June 8, 2006

Our President

This quote is originally from the Woodward book on Bush as war president, so it is not new. But it is revealing.
"'I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel I owe anybody an explanation.'"

Maybe someone needs to remind him that the President may be the most powerful man in the world, but in our system, he is just another citizen. Not only that, but he works for us, and is certainly not above the law. Unfortunately, his own words suggest that he sees his position almost exactly opposite of that.

The rest of the piece is good too--includes this little surprise from good old "Drown government in the Bathtub" Norquist:
Grover Norquist, a principal organizer of the conservative movement who is close to the Bush White House and usually supports its policies, says, "If you interpret the Constitution's saying that the president is commander in chief to mean that the president can do anything he wants and can ignore the laws you don't have a constitution: you have a king." He adds, "They're not trying to change the law; they're saying that they're above the law and in the case of the NSA wiretaps they break it."

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