I don’t have much to say about last night’s presidential debate that a lot of other people aren’t already saying, but this statement in particularl caught my attention last night.
“One thing I think Americans should be proud of,” said President Obama. “When Tunisians began to protest, this nation, me, my administration, stood with them earlier than just about any other country.”
Emphasis on the “me” part.
That sounds uncomfortably like King Louis XIV’s infamous, “I am the state” statement.
Obama has certainly presided over America more as a monarch than perhaps any president in the modern era. He’s accumulated, and claimed, more executive power than any president since FDR. So perhaps it is fitting, then, that he’s now echoing a monarch like King Louis the XIV who also once said, “It is legal because I wish it.”