WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus thinks President Barack Obama views himself more as a king.
Speaking at Washington’s Key Bridge on Tuesday, Obama told the crowd that he was not running an “imperial presidency.” Priebus told Fox News following that comment that the president needs to respect the Constitution more.
“This is a president that views his presidency more as a kingship than he does bound by Article Two of the Constitution,” the RNC chairman told Fox News.
Obama struck an aggressive tone in the face of a lawsuit threat from House Speaker John Boehner and in the wake of two defeats before the Supreme Court, including a unanimous decision from the court that he overreached when he appointed members of the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was in recess.
“So sue me,” Obama taunted on a sweltering day, as he pushed lawmakers to pay for road and bridge repairs. “I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something.”
Obama’s remarks came a day after he declared that he would act on his own to address weaknesses in the nation’s immigration system after Boehner informed him that the House would not take up an immigration overhaul this year.
Priebus said that this is part of the “Obama doctrine.”
“I think actually he intends to try to change the laws of this country on his own,” Priebus told Fox News. “I think he envisions himself in having that kind of power. I think he’s going to be as cute and as clever as he possibly can to do it.
“The president wants to be president, he wants to be speaker of the House, he wants to be the majority leader of the Senate, and he wants to be the Court.
Earlier Tuesday, Obama met with his Cabinet secretaries and urged them to “be creative about how we can make real progress” on issues where Congress won’t act.
Obama said he would prefer that Congress act on issues such as immigration and infrastructure because laws are more sweeping than his own administrative actions.
“We’re not always going to be able to get things through Congress, at least not this Congress,” Obama said. “I want to make sure we emphasize not what we can’t do, but what we can do in the coming months.”
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