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Obama: 'As president, I can do whatever I want'

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President Obama made what turned out to be an ill-timed joke while visiting Monticello with French President Francois Hollande.

"That's the good thing as a president, I can do whatever I want," Obama joked while walking to a typically off-limits terrace at the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., according to a pool report.

Reporters received the email shortly after the Treasury Department announced that it would again delay the Obamacare employer mandate for midsized businesses until 2016.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said Obama does not have the authority to make such a change to the law.

"He is not an emperor," Lee told the Washington Examiner. "He is not a super-legislature. And he doesn't have the power to just trump what Congress does."

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