President Barack Obama bragged in his second term that he had a “pen and a phone” so that meant he could do whatever he wanted as president. But now, all of a sudden, the most authoritarian president in American history is worried about “authoritarianism” in the White House.
When Obama came to office in 2009, he insisted he would “roll back” the “executive overreach” he claimed was perpetrated by President George W. Bush. But after one term marred by a massive wave of oppressive regulations, he began is second term insisting that he had “a pen and a phone” which gives him the freedom to do whatever the heck he wanted to do as president.
The result: Obama spent eight years exercising more executive authority than any president in U.S. history.
When all was said and done, Obama issued more consequential executive orders and presidential memoranda than other president. But despite that authoritarian record, Obama is now out there insisting that American’s should reject overreaching presidential power.
Obama made his absurd remarks in a recent speech in Canada, according to the Daily Caller.
“In periods like this, people looking for control and certainty — it’s inevitable,” Obama told the Canadian audience in a thinly-veiled warning about President Donald Trump. “But it is important to remember that the world has gone through similar moments … Our history also shows there is a better way.”