Obama’s 100-day power grab

Cato Institute
by Gene Healy

04/28/09

Unless you’ve been smart enough to avoid the news entirely for the last few weeks, you know that tomorrow marks President Obama’s first 100 days in office. But you may not know that the ‘100 days’ phrase didn’t start with FDR, but with Napoleon. William Safire’s Political Dictionary tells us that it originally marked the period between the little dictator’s escape from Elba and rampage across Europe before his final defeat at Waterloo. So perhaps the question to ask about presidents’ first 100 days is, how much damage has our new Emperor done?

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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The Need to Roll Back Presidential Power Grabs

Arlen Specter, The New York Review of Books: "In the seven and a half years since September 11, the United States has witnessed one of the greatest expansions of executive authority in its history, at the expense of the constitutionally mandated separation of powers. President Obama, as only the third sitting senator to be elected president in American history, and the first since John F. Kennedy, may be more likely to respect the separation of powers than President Bush was. But rather than put my faith in any president to restrain the executive branch, I intend to take several concrete steps, which I hope the new president will support."

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