Bauer: Obama needs cover from Congress but wants control, too

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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A conservative activist believes President Obama's sudden willingness to go to Congress about Syria is politically motivated.

When President Obama announced that he intended to go to Congress to win approval for his "shot across the bow" against Syria, Obama's sudden reversal reportedly shocked even some of his closest aides. 

Gary Bauer of American Values says it is shocking considering the fact that throughout his presidency Obama has shown disdain for both Congress and the Constitution.  

"It has been really amazing and frustrating during the Obama administration to see him intentionally going around Congress,” says Bauer. “There are some experts that think that he's engaged in unconstitutional acts, that he's used executive orders way beyond the authority to use them."

Bauer says he believes Obama doesn’t want to upset the House with the 2014 midterm elections on the horizon.

Bauer, Gary (American Values)

"More than anything the president wants to win back the House of Representatives next year while holding on to the United States Senate,” Bauer tells OneNewsNow. “That would mean he would have two full years to push through a whole list of other radical ideas that he has not been able to get through Congress with the House in control of Republicans." 

Bauer says by going to Congress the president hopes to have political cover and blame Congress if things don't work out. 

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