Short-Term Memory Loss?: Senator Obama Knows His Constitution

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There has been a great deal of Internet chatter in recent months about the massive difference between Senator Barack Obama and President Barack Obama. In light of the National Security Agency Spying revelations and what appears to be a looming military engagement in Syria, a 2007 Boston Globe interview with Senator Obama is a paramount example of how the President has changed— or, perhaps, of how he lied his way into the White House.

Here are a few key Obama statements from the interview:

  • The Supreme Court has never held that the president has such powers. As president, I will follow existing law, and when it comes to U.S. citizens and residents, I will only authorize surveillance for national security purposes consistent with FISA and other federal statutes.
  • The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.
  • As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent.
  • Warrantless surveillance of American citizens, in defiance of FISA, is unlawful and unconstitutional.
  • I believe the [Bush] Administration’s use of executive authority to over-classify information is a bad idea. We need to restore the balance between the necessarily secret and the necessity of openness in our democracy – which is why I have called for a National Declassification Center.
  • Any President takes an oath to, “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The American people need to know where we stand on these issues before they entrust us with this responsibility – particularly at a time when our laws, our traditions, and our Constitution have been repeatedly challenged by this [the Bush] Administration.

Read the full interview here.

Little did Obama voters know that what the President really meant to say during his initial campaign was: “I hope no one notices how I change after I sucker them into voting me into office with empty promises about upholding the Constitution.”

H/T: Weasel Zippers 

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • jimmie smith

    Perhaps…Mr. Obama is way in over his head?

    • chocopot

      Looking out over the rim of the toilet is way over his head.

      • michiganminuteman

        Exactly! Because turds don’t have legs. ;-)

    • Marion

      Duhh !!!

    • michiganminuteman

      oblama is over his head in the shallow end of the pool!

  • Jeff

    What president has not been different in office from the way he campaigned?Every president vows to do things totally differently from his predecessor, particularly a predecessor from the other party, but in foreign policy there’s usually not a dramatic difference. The one exception to that is W the Idiot. He campaigned on no nation building and delivered the precise opposite and done so stupidly and incompetently one might think he appointed his 5 year old grandson to run DOD.
    But for the most part foreign policy has been run similarly by Democrats and Republicans for years. Whatever we do in Syria, it will not be a full-scale invasion like in Iraq. And Arabs should take the lead in any coalition to force Assad out.

    • chocopot

      You need to stop taking whatever hallucinogens you are on.

      • Beth

        love it

      • John

        Then 9-11 happened. Bush was nowhere near as bad as our
        current president on the domestic or foreign relation front.

    • michiganminuteman

      Jeff, did your mom have any kids that lived? oblama wants to help the muslim brotherhood over throw the Syrian Government so the brotherhood can set up their own government which would be in bed with oblama. Nice and cozy! I don’t think GWB was the greatest prez but at least he wasn’t a muslim communist POS! Get a life, you seem to have the mentality of a doorstop. You people sound so pathetic when you try to rationalize oblama’s treasonous conduct.

      • Jeff

        Did yours have any she didn’t drop on their heads? You idiots never stop with the Muslim stuff. Did Obama use his considerable influence to save Morsi? No. There are many groups fighting in Syria. One of the main reasons Obama hasn’t jumped in to oust Assad, as McCain would have, is we really don’t know who we’d be aiding. They might be worse than Assad. If Obama wanted to help the Muslims take over, he’d have done it a long time ago. This President, unlike W, is capable of thinking before he acts.

        • ibn insha

          Jeff, I don’t know what word can describe you. I am sure idiot and morons don’t fit you. We need to come up with a better word.

          Your brother, Obama, is responsible for all the unrest going on in Egypt, Libya and Syria and now he wants to destabilize Syria further. Obama supported Morsi. Remember? Or you really are a door stop. Morsi was eventually overthrown by the military and off course Obama could not use his influence to keep Morsi in power for he had no influence over Egyptian military. As a result of his ineptness Islamic Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda gained power in those countries.

          And you contradicted yourself by claiming, “One of the main reasons Obama hasn’t jumped in to oust Assad, as McCain
          would have, is we really don’t know who we’d be aiding. They might be
          worse than Assad. If Obama wanted to help the Muslims take over, he’d
          have done it a long time ago”. So now that Obama has decided to attack Syria who do you think he would be helping? The Islamic Brotherhood, our enemies. You and Obama are as bad for us as Islamic Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda are. Using your own words I would say not only you don’t think your president does not either.

          • Jeff

            Contradictions abound in all these situations. On the one hand, you have to bow to the democratic aspirations of the people. On the other hand, you don’t want to make a bad situation even worse. Anything you do on the one hand has the potential to negatively impact the other. We can get rid of Assad, but who comes next? On the other hand, is it wise to ignore mass slaughter because the other guys may be worse? At these times, I’m glad we have a president capable of thought. So unlike his predecessor.
            As for me, I don’t believe I’m a moron, but I don’t claim to be smart enough to come up with a great solution. My suspicion is anyone who is that smart has never blogged here.

