Wow…I mean, I’ve always found the notion of papal infallibility cool and all (well, ok, Coke-through-the-nose funny, really…but cool sounds better), but it’s got NOTHIN’ on the President. Secrecy News links to the text of a recent Congressional floor statement where Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) described the contents of three Office of Legal Council opinions that he had been able to review. Among the gems:
An Executive order cannot limit a President. There is no
constitutional requirement for a President to issue a new
Executive order whenever he wishes to depart from the terms
of a previous Executive order. Rather than violate an
Executive order, the President has instead modified or waived
The President, exercising his constitutional authority
under article II, can determine whether an action is a lawful
exercise of the President’s authority under article II.
Awesome! It’s like superpowers!!
PS: Yes, all my Catholic compadres, I am aware of (at least generally) the nuances of papal infallibility. I was fascinated with it at one point in time, and spent some time researching the subject. Fun stuff.