With Executive Amnesty Looming, WH Stands by Obama Claim That He’s Not an Emperor

With President Obama expected to grant executive amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants as soon as this week, Press Secretary Josh Earnest had to reaffirm previous claims from Obama that he is not an emperor or king.

During a Google hangout in 2013, Obama said, "The problem is that I’m the president of the United States–I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed."

On Tuesday, ABC Chief White House correspondent Jon Karl brought up Obama's remark from last year and asked if the claim still stood. "Is that [claim] still operative?" pressed Karl.

"Absolutely," said Earnest.

"Not a king?" replied Karl.

"That's right." said Earnest.

It is unclear whether Obama will be able to continue claiming not to be emperor or king once he goes through with executive amnesty.