This is exactly the kind of pen an emperor would use. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

In case you haven't heard, President Obama is an emperor.


Source: The Colbert Report

He is also a king.

And he might be a dictator too.

Of course, this is hardly the first time he has been accused of such things.


Source: The Hill, January 2013

Source: The Washington Post, March 2014

However, Obama can take comfort in knowing he is not the first president to be seen as a dictator, or king, or emperor. It apparently comes with the gig. Nearly all presidents are tyrannical overlords, until they've been out of office for a few years and are only remembered as the nice old people in history books, who were so much better than the current tyrannical overlords.

Are there bigger issues of presidential power worth discussing? Sure! But we don't appear to have gotten to that stage yet. Give us a few more centuries.


Source: New York Times, Mar 11, 1933;

Source: The Washington Post; Feb 15, 1937

Source: The Washington Post; Jul 28, 1910

Source: The Washington Post; Nov 7, 1893

Source: The Washington Post; May 21, 1908

Source: Washington Post, Jun 10, 1901

Source: The Washington Post, Times Herald; Feb 9, 1968

Source: New York Times; May 26, 1973

Source: New York Times; May 1918

Source: St. Petersburg Times - Sep 2, 1986

Source: Library of Congress

Source: The Library of Congress

Source: Library of Congress