He made that quip at Monticello two days ago, while showing the sights to France's president Hollande. Before we get all outraged about this arrogance, we might be able to see his point. He has no real opposition in Congress. Any illusions to the contrary have been soundly obliterated these past few days as a result of the debt ceiling vote. Let's face it; the RINO leadership, starting with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, showed themselves to be spineless, sniveling wimps.
This past Tuesday, Boehner allowed the debt ceiling vote to proceed in the House. He attached no requirements for spending cuts whatsoever. Moreover, he joined in the vote for the passage of that reckless measure. Typically the Speaker of the House does not cast a vote - but he did, to ensure its passage. The measure passed, with 28 Republicans voting for it. Here is the list of the GOP who voted for it. I am most disappointed that Chris Smith of New Jersey saw fit to lower himself on Tuesday.
It then went to the Senate. Ted Cruz attempted a filibuster, but Mitch McConnell cut Cruz off at the knees. He then went on to vote against it: as though that duplicity will go unnoticed.
So now we understand that Obama's quip, while arrogant, is not without basis. As long as the RINO establishment is allowed to reign, there will be no true "checks and balances" as was envisioned by the Founding Fathers.