In one of his first acts as commander in chief, President Obama in 2009 signed an executive order to close the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
It was part of a campaign promise the president made, to close the camp and "determine how to deal with those who have been held there." But five years on, the controversial prison remains open. Congress has made it impossible for the military to close that awful place, but Obama - if he wanted to - could easily transfer the prisoners out of there so they can be tried as our Constitution promises and requires.
Here's how. The federal prison system are in the executive branch, they can be directed to do Obama's bidding via executive order, no congressional action needed. And the US Marshall Service is subject to Obama's orders too. They have large passenger aircraft based in Oklahoma City for the sole purpose of transporting prisoners. No appropriations involved.
So send the Marshalls to Gitmo, order the military to open the doors (this costs the military zero thus no congressional prohibition) and fly the prisoners to the states to await trial in federal prisons, which unlike state prisons, have plenty of room. And get on with administering justice.
End of problem. Obama has fulfilled one of the promises that got him the job in the first place and he hasn't ruined his relationship with congress because he has none. Those who choose to hate our first black president will continue to do so regardless of what he does or doesn't do, and the rest of us will rejoice that Obama kept his word.
Plus the big bonus: the rest of the world will have one less reason to detest America.