Obama to the American Public: "I'm going to ask Congress"
Obama to his advisers: "Blow them up anyway, even if Congress says not to"
So if Congress decides not to give him his Declaration (or AUMF, which is what Bush got), he's going to do it anyway.
“That’s going to happen, anyway,” the source told me, adding that that was why the president, in his rose Garden remarks, was careful to establish that he believes he has the authority to launch such strikes even without congressional authorization.
Bolded for emphasis. Hey, let's see what Senator Obama said about that very thing, back in 2007, shall we?
They told me that if I voted for Romney that we would have an Imperial Presidency waging war without authorization and spying on American citizens without warrants. Turns out they were right, even though I never voted for him.