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President Obama, a Harvard trained lawyer, is very familiar with both the Constitution and the War Powers Act. In a response to a question from the Boston Globe in 2007 about whether there would be presidential authority to bomb suspected Iranian nuclear sites, then Senator Obama wrote, “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch. It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action.”
Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama said he and his administration have pursued a “fundamentally business- friendly” agenda and are “fierce advocates” for the free market, rejecting corporate criticism of his policies.
“You would be hard-pressed to identify a piece of legislation that we have proposed out there that, net, is not good for businesses,”