    • Vis Fac

      Facts to a liberal are those that are pulled out of thin air to swathe their ineptness on all things rational. Liberal one dimensional idiot-ology dictates they make things up as they go so they can blame others for their failures. Nothing is ever ODUMBO’s or the DUMBOCRITES fault right?
      So whenever they have trouble defending and/or nothing to substantiate their positions they simply fall back on the Federal Board for Blaming Bush.. Then all their liberal inadequacies are soon to be forgotten

      The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

      A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

      Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch with the well armed lamb contesting the vote. Liberty comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a
      99% vote.”

      A democratic government that respects no limits on its power is a ticking time bomb, waiting to destroy the rights it was created to protect.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      Semper-Fi

  • MrK40

    Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. It looks like he is working on the absolute part now.

    • chocopot

      Long past working on it…

  • James1vc

    As a natural citizen of the State of Texas and the United States of America , a disabled Army Veteran and a supporter of our Constitution , I demand that all of Barack Obama’s “sealed records” and past and present associations with questionable individuals and organizations be made public.I demand a full and complete Congressional investigation into Barack Obama’s past records and associations with the results being made public. Let’s have some real “transparency”.

    • James Nix

      Yes! Yes! Yes!

      • John H. Holliday D.D.S.

        Republican Senator Joseph Raymond MaCarthy was right all along. Republican Senator Joe MaCarthy is now saying from his grave “I told you so, but you refused to believe the truth.” Communist/Marxist/Stalinist/Progressive Socialists are everywhere as a product of indoctrinated SUBVERSION beginning from the moment of birth. Many indoctrinated Communist/Marxist/Stalinist/Progressive Socialist useful idiots do not even have the slightest notion or the slightest awareness that they are Communist/Marxist/Stalinist/Progressive Socialist useful idiots which is a catastrophe and a disaster for all of us Traditional Conservative Loyal Pro-Constitution American Patriots. Barack Hussein Obama is a prime example of a very intensely indoctrinated, brainwashed, thought controlled and mind controlled Communist/Marxist/Stalinist/Progressive Socialist all mixed together. Non-U.S. Citizen Foreign Student Barry Soetoro, also known as Barack Hussein Obama, does not know that he is a brainwashed, indoctrinated, thought controlled and mind controlled Totalitarian Presidential Executive Order Imperial Decree Rabid Foaming At The Mouth Anti-U.S. Constitution Progressive Socialist/Communist/Marxist/”Big Brother Uncle Joe” Stalinist Tyrant Dictator Manchurian Candidate Sleeper Agent Political Usurper from birth who would make Fidel Castro, Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin all blush with envy and jealousy.

        • billybob

          How did a Non-US Citizen, Foreign Student become the President of the US????

          • Don in Ohio

            Lots of money behind him and a MSM that covered up and hid all the reasons that should have disqualified him.

    • Marion

      I agree Totally !!! Unfortuneatly; I have no choice here,support the Constitution,or this president ??? The only thing True here “IS” The Constitution and it will always receive my Complete support !!!!!

      • steve

        maybe in 50 year’s you’ll see them. don’t hold your breath.

    • Still serving

      You can demand all you want but that means nothing to our elected officials or to our courts.

  • Jeff Noncent

    the president of the United States of America is a joke and I call him the Rat because we can found rat running on garbage can, and where garbage found that what I think about the Rat

  • Motov

    Seems to me we are all aware Obozo telling the truth is an impossible thing.
    Bill Clinton was impeached for much less. How much more can this crook do before anyone in congress wakes up? Why wait? Why not banish all from office now? How many signatures have people gathered demanding his removal from office that are being ignored? What will it take?

  • northbrook

    Unfortunately only conservatives will read this and we already know the truth about OBAMA. If he is speaking he is lying. On Syria he will only act if it fits his agenda to weaken America.

    • billybob

      Good point! So in essence we are talking to ourselves.

  • steve

    it is impossible to be a politician and not lie. it has always been a part of their makeup . what did you expect from some one who’s boss is satan.

  • Al Chemist

    The MSM will ignore everything here, so most of the public will not know about it, and if they did would not care. The MSM will do a ‘good’ job if ever there is a Republican (conservative) administration again.

    • billybob

      I call them satins slaves!

  • New Age Hippy

    Time to wake up people. Obummer is no more the prez of the USA than I am the king of Siam. The many industrial complexes run the USA, corporations & a small set of people with an agenda to accomplish. These people are psychopaths who think they are better than the rest of us. Its my / our country, so I / we should have a say in what happens to it. Time to vote the scum bags out of Washington, turn off the boob tube, wake up & help your fellow neighbor / citizen. That is just for starters.

    • Ronr

      60%of the countries voters are psychopaths and your small percentage of birthers, and conspiracy chasers were right and everyone else are victims. Wow, you should run for office or at least have Limbaughs job.

  • ibn insha

    I am absolutely not surprised what Obama has been doing with our country. I did did not vote for this man because his philosophy and principles were very clear to me. Anybody who claims that he was fooled by Obama into voting for him is really ‘a’ fool. Obama did not fool him. These people elected him twice. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

    • Ronr

      That would mean that the majority of America was either dumber or smarter than you , and I say smarter. The dumb ones put men and women like Cruz and Bachman in congress.