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Thu Jan 30, 2014, 11:57 PM

President Obama Has Issued Fewer Executive Orders Than Any President in Over 100 Years

The cable media has been blaring the right wing talking points about President Obama going wild with Executive Orders, but meanwhile in the real word, the fact is that he has issued few such orders:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/01/obama-executive-orders-guns.html?test=true


With President Obama now contemplating up to nineteen executive orders to combat gun violence, conservatives have started to flip out in characteristic form. Kentucky senator Rand Paul has accused Obama of acting "like a king or a monarch." South Carolina congressman Jeff Duncan declared last week, "We live in a republic, not a dictatorship." Mike Huckabee proclaimed that the White House has "nothing but contempt for the Constitution" and seeks to "trump ... the checks and balances of power in which no branch could act unilaterally." Texas congressman Steve Stockman has already threatened impeachment.

Obviously, gun rights are a pretty sensitive issue for many people, but a little perspective is in order. First of all, President Obama has no intention of banning assault weapons, or any other kind of gun, through executive order. Instead, according to the Times, he's considering some pretty mundane tweaks that would seem to leave the "right to bear arms" fully intact:


Actions the president could take on his own are likely to include imposing new limits on guns imported from overseas, compelling federal agencies to improve sharing of mental health records and directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research on gun violence, according to those briefed on the effort.


If it's the use of executive orders in particular that's getting critics all riled up, though, then it's worth noting that Obama has used this lever of presidential power less frequently than every other president in modern times.

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Reply President Obama Has Issued Fewer Executive Orders Than Any President in Over 100 Years (Original post)
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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 12:01 AM

1. Wish he'd do more...

... set a record!

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Response to Mike Nelson (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 12:06 AM

3. Franklin D. Roosevelt hold the record with a total of 3,522


Totals for all presidents here: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 12:04 AM

2. A LIST with totals for all presidents on the link below


Totals for ALL presidents here: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:31 AM

4. But, but, he's black

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 03:50 PM

5. You mean the GOP-ers have departed from reality, truth, decency and common sense?!?

Color me shocked...

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 10:01 PM

6. Indeed because then the buck stops over there

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