White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer sent an e-mail early Tuesday to preview President Obama's plan to use his executive power in ways Americans have never seen before.
"President Obama has a resolution for 2014: That this will be a year of action," Pfeiffer said in the e-mail, pointing out that Obama would no longer be waiting around for Congress to get things done.
"Instead, the president will use his executive authority, both his pen and his phone, to work with anyone to get things done — whether they be leaders in business, education, Congress, states, or local communities," he said.
Obama's threat to use executive action, however, is nothing new. Ever since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, Obama has vowed to use executive actions to push forward his agenda on immigration and drug laws as well as gun control initiatives, climate change, and job creation. And, on many occasions, he has done so.