President Obama on Monday responded to critics from the Left who have urged him to issue more executive orders to bypass legislative opposition on key issues, arguing that he could not “nullify Congress.”
During a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in San Francisco, Obama was heckled by an audience member who repeatedly shouted “executive order” during the president’s remarks.
“Somebody keeps on yelling, ‘executive order,’ ” said Obama, responding to the heckler. “I’m going to actually pause on this issue because a lot of people have been saying this lately on every problem, which is just, ‘Sign an executive order and we can pretty much do anything and basically nullify Congress.’
“That’s not how it works,” he continued. “We’ve got this Constitution, we’ve got this whole thing about separation of powers. So there is no shortcut to politics, and there’s no shortcut to democracy.”
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