The shift of power to the presidency certainly did not start with President Barack Obama.
He did not, though, have a modest idea of the role of the executive. Bush has made a historic contribution to the Imperial Presidency. We have been passive and pedestrian in watching the rise of an uber-presidency.
The framers based their ideas on an understanding of human nature — and human weakness. Obama, however, has expanded warrantless surveillance programs to a degree that dwarfs anything Nixon imagined, including initiating a program that captured communications of virtually every U.
The Bank acted predictably to protect itself by tightening credit, spurring a recession Brinkley A grand philosophy for a reconstituted Imperial Presidency came from John Yoo, a constitutional scholar specializing in foreign affairs who was a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel from to