Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Stopping the next insurrection Former Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 MORE (R-Wis.) is marking Presidents Day by selecting his favorite and least-favorite presidents.
In a video released Monday, Ryan ranks President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBarack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle Voting rights is a constitutional right: Failure is not an option Florida looms large in Republican 2024 primary MORE at the bottom of the list.
"Well, obviously, I’m no fan of Barack Obama,” Ryan said. "He’s my least favorite president."
James Madison, “the Father of the Constitution,” is his favorite, Ryan said, because of his devotion to the separation of powers. Madison developed the system of “checks and balances” that divides the executive, legislative and judicial responsibilities among the different branches of government.
“Madison’s the guy for me these days,” Ryan said.
“By thinking of James Madison as my favorite founder for the moment, I keep thinking about what is it we can do to reclaim the power of the purse, reclaim the separation of powers and the checks and balances,” he continued.
Republicans often argue that Obama has exceeded his executive authority.
Ryan also said he’s a “big fan” of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and the other “founders.”