Golfing While the Constitution Burns

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

When Barack Obama and John Boehner played golf this weekend, they played on the same team. How appropriate.

Barack Obama has violated the Constitution’s war-making power – reserved by Article I, Section 8, to Congress – from the moment he sent American troops into harm’s way without Congressional approval. He has been violating the War Powers Resolution since at least the 60th day of that campaign. And he has violated the most liberal reading of that act – the one Boehner has adopted as his own – since this weekend. Yet despite the letter Boehner authored last week, which the media presented as an “ultimatum,” Obama has neither obtained Congressional authorization nor removed our troops. Boehner’s letter weakly supplicated “I sincerely hope the Administration will faithfully comply with the War Powers Resolution,” but at least it seemed to set this weekend as a definitive cut-off point.

The “deadline” has come and gone, and Obama has not answered the most burning questions of the mission’s legality to anyone’s satisfaction. Instead, the president has thumbed his nose at Congress in general, Boehner in particular, and the American people at large, and the Speaker-cum-caddy has made no meaningful response whatsoever.

Obama insists the American role in Libya is too diminutive to constitute “hostilities,” so his action is perfectly legal. White House spokesman Jay Carney repeated his boss’s party line at Monday’s press conference, stating, “the War Powers Resolution does not need to be involved because the ‘hostilities’ clause of that resolution is not met.” However, soldiers in Libya are receiving an additional $25 a month in “imminent danger pay.” American drones still rain missiles down upon military targets. NATO is alternately bombing Muammar Qaddafi’s home and killing the innocent Libyan civilians they are purportedly protecting. (We had to kill the civilians in order to save them?) NATO admitted (at least) one of its bombs went off target on Sunday, killing nine civilians in Tripoli, while allied bombs allegedly killed 15 civilians in Sorman on Monday.

Not to worry, though; Defense Secretary Robert Gates said over the weekend, in a confidence-builder worthy of Churchill, “I think this is going to end OK.” Gates, who once opposed the Libyan adventure, has pulled a 180 on the matter.

Even Obama’s short-term fellow Illinois Senator, Dick Durbin, agrees Libya more than rises to the level of hostilities.

So, too, we have learned, do the best legal minds of Obama’s administration (not a coveted nor much-contested title, I assure you). In overruling his own lawyers, Obama rejected the considered conclusions of Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon’s general counsel, and Caroline Krass, the acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). The New York Times reported it is “extraordinarily rare” for any president to overrule the OLC. “Under normal circumstances, the office’s interpretation of the law is legally binding on the executive branch.”

But then, nothing in the Obama administration transpires under “normal circumstances.”

Two former OLC lawyers outlined precisely how unusual the dismissal was….

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Comments

  1. Where in hell is OUR CONGRESS. Get off your political duffs and do what we hired you to do.
    Throw this corrupt clown OUT !!

    • RacerJim says:

      Where in hell are ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NPR, etc., etc? Stop peeing in your pants over just the sight of usurper traitor Barry Soetoro/Barack Obama and do your fiduciary duty. Start demanding his arrest, trial, conviction and execution for Treason, Bribery and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors!!

  2. Tom Lopes says:

    PLEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAASSSSE……Just IMPEACH The SOB!!!!!

  3. Obama is not the problem. We know that he is out to destroy America. The problem is that we don't have an opposition party in Congress. Representative Bonehead is absolutely worthless. He is an embarrassment and completely useless because under him we now have one party absolutely ruling this country without any check that a real two party system would provide.

    • Gaylord Brown says:

      John Boehner and Barack Obamonom’c are both “Maggots.’
      John (Bone- head) Boehner signed every free trade agreement that he could.
      TARP, EPA, Cafta, GATT, WTO and other bureaus, including support for China.
      In the process, screwed his own state of Ohio out of thousands of jobs and the closing of many factories.
      I hope you are proud of yourselves, playing a round of golf of the pay of the taxpayers.
      He would be the last person I would select too be “Speaker of the House.” In my opion, he is a leader of shafting of American’s. Will he cave into this Marxist pile of DUNG? Damn right he will.

    • RacerJim says:

      Obama is indeed not the problem. During his campaign he essentially told us he intended to destroy America. However, the problem is not that we don't have an opposition party in Congress but, rather, that we don't have an unbiased "Fourth Estate" (media) anymore.

  4. matismf says:

    God damn "Weepy" straight to hell, and God damn the GOP for what they have done to this country!

  5. Don D in Florida says:

    They got to John "crybaby" Boehner. Probably paid off his summer home.

