Obama's 'bully pulpit:' 'I've got a pen and I've got a phone'
President, on eve of economic State of the Union address, must work with Republicans
the eve of a major political speech addressing the U.S. economy,
President Obama has given a succinct message concerning his executive
privilege. "We're not just going to be waiting for legislation in order
to make sure that we're providing Americans the kind of help they need.
I've got a pen and I've got a phone," Obama said, convening his first
Cabinet meeting of the year.
As long as Republicans in Congress are unreceptive to his legislative priorities, the president will have to settle for more incremental and narrower solutions that don't necessarily have the staying power and the force of law.
Obama has called for "all hands on deck" to assist the economy. He has told his Cabinet to identify ways to keep his administration relevant to people struggling in the uneven recovery.
Find out how you can donate to the Bible Project by going here --
In his speech, Obama demonstrated how he can advance his economic agenda administratively and through his ability to coax action from important interest groups. He also says he wants to "advance a mission" in an effort to unify all Americans.
"One of the things that I'm going to be talking to my Cabinet about is how do we use all the tools available to us, not just legislation, in order to advance a mission that I think unifies all Americans," Obama said. "The belief that everybody's got to take responsibility, everybody's got to work hard, but if you do, that you can support a family and meet the kinds of obligations that you have to yourself and your family, but also to your communities and your neighbors.
"Overall, the message to my Cabinet, and that will be amplified in our State of the Union, is that we need all hands on deck to build on the recovery that we're already seeing," Obama said. "The economy is improving, but it can be improving even faster."
In spite of the bluster, Obama's use of a bully pulpit depicts the means at his disposal to drive policy. However, it also highlights the limits of his ability to work with Congress.
It is only through legislation that Obama can obtain some of the most ambitious items on his economic agenda. The president has requested a higher minimum wage to universal preschool to an overhaul of immigration laws, which were three items in his 2013 State of the Union address that will be reiterated in this year's address.
However -- as long as Republicans in Congress are unreceptive to his legislative priorities, he will have to settle for more incremental and narrower solutions that don't necessarily have the staying power and the force of law.
Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...
© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Politics & Policy News
- Russia seeks access to new facilities for navy: Is a new Cold War ahead?
- Bill that would allow surprise inspections at abortion clinics close to approval in Arizona
- UN: Almost 10,000 incidents of school violence from 2009-2013
- Syria, Venezuela, North Korea and Uganda called out by U.S. State Department for human rights abuses
- Citing 'negative consequences,' Arizona Governor vetoes anti-gay bill
- 'Shared responsibility payment' in Obamacare tax hides veiled threat
- California Senator faces 400 years in prison on corruption charges
- Leaked document shows NSA spied on trade talks, U.S. lawyers
- First medical doctor in Texas suspended under new abortion law
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?