King Obama?

Obama And Romney Spar In Final Debate Before Presidential Election

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.”

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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