Liberals have gushed from the beginning on how brilliant Barack Obama is, and point from time to time to the fact that he was a professor of constitutional law (!) at the University of Chicago, one of the nation’s premier law schools. Of course, if you actually check on what he taught there, it was trendy lefty stuff like a course entitled “Race and the Law” (I have a friend who took this course from Obama) which was devoted exclusively to the creative uses of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, which to many liberal is the entire constitution. There is no evidence that Obama ever taught, or studied, the structural aspects of the Constitution, as it is obvious that he (following Woodrow Wilson) has no respect for the separation of powers.
He has displayed his ignorance of our constitutional order before, such as this comment to Matt Lauer in 2012:
Well, it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change that I would like sometimes.
It turns out? It took him nearly four years in office to figure this out? Apparently, because he returned this this theme in his interview just out with GQ magazine:
But what I didn’t fully appreciate, and nobody can appreciate until they’re in the position, is how decentralized power is in this system. . . A lot of the work is not just identifying the right policy but now constantly building these ever shifting coalitions to be able to actually implement and execute and get it done.
Of course, that last sentence is the main point of Richard Neustadt’s legendary work on the persuasive requirements of the presidency, which much of the time Obama seems to think beneath him. I’m guessing Obama never read Neustadt. Maybe never heard of him. After all, these days he’s just another dead white male.
By the way, in that 2012 interview with Lauer, Obama said “One of the things about being President is you get better as time goes on.” Insert your own punchline.