2014-02-01T073802Z_1_CBREA100L8500_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA

Obama's executive actions: the power of taking small steps

U.S. President Obama stands next to Vice President Biden as he discusses unemployment, in the East Room of the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s sixth year in office is starting out as a testament to the power of taking small steps. Frustrated by congressional gridlock, he has turned to the “pen and the phone” to provoke a “year of action” with a flurry of executive orders, directives, meetings and reviews to get his presidency back on track after the difficulties he encountered last year. None of the steps he is taking are going to change the world and indeed, they may be best-remembered collectively as a declaration of Obama’s own relevance, an attempt to go over the heads of his Republican opponents in Congress and grab the attention of the people. It is a strategy that Democratic President Bill Clinton used in his 1996 re-election campaign.

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