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Obama: Bergdahl swap a 'unanimous decision' by 'my government'

Barack Obama refers to "my government."
Barack Obama refers to "my government."
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While speaking with NBC's Brian Williams on Friday, Barack Obama said he makes no apologies for swapping five Taliban leaders for Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who spent five years with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Moreover, he said the decision to do so was "unanimous" within "my government," a statement that has sparked controversy across the Internet.

"I make no apologies for it," he said of the swap. "It was a unanimous decision among my principals in my government, and a view that was shared by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is something I would do again and will continue to do whenever I have an opportunity."

Hot Air's Jazz Shaw said Obama's use of "my government" reinforces the idea that despite the law, "this is his show and he’ll run it as he sees fit."

"But surely, he meant to say 'my administration,' right?" Mike Miller asked at the Independent Journal Review. "Don’t bet on it."

Former GOP Rep. Allen West contrasted Obama's comment to Abraham Lincoln's declaration that the U.S. government is one of, by and for the people, and said the two statements show "the difference between tyranny and liberty."

The comment is eerily similar to Obama's declarations that the military belongs to him personally. As we reported last October, Obama referred to "my military" at least three times. The last incident we reported was at the ceremony in which Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Army Captain William D. Swenson.

"So, Will Swenson was there for his brothers. He was there for their families. As a nation, we thank God that patriots like him are there for us all. So, Will, God bless you and all the men you've fought alongside, and for everything you've done for us. God bless all of our men and women in uniform. God bless the United States of America," he said. "With that, I'd like my military to read the citation please."

He also made reference to "my military" while speaking of the situation in Syria, and during a 2013 G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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