Obama’s royal scam

Tomorrow promises to be a sad day for the United States, as the president will knowingly overstep his constitutional authority to regularize the immigration status of millions of illegals for narrow partisan purposes. Juliet Eilperin and Ed O’Keefe report Obama’s anticipated executive order at the Washington Post.

Obama has on several occasions correctly described the action he now intends to take as unlawful. He has dismissed it as royal rather than presidential in character. Glenn Kessler usefully compiles the instances and the relevant quotations here. For those who would prefer the ocular proof, Kessler even includes videos of the interview excerpts from which he has pulled the quotes.

Obama must feel some compunction about the forthcoming decree because he has baldly lied about his past statements disclaiming the constitutional authority he now purports to exercise. Only this past Sunday at his press conference in Brisbane, Australia, Obama asserted: “Well, actually, my position hasn’t changed.” This is simply false, as Kessler documents.

USA Today covers the same territory in an account by Robert Farley that it posts under the heading “Obama’s immigration amnesia.” “Amnesia” is of course a euphemism. (The White House transcript of Obama’s press conference with the remarks is posted here.)

Obama is a famously cold-blooded character. He now proves himself once again to be a cold-blooded liar in the upper reaches of the Clinton class.

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