There has been much discussion of the Executive Orders President Obama issued to help the fight against gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. To test your knowledge of current events, how many Executive Orders, acts with the force of Law, did President Obama sign?? Get your answer firmly in mind before venturing past the Squid...
The correct answer, of course, is NONE. Not a single one.
Technically, as New York magazine noted Wednesday afternoon, Obama’s measures were “executive actions,” including three “presidential memoranda” and a lot of smaller, non-controversial items – or items that would be non-controversial in a different world, like “Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health” or “Nominate an ATF director.”Link
Although it IS a lot of fun watching far-right Rethugs melt down over them, even if they don't exist.
With so much of the right in full-tilt freakout over Obama’s modest moves, it’s crucial to describe them correctly, as Fried did: Mostly, they’re an exercise in using the “bully pulpit,” in the words of Republican Teddy Roosevelt. Who probably wouldn’t be a Republican today.