Monday, July 18

Did the folks who wrote the Constitution intend that the president had to obey laws passed by congress?

(Washington D.C.)--The White House released the following statement at noon today:
"Congress makes things called 'laws,' and ordinary people must obey them.  But as everyone knows, the president is one of the 3 co-equal branches of govt.  This means the president is not subordinate to congress.  So clearly the men, women, gay and transgender persons who wrote the constitution didn't intend that laws made by congress would apply to me or anyone in the executive branch--which of course includes all federal agencies other than congress and the judiciary.

"Since the Secretary of Skate is part of the executive branch--my administration--it follows that the laws passed by the legislature don't apply to the Secretary any more than they do to the president.

"This is such a fundamental principle of the constitution that I'm sure my good friends on the Supreme Court will formally confirm this very soon now.

"So don't get all weeweed up over any alleged failure of the former Secretary of Skate--and next president--to obey some trivial laws about maintaining public records of government business, or of mishandling classified material, since they clearly don't apply to her, any more than they apply to me.  They can't.  It's right there in the consitution.

Signed:  B.H. Obama, Constitutional Law Professor 

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