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Judge Andrew Napolitano and Stuart Varney were left a little bewildered by President Obama's recent comments on the limits of executive power. 

In an interview with GQ magazine, Obama told Bill Simmons that before he took office, he "didn't fully appreciate" how little power the president has to "do the right thing."

Obama said:

But what I didn’t fully appreciate, and nobody can appreciate until they’re in the position, is how decentralized power is in this system. When you’re in the seat and you’re seeing the housing market collapse and you are seeing unemployment skyrocketing and you have a sense of what the right thing to do is, then you realize, “Okay, not only do I have to persuade my own party, not only do I have to prevent the other party from blocking what the right thing to do is.

Judge Napolitano, noting that Obama is a former editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law Review and a constitutional scholar, argued that George Washington wouldn't even recognize the presidency today because of all of the added powers.

"What did he expect the presidency would be? The modern American president has so much power, so much discretion over the lives of ordinary Americans. ... I don't know how much power he wants, but he has extraordinary authority," said Napolitano.

He pointed out that the more successful leaders in American history, like Ronald Reagan, have been able to work with their rivals, instead of "bullying and badgering" them. 

"It is shameful for someone with his educational and professional background to express wonderment about the complexities of the American presidency," said Napolitano, predicting that Obama will try do more "unilaterally" in his final year in office in order to cement his legacy.

Watch the full discussion from FBN's "Varney & Co." above. You can read the GQ interview, here.


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