Back when he was first elected, Tea Party psychos were predicting the End of Days as the supreme Kenyan Potentate unleashed the full power of his office to…something, something dahhhhk ssside. Long have they feared it, and that day has come upon us: Yes, as John Stewart put it, Obama has finally reached the “f**k it” stage of his presidency.
In this clip, shot before the SOTU aired, Stewart not only pokes some fun at the inevitable deluge of Tea Party retorts to follow (which he quite accurately displayed in advance), but at the mindset of the president himself after years of dealing with people whose stated mission it has been to make his job impossible. Obama’s “f**k it” list, according to The Daily Show, includes: J
Hearing of Obama’s impending…Obamageddon…against congressional obstructionism, Our Most Important Jew also echoed a sentiment that for many, dare not speak its name:
“I’m intrigued…and increasingly willing to go against the Constitution and entertain the notion of a two-branch government.”
And of course, that’s exactly what the Tea Party has always feared, because unless someone decides to elect David Koch and put his head on a gold coin, as he himself did when he ran for vice president in 1980…
…then the Tea Party would just about be out of luck.
But, how much executive power does Obama really have? For all he said, what can the stroke of a presidential pen really do? Here’s a quick summary, courtesy of the Anchorage Daily News:
“Nothing that Congress can’t stop by restricting funding, nothing future presidents can’t undo, and nothing particularly out of the ordinary.”
Executive order like the minimum wage increase that Obama will sign for 250,000 federal employees can make a profound difference, but they can just as easily be reverse later or cut off by a determined congress. Granted, a lot of them aren’t, if they’re good ideas; desegregation of the armed forces, freeing the slaves, Clinton saving two million acres of parkland by creating national monuments. But executive orders (which affect people inside the government) and executive proclamations (which affect people outside the government) both have lengthy precedents of being written, acted upon, and just as routinely written out or subverted.
But ALL executive orders are the acts of TYRANTS!!! Well…Obama’s issued 34 a year on average, compared to 36 for Bush, 46 for Clinton and 48 for Reagan. gee…it almost seems like “giving orders” is part of the job of being the President of the United States.
So, is Obama on the verge of changing the universe with his executive powers? Maybe, maybe not…it’s hard to say. But at this point, after years of obstruction, he himself probably is saying one thing above all others…
Watch the video, courtesy of Comedy Central below: