[guest post by Dana]
The president has no choice in the matter, people. If obstructionist Republicans weren’t so stubborn, dysfunctional and obstructionist, he wouldn’t be forced to take action. And action he must take, because after all, we don’t want our president sitting around twiddling his thumbs and doing nothing, do we?
President Obama emphasized that while he prefers to work with Congress, he will continue to take executive action to accomplish his objectives. His administration will make sure to work within the confines of executive powers but will “scour our authorities to try and make progress” on issues such as the border crisis and immigration, he said.
“I promise you the American people don’t want me just standing around, twiddling my thumbs, and waiting for Congress to get something done,” he told reporters at a press conference this afternoon that concluded a summit between the United States and African leaders.
With that, the president has decided to make the great sacrifice of breaking up his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, allotting two days to go back to Washington for meetings and updates. And of course, included in his vacation schedule will be a fundraiser for Senate Democrats.
I don’t begrudge the president a vacation, and quite frankly, I’m all for him twiddling his thumbs and doing nothing. For a very long time.
Update: This is amusing, in light of this post:
President Obama on Wednesday dismissed charges that he broke the law by going around Congress on issues ranging from health care to immigration.
“I never have a green light. I’m bound by the Constitution. I’m bound by separation of powers,” Obama said at a press conference, concluding a Washington summit on Africa.
“What I can do is scour our authorities to try to make progress,” Obama added of his approach in the face of congressional gridlock.
House Republicans brought a lawsuit against Obama for delaying the employer mandate in his signature health law. And Obama is weighing whether to expand the deferral of deportations of Dream Act-eligible immigrants to others living in the country illegally — a move conservatives have called illegal.