President Trump has turned ‘a pen and a phone’ into a pen and a megaphone. Thanks, Obama?

One tweet epitomizes the GOP’s case for why President Trump is within his rights to sign a series of contentious executive orders in his first days as president.

The quote tweeted by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) late Saturday night is from Barack Obama, way back when he was president. In January 2014, the president was frustrated by the pace of legislating in Washington and what he viewed as politically motivated obstructionism. So he indicated he would start testing the limits of his authority and signing more far-reaching executive orders.

“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,” Obama said. “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.”

Obama argued repeatedly that he needed to act unilaterally in lieu of legislation from Congress: “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.” He even launched a web page called “We Can’t Wait.”

Of course, the downside to Obama doing this is precisely what we

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/31/trump-is-making-full-use-of-obamas-pen-and-a-phone-precedent-how-far-will-he-take-it/

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