Twice, President Barack Obama has taken the following oath of office: "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, so help me God."
And then Obama proceeded to ignore the oath.
On a regular basis, Obama refuses to comply with the law of the land. Most often, he has done so regarding the national health care law, Obamacare. The president has ignored deadlines and granted exemptions to the point that the statute approved by Congress is virtually meaningless.
Obama also has demonstrated federal drug laws will be enforced only at his whim. His administration has made it clear laws against possession, cultivation and sale of marijuana will not be enforced in Colorado and Washington, which have eliminated state bans on the drug.
During a recent interview, Obama said he does not think marijuana is very harmful. He explained he views it "as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked ..."
Obama's views are immaterial. The law is the law. As president, he is sworn to uphold and enforce it.
He has broken promises on a variety of specific matters. But Obama's rejection of the basic oath he took as president is the biggest, most troubling, broken promise of them all.