President Obama’s petulance grows. For proof, look no further than media reports. Two quotes from Peggy Noonan’s disturbing-because-it-is-accurate piece on Barack Obama’s seeming “running out the clock” presidency in The Wall Street Journal:

“The world seems to disappoint him," says The New Yorker's liberal and sympathetic editor, David Remnick.

On his state trip to Italy in the spring, he asked to spend time with "interesting Italians." They were wealthy, famous. The dinner went for four hours. The next morning his staff was briefing him for a "60 Minutes" interview about Ukraine and health care. "One aide paraphrased Obama's response: 'Just last night I was talking about life and art, big interesting things, and now we're back to the minuscule things on politics.'''

Noonan concludes that we “have a president who has given up … (This) is unprecedented and deeply strange. And, because the world is watching and calculating, unbelievably dangerous.”

Now consider two quotes from the President, one cited by CBS News, the other by NBC News:

“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions.”

President Barack Obama has aggressively touted his use of executive authority over the last several months as he aims to cement his legacy and push his policies now and even beyond his presidency. The president's in-your-face attitude was punctuated (July 2) by his sarcastic challenge to Republicans: "So sue me."

These are the comments of a man frustrated that he is hemmed-in not only by political opposition but the Constitution itself, whose deliberate institution of checks and balances and disbursal of power among three branches of government is designed to prevent tyranny by one person or one branch.


Rob Schwarzwalder

Schwarzwalder, senior vice president of the Family Research Council, is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and graduate of Western Seminary (Portland, OR).