Satire Imitating Life: The Imperial Presidency
The non-partisan Heritage Foundation, “leading the historic charge against the unsustainable binge of spending, taxing, and borrowing that threatens to destroy our nation’s future,” has often spoken out against Obama’s “Imperial Presidency.”
While Obama’s imperial presidency has manifested itself in many ways, the Foundation cites an e-mail by the President lamenting “the frustrating inadequacy of his office” and the president’s boast, “We’re going to do everything we can, wherever we can, with or without Congress, to make things happen” as prima facie evidence.
The Heritage Foundation laments, “Unfortunately, it appears that this is only the beginning of Obama’s imperialism.”
Lo and behold, in his latest report, Andy Borowitz confirms the Foundation’s worst fears.
As we all know, the Duke and Duchess of Cambrige are visiting New York and Washington, D.C. today.
If President Obama is interested in establishing an “Imperial Presidency,” who could be a better source of advice than the future King of England?
Borowitz quotes Fox News saying that the President “spent several hours on Monday in a closed-door Oval Office meeting seeking advice on how to establish a monarchy.”
According to Fox, the President peppered his Oval Office guest with detailed questions about the mechanics of setting up a monarchy and was curious about the perks and powers that go along with it.
Obama’s guest advised him that establishing a monarchy would probably require rewriting or even replacing the Constitution, an option that Obama reportedly said would be “difficult, but doable.”
Introducing a note of caution, the guest urged the President to alter the Constitution so that it vested the monarch with genuine power, adding, “You don’t want to wind up being a figurehead who just goes around visiting foreign dignitaries and so forth.”
According to the Fox report, the President came away “intrigued” by the meeting and said he would explore the idea further next week when Congress is on vacation.
While the White House “politely but firmly” asked reporters not to take selfies in the Oval Office during President Obama’s advice-seeking meeting, reports have leaked that Obama himself took a selfie with the Prince standing next to him while the President was seated on a large, ornate, throne-like chair.
Read for yourself here.
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