Wonder how Matt Lauer and his colleagues in the legacy media would have reacted had George W. Bush expressed a similar frustration:
I think this is the nature of being President. What’s frustrated people is that I have not been able to force Congress to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008.
Well, it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change that I would like sometimes. But what I have been able to do is move in the right direction. And what I’m going to keep on doing is plot away, very persistent. You know what? One of the things about being President is you get better as time goes on.
Emphasis. What arrogance. Assuming people are frustrated because he can’t force Congress to implement his promises? (Maybe they’d have been frustrated if he tried (and failed) to “force” Congress to act on something he’d been proposing throughout the campaign, you know that “net spending cut“.)
In reality, his party controlled Congress for the first two years of his term. He was able to “force” the legislature to implement a good chunk of his agenda. And people were frustrated, frustrated that the Democratic Congress implemented many of his proposals.
Doesn’t he understand that the people elected a Republican Congress in response to such implementation?
Many of us like the system our Founders designed — and they designed it deliberately to make it difficult to bring about the types of changes men like Obama would propose, changes which usurp the liberties of the people and centralize power in a in a far-distant capital.
“What’s this about ‘Founders,’” asks Jim Treacher in commenting on the president’s interview, “Since when do they matter? If the Constitution prevents him from getting what he wants, he just ignores it. Rules are for people who aren’t Obama. Oh, you don’t think so? Racist.” (Via Instapundit.)