Obama administration turning to executive actions — yes, again — to push jobs

posted at 12:41 pm on January 14, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Never one to decline an opportunity to stand before the multitudes and exercise what could very well be his lone presidential skill, President Obama will be delivering his fifth consecutive State of the Union address on January 28th — and reading this AP article about the White House’s economic-messaging preparations is like having a threefold-strong episode of déjà vu (which, actually, the AP even acknowledges):

Ready to put an economic spotlight on his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is picking up the pace of his jobs message and making a case that, even against a divided Congress, he can still be relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery. …

On Tuesday, Obama is meeting with his Cabinet to discuss measures that can help the middle class. On Wednesday he will go to North Carolina to draw attention to industry steps to increase high-tech manufacturing. On Thursday he has invited college presidents to discuss ways to improve workers’ skills. Later this month, he is convening CEOs at the White House to lay out plans for hiring the long-term unemployed.

“The president will use every tool he can to create new jobs and opportunities for the middle class,” White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer writes…

The approach has strong echoes of Obama’s 2012 “We can’t wait” campaign that sought to depict Obama as an impatient executive in the face of inaction from Congress, particularly the Republican-controlled House.

Obama’s reliance on his executive powers and his bully pulpit — at the White House it’s called his “pen-and-phone” strategy — illustrates the means at his disposal but also highlights the limits of his ability to work with Congress.

Certainly sounds like it’s going to be yet another mind-numbing rerun of a speech we’ve already heard a zillion times before, no? I’m sure we can all look forward to the same tired excuses and platitudes about our still-”ongoing” recovery, and the “income inequality” (that has only worsened during his tenure of meager economic growth), and weaksauce, pandering ideas for executive actions that only amount to more top-down intervention and/or stimulus, and etcetera — all fraught with not-so-subtle undertones of a hapless, put-upon president unable to work with the spitefully obstructionist Congress with which the American people so ungraciously saddled him after the fully Democratic passage of his crowning legislative achievement. …So, get excited?


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Pre 2008: Executive Order

Post 2008: Royal Decree

portlandon on January 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM

If you keep pivoting you end up going in circles.

myiq2xu on January 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Let it be written. Let it be done.

Ben Hur on January 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM

White House’s economic-messaging preparations is like having a threefold-strong episode of déjà vu

There’s a glitch in the Matrix.

Rocks on January 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Please someone watch this for me and report back on the lowlights.

Akzed on January 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM

So Congress has basically been Abolished??

ToddPA on January 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM

On Wednesday he will go to North Carolina to draw attention to industry steps to increase high-tech manufacturing.

NCSU isn’t UNC Chapel Hill (student body wise). Unfortunately, the faculty has the same belief as him, so it was a no brainer.

nobar on January 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

He needs a miltary tunic.
One with one of those little cross-straps.
Maybe a little baton.
And boots.

aquaviva on January 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Like the old Kenyan saying goes “the 57th time’s a charm.”

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 12:49 PM

“It’s not my fault I have to be a dictator”.

tru2tx on January 14, 2014 at 12:49 PM

This will go pffft.

Unreported & lurking is the SCOTUS ready to slam him on his recess appointments.

22044 on January 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Please someone watch this for me

Akzed on January 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM

suicide mission

Lost in Jersey on January 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM

I wish someone would shut this thug up. I have a dream….

neyney on January 14, 2014 at 12:51 PM

…re-runs….for 5 years!…I want to quit paying for the cable bill!

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Neither party gives a fig about the long term unemployed. If they did they wouldn’t both be pushing for amnesty.

High tech industry and CEOs only want to hire illegals and cheap foreign labor while colleges leave American Citizens with worthless degrees and a mountain of student loan debt. So we have Obama meeting with the Foxes to decide how to help the hens out. Great.

magicbeans on January 14, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Like the old Kenyan saying goes “the 57th time’s a charm.”

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 12:49 PM

LMAO!

ToddPA on January 14, 2014 at 12:52 PM

He can do this because of the ignorance of the public and even learned policy wonks of how judges are selected, where they are seated, and how they are promoted. I admit to being in the category, but due to attending caucus and conventions have been learning how little attention is paid.

With a complicit leftist judiciary, you end up with thousands of mini-ninth circuit-types and an administration who knows they have no challenge from another branch.

winoceros on January 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM

He needs a miltary tunic.
One with one of those little cross-straps.
Maybe a little baton.
And boots.

aquaviva on January 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

That’s so old-school as far as dictator fashion goes.

