Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Obama's oath

After reading Obama's speech about indefinite detention, I quoted Obama and commented in red:
. . . .we are treating these cases with the care and attention that the law requires and our security demands. Going forward, these cases will fall into five distinct categories. Obama took an oath to uphold the law of the land, not to do whatever -- in his opinion -- security demands. American law is not something you balance against security. Rather, security is something that happens within the framework of the law.
Then in another post I suggested that both Obama and Cheney misconceived the president's role as one of "Babysitter in Chief."

Today Glenn Greenwald looks at how a false notion as the role of the president extends to the US news media. It seems these days, even the NY Times and supposedly liberal think tank "scholars" tend to misreport the actual constitutional responsibilities of an American president. Greenwald blogs:
The President doesn't have some broad, vague duty to "protect Americans." The Constitution really couldn't be clearer about the President's primary responsibility: it's to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.
Today, many Americans have a false conception as to the actual role of the presidency -- an observation I previously blogged about in a post entitled "Memo to US Citizens: your president is not your Commander-in-Chief."

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