Does President Obama think he’s emperor of the United States?
That’s the question a reporter dared to ask the White House in a press briefing Tuesday.
ABC reporter Jonathan Karl recalled Obama’s argument that he doesn’t have legal authority to bypass Congress and declare amnesty through an executive order. On Feb. 14, 2013, Obama said, “I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”
At Tuesday’s press briefing, Karl asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, “Does the president still stand by what he said last year when he said, ‘I am not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.’ Is that still operative?”
“Absolutely,” Earnest replied.
“Not a king, either?” asked Karl, as the audience chuckled.
That’s right,” said Earnest flatly.