  6. reginald zenkewich says:

    This Obamanation is destroying our Constitution little by little and we as Veterans who fought for this country and its Constitution should not let this lying hipocrete continue to erode this document and instill a socialist govt on a free people rulled by elitists who are Soros, Palosie, Feinstein, Boxer, Biden and all his appointees must go and I mean go now, out the door out of office and out of the country. And if they won't leave then hold them for trial for treason and/or sedition. We must act now! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  7. This is the difference between Chicken Salad and Chicken Excrement……

    George W. Bush speech after capture of Saddam:

    The success of yesterday's mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving inIraq . The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator's footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today,on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate 'em.

    Barack Obama speech after killing of bin Laden:

    And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network. Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan . And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and I authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at MY direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad , Pakistan .

    • RacerJim says:

      This is the difference between a President and a Dictator…..

      John McCain campaign rally chant:

      "U-S-A…U-S-A…U-S-A"

      Barry Soetoro campaign rally chant:

      "O-BA-MA…O-BA-MA…O-BA-MA"

      Sadly for America not enough voters paid attention to the difference.

  8. SEAN MURRY says:

    Time to impreach this prick.

  9. Anonymous says:

    When the going gets tough, he goes and plays golf! What an inept idiot we have in the White House!

  10. all i can say is i hope the people that elected him are happy with themselves with a gutless president

  11. LARRY PUCKETT says:

    WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM AN ILLEGAL, MUSLIM EXTREMIST, TERRORIST, FRAUD BENT ON DESTROYING AMERICA!! HE DOESN'T GIVE A RATS @#$ ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION, AND WILL DO AWAY WITH IT, IF HE HAS HIS WAY!!!

  12. Virginia says:

    Oh geez, here we go again..because this prez is BAA their going to let him off the hitch until his time runs out maybe? No one should get special attention, not even the wrong doers. Believe me there is nothing good about this whole situation AT ALL!

  13. pleadnthe5th says:

    when are you people going to wake up and see that these guys are all on the same team and are working toward the same goals? I woke up a long long time ago, they are all a bunch of crooked snakes and their goal is to destroy the country as their corporate masters has bidden them to do…

  14. oldgringo says:

    Good Comment!

  15. That is true, but George Soros is the biggest threat to America, Obama is his right hand snake. Boehner seems to be a male Pelosi. I hope Issa is genuine and he has a Constitutional attorney and they have already consulted with the Provost Army General Marshall, and plan to start making arrests soon. The impeachment process won’t work, there’s too much corruption in CONgress, and he’s not an American citizen. With The Quo Warranto process and a pile of criminal charges against Obama, his Czars and the congressional co conspirators along with the crime Boss George Soros, along with a full audit, there should be an historic case about to break wide open. I believe Obama has never told the truth about anything in his life, nor has he done anything legal. Lying, cheating, thieving snake from hell.

  16. Glenn Crumb says:

    Impeachment is the answer! Are there any backbones among those we electred that will carry the weight to initiate one? It would apear that plenty of wood is available for the fire!

    • Jncsmom says:

      WE, THE PEOPLE, should have the RIGHT to DEMAND IMPEACHMENT PROCEDURES! I, also am tired of reading about impeachent and would like to see something move in that direction. I, too, have made more phone calls than I can count, written and mailed letters, remailed letters, sent faxes and donated more than I can afford! Everyone says, vote him out – he's a one term president. Then what?? He'll just move out of OUR WHITE HOUSE, and that'll be the end of it?? What about all the damage he has done/still doing to our great country?? He needs to be IMPEACHED NOW!!!!

  17. rose scott says:

    I have been reading on this post for almost two years about impeachment and so far nothing has been done. Are the 535 people running the government blind, or just plain dense? We as a nation are going down hill more and more everyday. Our borders are not controlled, we are still giving millions of our tax dollars to some countries that vow to destroy us, Obama let 40,000 muslims enter the country last year, nothing has been done about the health care being repealed, there are attacks daily on our constitution, our national anthem, our flag, , our pledge of allegience, and our country in general. Heaven forbid we mention God or Jesus in a public place. For the sake of our country, get some backbone senators and congressmen, and do something before we can't go back. We elected you to take care of us, not just take us.

  18. joseph g says:

    I really have a hard time understanding why barry is not in court or at the very least facing impeachment proceedings.Not just for one incident but a whole list of illegal and impeachable conduct. Has the whole political system gone to hell. Might be time to secede from the union or at the very least the states should adopt a condition of providing a legitimate long form birth certificate to be on the ballot.

    • The answer is YES. The entire political system HAS gone to hell and I'm afraid there is NO WAY to reverse the damage.

