We’ve heard this sort of thing from him before.
Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”
The Economist did a callback to that in its interview with him.
The Economist: The other advantage the Chinese have is they don’t have Congress. Well, they have a congress but it’s somehow more compliant, to use your word this morning. We could both agree that one of the great things would be to have more free trade in Africa if you could push people. But you face the danger that Congress may give up on the Export-Import Bank and may also get in the way of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). These could frustrate your policy. Mr Obama: There’s no doubt that— The Economist: You’d rather be a dictator. (Laughter.) Mr Obama: Let’s just make sure that we note that that was not my quote. (Laughter.)
How hilarious. Might be slightly less funny coming from a guy who wasn’t about to launch a full scale attack on the separation of powers with a unilateral illegal alien amnesty. America may not yet be China, but Obama sure is getting his Hu Jintao, or is that his Mao, on.
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