He held the highest office in government, armed with a mandate to expunge waste and paper shuffling, to, in his words, sweep clean the detritus he had inherited. Embittered when the lease on his taxpayer-provided residence was abruptly revoked, he refused for months to vacate. Finally, in frustration, a new management team unceremoniously evicted him.

In the annals of American politics, this president would not be the first public official to begrudge the verdict of the majority and then balk at giving up his place at the seat of government. He has to look no farther than his former hometown to find a precedent to justify what some fear could become his one-man Occupy movement.