Fox's Chris Stirewalt claims that Obama “was not able to actually be president in the constitutional sense”

Stirewalt: Obama couldn't “work within the separation of powers ... so he penned and phoned.”  

From the May 10 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom

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BILL HEMMER (CO-HOST): President Trump is following through on promises he made during his campaign to roll back some of these signature Obama administration initiatives, many of them done by executive order. 


What do you think about how he is doing this? Fulfilling promises, executive order. Is that the way government runs right now? 

CHRIS STIREWALT (FOX NEWS POLITICS EDITOR): Well, look, it was enough for Democrats that Barack Obama undid George W. Bush. That's what they elected him for, that's what they wanted him to do, to end the Iraq war, to do those things. To un-Bush Bush. And then Obama found fairly late in his administration that he was not able to actually be president in the constitutional sense, right? He was not able to use the separation -- work within the separation of powers to have Congress -- work with Congress to create new laws, so he penned and phoned. And he worked his way through all that stuff and he did all those things because he said, “we can't wait to have net neutrality, we can't wait for this, we can't wait for that,”  so he did it all, so now it's all being undone. And for Republicans, much as it was for Democrats with Obama, it's enough that Trump simply undoes Obama and for now that's OK. We are going to find out in the coming weeks and months whether or not Trump and the Republicans are able to actually make law or are they just able to undo these orders.


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