by Jeannie DeAngelis
In case America had any doubts about it, the word is out -- no one questions Barack Obama, especially when he's decided to sign an executive order that he knows is relatively unpopular. While exercising autonomy, pandering to the Latino vote, and taking yet another step forward in granting amnesty for good behavior to people he views as law-abiding lawbreakers, Mr. Cool lost his cool.
That guy in the Rose Garden handing down "It's the right thing to do, period" was certainly a far cry from the suave, self-effacing guest of honor handing out hugs and air kisses at actress Sarah Jessica Parker's house the other night. Like an authoritarian father reprimanding a child, when asked an out-of-turn question about his decision to grant semi-amnesty to illegal aliens, a prickly Obama pointed his finger at the reporter, shook it, and said: "I didn't ask for an argument."
The Republican-controlled Congress has already made the reasons clear as to why they oppose the Dream Act, also known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. Representative Steve King of Iowa, "one of the party's strongest voices against illegal immigration, said Congress must first 're-establish the rule of law' with illegal immigrants before offering any of them legal status." Establishing the rule of law and firmly securing the border are two of the most important steps Barack Obama seems reluctant to take.
Instead, like an aggressive reporter who won't take "No" for an answer, Barack Obama is pressing on with his amnesty plan and doesn't appreciate anyone arguing or questioning him about it. After all, the purpose of circumventing the Congress is to avoid questions and arguments, isn't it?
That is why go-it-alone Renegade Obama, who has already told America that "Where [Congress] won't act, I will," rebuked a 'go it alone' reporter blurting out a question when the President was mid-sentence. Clearly annoyed, Obama responded to the interruption in the following way: "Excuse me sir, this is not time for questions, sir. Not while I'm speaking."
Barack Obama, the guy who does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, apparently doesn't like it when other people think they can too.
Based on the way he behaved, either the President had one Cosmopolitan too many at the Sarah Jessica Parker shindig and was cranky, or Mr. Hyde made yet another unscheduled appearance in the Rose Garden. Whatever the reason, the President of the United States denying a journalist an answer to a valid question, albeit one presented somewhat rudely, in such an undignified manner confirms that the charming "I Love You Back" Barack may smile warmly if among friends and supporters, but if someone challenges or disagrees with him, a disturbing dark side of Mr. Charming manifests.
The most recent rebuke in the Rose Garden is not the first time Barack Obama has lost his cool. Barry -- who during 2011budget negotiations told Republicans "to act like grownups" -- apparently doesn't think he needs to follow his own advice. The President noticeably demands a level of respect he refuses to extend toward those he perceives as political adversaries; just ask the Supreme Court, Fox News reporter Ed Henry, and Congressman and Republican wunderkind Paul Ryan (R-WI), to name just a few.
Then again, who wouldn't be edgy with the Supreme Court's decision on healthcare looming, an abysmal performance on the campaign trail in Ohio, and a Republican challenger who is advancing in the polls?
That is why what took place in the Rose Garden shouldn't be about an immature/unprofessional reporter breaching protocol. Instead, the focus should be on the peevish attitude of a President who refuses to submit his autocratic agenda to the checks and balances that were established precisely to prevent the kind of borderline tyranny he seems to be engineering. Moreover, what is also significant is the way Obama, when questioned about his decisions, rather than respond in a mature manner, bristles at anyone who dares address his megalomaniacal governing style.
If it wasn't clear before, it is crystal clear now that the Obama administration has been and will continue to be diligently looking for "actions [they] can take without Congress." Dream Act Lite is only one in a long list of troubling "executive actions" likely to be announced and acted upon "on a regular basis" by a President who refuses to be constrained and if questioned turns into a scolding headmaster.
And so, as Barack Obama continues to slowly whittle away at the foundational principles and give precedence to a lawless ideology, maybe the next time he says, "I'm here to say to all of you ... we can't wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won't act, I will," Americans should put down their iPhones, step out of the Matrix for a second or two, and pay closer attention to what he's really saying.Jeannie DeAngelis
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