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Obama promises more dictatorial action in 2014: 'I've got a pen and a phone'

Barack Obama promises to bypass Congress with more executive actions.
Barack Obama promises to bypass Congress with more executive actions.
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In remarks before a cabinet meeting Tuesday, President Obama promised more executive action bypassing Congress, telling those assembled he would use "a pen and a phone," The Blaze reported.

“So Congress is going to be busy, and I’m looking forward to working with Democrats and Republicans, House members and Senate members, to try to continue to advance the economic recovery and to provide additional ladders of opportunity for everybody,” he said.

“But one of the things that I’ll 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’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone," he added.

Translation: Obama is set to use his executive authority to bypass Congress -- again.

Obama explained further: “I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible and making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating."

But the president wasn't finished.

“I’ve got a phone that allows me to convene Americans from every walk of life—nonprofits, businesses, the private sector, universities—to try to bring more and more Americans together around what I think is a unifying theme: making sure that this is a country where if you work hard, you can make it,” he added.

The Associated Press said Obama's reliance on executive fiat "illustrates the means at his disposal but also highlights the limits of his ability to work with Congress."

News of Obama's intentions were not welcomed by many, Twitchy reported, with Cruz aide Amanda Carpenter calling the move "lawless."

"More lawlessness," she said in a tweet.

"President Obama blatantly making the case for expanded executive overreach, running over Congress, separation of powers. Lawless," she said in another tweet.

In a third tweet, she demanded Obama "stop the lawlessness," and she referred to Obama as the "Imperial President" in a fourth and fifth tweet.

Acting on advise given by the Center for American Progress after the 2010 election, Obama has decided to take executive action whenever he feels he can use it to advance his agenda.

Republicans have groused about Obama's executive actions, and some have threatened impeachment, but no action has been taken.

Part of the problem is that a Senate run by Harry Reid, D-Nev., would never vote to convict Obama even if the House impeached him.

Another problem, said a post at the conservative blog Hot Air, is that there's simply not a large enough majority willing to remove Obama from office for "encroaching on another branch’s powers or suspending parts of the law that are politically inconvenient to him."

"To make impeachment stick, you need to show that the president’s motives for acting were rotten and selfish, like Nixon’s," the blog said.

By contrast, the blog added, Obama "always takes care to present his motives for ignoring Congress as civic-minded, something he does for the good of the people, not for himself."

Nevertheless, Obama's actions are fueling a growing backlash, with some even considering an Egypt-style protest called an "American Spring" designed to remove the president from office.



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