In comments to the media before a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, Barack Obama said he will sign more executive actions and take more unilateral action in 2014 - a thinly-veiled threat to the Republican-controlled House.
Obama's comments come on the heels of an announcement on Whitehouse.gov that “2014 will be a year of Action for the American people - and President Obama is ready to use every executive action available to him to make sure of it.”
In other words, damn the torpedos; full speed ahead!
“One of the things that I will be emphasizing in this meeting is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we are providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I've got a pen, and I've got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”
Setting aside the confrontational tone of Obama's declaration, it's clear that he views the executive order as a preferred alternative to negotiation and the legislative process. Apparently, he's gearing up for more.
It's often said that sometimes, how you say what you say is more important than what you say. This is a concept completely lost on this president. His arrogance and condescension are two of his worst enemies. Threatening your opposition while at the same time asking them to cooperate with you? Not a good tactic, Mr. President.
Incidentally, as for the “I've got a phone” part of the comment, Obama said he'd use it to “talk to the American people.” Funny, one would've thought he'd use it to talk to Congress.