Saturday, November 15, 2014
Obama's Unexpectedly Good Week
The Democrats got whupped on November 4. But soon after that, Mr. Obama made some impressive moves:
Nominated Loretta Lynch as the first African-American Attorney General
A climate change deal with China
Supported net neutrality
Said he would use his executive authority to prevent the deportation of countless undocumented immigrants
Here's John Cassidy of The New Yorker explaining why we shouldn't write off President Obama because of what happened on November 4. He's still the POTUS, and there's still a lot he can accomplish.
NOVEMBER 13, 2014
Obama’s Unexpectedly Good Week
Once upon a time—about six years ago, to be precise—Obama was a feted celebrity in Washington, too. These days, it’s not quite like that, of course, and the President, once he gets home, will be frequently and painfully reminded of what has changed. But perhaps it’s a bit early to write him off.
In the American system, Presidents don’t have very much power to act unilaterally—on the domestic side, anyway. But, as long as they are in office, practically everything that happens revolves around them, and that gives them the opportunity to shape events, if not dictate them. During his first week of living in reduced circumstances after the midterms, Obama showed that he is capable of exceeding expectations, and he isn’t done yet.
Sometime in the next month, he is expected to invoke his executive authority to prevent the deportation of countless undocumented immigrants. The Republicans won’t like that policy any more than they like net neutrality or tackling climate change, but it looks set to become the law of the land.
It’s too early for Democrats to cast off their mourning garb, crack open the bubbly, and toast their embattled President. But he’s already earned a few more pieces of gum.
You should go HERE and read Green Eagle's analysis on the November 4 election. HINT: it isn't the "mandate" the loonies think it is. Those maps showing all that red territory isn't reality. Read Green Eagle to understand why. Then have a good chuckle every time you read or hear a Bagger brag about November 4 and the "mandate."
"This is the wrong way to govern," Boehner told reporters Thursday.
He needs to govern like we Republicans in the House do and Republicans in the Senate will, by obstructing President Obama, doing NOTHING, and then complaining that nothing gets done.