Obama Pledges Action, Promptly Leaves Washington to Get Started
President Obama used his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to pledge a year of action. Much of the speech outlined the ways he would fulfill that pledge without Congress, from raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers to protecting wilderness and other sensitive lands. He then took his message on the road. His two-day, four-state tour is a sign of things to come: The President plans to leave Washington at least once a week and unveil dozens of new executive actions in the months ahead. The emphasis on executive action, though, has created an opening for Republicans to portray Obama as a power-grabbing president, which could serve them well in a midterm election showdown.