ajb3 Wrote:
Nov 19, 2012 3:20 PM
Yes, this sounds right. I'm not making too much of Obama's comment in Burma. I'd be surprised if *any* President, including Washington or Reagan, didn't have moments where they wished they could just decree whatever they wanted. But we don't have a system where the President has unlimited power, and I think sometimes we need to explain this to people in other countries who are not used to our kind of system. So I don't have a problem with what Obama said there--except that calling it "my power" does make it look like he thinks the US government is all about him. The problem is that his actions have shown that he doesn't really respect the system, and statements like this remind us of that fact.