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Published: Wednesday, June 4 2014 6:15 p.m. MDT

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Informed Voter
South Jordan, UT

Eventhough many will write comments excusing Obama, he cannot blame this on Bush (although he might find a way). The fact is plain that George Will is totally correct on all his points in this article.

West Valley City, UT

This has got to be the worst president ever. Nixon's Watergate begins to pale to Obama's list of blatant law breaking.

Vegas POV
Las Vegas, NV

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

It appears to me that the best of some people's ability is not as great as the ability of others.

Salt Lake City, UT

Love George Will! What a gifted writer! He is 1000% correct on these writings.

Salt Lake City, UT

I believe that President Reagan gave 1500 missiles to Iran in exchange for seven American nationals, all in secret. Am I correct?

San Francisco, CA

Almost every recent POTUS has "gone rogue" in some manner. They believe that the principle of "divine right of kings" applies to them.

Power corrupts. No one gets within a million miles of the White House without being corrupted already. And absolute power, which POTUSes seem to assume unto themselves despite the Constitution, corrupts absolutely.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Mr. Will hits the nail on the head. When you consider:

Fast and Furious, Benghazi, "this is my last election, I will have more flexibility...", The VA scandal, and the blatant disregard for the law this President has demonstrated on countless occasions; one must wonder what it takes to get removed from office.

Layton, UT

@ Marxist,
It doesn't excuse what Pres. Obama has done. It is also worth mentioning that the law requiring Pres. Obama to notify congress did not exist when Reagan was president. I might also mention that the "1500" number is rather lower than the truth.

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

Between 2007 and 2009, President George W. Bush released 520 detainees from the facility at Guantanamo Bay – at least that’s how many are officially recorded. One of those detainees was Abu Sufian bin Qumu, who is a suspect in the Benghazi embassy attack.

Far East USA, SC

"I believe that President Reagan gave 1500 missiles to Iran in exchange for seven American nationals, all in secret. Am I correct?"

Cmon Marxist. You know that was completely different. Somehow it had to be. Reagan would not do anything wrong.

Im gonna plug my ears now and say La La La La La.

Lone Eagle
Aurora, CO

Seems to me that the swap that the "Rogue President" engaged in (he really doesn't know the circumstances, but approved it anyway?) is akin to aiding and abetting the enemy with those 5 high-value terrorist leaders being released. Perhaps the pretender in chief never watched "Saving Private Ryan" wherein the released German captive came back to kill many more US soldiers at the bridge scene. That was fiction, this is real life. Does anyone really believe that those 5 high-value terrorists will not return to be involved in an even higher death count for US servicemen/women or civilians?

The Taliban was aided and abetted by this swap. And the "Rogue President" will never be brought to account.

clearfield, UT

Well, at least now I know how all the liberals and Democrats felt when Nixon was believing that if the President does it, it is legal. Only problem is, back then there was Woodward and Bernstein and the Washington Post to be the watchdog on government power. Who is watching out for us with this administration? All I see in the press these days is FOX News, who get blacklisted by the establishment when they try, and a bunch of journalism school cheerleaders for Obama and the Democrats.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Susan Rice has proven her ability to read talking points given to her. Leadership? Ethics? Not so much.
Perhaps her talent is in broadcasting. Give her something to read and she'll do it convincingly.
Did the White House really believe they could sell this to the American people?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I thought going Rogue was a good thing? After all, didn't Palin or Romney title their book that?

Everett, 00

Are we talking about Reagan or Bush who reigned with more "Executive Orders" - by passing Congress - than any other Presidents in modern history?


just more of the same old Sour Grapes about President Obama to whip up the conservative base to get published in conservative newspapers and collect a pay check, again?...

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

When a president goes rouge, he should be impeached, correct? So wheres all the evidence?
There is nothing but more partisan fantasy and poor history recollection, in nearly everything george says.
George is just another faux hole with nothing to offer but chum for the fanatics.

my two cents worth
Ridgefield, WA

If you agree that the President broke laws, has gone "rogue", is impeachable, then what are you going to do about it? Go gather your "facts" and talk some Congressman into starting the process too impeach, arrest and/or jail the man.

As for me, I believe there is not enough evidence to do any of those procedures. And if I am correct, all this whining and complaining is partisan grumbling, albeit with plenty of zeal and with the aim to taint the whole Democratic party to help usher in some Republican wins.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Gonna plug you ears and say “la la la”

BO apologists have a LOT of practice doing that.

So you will ignore the changes in laws between the 1980s and now. Your hero, BO has done the same, obviously. And not just laws passed since the 1980s – anything he doesn’t like he ignores, including Obamacare!

You must be at work rather than at home because you are not posting as open minded. Executive orders are not the only method. BO has used more regulations than any POTUS in history. The Federal Register has ballooned more under BO than under anyone else.

You BO apologists are in the minority. Recent CNN poll shows BO’s favorable ratings exceed his unfavorables in only 1 of 12 measures! Most measures show strong opposition to his policies. Too bad it has taken us so long.

Salt Lake City, UT

If the gizmo detainees are prisoners of war, they will all have to be released when the war ends, which seems to be what will happen at the end of this year. So the 5 were released about 6 months early, and will supposedly be under surveillance for an additional 6 months after the war ends. And even Bergdahl's Army detractors say he should have been brought home even at the cost of making the exchange. Nothing to see here, really, except the usual Republican habit of politicizing everything.

Springville, UT

The law violates the Constitution. If Bush was President, that Administration would have done the exact same thing. Do you need the legal history and the memos to substantiate this? If Congress has an issue with the President's action, they should take it to court and get it settled. They won't, because they know the President was right under the Constitution.

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