Obama – ‘I am not a dictator’

Barack Hussein Obama IIBarack Hussein Obama has mused several times recently that he is not a dictator or emperor. He’s just the lowly, powerless President of the United States of America, so he just can’t do what he really wants to do.

Obama has also expressed his personal frustrations about how the Founders put significant obstacles in place to prevent dictator wannabes like himself from enacting their tyranny.

Obama’s pattern seems to be governing by Executive Order. On January 16, 2013 alone, he signed 23 different Executive Orders, each one in violation of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution (part of the Bill of Rights). This is evidenced by his oft-repeated philosophy, “If Congress won’t act on [name the issue], I will.” Despite this being a blatantly unConstitutional approach, Obama continues to operate in this manner.

In the 224 years since George Washington was inaugurated, US Presidents have issued 1,044 Executive Orders. During 133 years of our nations’ history, no Executive Orders were issued. Since taking office on January 20, 2009, Obama has amassed an impressive portfolio of governing by edict:

  • Obama has signed nearly 1,000 Executive Orders
  • Obama has signed an average of one Executive Order every other day of his Presidency
  • Obama has issued nearly 90% of all Executive Orders issued by US Presidents since 1791
  • Obama has issued 15 times more Executive Orders than George W. Bush, his closest competitor
  • Obama issues Executive Orders at a pace 185 times greater than Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was in office during most of World War II

You decide: Who is the President behaving most like a dictator?

President Term    Years
in Office
Executive
Orders
All Others

133

0

Theodore Roosevelt 1901-09

8

3

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-45

16

11

Harry Truman 1945-52

7

5

Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953-61

8

2

John F. Kennedy 1961-63

3

4

Lyndon Johnson 1963-68

5

4

Richard Nixon 1969-74

6

1

Gerald R. Ford 1974-77

2

3

Jimmy Carter 1977-81

4

3

Ronald Reagan 1981-1989

8

5

George H.W. Bush 1989-93

4

3

Bill Clinton 1993-2001

8

15

George W. Bush 2001-2009

8

62

Barack Hussein Obama 2009-

5

923

 TOTALS

224

1,044

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2 thoughts on “Obama – ‘I am not a dictator’

  1. Your data on Executive Orders is completely wrong. Apparently you use email hoaxes as your source. FDR issued 3,522 EO’s, not 11. Clinton issued 364, not 16. Obama issued 147 Executive Orders in his first 4-year term. This is the lowest of any president in his first 4 years since Benjamin Harrison.

    Source: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php
    See also: wikipedia, snopes, and google.

    I am opposed to almost every one of Obama’s policies. But I am embarrassed by the volume of hoaxes my friends in the conservative movement claim as fact.

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