To What Extent Is the Obama Presidency More Imperilled Than Imperial?

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To what extent is the Obama presidency ‘more imperiled than imperial’? (40)

To a fairly large extent, the Obama presidency is more ‘imperiled than imperial’ seems largely true, with Obama suffering from major constraints such as Congress. The theory of the imperiled Presidency suggests that rather than being too powerful, the President does not have enough power to be effective. In contrast, imperial presidency is characterised as when a president has greater power than the constitution allows. One can argue that his pursuit of major domestic policy goals has been much more aggressive than his predecessor, Bush, suggesting Obama’s presidency as imperial. Obama once quipped, “I’m the President of the United States, not the emperor of the
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Nowhere is this clearer than his administration’s repeated- and thus far successful- efforts to block the resumption of oil and natural gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. It also very much in evidence in the ways in which his appointees within the alphabet soup of federal agencies have tried to seize control of key levers of the U.S. economy through regulations. Obama’s FCC has slapped new controls on the Internet that Congress specifically rejected prior to their imposition. Furthermore, Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is trying to impose new environmental standards that would force the imposition of some kind of cap-and-trade anti-carbon emission regime on U.S. manufacturing and transportation, again despite the Congress’ specific rejection of such a scheme- just a few of the more egregious things in the policy arena.
On national security he has continued many of the previous administration’s policies that the left, when Bush was president, decried as abusive of civil liberties including so-called warrantless wiretaps and the maintenance of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Nonetheless he also, in an apparent violation of the War Powers Act, told Congress, in effect, to go pound sand when it comes to the current U.S. involvement in Libya since it is only-by his definition-temporary and limited. All the above reasons suggest that

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