Gene Healy on How Obama Took the Cult of the Presidency to a Whole New Level


President Obama has done so much to expand executive power during his time in office that he is now worried about "leav[ing] a loaded weapon lying around." And yet it doesn't seem the President has lost much sleep over the possibility that his successors will do bad things with the executive prililege he created.

"But for the rest of us," writes Gene Healy, "that metaphor ought to concentrate the mind wonderfully. Even rabid partisans ought to strive to see past the next election cycle and recognize that the powers forged in one administration usually do pass on to the next."