    • RacerJim says:

      One only has to contemplate what would have happened to President George W. Bush by now had he committed even half the acts of Treason, Bribery and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors which Sortoro/Obama has committed, nevermind usurp the office of the presidency via election fraud.

      • Betsy K. Larsen says:

        Oh hell. If it were George Bush, he’d alread have been impeached! he is white. Does that tell you anything? The thing is, this peice of shit in office is not BLACK, not 100% black, he is HALF WHITE!!!!!! He is not stupid, he is cunning and evil. And you idiots who voted for him are even stupider than you look!!!!!! You are stupider than you even know. Run like lemmings to cast your votes for a THING that intends to DESTROY EACH AND EVERYTHING THAT IS AMERICAN AND GOOD! Because you are AFRAID TO BE CALLED WHAT WE, AMERICANS WHO LOVE AMERICA, ARE CALLED DAILY, EACH TIME WE EXPRESS DISLIKE FOR THIS muslimE BASTARD!!!!! Racist. Well, that being the case, I AM A PROUD, RACIST AMERICAN!!!!!!!!! I have never been a real, genuine, full blooded racist! Not until forced into it by those of you who insist on giving me the name. I am only “racist” when my rights and freedoms are attacked by an ANTIAmerican muslimE public!!! All of you who voted for this flth the first time, and intend to do so again, KISS MY LILY WHITE AMERICAN ASS!!!!! I despise this freak of nature and all he stands for, which is the TOTAL AND COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA AS WE HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN HER TO BE! If that makes me a RACIST, then SO BE IT, I ACCEPT THE NAME WITH AMERICAN PRIDE!!!!!!!! He has not been impeached because those in that septic tank in washington are 100% and BEYOND COWARDS! They are AFRAID OF HIM AND HIS MUSLIME BROTHERS! And SISTERS IN ISLIME!!!! CHICKEN SHITS, ALL OF THEM!

    • Simple. Congress is scared to death that the people will find out that congress screwed up letting a illegal to be potus. Congress is hoping that he won`t be re-elected and will fade away. All the noises about impeachment doesn`t mean anything because Congress knows if he is impeached it might mean a race war between white and blacks,

  19. Obama, like any spoiled brat, will continue to test us to see how much we will take, and how much he can get away with. In a crisis – and we are in a crisis – 8 out of 10 people will be passive waiting for someone else to take the initiative to lead; 1 out of 10 will wait until the crisis is life threatening, and then become frantic and a danger to all; 1 in 10 will take up the initiative of leadership and take action. We are looking for the 1 in 10 who takes action rather than wait around doing nothing. Are you one of those leaders? Then join us! Who's with us?
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  20. Screw them black bastards. Color doesn't make you untouchable! A crime is a crime and I don't care if your from mars. Hang him high!

    • it has nothing to do with being black, and saying that on a public forum only fans the flame of liberal attacks. It has everything to do with corruption. We all need to focus on the problem, not an emotional attack.

      • RacerJim says:

        He was elected specifically/only because he is black, and if saying the fear of "Black Backlash" is what's preventing his removal only fans the flame of liberal attacks so be it — liberals have been fanning the flames of racism by attacking anyone/everyone opposed to his policies as racists from day one.

  21. Bernie Goldberg wrote a book that describes this perfectly. It is called Crazies to the Left of Me and Wimps to the Right. We know the left are loons and want to destroy America, now we know Boehner is a wimp. That is a losing combination for America.

  22. O'Reilly is only on one side; his!

  23. IMPEACHMENT, INVESTIGATION AND IMPRISONMENT IS WHAT IS DUE OUR SO CALLED "LEADER".
    HE IS REPULSIVE, AT THE VERY LEAST……………

  24. jimtibbs says:

    Impeachment is the best thing that could happen to this crook, pretender. I am so dissapointed in Boehner that I could vomit. He is about as niave about what the dems. are doing. He needs to be replaced also. Rino.

    • The Republicans need to take away hos crying towel and remove him as Speaker of the House and find someone with balls.

  25. EdinNOLA says:

    If the USA kills ONE person overseas, it is either murder or it is WAR. There are no in-betweens. The man in the Oval Office, among other things is a pathological LIAR. If Boehner does not bring forth articles of Impeachment, he MUST be removed from office. Without the Constitution, we have NO LAW in this nation. Mr. Boehner, either you impeach Obama, or you leave office.

  26. The people are coming closer to war with the government. Stock up on all the bulletts you can get you will need them to protect your neighbor from illegal serch and seizuor fromthe government gestapo of the US..

  27. If the Government thought this would work, they better have a plan B.

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