- The Washington Times - Monday, February 10, 2014

President Obama has taken heat recently for working around Congress whenever he thinks it necessary to, among other things, delay Obamacare mandates and trim immigration enforcement.

But the commander-in-chief on Monday boasted of how, as president, “I can do whatever I want.”

Mr. Obama made the tongue-in-cheek remark as he toured Monticello, the Charlottesville, Va., estate of Thomas Jefferson, with French President Francois Hollande. The visit is part of Mr. Hollande’s three-day stay in the U.S. this week.


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The president delighted in his ability to “break the protocol” and view the Monticello grounds from a private terrace.

“That’s the good thing as a president. I can do whatever I want,” Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Obama’s pronouncement came just an hour after the administration took unilateral action to delay and trim back more of the employer-mandate portions under Obamacare, the latest example of the White House’s willingness to act on its own, even when it comes to changing laws already on the books.


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