Is Obama admitting his lust for power? Or does he think he will go the way of most kings on Game of Thrones?
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The White House tweeted out an image of Barack Obama depicted as a king from Game of Thrones, a gag that cuts a little too close to the bone for some critics given Obama’s lust for executive power.
Following Obama’s joke during his White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech about forcing through more executive orders, the administration sent out the image to coincide with last week’s Game of Thrones episode.
In the picture, Obama sits upon the ‘Iron Throne’, a term that also refers to the monarchy that rules the Seven Kingdoms in the hit HBO series.According to one description, “the throne was forged from the 1,000 swords that had been surrendered to Aegon in the War of Conquest by the lords who had offered their fealty”.
Former King Joeffrey’s crossbow also sits on the coffee table while Obama holds a crown in his hands.
Some might not see the funny side of the image given that Obama is actually behaving like a king by flouting the constitution and pursuing his agenda by executive fiat on a number of different issues.
Indeed, representations of the President as a king have been used by some of his fiercest critics for years as a way of highlighting Obama’s disregard for the constitution.
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