Obama As Pharaoh

The movie The Ten Commandments came out when I was in elementary school. The Pharaoh would issue edicts and conclude with, “So let it be written. So let it be done.” One of my Mellette Grade School classmates, in later years a notable criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles, loved that line and repeated it often. Here it is in the movie:

I hadn’t thought of that line for many years, until Michelle Malkin recalled it in connection with Barack Obama’s latest lawlessness:

Here’s the operating motto of the Obama White House: “So let it be written, so let it be done!”

Like Yul Brynner’s Pharaoh Ramses character in Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments,” the demander in chief stands with arms akimbo issuing daily edicts to his constitution-subverting minions with an imperious wave of his hand. His entourage of insatiable usurpers never rests.

Can’t delude legislators into adopting a $1.5 billion Kabuki summer-jobs boondoggle? Create an unfunded program through executive fiat.

Can’t muster up a filibuster-proof majority for radical nominees? Czar-ify ’em.

Can’t get Congress to approve vast wild lands designations? Grab them under cover of a holiday lame-duck session.

Can’t get the illegal alien bailout DreamAct passed on Capitol Hill? Executive-order it.

“So let it be written, so let it be done!”

In keeping with the dark and defiant habits of this administration, the new head of the half-billion-dollar Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was sworn in behind closed doors last Wednesday night.

The nomination of former Democratic Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to serve as Dodd-Frank regulatory enforcer had been soundly defeated in the Senate before Christmas. …

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that the administration expects no retaliation for the end-run around the deliberative process. Playing the pharaoh’s helper, Carney dismissed widespread bipartisan questions about the legality of the power grab as “esoteric discussion.”

That’s a wonderful phrase: criticism of Obama for a blatantly unconstitutional appointment is “esoteric discussion.” Tom Friedman must be smiling!

Nate Beeler makes the point in cartoon form:

One difference between Barack Obama and the Pharaoh, of course, is that the Pharaoh didn’t have to run for re-election.

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