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Podcast: The Imperial Presidency And Obama’s Legacy Of Executive Power

Gene Healy, vice president of the Cato Institute, discusses the type of presidency Obama will leave behind on the Federalist Radio Hour.


Gene Healy, vice president of the Cato Institute, joined Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the expansion of executive power, President Obama’s legacy, and the position that Donald Trump will now occupy.

“One of Obama’s central aspects of his legacy is expanding the imperial presidency in certain ways  more significantly than George W. Bush had,” Healy said. “Adding new weapons, new powers to the imperial presidency and then paying it forward to Donald Trump.”

Obama will become the first two-term president to preside over a nation at war everyday of his presidency. “Obama has made presidential war permanent and normalized,” he said. “The gravity of what he’s done is coming home to him in these last few weeks before he turns the keys over to Donald Trump.”

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