Obama’s “flexibility” in his second term

Once the music has subsided and the elaborate decorations carted off, a new number will begin to play.  “Obama Term Number Two” has been introduced to our nation, and what a ride this promises to be.

Pomp is, as pomp does. Such a dramatic, tumultuous four years these have been. It is small wonder that the subsequent four years were hailed and ushered in by the Hollywood elite. One can only imagine what the following years portend.

A window of insight was revealed March 26, 2012 when President Obama exclaimed:

On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space … After my election, I have more flexibility.

obama medvedevWhile meeting with then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, our sitting President communicated this message while the microphones were thought to be off. Medvedev was to have relayed the message to Vladimir Putin.

For Obama, valid questions remain unspoken somewhere amidst a frenzied crowd of friendly media and celebrity “apparat-chicks.”

What does “more flexibility” mean? Scary thing — we are now living in President Obama’s post election era. The “flexibility” statement betrays an air of  autocracy, as if to dismiss other branches of government. The worry some may have is that there appear to be few checks and balances with regard to numerous Obama executive orders. It is not unreasonable to be reminded of how former democracies have devolved into something less.

Our government is one founded by the people, for the people. Our elected officials represent us. To the extent that President Obama goes over heads and continues to issue executive orders without merit is to the extent that he ignores the voices of his own citizens. President Obama’s view does not trump that of the citizens by whom he is employed.

Katherine Trunk is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter: @KatherineTrunk

Katherine Trunk is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter: @KatherineTrunk

We have an investment as citizens to demand presidential accountability through our elected officials. The Congress and Senate comprise equally important branches of government, and now more than ever, their voices should be heard loud and clear to debate “off” mic comments about presidential flexibility.         

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