The lessons learned from last year’s many debacles are leading President Barack Obama to invoke more executive authority this year and and rally public support for his agenda, The Washington Post reports.
Obama’s declaration earlier this month — “I’ve got a pen, and … I’ve got a phone” — epitomizes this new strategy, which includes bypassing Congress to implement programs, the Post reports.
“The problem for us is that the test of our success became what we passed in Congress, and even in the best case — if the fever had broken and the clouds had parted — we still would have only gotten maybe 40 percent of what we wanted,” one senior White House official told the Post.
“The political discussion, the press, the politicians want to pull the president into the role of prime minister,” added the official, whom the Post did not name. “So you have to swerve really hard to the executive powers at a time like this.”
According to the report, an internal review of Obama’s failures last year — from Obamacare to sequestration to Iran to the 16-day government shutdown that cost American taxpayers $1.4 billion — led the White House to conclude that the president “too often governed more like a prime minister than a president.