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Klossner: Could Obama unilaterally vote contestants off “American Idol”?

Recent reactions to a proposed Senate bill on cybersecuity have left some fearful of whether President Obama (and future presidents) are being given too much power. To get a flavor of that, check out the reaction to FCW’s original Web story (be sure to click “View all comments").

In looking through the fine print for humor purposes, I was able to discover additional administrative powers. It turns out the president will also be able to:

* Pick Facebook friends without them being able to refuse him.
* Vote contestants off of American Idol.
* Declare call-waiting part of the axis of evil.
* Turn off the presidential spell check.
* Designate the entire Stevie Wonder catalogue on iTunes the "free song of the day."
* Use more than 140 characters in his tweets.
* Stop the sale of all cereals with chocolate/peanut butter combinations.
* Drive through EZ Pass toll booth lanes without slowing down.
* Declare every basket he makes to be three-pointers.
* Get the all-time high score on Wii Golf.

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Posted by John Klossner on Sep 30, 2009 at 12:18 PM


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Reader comments

Tue, Oct 6, 2009 George Mercer

Wow! Were we always this wacky? I'm 65 years old and I don't remember so many people having so-o-o-o many off the wall ideas. It's difficult enough for government to ever get anything done, but with pressure unleashed from people like the conspiracy buffs and cranks (noy necessarily the same group) here it will be a wonder if the Congress ever passes any legislation ever again.

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