Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese opposition leader and chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma. In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% (392 of 485) of the seats in Parliament. She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010. Suu Kyi was one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners.
On Friday a defiant Barack Obama showed Aung San Suu Kyi how a real tyrant operates.
Despite his recent midterm shellacking Barack Obama told reporters in a joint press conference with dissident Aung San Suu Kyi that he will move ahead with his amnesty plan despite his lack of legal authority on the issue.
The Politico reported, via Free Republic:
President Barack Obama on Friday defended his plans to use executive power to bypass Congress, signaling that he’s determined to move on issues like immigration and climate change, especially when lawmakers have failed to act.
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“They have the ability to fix the system. What they don’t have is the ability to do is expect me to stand by with a broken system in perpetuity,” Obama said on immigration reform at a joint news conference here with Myanmar dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “It’s way overdue. We’ve been talking about it for 10 years now and it’s been consistently stalled.”
Obama said he’s determined to grant relief to illegal immigrants in the coming weeks if Congress doesn’t produce a bill first.
“I gave the House over a year to at least give a vote on the Senate bill. They failed to do so,” the president said. “I indicated to Speaker Boehner several months ago that if Congress failed to act, I would use all lawful authority that I possess … That’s going to happen. And that’s going to happen before the end of the year.”
Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) says impeachment should be on the table if President Barack Obama moves forward with his executive amnesty.