When Barry revealed his political chameleonism after he announced that he was in favor of homosexual marriage, after he was against it, after he was for it, he attempted to explain his color changes as an “evolving” moment.
“I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage. But I also think you’re right that attitudes evolve, including mine.” – Oct. 27, 2010, as president, in an interview with a group of liberal bloggers.
But as the November election approaches, and Obama continues to struggle to find a way to take America’s mind off of his pathetic handling of the economy, it seems that he is evolving in many other areas.
For instance, over the weekend we learned that
His Royal Highness the President, by Executive Order, would stop enforcing the law regarding deportation of illegals. Besides the fact that it’s probably unconstitutional, it’s an evolution from his previous position that he lacked the authority to take such an action without Congress.
“I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true.” – White House Q&A on Sept 28, 2011
And now, with the heat on Eric “you’re only investigating me because I’m black” Holder, Obama has evolved once again, this time regarding the use of Executive Privilege.
When investigating the Bush White House over the firing of a few political appointees – which is perfectly within the prerogative of a President – then Senator Obama, in an interview with Larry King, expressed serious concerns over the use of Executive Privilege by President Bush.
CNN’S LARRY KING: Do you favor executive privilege or should Karl Rove and others in that like position be forced to testify before the House or Senate?
OBAMA: Well, you know, I think we’ll — we’ll determine over the next several weeks how this administration responds to the very appropriate call by Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, to have these individuals come in and testify. You know, there’s been a tendency on the part of this administration to — to try to hide behind executive privilege every time there’s something a little shaky that’s taking place. And I think, you know, the administration would be best served by coming clean on this. There doesn’t seem to be any national security issues involved with the U.S. attorney question. There doesn’t seem to be any justification for not offering up some clear, plausible rationale for why these — these U.S. attorneys were targeted when, by all assessments, they were doing an outstanding job. I think the American people deserve to know what was going on there.
So, did Obama decide to utilize Executive Privilege because he has something to hide, or is this just another area where Obama’s views are evolving?
Of course, it could be both now, couldn’t it?
What others had to say:
- Obama’s Evolving Position on Executive Privilege – National Review Online
- Video: Obama not a big fan of executive privilege in 2007 – HotAir.com
- “Fast and Furious” scandal goes “full Watergate,” White House asserts Executive Privilege – Public Secrets
- Transparency: Eric Holder runs for White House cover; obtains executive privilege over Fast&Furious docs – Michelle Malkin
- Grassley: Obama’s Actions Suggest Involvement in Fast and Furious Cover-Up – Newsmax
- DOJ Asks White House to Assert Executive Privilege Over All Fast and Furious Documents – Townhall.com