President Obama's Constitutional Exegesis on the Libyan War

By:  Thomas R. Eddlem
07/05/2011
       
President Obama's Constitutional Exegesis on the Libyan War

There have been a lot of questions about the constitutionality — constitutional interpretations of a few decisions you’ve made, so I’ll just simply ask:  Do you believe the War Powers Act is constitutional?

— NBC News White House reporter Chuck Todd, question to President Obama in June 29 press conference.

President Obama replied by not answering Chuck Todd's question, and entering into a defense of his Libyan war:

Now, when you look at the history of the War Powers resolution, it came up after the Vietnam War in which we had half-a-million soldiers there, tens of thousands of lives lost, hundreds of billions of dollars spent — and Congress said, you know what, we don’t want something like that happening again. So if you’re going to start getting us into those kinds of commitments you’ve got to consult with Congress beforehand.

There have been a lot of questions about the constitutionality — constitutional interpretations of a few decisions you’ve made, so I’ll just simply ask:  Do you believe the War Powers Act is constitutional?

— NBC News White House reporter Chuck Todd, question to President Obama in June 29 press conference.

President Obama replied by not answering Chuck Todd's question, and entering into a defense of his Libyan war:

Now, when you look at the history of the War Powers resolution, it came up after the Vietnam War in which we had half-a-million soldiers there, tens of thousands of lives lost, hundreds of billions of dollars spent — and Congress said, you know what, we don’t want something like that happening again. So if you’re going to start getting us into those kinds of commitments you’ve got to consult with Congress beforehand.

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Photo: President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 31, 2011: AP Images

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