Obama Says Congress Needed to Close Gitmo

October 22, 2012 - 1:35 PM

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U.S. military guards at the Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (AP File Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama last week blamed Congress for being unable to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, during an interview with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

“There are some things that we haven't gotten done. I still want to close Guantanamo. We haven't been able to get that through Congress,” Obama said during his Oct. 18 appearance on the program.

“One of the things that we got to do is put a legal architecture in place, and we need congressional help to do that to make sure that not only am I reigned in, but any president is reigned in, in terms of some of the decisions that we're making,” he said.

Obama signed an executive order on Jan. 22, 2009, shortly after his inauguration calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay facility within a year.

Obama’s reference “to make sure that not only am I reigned in, but any president is reigned in,” comes after Obama has taken several executive actions under the slogan of “we can’t wait.”

Among these were making recess appointments to both the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. His administration has also ordered that no deportation procedures would occur against illegal aliens below the age of 30.