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Has the President Read His Job Description?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:36 am - January 26, 2010.
Filed under: Constitutional Issues,Obama Watch

I mean, he used to be a professor of constitutional law so he should know how the Constitution defines his job.  In an interview with Diane Sawyer, however, he offered a job description which, well, I couldn’t find in that august document:

You know, there is a tendency in Washington to believe our job description, of elected officials, is to get reelected. That’s not our job description. . . .  Our job description is to solve problems and to help people.

It is?

Couldn’t find that in Article II, §2 of the Constitution:

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

There’s a little more than that in §3, including taking care “that the Laws be faithfully executed”, so maybe he could contend that certain laws designate him as a problem solver and people helper, but the crux of his job is serving as Commander and Chief of the Armed Forces and as manager of the executive branch of the federal government.

(Yes, I know he was also referring to members of Congress, but Article I which offers their job description doesn’t include any reference to their being problem solvers and people helpers.)

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19 Comments

  1. Personally, I wish they’d all just stop “helping”… if they would just get out of our lives and stop hindering the economy, that would probably “help” us all more than anything.

    Comment by jana — January 26, 2010 @ 7:04 am - January 26, 2010

  2. ….and to promote the general welfare…

    That is the entire Constitution to a progressive. The rest is all about warning not to use your riding lawnmower in the bath tub if you are bathing children or using an electric hair dryer.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 26, 2010 @ 9:43 am - January 26, 2010

  3. Wouldn’t it be nice if they would get out of our way so we could create wealth for ourselves and those around us, so we will have the resources to solve our own problems. Instead, we have the largest corporate tax rate of any industrialized nation, regulations that tell business folks not to move forward. It’s amazing that we haven’t destroyed ourselves yet. and the blame goes for both Republicans and Democrats (and I am a Republican)!

    Comment by HCN — January 26, 2010 @ 1:37 pm - January 26, 2010

  4. Thank you for this excellent summary of the Republican view of governance. We did, after all, see it laid out beautifully by President Bush and the Republicans when they held power, but here we have it in a nice compact summary. Their job is to NOT solve problems, and to NOT help people.

    Comment by Tano — January 26, 2010 @ 1:41 pm - January 26, 2010

  5. And Tano, you’re job is to not address my points and to not criticize Obama.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — January 26, 2010 @ 2:05 pm - January 26, 2010

  6. Their job is to NOT solve problems, and to NOT help people.

    Which people? The mentally ill? Those needing organ transplants? Those who want to be a CEO? Chicken pluckers who want to be dermatologists? Folks who get mortgages they have no chance in the world they can maintain because mopping up at Wendy’s doesn’t pay that much?

    O. Henry wrote a book called The Eight Million which referred to the number of possible stories to be told about people in New York City. That is a lot of people with a lot of problems to be solved and needing a lot of help.

    What are we supposed to do, assign everyone a caretaker with an open checkbook?

    Tano. Yours is a plaint, full of tears and pathos and signifying absolutely nothing. I can see the Tano Department of Managing Vicissitudes (DMV) now. The tired, the poor, the wretched, the mal-served come in and huddle in lines of chairs, clutching their number waiting to be called to the appointed bureaucrat who will search the manual of solving problems and helping people to see what sop of charity the government will pass out.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 26, 2010 @ 2:30 pm - January 26, 2010

  7. Fine, Tano; my problem is that the government takes too much of my income in taxes and redistributes it to pay people like yourself to post Barack Obama propaganda on websites in violation of Federal law.

    Now fix that.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 26, 2010 @ 2:39 pm - January 26, 2010

  8. Helio,

    Just keep on rolling bud. You think you are mounting an argument against me, but you are just further illustrating my point – that your ideology is based on a contempt for the average American, and a total disinterest in building a stronger and more prosperous nation.

    Comment by Tano — January 26, 2010 @ 3:23 pm - January 26, 2010

  9. Has Obama done his Presidential duty and found out what caused Ft Hood, and whether anyone should be sacked for all the deaths?
    How about the Christmas Bomber. He specifically said heads would roll. tic toc……They interogated the Christmas bomber for exactly 50 minutes before calling him a lawyer. WOW that’s a long way between water boarding and a 50 minute chat in Obamas world. These people aren’t capable of keeping a country safe. Keep your fingers crossed people!

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — January 26, 2010 @ 3:43 pm - January 26, 2010

  10. You think you are mounting an argument against me, but you are just further illustrating my point – that your ideology is based on a contempt for the average American, and a total disinterest in building a stronger and more prosperous nation.

    Actually, what demonstrates contempt for the average American is Tano’s belief that they are utterly helpless and defenseless without the government to feed, diaper, and wipe them.

    Furthermore, if the total government involvement that Tano advocates truly built strength and prosperity, places like Chicago’s South Side, where Barack Obama “helped” and “solved problems”, would not be examples of substandard housing, crushing poverty, parentless children, gang violence, incompetent schools, massive unemployment, crumbling businesses and buildings, and a general example of what Tano avoids when he goes driving around in his limousine.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 26, 2010 @ 4:11 pm - January 26, 2010

  11. One more time – the Won was not a law professor. He was nothing more than a mere lecturer who allegedly attained the status of senior lecturer. He has no published papers and surely the publishing of papers should be a prerequisite for attaining the prestigious title of professor.

    Even at the Harvard Law Review, he published nothing under his own name and did no editorial work – the work was done by the sub editors. He did nothing.

    There is absolutely no trace of any academic record…..

    As for teaching Constitutional law, since when does community organizing become Constitutional law?

    Comment by StraightAussie — January 26, 2010 @ 4:40 pm - January 26, 2010

  12. that your ideology is based on a contempt for the average American, and a total disinterest in building a stronger and more prosperous nation.

    No, we don’t share your ideology or that of the SOBiC.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — January 26, 2010 @ 5:11 pm - January 26, 2010

  13. Str Aussie I really didn’t realize that about Obama. That his legal record was so empty.
    So basically he “played” a law student and a lawyer?
    Kind of like now is he “acting” like a President?
    Lordy lordy.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — January 26, 2010 @ 7:20 pm - January 26, 2010

  14. Tano…you are the tabasco on my eggs. Thanks for providing the liberal grist for this mill. You truly add to the dialogue on this blog. Unfortunately, like tabasco, your points offer not a single shred of nourishment. You are the professionally indignant liberal that whines about all sorts of “injustice” over and over again. Unfortunately, other than whine, you dont accomplish much – and then blame it on “The Man” who keeps you down. Obama is now “The Man” and he is keeping alot of people down by his policies.

    Comment by killiteten - Native Intelligence — January 27, 2010 @ 12:00 am - January 27, 2010

  15. From the University of Chicago Law School web site:

    “From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School’s Senior Lecturers has high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined.”

    http://www.law.uchicago.edu/media

    Comment by Conservative Guy — January 27, 2010 @ 1:46 am - January 27, 2010

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