President Obama will apparently use Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to ask the public to help him go around an already-unpopular Congress to accomplish his remaining goals. Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer told CNN, “We need to show the American people that we can get something done.” According to analysts, the White House may be showing a trace of desperation because of polls such as one from the Washington Post and ABC News that show 63 percent of Americans lack confidence in Obama’s ability to make the right decisions for the country’s future.
The Wall Street Journal said that same poll showed “the president’s lethargic record of accomplishments in 2013 raised doubts among Americans that he is capable of tackling the country’s problems.” That’s why, despite receiving sharp criticism for already using executive orders to bypass Congress, Obama seems to be preparing to double-down on that strategy by promising even more such actions. “President Obama has a resolution for 2014: That this will be a year of action,” Pfeiffer wrote in an email to supporters. The administration is portraying executive actions as way to get things done, and hoping the public will see that as better than gridlock in a Congress that’s even less-popular than the president. More