Such were the words of our illustrious President, Barack H. Obama, during a tour of Thomas Jefferson's historic home, Monticello, with French President Francois Hollande the other day.
Of course, the context in which he spoke those words is construed as a joke. Their tour guide, Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, said that "Jefferson loved to admire the landscape from there," meaning a particular spot on the property. President Obama said he’d like to take a look and seemed delighted to ‘break the protocol.'
'That’s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want,’ he quipped, walking to the terrace with his guest and Ms. Bowman.
Of course, in that context it was a joke. However, considering some of the things the President has said and done since his new term began it's not so funny. It was only a couple of weeks ago when the President declared if Congress wasn't going to do what he wanted that he has a pen to do it himself. It was just the other day that Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said that the new job of Congress was to draft Executive Orders for President Obama to sign - completely bypassing the Legislative Branch of the government, of which that idiot (Jackson Lee) is a member. She declared herself irrelevant as a member of Congress but merely a writer of Presidential authority.
President Obama recently signed an Executive Order raising the minimum wage of federal contract workers (a whopping 16,000 people) to $10.10 per hour. And while the federal government won't be hurt by the raise (since they pay it with your money), if this raise is ordered nationwide then small businesses will suffer and jobs will be lost. It has been proved statistically in the past.
Seriously though - Obama doesn't care about small businesses as much as he cares about people who love him because he gives them money. Or promises to give them money, at least. (Rush Limbaugh did a fascinating segment yesterday on how the poor would feel about him if he gave them money.) The big problem is that Obama isn't giving them his money - he's giving them your money. And mine.
Executive Orders aren't the only thing Obama has done to prove he really meant what he said. He has unilaterally changed the "Affordable Health Care Act" (which isn't so affordable, it seems) as many as 27 times without going through the Legislative Branch, as the Constitution dictates. What's worse is that the House of Representatives apparently doesn't have the courage to say "Enough! You have crossed the boundaries of American law." They simply keep letting him proceed with unlawful changes to the law. So what have they - the RINOs in Congress - got to complain about?
Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has become a laughing stock in Washington. He has conceded to do whatever Obama wants, even as he pretends to oppose Obama. What a joke. Mr. Boehner - if you have a shred of decency and/or honor left - please resign from office and do not run again. You have crossed over. And take Mitch McConnell with you...