Overheard on CNN.com: Should President Obama sidestep Congress?
July 28th, 2011
05:34 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Should President Obama sidestep Congress?

Comment of the day:

"I don't know if I'm relieved or concerned about some of the revelations in this article. While they all seem a bit shady, I suppose it's good to know that there are still some executive options on the table to keep us from going over the brink that Congress has brought us to."–svscnn

3 ways Obama could bypass Congress

"We are having a debt-ceiling crisis because Congress has given the president contradictory commands," writes Constitutional Law professor Jack Balkin, "Congress has ordered the president to spend money, and it has forbidden him to borrow enough money to obey its orders." But President Obama may be able to save the United States from defaulting, he writes, perhaps by issuing $1 trillion coins or selling the Federal Reserve an option on $2 trillion in property.

katahdin62 said, "President Obama should do whatever he has to do to protect the country. Clearly most of the rational Republicans are gone, and the few who remain are too scared of the nuts to act in the best interests of the country. Since he's stuck dealing with screaming children who can't be reasoned with, the president should simply act on his own."

jschartz said, "Avoid the gimmicks of the first two options. Option three is viable since the Constitution may well grant the president that power based upon interpretation. If it comes down to the wire, I think President Obama should do this. Let Congress impeach him and question the constitutionality of this move. Maybe then America will wake up to the reality of our representation: Many House members place politics above America's well-being by refusing real compromise."

But mslman71 said, "No matter how frustrating dealing with Congress might be that is no reason to bypass it. What country is this? Hail the emperor, is that what you want? What happens when the pendulum swings back the other way and a Republican is in office?" MetsFan17 replied, "Where were you when Emperor W was running the country into the ground? Probably never saw a single thing wrong there."

jandrews10 said, "Defaulting on our debt would cause a collapse of the bond market, as I understand it. Interest rates would rise, causing a slowdown in the housing market because people wouldn't be able to afford to buy homes with higher rates. Credit card rates would rise. It would give the impression that our safest investment (bonds) are no longer a safe investment. It wouldn't be a good thing."

MsMaryE said, "I predict that on 3 August, President Obama will give a press conference on who and what will get paid. He will not use the 14th Amendment. He will let the tea party and Boehner hang themselves."

takingsides said, "Man, if the U.S. defaults I am going into business digging moats and building drawbridges."

Reaction to pastor giving thanks for 'smokin' hot wife'

A Baptist preacher who gave the invocation at a NASCAR race tickled some and offended others last weekend by thanking God for his wife and corporations for their cars, and then signing off, "Boogity, boogity, boogity, amen." Many CNN.com readers applauded the pastor, Joe Nelms, for his good humor and appreciation of his wife.

Karen said, "I think he's a sweetie-pie husband for saying that in the prayer! I think God loves it when we're crazy-in-love with our spouses!" shelly said, "I think it was wonderful! I've been married for 23 years and this was the first time my husband really heard a prayer!:))"

Ashlyn said, "I think it was sweet. This woman is married with kids, and if she had any supermodel days, they are long behind her. If her husband wants to proclaim her 'smokin' hot' for everyone (including God) to hear, good for her. We should all hope our spouses still find us hot after years of marriage and multiple kids. The product placement seemed a bit over the top, though."

Jesus Loves Nascar! said, " 'And yea, verily, thou shalt roar around a circle again and again in thy holy attempt to become rich and famous in a Jesus-loving way as thousands of beer-smeared yokels who haveth not much upstairs hoot and yowl and thinketh this is something amazing as they give lots of their cash to rich people and hope to see a gnarly crash, for Jesus loveth a few good smash-ups.' The Gospel of Rubes, 12:34-45"

But others were not amused. SAM said, "To pray in Jesus' name, the highest name, above all others and to make a mockery of it is a disgrace! God does not want us to act as if we are dipped in pickle juice and while you can ask anything in that name, this pastor went too far and should be ashamed."

peter lawrence replied, "Dear Sam, if Jesus was to hear that prayer he would be laughing as well. You, on the other hand, have no sense of humor and probably no life. Go get a life and have some fun and stop being an ass!" CN0 said, "Jesus loved a party." Don said, "God doesn't mind, he has a good sense of humor. How else would you explain the platypus?"

jacksonsaid, "It was a lighthearted remark made at a race. It ain't the pope speaking to the throngs in the Vatican Square." Jesus Loves Nascar! replied, "Actually, that was the Southern Baptist equivalent of the pope speaking to the throngs at the Vatican!"

