Remember when the left were all up in arms over President Bush’s “signing statements,” statements which gave the President’s interpretation of acts he was signing into law? Where will they be tomorrow night? From The Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda
President to Seek to Use State of the Union Address to Shift Souring View of Leadership
By Carol E. Lee and Damian Paletta | Updated Jan. 26, 2014 9:27 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night will seek to shift the public’s souring view of his leadership, a challenge the White House sees as critical to shaping the nation’s policy direction over the next three years.
Mr. Obama will emphasize his intention to use unilateral presidential authority—bypassing Congress when necessary—to an extent not seen in his previous State of the Union speeches, White House officials said.
He also is expected to announce that some of the nation’s largest employers, including Xerox Corp., AT&T Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co., have signed a White House pledge agreeing not to discriminate against the long-term unemployed when making hiring decisions, according to a draft of the policy and interviews with several people familiar with the matter.
Mr. Obama will stress that he intends to take unilateral action on a host of other issues: infrastructure development, job training, climate change and education. Administration officials hinted broadly at the assertive new direction Sunday.
“We need to show the American people that we can get something done,” Dan Pfeiffer, a senior White House adviser, told CNN as part of a round of interviews previewing the speech.
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President Obama’s problem is simple: though he was re-elected, so were the Republicans who hold a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, and the Republicans are not going to pass presidential policy into law any more than is absolutely necessary. And the Constitution gives them that power!
The result? President Obama, who so strongly criticized his predecessor, thinks that he ought to just be a dictator. Were Barack Hussein Obama a Republican, the left would be up in arms about this. But, since he’s a Democrat, they’ll meekly applaud.