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Obama vows to bypass Congress at State of the Union, Congress applauds

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During Tuesday's State of the Union speech, President Obama made it clear he would bypass Congress to enact his agenda. Worse yet, members of Congress gave Obama a standing ovation, Twitchy said.

"Our job is to reverse these trends," Obama said about income inequality and stagnant wages. "It won’t happen right away, and we won’t agree on everything. But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do."

That was not the only time Obama pledged to bypass Congress.

"But I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible," he said.

"It's hard to believe that members of congress gave a standing ovation when a president says he's going to bypass them to pass legislation," Charlie Daniels tweeted.

"Why is congress giving a standing ovation to a President saying 'I'll bypass you all whenever possible?'" one person asked.

Dan Friedman of the New York Daily News issued a tweet saying one member called on Obama to "do it" after he made the statement.

"Think Crowley was the D who echoed 'Do it,' after Obama said if he can bypass Congress to help Americans, 'that is what I am going to do,'" he tweeted.

A number of people were surprised to see members of Congress applaud Obama's vow to act on his own, and Twitchy, noting that not every member of Congress applauded Obama's statement, said it was "confusing at best" that even one member applauded the line.

But liberal Democrats have been clamoring for unilateral executive action for some time. Some liberals have even called for Obama to be a dictator, and Harry Belafonte once advised Obama to rule like a third world dictator and jail Republican opponents.

One person had very strong language for those who applauded Obama's promise to act unilaterally.

"Every member in the chamber who just stood and cheered for Obama's threat to bypass Congress is a traitor," tweeted PJ Media contributor Paula Bolyard.

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