Britain bans airbrushed Julia Roberts makeup ad

Airbrushed makeup ads of actor Julia Roberts and supermodel Christy Turlington are misleading, Britain's Advertising Standards Agency ruled. The watchdog agency banned L'Oreal's photos of the two, saying they exaggerated the ability of the products they were promoting to cover lines, wrinkles and blemishes. L'Oreal called the Roberts image "aspirational."

Kudos to the British, said many CNN.com readers. seter16 said, "Europe is so much further ahead of us in so many ways. In America we value that we can lie to our citizens to get them to buy a product." Neutral79 said, "Must be nice living in a country where the regulators actually do their jobs on behalf of the public." guru2u2 said, "They insist on truth in advertising? How odd and clearly un-American."

SomeDudeinNCsaid, "If you see how much work goes into Photoshopping an advertisement of even a beautiful woman, you would be shocked. They are so aggressive in removing every little blemish that people have a totally unrealistic view of who those people even are." pmichner said, "Just say at the very end of the commercial 'This has been an advertisement for Mega Airbrushing Company.' "

Claghorn said, "The thing I like best about makeup is the persistent use of the phrase 'natural.' Constantly telling you that coating yourself in several layers of chemical compounds is the way to achieve the 'natural' look." CG77 said, "If the makeup could achieve those effects, why didn't they?"

1MyOpinion said, "Look how good my product is (after I fix it)."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Amy

    As the commander in chief and the the highest executive power holder in the nation, the president should take whatever steps are necessary to save the credibility and the good name and save the economic collapse of this nation.....Period!
    What we are seeing is pure political terrorism, they are putting the country on their knees.
    They should be put behind bars!

    July 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sylvia

      I Agree!

      July 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Save this country from Economic Collapse? Are you kidding!...any steps they take now to raise the debt ceiling, without cutting spending is only going to make the economy crash harder in the future. They have to slash spending, end loopholes and tax breaks/credits, so the revenue will flow back in...and pass an amendment that will REQUIRE our representatives to spend within their means.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • 14401

      Who's they?

      July 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JenniferUCD

      Scott, no one is arguing that we don't need to reduce spending. The trouble here is that the Republicans are holding the debt-ceiling hostage until we meet their demands. The debt must be paid now. We can work out the details of reducing spending in another bill with out the threat of economic collapse. The trouble is that the t-Bags are more driven to ruin Obama than to work towards improving our economy. Remember these are the guys who ran on a job creation platform in 2010, but have yet to produce one word of legislation. These morons believe if they hold off long enough, Obama will take the fall and they could care less about collateral damage.

      July 29, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. runner_diverdc

    The President should act on this history-making leadership moment and take actions consistent with his oath of office to protect Americans from the irresponsibility of the House republicans that endanger us all.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      The President shouldn't step on the toes of congress which is an equal branch of government. He should work with his party in the House and Senate to encourage them to seek compromise. And stop making token gestures to slash spending. $100 billion on a $1.6 trillion deficit spending per year just ain't going to cut it.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • 14401

      I thought the whole thing was controlled by both sides.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • college grad

      RUNNER I agree with you 100% Why are other people so ignorant

      July 29, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • JenniferUCD


      July 29, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. James

    Obama and the Treasury Sec are IDIOTS–

    July 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joni

    YES! YES! AND YES!!!!

    July 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Madame Royale


    Best post here, hands down.
    Well done.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Idiots.....

    ....are also named James.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    I concur, Madame Royale...Beth you said it all !

    July 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rich

    If a foreign power was doing what the Teapublicans are doing to our country, government and President, we would declare war on them. It is sedition, treason and an attack on our way of life.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WOT

    All rich Witches are the same, my way or no way! Mr.President, invoke the 13th and 14th amendments, then everything you do will PASS!!!

    July 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. peggy

    Beth said it already–so ditto

    July 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WOT

    The Tea Party is really, today's new KKK!!!

    July 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ssc740

      you must be the racist who voted for this president because of his color.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brian

    According to some of Nixon's biographers he was toying with the idea of using the Marine Corps to occupy Congress. He was losing his mind over Watergate and then resigned. I wonder if it is possible for a president to do that.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. WOT

    Another name for lobbyist in Washington is Extortionist, put all of them in JAIL for BRIBERY! Where will the Crooks in Congress get their corrupt money from then!

    July 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      The prison guards...

      July 29, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. s kel

    i see there are a lot of tea trash on here tonight ,fu*king morons,that wants to see this country go under, even seinor republicans are telling this freshman tea garbage to compermise. i love the tea party. i love the tea party to be destroyed.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bodhi

    If the arguement is that this all jeopardizes the country, why wouldnt he? Im sure conservatives would file lawsuits but it would be tied up in court for too long to actually stop anything.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
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