I, Barack Hussein Obama, 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."
- President Barack Hussein Obama, 20 January 2009
The President of the United States is the only elected official, who swears to the "best of [his or her] ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The Vice-President, Senators and Congressmen merely swear to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same." Supreme Court Justices and other Federal court judges swear to "administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as [justice/judge] under the Constitution and laws of the United States." It is, therefore, instructive of the Founding Fathers belief that the President was to be held to a higher standard than all other office holders and, as the sole Executive of the Federal government with wide-ranging powers, be singly constrained by the Constitution and be made to expressly swear to preserve, protect and defend it. Unfortunately, President Obama has broken his oath and can not be trusted to preserve, protect and defend the document that enshrines the bedrock principles of this Republic.
Article One, section Five of the Constitution -- the Adjournments Clause -- states:
"Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting."
On 4 January 2011, President Obama, he who swore an oath promising to the best of his ability to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and broke it, installed Richard Cordray as the head of the vast new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 3 new members to the National Labour Relations Board. He claimed that he had the power to do this via "recess" appointments. This presents a problem for President Obama, he who swore an oath promising to the best of his ability to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and broke it. The Senate is NOT actually in recess. The Constitution says the Senate cannot recess for more than 3 days without the House's permission. The House has not granted permission. As a result, both houses have been holding pro forma sessions out of