President Obama Should Go All Out With Executive Orders

Roland S. Martin
Roland S. Martin

If any of us had the kind of output on our jobs as that of the United States Congress in 2013 — a whopping 56 bills passed by both houses — we would be fired in a hurry.

Yet, for some reason, these bums continue to keep their job, even pulling down the six-figure salaries we have to pay them.

Everyone is fed up. Poll after poll shows Americans have a low regard for the U.S. Congress, and President Barack Obama has grown tired of their shenanigans. In his State of the Union address, he made clear that he’s tired of their lack of action.

“So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do,” he told all those gathered in the U.S. House.

In fact, earlier in the speech, he touched on their laziness, albeit gently.

In the coming months, let’s see where else we can make progress together. Let’s make this a year of action,” President Obama said.

Fat chance. This do nothing Congress may very well pass fewer than 50 bills, setting a record for political futility.

That’s why President Obama should stop threatening to use executive orders to lead the country. He should just do it. Loudly. Boldly. Publicly.

That’s right. The White House, long called secretive by members of Washington’s elite media outlets, should throw open the doors of the Oval Office and make a big deal out of every executive order.

In fact, why not turn the spectacle into a television show. If I were in the West Wing advising the president, I would tell him to name it “West Wing Wednesdays.”

That’s right. At 11 a.m. every Wednesday, whether in the Oval Office or the Rose Garden or the East Room, President Obama should invite all of the White House photographers and reporters in to witness him signing another executive order.

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Roland S. Martin is senior political analyst for TV One and author of the book “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as Originally Reported by Roland S. Martin.” Please visit his website at To find out more about Roland S. Martin and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at