Obama Suddenly Remembers The Constitution

But having made my decision as Commander-in-Chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interests, I’m also mindful that I’m the President of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy.  I’ve long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  And that’s why I’ve made a second decision:  I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress. – Barack Obama, August 31, 2013

Anyone else have Zapp Brannigan running through their head?

Yesterday, President Obama held a press conference on Syria in the Rose Garden. The Commander-in-Chief reminded us peons several times he is the Commander-in-Chief and there’s that Constitution thingy. Anyone else notice his stern tone throughout? Felt like a scolding. Anyway, the thrust of the remarks centered around his plan to have Congress take the heat debate and vote on acting in Syria.

A few thoughts

First he was 30 minutes late to a speech the world was waiting to hear about. Talk about ego. I called that right up front and didn’t let go of it. The President does this constantly — it’s seriously unprofessional. If you’re going to be showing up regularly 30 minutes late, then try scheduling it 30 minutes later or at least have your staff give an ETA.  No none likes showing up for an appointment on time only to sit in the waiting room for 30 minutes. So rude.  FORE!

A reason for putting the breaks on is Obama has to have noticed that the polls show only 15% of Americans want military intervention in Syria. Even lower, only 11% want us giving Syria weapons. Too late. Obama’s own numbers have cratered; this has just as much to do with his own self-preservation as the dead Syrian kid he kept emphasizing in his speech.

Another reason is this President loves to blame Congress. He’s going to use this no matter what they vote and he wants it on the record. In the span of a minute, he says he’s going to ask for Congressional approval and says he also doesn’t think he needs it. “Yet, while I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective.

This President never asks permission for anything. Why start now? There’s an angle or ten. Obama claims the threat is imminent yet is going to wait for Congress to come back and vote. Congress returns September 9th.  That’s just two days before the 9/11 and Benghazi anniversary. Convenient distraction.  I checked this morning’s headlines and only saw John Cornyn calling for Congress to return early. I’m sure more will follow today. (Rubio, Cruz) Related:

In summary:  


Text of the speech here.

UPDATE: I forgot to add this little nugget…

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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3 Responses to Obama Suddenly Remembers The Constitution

  1. hoboduke says:

    Your reference to USA poll numbers is an indicator to our president. There is not just lack of support on Syria intervention, but we the people harbor a virulent anger against using military might to correct inept and ineffective diplomacy by our president. Our president is seen as a joke among international leaders. Have we seen allies rushing to our president to affirm their trust in our leadership? Have we seen our enemies hesitant to stand in our way in Iran, North Korea, Libya, Syria, Pakistan? The military might of our country with the blood and treasure of our CITIZENS is wasted when diplomacy fails. Too many widows and parents know that our exit from Afghanistan, Iraq makes their loss meaningless in letting the forces of evil claim the victory over our dead. The parents and relatives of the slain in Benghazi, Libya realize that our president never cared and never planned on seeking to balance the scales of justice. (Why do we keep forces posted in Kosovo region to this day after being promised a temporary intervention in 1996?)


  2. Peggy Leroy says:

    Great minds! You just put my thoughts into words (in a way everyone else could understand!) That my dear takes true talent! So thank you again for a good read.


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