rape the constitution on their behalf.

  • jim_m

    In 2008 executive power was dangerous because it wasn’t in the hands of a leftist ideologue. Once obama became president then it became an imperative to make him a dictator or to make our country more like a communist dictatorship like china. On Jan 20, 2009 expanding executive power into a totalitarian dictatorship became a necessity.

    A dictatorship is exactly what the left wants. obama is giving to them.

  • Michael Lang

    Barry is a wannabe dictator. He is not dictator and will not become a dictator. His wings will be clipped come this November and on Jan. 20th, 2017, he will be gone. Wingnut hysteria is not needed.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    “I taught constitutional law for ten years,” President Obama claimed. “I take the Constitution very seriously.” Oh yeah, he takes it very seriously – as a flawed document that the country needs to “break free” of – and he’s leading the break:

    “In 2001, then state senator and University of Chicago law lecturer, Barack Obama, sat down for a public radio interview. At the time, he did not anticipate a near-term run for the presidency. He spoke candidly and deliberately about how to “break free” of Constitutional constraints against redistribution to provide “economic justice.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2012/09/23/why-the-fuss-obama-has-long-been-on-record-in-favor-of-redistribution/

    • Hank_M

      Thanks for the link. Scary stuff, when Obama actually reveals his true intentions.

      I’d wager that’s why his college transcripts and damn near everything else from his past is under lock and key.

      He’s not only a hypocrite and a liar. He’s a fraud.

  • 914

    What a doofus! Every word out of his mouth is a lie or and a violation of the oath of office.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    Yes, we were had! Another illustration from a left-wing firebagger site ,with a further inconvenient truth for Obama administration supporters of which I am a lukewarm one.

    Most normal folks after discovering that they have by error caused someone pain, embarrassment and severe inconvenience would find apologizing for their error to be the right thing to do. Apparently the Obama administration is not peopled by normal folks.

    The administration almost got away with it. The judge initially dismissed the case basis of the government’s claims. After a federal appeals court reinstated the suit, the judge learned what the government had been at pains to conceal. In a pretrial conference the judge said, “I feel that I have been had by the government.”

    And now the leading Dem candidates for 2016 are Hillary followed by Biden. Good grief!

    • Jwb10001

      What do you mean WE’VE been had, you’ve been had. The rest of us are just collateral damage. Oh and thanks for doing your part by voting for this idiot.

      • SteveCrickmore075

        I moved off of Obama about the time he won the nomination but much of life is going from ‘hope to hope’, until your only choice is on the basis of ‘the lesser of two evils’. As boring, ineffective, deceitful and compromising as Obama has been, the country is still in reasonable shape, and I coudn’t abide the Republicans on social issues-I feel they would like to take us back to the Eisenhower era.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Hypocrisy is to leftists what blood is to arteries and veins.