"The Constitution did not contemplate that the Commander in Chief
of the Army and Navy will constitute him also Commander in Chief
of the country, its industries, and its inhabitants."
-- Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson,
Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer (1952)
Justice Black for the majority opinion: "...the President had no power to act except in those cases expressly or impliedly authorized by the Constitution or an act of Congress."
9/11 was not the first nor the last horrific act by "terrorists" against the US.
So what's that got to do with President Truman trying to take over the steel industry?
Well, like someone else we know, he had several legal and reasonable avenues both legislatively and constitutionally to deal with the issue. But like all good politicians, he overthought the situation. He and his advisors looked at the various options, decided available paths would not get them where they wanted to be, so they forged their own, which turned out to be outside the consitutional limits of the authority of the president.
So, we have the smackdown of a liberal president!
And today, some think we have a president who is, at least, stretching the limitations of executive power.
George W. Bush is not a particularly large person, but I'll bet he's getting some good training and advice on how to pro-wrestle.
"Pro wrestling is a gritty world populated by heroic "babyfaces," dastardly "heels," outrageous managers and outraged fans,"
but it pales in comparison to the grittier world of Washington DC politics.