Obama ‘can’t wait’ on Congress; will issue an executive order a week

Barack Obama may have finally reached his limits with Congress.

The president appears to have become fed up.

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — With his jobs plan stymied in Congress by Republican opposition, President Obama on Monday will begin a series of executive-branch actions to confront housing, education and other economic problems over the coming months, heralded by a new mantra: “We can’t wait” for lawmakers to act.

According to an administration official, Mr. Obama will kick off his new offensive in Las Vegas, ground zero of the housing bust, by promoting new rules for federally guaranteed mortgages so that more homeowners, those with little or no equity in their homes, can refinance and avert foreclosure.

And Wednesday in Denver, the official said, Mr. Obama will announce policy changes to ease college graduates’ repayment of federal loans, seeking to alleviate the financial concerns of students considering college at a time when states are raising tuition.

The president’s announcements will bookend a three-day Western trip during which he also will hold fund-raising events in the two cities — both Nevada and Colorado are election battlegrounds — as well as in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The “We can’t wait” campaign is a new phase in Mr. Obama’s so-far unsuccessful effort — punctuated until now by his cries of “Pass this bill!” on the stump — to pressure Republicans to support the job creation package he proposed after Labor Day. It comes after unanimous votes by Senate Republicans in the past week to block the plan; House Republican leaders have refused to put the measure to a vote. …

And one more thing: Republicans are becoming concerned about their positioning:

“The only way we can truly attack our economic challenges is with bold, bipartisan action in Congress,” said Dan Pfeiffer, Mr. Obama’s communications director. “The president will continue to pressure Congressional Republicans to put country before party and pass the American Jobs Act, but he believes we cannot wait, so he will act where they won’t.”

Privately, some Republicans worry that they could suffer from that line of attack. On Sunday the Senate Republican minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, offered an alternate narrative, saying that Mr. Obama, for all his complaints about Republican opposition, had given little prominence to his signing of three free-trade agreements that won bipartisan approval this month.

Meanwhile, it’s not surprising that the administration has chosen student loans — which young voters care about — and mortgages, which have been a huge Achilles heel for the president, as their starting point. Let’s see how the public responds.

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16 Responses to Obama ‘can’t wait’ on Congress; will issue an executive order a week

  1. Rabart kaly says:

    It’s great to read this impressive post for learning the vital moves of Barak Obama…. I’m very amazed learning the post titled Obama ‘can’t wait’ on Congress. Thanks to Obama for his impressive moves :)

  2. Precious says:

    Calculated Re-Elect-Me Political Move. That’s all Folks!

  3. Rupert says:

    Precious prefers do-nothing to do-something??
    There may be a bit of campaigning involved, this is politics after all and there is an election coming up; but to continually point out the obstructionist tactics of the Republicans is just plain smart. People aren’t content, or able, to simply wait until after 2012 for some action; well, maybe some are.

  4. IG says:

    Excellent, President Obama. He should keep saying that point about putting country before party. Keep reminding everybody that what he put forward in his bill was supported by both Democrats and Republicans in the past. I saw an interesting bit of footage on the CBS Sunday Morning show this past weekend, where Reagan was saying the same thing about taxes that President Obama has said. I hope he uses it. Go get ‘em, President Obama.

  5. snolly says:

    Re: Precious (Rupert) – you are “the precious” : if PRESIDENT OBAMA gets up in the morning – it will be considered a “campaign move” by the likes of you.

  6. LadySuzy says:

    Sure it’s a bit of campaigning, but I suspect he hopes that if he is gaining politically with this strategy, it will force the republicans to finally cooperate a little bit with him. He has understood for some time that republicans only do something if they see a politial adantage.

  7. lovingyou says:

    Love it! Tell them say NO; do NOthing congressmen that you will not tolerate their putting this great country at risk for the sake of seeing you be a ONE term president; which will not happen btw! Obama 2012!!!!

  8. RoughAcres says:

    I know there are those who will claim this as proof absolute that President Obama thinks himself a dictator. It won’t matter to them that President George W. Bush issued 291 Executive Orders to President Obama’s 17, they will see this through that lens.

    Personally, I’m exceedingly tired of the intransigence and political posturing on all sides, and am GLAD that the President is willing to intervene to help this country, even at the obvious political cost. WE NEED HELP. Students are overwhelmed in a mushrooming debt bubble because of the ballooning fees for college/student loans; homeowners are underwater in houses that have lost half their value in some places.

    Help is coming, a piece at a time, with or without Congress.

  9. Grandma M. says:

    Good job Mr. President. They have filibustered and voted “no” long enough and we all know that they care not a lick about the American people. Use every means you can to help the American people. They are behind you.

  10. etoth says:

    The president should get consent of congress.

    But this congress has proven to be militant and vicious against anything he proposes. It goes far beyond mere opposition. Its a psychotic and irrational rage against him.

    There isn’t anything else he can do.

    The republicans misrepresent the problem and blame govt. They blame regulations, they blame taxes. Elect these mentally ill freaks and they will ignore the real problems, gut everything that has nothing to do with the economy and make the recession MUCH worse.

    These people are not rational, psychologically healthy people. The time is NOW to stop pretending they have something of value to contribute. They do not!

    Steam roll over these freaks. And I don’t mean that metaphorically!

  11. Lisa says:

    The man is an outstanding campainer; he’s simply no leader. We need a leader that will help the American peoples get out of this mess that deregulation got us into. Those regulations kept us employed as safe enough from the 1%. Did you know that at one time you could gain an education through the library system and interning; well that’s been outlawed now you must go to a trade school or Junior Colledge, or University and pay tuition go into debt, to get that same of better education. Our fore fatheres never intended this. The system is broken and we need a leader that is willing to fix it; to give all Americans a chance at the “American Dream”.

  12. TrumpDog says:

    Excellent. The GOP certainly aren’t doing anything but obstructing. No sustainable plans, no ideas, no jobs bill, nothing. They had the chance to come to the table and offer ideas but instead chose to snub their nose in an effort to bring the president down.
    It’s great that President Obama is leading the way.
    Glad he’s the adult in the room.

  13. Flo says:

    Well who does the library suggest would be that great leader, Lisa?
    I don’t think it’s the President’s fault you can’t become a lawyer like Lincoln by reading the books. And I don’t think we want to read the books Michele Bachmann would force upon us.

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  15. Misty says:

    @Lisa: you should look at the list of achievements, including on foreign Policy like on Bin Laden and Ghaddafi for example. Nothing he ever does is good enough for anyone. http://www.whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com

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