During Tuesday night’s State of the Union address U.S. President Barack Obama once again threatened to use his pen and phone indicating he has no issue with bypassing congress in order to enact his pet policies – policies which include minimum wage hikes, protecting Iran from sanctions, more detrimental ‘immigration reform’ (his track record on immigration is “let em all in” .. remember?) and protecting the NSA spy agency from being spied on. Not a typo.
“I’m eager to work with all of you,” Obama told the lawmakers gathered for the annual speech. “But America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Congress – according to many twitter witnesses, seemed thrilled that Obama is prepared to go it alone:
It's hard to believe that members of congress gave a standing ovation when a president says he's going to bypass them to pass legislation
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) January 29, 2014
— Bear Braumoeller (@Prof_BearB) January 29, 2014
— Michaela Dodge (@MichaelaTHF) January 29, 2014
Seeing members of Congress applaud when Obama vows to completely bypass their Constitutional duties and do whatever he wants<<< #sotu
— Justin Dodd (@justin_dodd95) January 29, 2014
— An American Vet (@AmericanVet3) January 29, 2014
Why is congress giving a standing ovation to a President saying "I'll bypass you all whenever possible?"#tcot
— Stephen M. Krafcik (@SteveKrafcik) January 29, 2014
— California Gal (@RightCaliWomen) January 29, 2014
— Thomas Paine (@Modern_Paine) January 28, 2014
Obama has a track record of pointing out when members of congress applaud during SOTU speeches and later vote against related legislation. In 2013 republicans stood and clapped when President Obama spoke about gun control in relation to Sandy Hook with parents of slain children present during his State of the Union address – and later made an issue of it when they voted down subsequent gun control laws.