During his weekly address on Saturday, Pres. Obama reiterated his statement that he would use executive actions to implement policies that he wants to see put in place if Congress doesn't pass legislation to do so.
“[I] want to work with Congress this year on proven ways to create jobs, like building infrastructure and fixing our broken immigration system. Where Congress isn’t acting, I’ll act on my own to put opportunity within reach for anyone who’s willing to work for it,” Obama said.
“I firmly believe that this can be a breakthrough year for America. But to make that happen, we’re gonna have to act – to create good jobs that pay good wages, and to offer more Americans a fair shot to get ahead.”
A week ago, Obama announced that 2014 would be a “year of action,” in which he would utilize executive power to a greater extent in order to implement economic policies, a sentiment that he repeated this past Tuesday during his administration's first cabinet meeting of the year.
“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” he said.
“And 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, 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.”
This announcement hasn't been taken lightly by many critics, who accuse the president of acting like a dictator.
A day after Obama's cabinet meeting, Speaker of the House John Boehner posted an image on his Facebook account that depicted a photo of Obama next to a photo of Boehner, holding a small copy of the U.S. Constitution. The image was captioned: “President Obama has his pen and his phone. We have the Constitution.”
This image was met with much criticism in the comments section, with many people accusing Boehner of doing nothing to stop Obama.
“When you take action to stop this dictator,then I will start to believe you. When he is impeached then I might start to trust you. Until then it is all blah,blah,blah,” one comment reads.
“Quit acting like you are going to do anything remotely close to following your Oath of Office!” reads another comment.