Today’s stylish despot wears a hoodie and mom jeans.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Inheritance!!!!!!
Straw man cometh

cmsinaz on January 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM

suicide mission

Lost in Jersey on January 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM

…you’re not on the George Washington Bridge are you?…HOLD ON!…help’s coming!

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM

So he’s decided to approve the Keystone Pipeline and all those federal land drilling permits tied up in red bureaucratic tape?

Yeah right…

dominigan on January 14, 2014 at 12:58 PM

He needs a miltary tunic.
One with one of those little cross-straps.
Maybe a little baton.
And boots.

aquaviva on January 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

…we could send Mooch to a Fidel Castro garage sale!…the weather is rather tropic…and extend her birthday present

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 12:59 PM

He needs a miltary tunic.
One with one of those little cross-straps.
Maybe a little baton.
And boots.

aquaviva on January 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

That’s so old-school as far as dictator fashion goes.

Today’s stylish despot wears a hoodie and mom jeans.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Either outfit would fit him and his dictaster ways.

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Alternate title: Limbaugh Doctrine, example #932.

Darin on January 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM

On Tuesday, Obama is meeting with his Cabinet to discuss measures that can help the middle class.

The way things are going, wouldn’t it be more helpful if they discussed measures to hurt the middle class. “That’s so crazy it just might work!”

Fallon on January 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Either outfit would fit him and his dictaster ways.

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 1:01 PM

At the same time maybe we should also be considering those chic Mao suits for all us peons.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Adolfobama-pajama

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

If you keep pivoting you end up going in circles.

myiq2xu on January 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Let it be written. Let it be done.

And get dizzy.

Annar on January 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM

So Congress has basically been Abolished??

ToddPA on January 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Rhetorical question?

neuquenguy on January 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Pushing jobs ion this lucifer serving administration means pusing jobs out of the country.

To gehenna with every last one of them.

Murphy9 on January 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

New name for SOTU speech: National Prostate Exam!!

Deano1952 on January 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM

At the same time maybe we should also be considering those chic Mao suits for all us peons.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

…you do know…that those pants have slits in the back?…you can SQUAT and shit anywhere!………………yes…that’s good!

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM

So how many will tune in to hear King Barack the Magnificent?

GarandFan on January 14, 2014 at 1:12 PM

So how many will tune in to hear King Barack the Magnificent?

GarandFan on January 14, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Kim Jung Un will tune in to gets some tips on ways lead North Korea.

Deano1952 on January 14, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Oops. to lead North Korea.

Deano1952 on January 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM

The only thing that will save America from another
depression is to repeal ObamaCare.
It is the biggest job killer ever created.

redguy on January 14, 2014 at 1:19 PM

“As GOVERNMENT expands, liberty contracts.”

The statement every single Limited government Conservative should be saying every time the opposition trots out these “programs” or “executive orders” or bills coming out of this worthless Congress.

First, Ask the ruling class…..what are you DOING to expand liberty?

Second question…….do you believe the statement above, about government expanding and liberty contracting as a result. FORCE them to answer the question by continuing to ask it.

MAKE this what they have to answer. Keep it simple and start DRIVING THE NARRATIVE. And stop being reactive to every new assault on our positions (that we’re mean or cruel, or hate poor people, blah, blah, blah).

I’ve already seen it in various social media. What else can we do? Just keep whining about it here? do, do, do and then…..keep doing more.

PappyD61 on January 14, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I value the functioning state of my television; as such, I will continue in steadfast refusal to allow anything to be displayed on it that would prompt the instantaneous airborne delivery of heavy objects in it’s direction.

Midas on January 14, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Do the pivot!

De de dee duh dee de de de duuuh de de de de dee duh duh de dee!

Do the pivot!

Bishop on January 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eqYdr2iEhM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XObcP69dhCg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3hY1eagq88

And there are plenty of other examples just like these.

Make the Ruling class quietly, calmly UNCOMFORTABLE defending a massive (and growing) Government.

PappyD61 on January 14, 2014 at 1:23 PM

New name for SOTU speech: National Prostate Exam!!

Deano1952 on January 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM

The National Enema might be more precise.

Annar on January 14, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Good times

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2014 at 1:23 PM

The only thing that will save America from another
depression is to repeal ObamaCare.
It is the biggest job killer ever created.

redguy on January 14, 2014 at 1:19 PM

People still counting on this?
The only thing that is going to happen is that we will end up with single-payer, which in truth cannot be much worse than obamacare (an extra messy form of single payer with the insurance companies in the middle being kept afloat through the built-in massive bailauts/risk-corridors in obamacare).

neuquenguy on January 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

At the same time maybe we should also be considering those chic Mao suits for all us peons.
Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

…you do know…that those pants have slits in the back?…you can SQUAT and shit anywhere!………………yes…that’s good!
KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM

I think a wonsie might be more appropriate. That way we can chat comfortably about obozocare.

