L'etat, c'est moi ("The State, that's me.") - Louis XIV, King of France
"I can do whatever I want." - President Obama
I don't see much difference between the ruling philosophies of the 18th century absolute monarch of France and our current president.
We used to have leaders who understood they were one part of a multi-layered governing structure designed by the Framers of the U.S. Constitution. Now we have a ruler who makes unilateral dictates on what individuals, private businesses, charities, and religious organizations can and can not do.
Barack Obama certainly has succeeded in "fundamentally transforming the United States of America." Truly, I hardly recognize my country anymore.