Diary

The Imperial Presidency

With George W. Bush in charge of the White House, what appeared to be overweening executive authority was condemned and decried.

With Barack Obama preparing to take charge . . . well, it’s a little bit different:

“There’s a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for congressional action,” [transitition director John] Podesta said on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday. As the team looks at agencies, it’s considering moves on “energy transformation, on improving health care, on stem-cell research,” he said.

He’s right, of course. The President can act via executive orders and Barack Obama would be well within his rights to do so. Of course, the current Administration is seeking to issue a number of executive orders as well before it heads out the door and that exercise is supposedly awful beyond belief. The double standards are plain.

Equally amusing is the assertion by one of Barack Obama’s transition coordinators that Obama will be “ready to rule” on Day One. I am sure that this was an unintended gaffe but if it was said by a Republican, heads would have exploded all across the mainstream media.