2008 Obama Flashback: 'I Intend to Reverse' Executive Power Grabs and Respect Congress

'I taught constitutional law for ten years; I take the Constitution very seriously'

Obama in 2008: ‘I Intend to Reverse’ Executive Power Grabs, Go Through Congress (Washington Free Beacon)

Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 bemoaned his predecessor’s supposed efforts to “bring more and more power into the executive branch” rather than working with the legislature.

Nearly six years later, President Obama has pledged to unilaterally enact key portions of his legislative agenda if Congress refuses to accede to his priorities.

“I taught constitutional law for ten years,” President Obama said in 2008. “I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that were facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.”

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