The PJ Tatler

Obama: Meh, Who Needs Congress?

In a move that should surprise no one who has been paying attention, President Obama today signaled that he intends to use the remaining years of his term doing whatever he pleases.

President Obama seems ready to work around Congress in 2014, telling reporters before his first Cabinet meeting of the year Tuesday that he stood ready to use two tools, a pen and a phone, to provide help for Americans.

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. 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,” the president said.

“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.

Emphasis added.

He’s teeing up Congress to become irrelevant, and even more so should the Senate switch to GOP control after the mid-terms in November. Announcements like this one will mean less and less.

He’ll rule when he wants.