Obama Tells Hollande, 'As a President, I Can Do Whatever I Want'

During a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s estate Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia on Monday, President Obama joked to French President Hollande that he can "do whatever I want."

Tangi Quemener, the White House Correspondent for Agence France Presse, sent a message to Peter Velz, a press assistant at The White House, telling of Barack Obama and French President Hollande’s tour of Monticello.

According to Quemener, the two men strolled in front of the pool with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation. From the report:

Looking at a terrace she said that Jefferson loved to admire the landscape from there. POTUS said that he'd like to take a look and seemed delighted to "break the protocol.”  "That's the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want" he quipped, walking to the terrace with his guest and Ms. Bowman.

Jefferson would be so proud of his successor.


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