George W. Bush/elevation of presidential power

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This page is about George W. Bush's efforts to substantially expand the powers of the President of the United States during his time in office.

These efforts have greatly hindered investigation of corruption in his administration, and opened the door for much further corruption.

In general, Bush seems to be trying to remove the restraints (checks and balances) on presidential power which are intended to prevent corruption at the highest levels of government. He has stated repeatedly that he feels free to reinterpret or ignore the law as he sees fit, which runs completely counter to the rules set up by the Constitution.

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  • 2007-05-18: "The president clearly thought and acted as if he were above the law, or could bend it completely to his will. What happened was sickening, appalling on all the levels you describe." – David S. Broder, live discussion