You don't say: Obama revelling in power unseen in decades

Experts speak of Obama in the same league as such transformational presidents as Democrat Franklin Roosevelt, who led the United States through the Great Depression and World War Two, and Republican Ronald Reagan, who led the country to victory in the Cold War.

“I cannot in my memory remember a time when a president of the United States has had more influence,” said Democratic strategist Doug Schoen, who worked in the Clinton White House.

“Not only is it his moment, it is a level of influence and power for a president that is literally unprecedented from any time since the New Deal and Franklin Roosevelt. If he handles it right, it could be his century.”