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User avatar #2 - Shramin ONLINE (06/26/2013) [-]
Out of curiosity, why does everyone with a problem or statement about how the US does things blame the president and completely ignore Congress?
User avatar #92 to #2 - megusters (06/27/2013) [-]
Because he's black.
User avatar #86 to #2 - ivoryhammer (06/27/2013) [-]
Because it's the cool thing to blame Obama for every problem.
User avatar #71 to #2 - smithforprez (06/27/2013) [-]
people are mad at congress too, but they don't know who the reps are. They know who obama is and he is going to catch most of the **** .
#42 to #2 - repostsrepost (06/27/2013) [-]
Because the Presidency has usurped more power than the Framers ever intended and the Constitution allows. But in all fairness, Congress and even the Supreme Court are **** too.
User avatar #35 to #2 - durkadurka ONLINE (06/27/2013) [-]
The president is the leader. The leader gets all of (most of) the credit or the blame. As leader you have to take charge and accept responsibility even if things aren't completely under your control. Being leader is always the hardest job (when done right). So being president should be one of the hardest jobs ever.

And let's not forget that the president DOES have power (at least 1/3 of it). All legislation that has passed could have been effectively vetoed by the president.

#31 to #2 - plaruti (06/27/2013) [-]
because we need a president to stand against a "Bought" Congress the way Teddy Roosevelt did.
User avatar #30 to #2 - yuukoku (06/27/2013) [-]
He's the face of the government. Yes, most of us (hopefully) know that he doesn't actually go and try to make problems, but accusing him is where to start for most people.
#27 to #2 - anon (06/27/2013) [-]
it's easier for people to put the blame on a single person
#24 to #2 - redteamgriff (06/27/2013) [-]
The President of the United States is the equivalent of a spokesman for the government, although he does not control every aspect of government. People can say that "The President is ignoring the problem I am personally concerned about" but he is not a dictator, and the United States is not a despotism. He cannot just snap his fingers and change whatever he wants, there are protocols to wade through, mainly in the form of checks and balances between the court system, the house and senate, and the president's office.

For some reference, think of the Presidential title as a CEO of a company, or a university President. They are pretty important and powerful, but they cannot just run rampant, or there would be a chance for the company to suffer managerial repercussions or the college to receive negative public attention; there is a board of directors or trustees, or a collection of the many deans or heads of departments to check the head honcho's power, although the board's dealings and actions are less publicized than the CEO's or President's.

Think of it this way: If a kid excels in a sport, competition, or test, they will receive some type of praise, but the teacher or coach will be congratulated also because it is assumed that they contributed to the success, but if the kid fails or does bad during a sport, they are viewed as incompetent or possessing a learning or attitude problem long before the thought of the DJ 4DM1Nistrator having a negative effect on the success of the task.

tl; dr: People usually aim for the head before they go for the body.
#22 to #2 - anon (06/27/2013) [-]
due to the fact that he has the power to veto bills
#34 to #22 - allytiger (06/27/2013) [-]
congress can veto vetos but nice try
User avatar #21 to #2 - slowshade (06/27/2013) [-]
Because as far as this program goes it is entirely up to the executive although Congress does have to provide the funding. The point is for good or bad Obama could end this program tomorrow if he wanted to. This isnt the same thing is blaming Obama for the economy which he has little control over.
#18 to #2 - anon (06/27/2013) [-]
Because of the 154 executive orders obama has enacted to date.
Do not pass congress, proceed directly to law.
More than any two other presidents combined.
#16 to #2 - warrollan (06/27/2013) [-]
Because that is too many names to remember!
User avatar #13 to #2 - magicalrubixdude (06/26/2013) [-]
In a nutshell, the president is a scapegoat.
User avatar #11 to #2 - blahness (06/26/2013) [-]
User avatar #10 to #2 - lordhaha (06/26/2013) [-]
he ran on not doing what hes currently doing. i blame him because he lied
#9 to #2 - anon (06/26/2013) [-]
Becuase it is easier for people to not take the time to learn about and understand such an issue with so many facets. It is much simpler for them to go along and repeat "thanks Obama (sarcastic tone)" than to attempt to fix everything. Doing this they can justify ignoring the problem and live happier by tricking themselves that it will magically go away when Obama's term runs out.
User avatar #8 to #2 - kikisu (06/26/2013) [-]
He's the head of the US, so saying Obama's bad is synonymous, for some people, with saying the government is bad.
#7 to #2 - anon (06/26/2013) [-]
because the NSA is part of the executive branch and Obama is worthless, congress had nothing to do with it
User avatar #6 to #2 - keiishiyama (06/26/2013) [-]
Because instead of closing Guantanamo and ending programs like PRISM and agencies like the NSA, he strengthened them or left them alone. He lied to us and is supporting the government's infringing on our rights.

But you're right; this is an issue that ALL branches of government are involved in, and it's sickening.
#3 to #2 - rupok (06/26/2013) [-]
Because the "buck ends with the president" as people say. The president has enough power to stop most of these unconstitutional stuff but he is supporting them. And also many people blame congress as well, I think more people are starting to wake up and see that the only time congress is bi partisan is when they are screwing and stealing from the american people.
#26 to #3 - bearpirate (06/27/2013) [-]
******** , there are too many checks and balances in our government that keep one single person from having that much influence.
User avatar #23 to #3 - rhiaanor (06/27/2013) [-]
Well, suppose the president has no real power. Then he wouldn't be able to do jack **** , what if the government just uses the president as a scapegoat. And they pick the president(because the people dont actually matter in elections) that would most likely do their bidding, and take all the blame, and look convincing. I'm no conspiracy nut, but I'm sure its been done in other governments.
User avatar #17 to #3 - fingernails (06/27/2013) [-]
Even if president says no and veto's it, they can still pass the law. (I forget how, but I know it can be done)
#52 to #17 - onceapiece (06/27/2013) [-]
Hey, this is true. If 2/3 of congress still wants to pass it it can be passed even if the president vetos it
User avatar #5 to #3 - useroftheLOLZ (06/26/2013) [-]
Lets not forget, when Obama was voted in, he promised to review, and remove programs like the one Snowden revealed. And then he turned around, and beefed up several different programs, including the TSA
User avatar #15 to #5 - aTastyCooky (06/27/2013) [-]
separation of powers means pretty much everything the president can do, congress can stop it. This guy is saying it wasn't JUST Obama. They both let it happen.
#36 to #15 - anon (06/27/2013) [-]
#4 to #3 - fordun (06/26/2013) [-]
What i love is how no one is surprised. We have all known this has been going on for years. I don't think it was ever confirmed. But the American Public has suspected and joked about how the government was wire tapping us and looking through your computers.
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