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What is the President’s Greatest Responsibility?

What is the President’s Greatest Responsibility?
by Steven Aftergood

According to President Obama, he has no higher duty than to protect the American people. But that’s not what the Constitution says.

“As President, I have often said that I have no greater responsibility than protecting the American people,” wrote President Obama in the new “National Strategy for Counterterrorism” (pdf) that was released by the White House yesterday. A similar sentiment appears in the Introduction to the new Strategy, which states that the President “bears no greater responsibility than ensuring the safety and security of the American people.”

This seems like a fateful misunderstanding. As chief executive and commander in chief of the armed forces, the President obviously has responsibility for national security. But to claim that he has no greater responsibility than “protecting the American people” is a paternalistic invention that is historically unfounded and potentially damaging to the political heritage of the nation.

The presidential oath of office that is prescribed by the U.S. Constitution (Art. II, sect. 1) makes it clear that the President’s supreme responsibility is to “…preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” There is no mention of public safety. It is the constitutional order that the President is sworn to protect, even if doing so entails risks to the safety and security of the American people.

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Hmmm, I got it all wrong

I thought it was picking out what tie he was going to wear for the day.

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I wondered about that...

I guess that is the PTB position on the president's role. (Along with joining the CFR and other shady groups)

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
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Amen to that.

Funny, the language is right there in plain English.

Another one that modern morons tend to ignore or overlook conveniently is that the President is only Commander in Chief over the Army, Navy, and Militia when they are called into the ACTUAL SERVICE of the United States. (via a declaration of war, following an attack by another nation upon us)

Thus, this "I'm the Commander in Chief" b.s. is just that - b.s. There is no declaration of war. No state of war. Thus there is nothing to command.