Shock admission from Obama: “I’m bound by the Constitution”

posted at 8:41 pm on August 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

Now we know for sure that he doesn’t read Vox.

I don’t know whether to take this as a sign that O’s having second thoughts about a mega-amnesty or if it’s just lip service he’s paying to enumerated powers as he gears up to rewrite America’s immigration law, but the seeds of the counterargument to executive action are right here in the second half of the clip. Immigration, he says, is an issue on which there’s actually quite a lot of bipartisan consensus. The parties’ demands overlap substantially; even many Republican voters like the idea of comprehensive reform. It’s just these darned obstructionist House Republicans who won’t let the bill move forward. If that’s true, though, then the solution is a no-brainer: Let angry voters revolt at the polls in November and toss Boehner and the rest of the GOP caucus out on their ears. If House Republicans aren’t representing the wishes of their constituents on this subject, they’ll be punished for it and then the new Democratic majority can pass the mother of all amnesty bills next year. Obama seems to be suggesting here that if the polls show bipartisan support on an issue, that gives him extra room to act — he’s vindicating the popular will because House Republicans refuse to. Whereas Ezra Klein’s point, as I took it, was that Obama has extra room to act when there isn’t bipartisan support. When the public is divided and that filters up to Congress, deadlocking the two chambers, then Obama needs to step in and make sure all-important action is taken. Those two scenarios, bipartisan popular support and the lack thereof, encompass all possible outcomes when Congress is frozen, and somehow they both lead to executive action. Huh.

Watch to the end and you’ll see Jon Karl ask Obama straight up whether he intends to issue work permits to illegals after he amnestizes them. You can imagine an argument by which the president, through “prosecutorial discretion,” can legally refuse to remove a single illegal immigrant. What the argument is for letting him authorize them to work here too, though, I have no idea. And yet he doesn’t deny that he’s thinking about it.


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I almost fell off the couch when dear leader said he was ‘bound by the constitution’. He almost sounded sincere.

Kissmygrits on August 7, 2014 at 8:53 AM

“The American people don’t want me just standing around twiddling my thumbs and waiting for Congress to get something done.”

Actually, that’s exactly what the Constitution requires you to do. And, really, it’s not like it’s something you don’t know how to do. *co-Syria-ugh* *co-Iraq-ugh*

The man has long passed the bar for impeachment for his violations of the Constitution. Now if we could just get the political will to do the same.

GWB on August 7, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Ha. Right

K. Hobbit on August 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

“I don’t know whether to take this as a sign that O’s having second thoughts about a mega-amnesty or if it’s just lip service he’s paying to enumerated powers ”

It is his normal MO. Say something reasonable and do the opposite. Surely you have caught on by now. You can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan, I can’t enact DREAM on my own, I have launched an investigation into the IRS because this cannot be tolerated, and on and on.

GlobalTrvlr on August 7, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Why is everybody in the Pravda press and all republican/democrats in the politburo always carrying on about ‘immigration reform’ ? Why are they allowed to pretend that the US does not already have an existing immigration policy and laws? The US already has the most lenient immigration policy on planet earth and already welcomes more LEGAL immigrants every year then the rest of the world combined.

When will this fact be mentioned ?

The problem is the big lie is already accepted as the truth.

DeweyWins on August 7, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Of course, this ‘Constitutional Scholar’ thinks he can do whatever the hell he wants and it’s Constitutional.

The delusions of a very small, frightened mind, egged on by the psychopaths he has around him like Moochelle and Valerie

HBowmanMD on August 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

We know he’s lying – Val’s hand is making his lips move.

dentarthurdent on August 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

He knows many Americans don’t know much about the Constitution, so he thinks he can do whatever he wants.

DisneyFan on August 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

oaf of all the oafs in the world, for such shame.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

What a fluker he is.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

“The LATIN American people don’t want me just standing around twiddling my thumbs and waiting for Congress to get something done.”

Fixed.

fogw on August 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM

A roughly 4 minute answer to the very specific question that a) Didn’t answer the question and B) Said nothing of substance. It’s difficult to comprehend how we’re going to deal with this for another 2 years and 5+ months. God please help us.

nikophil on August 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

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