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 1:25 PM

He needs a miltary tunic.
One with one of those little cross-straps.
Maybe a little baton.
And boots.

aquaviva on January 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Must have epaulets on the shoulders. Gives an extra air of self-importance.

tru2tx on January 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Must have epaulets on the shoulders. Gives an extra air of self-importance.

tru2tx on January 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

And makes the rat-ears look smaller.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Obysmal: “I’ve got (sic) a pen and a phone…”

And John Podesta, who is orchestrating this executive end run around the legislative body.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/01/14/obama-on-executive-actions-ive-got-a-pen-and-ive-got-a-phone/

onlineanalyst on January 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Must have epaulets on the shoulders. Gives an extra air of self-importance.

tru2tx on January 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Bah! A parrot on each shoulder.

Bishop on January 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I’m expecting him to endorse fascism any time now, as a real alternative to the free market. Certainly he has done nothing to reduce crony capitalism in the government purchasing sector, only firing CGI Federal after they mucked up a key IT initiative and cost the American taxpayer millions of dollars.
.
Government direction of private enterprise: that’s the Øbama of today because smart power!

ExpressoBold on January 14, 2014 at 1:34 PM

America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom
Regulation, taxes and debt knock the U.S. out of the world’s top 10.

My word. We were still in the top ten? The whole planet is stupid.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303848104579308811265028066?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303848104579308811265028066.html

Murphy9 on January 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Must have epaulets on the shoulders. Gives an extra air of self-importance.

tru2tx on January 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Bah! A parrot on each shoulder.

Bishop on January 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Maybe a little bit of both?

Fallon on January 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

I smell sulfur

faraway on January 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Obama administration turning to executive actions — yes, again — to push jobs…..

Overseas.

(C’mon Erika, get with the Agenda)

WryTrvllr on January 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Wouldn’t it be karma if the SCOTUS all were absent? Maybe they could all take in a movie, shoot some golf?

katiejane on January 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Obamacare? Executive orders?

You want my vote, Mr. Candidate? There are two words you need to repeat on the campaign trail incessantly: ‘repeal’ and ‘rescind’.

And here’s two more for after the election upon the first visit to a few agencies … like the EPA: ‘you’re’ and ‘fired’.

M240H on January 14, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Wouldn’t it be karma if the SCOTUS all were absent? Maybe they could all take in a movie, shoot some golf?

katiejane on January 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

I shot a Golf once. That little German Sh**box never ran again.

M240H on January 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Nothing like our President, once again, embracing and proving Einstein’s Definition of Insanity…

I’m expecting him to endorse fascism any time now, as a real alternative to the free market.

ExpressoBold on January 14, 2014 at 1:34 PM

He’s already done that – first example was Porkulus, the next was Dodd/Frank, and the trifecta wrapped up with the ironically named ‘Affordable Care Act’. Add in all of the Exec Orders and appointments to stack regulatory engine of the Exec Branch – and we’re well on the way to living in a progressive-fascist regime.

Athos on January 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Barry’s jobs plan….. join the welfare class and explore new opportunities in degradation.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 14, 2014 at 2:08 PM

On Thursday he has invited college presidents to discuss ways to improve workers’ skills.

What do college presidents know about improving workers’ skills? I’d hazard to guess not much more than Obama himself.

sadatoni on January 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

I wish someone, preferably many someones, would stand in unison and once again claim, with emphasis…You Still Lie, boy king.

Of course I also fantasize that the entire SCOTUS leaps to it’s feet, and with a collective guttural scream rushes the podium to tar and feather the The Enlightened One, the very second he opens his mouth.

My world behind rose colored goggles. :>)

PatHenry on January 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

http://safeshare.tv/w/csrqsTAmSx

At least the recipients have figured out the government disincentive to work. Will the Democrats ever figure it out?

talkingpoints on January 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Imagine the huge line of the next ‘Solyndra’s’…. waiting and licking their chops???

BigWyo on January 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

This joker actually believes he is king . . . or God.

rplat on January 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

A fool and his executive orders are soon parted.

albill on January 14, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Every time Obama gets in a bit of trouble politically he “pivots” to a focus on jobs. Has anyone ever counted the number of these job pivots?

RJL on January 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I don’t understand the media running this story – Obama pivoted, with a “laser focus,” to jobs in April 2009 and pronounced the problem solved. Is this story a retrospective?

DublOh7 on January 14, 2014 at 4:55 PM