Shift on executive power lets Obama bypass rivals


Shift on executive power lets Obama bypass rivals

Charlie Savage

NY Times

April 23, 2012

One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.

“We had been attempting to highlight the inability of Congress to do anything,” recalled William M. Daley, who was the White House chief of staff at the time. “The president expressed frustration, saying we have got to scour everything and push the envelope in finding things we can do on our own.”

For Mr. Obama, that meeting was a turning point. As a senator and presidential candidate, he had criticized George W. Bush for flouting the role of Congress. And during his first two years in the White House, when Democrats controlled Congress, Mr. Obama largely worked through the legislative process to achieve his domestic policy goals.

But increasingly in recent months, the administration has been seeking ways to act without Congress. Branding its unilateral efforts “We Can’t Wait,” a slogan that aides said Mr. Obama coined at that strategy meeting, the White House has rolled out dozens of new policies — on creating jobs for veterans, preventing drug shortages, raising fuel economy standards, curbing domestic violence and more.

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2 Responses to Shift on executive power lets Obama bypass rivals

  1. gideon says:

    He’s dictating and congress is letting him, just as they have previous presidents. Others were a bit more subtle perhaps even benign. This group is taking it to a whole new level or the mask is now so far off it’s impossible to hide who these traitors really are.

    • You are right–the key is Congress is letting him. This is not a president presiding over a limited constitutional republic, this is a dictator who no longer hides his dictatorial actions.

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