In a remarkable exchange, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told gathered reporters Wednesday that President Obama looks upon being criticised as an ‘emperor’ as “a badge of honor”.
Responding to a question regarding Republican criticism of Obama’s executive amnesty plans, Earnest said “We’ve heard this rhetoric for some time.”
“Their most recent statement referred to ‘Emperor Obama,’” Earnest said, adding “The fact is the president is somebody who is willing to examine the law, review the law and use every element of that law to make progress for the American people and that’s a criticism the president wears with badge of honor.”
Obama is set to announce the extremely controversial executive agenda tonight, then he will travel to Las Vegas in an attempt to garner support for the measure.
When asked about the legality of giving 5 million illegal immigrants executive amnesty, Earnest replied “We’ll have ample opportunity to discuss legal basis for the president’s executive actions once he’s announced them.”
Earlier in the week, reporters asked Secretary Earnest if Obama thinks he is an emperor.
ABC reporter Jonathan Karl referred to the numerous times in the past that Obama commented on how he doesn’t have legal authority to bypass Congress and declare amnesty. In February last year Obama even said, “I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”
Written by Steve Watson
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