Fox Attacks Obama Over Routinely Used Practice Of Executive Orders
On Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Peter Johnson Jr. attacked President Obama’s use of executive orders as “an abdication or giving up in terms” trying to reach a consensus. But presidents have routinely issued executive orders; in fact, nearly 8,000 have been issued since 1933.
Fox’sJohnson Attacks Obama’s Use Of Executive Orders
JohnsonAttacks Obama’s Use Of Executive Orders As An “Abdication Or Giving Up In TermsOf This Notion Of Consensus.” During the January 3 broadcast of Fox News’ Fox& Friends, Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. claimed that the”subtext” of Obama’s use of executive orders is “an abdication or giving up interms of this notion of consensus.” From the broadcast:
STEVE DOOCY (co-host): Welcome back. We toldyou about the president’s plan to spend 2012 governing without Congress. It’sall part of Barack Obama’s re-election strategy. But presidential candidateNewt Gingrich says that’s not only a bad strategy, it’s unconstitutional.
NEWT GINGRICH (GOP presidential candidate) : As a citizen, I am insulted that apresident of the United States would think that he could pretend to govern fora year without the Congress. And if he intends to try to do that, it would betotally unconstitutional, and I think would represent a fundamental breach inour system.
DOOCY: So can a president really governwithout Congress? Let’s talk to Fox News legal analyst, America’s lawyer, PeterJohnson Jr.
JOHNSON: Hey,Steve. Thank you. Thanks, Steve. No, a president cannot govern withoutCongress, and Newt Gingrich is absolutely right. In fact, he’s gone a stepfurther and said that the president should not take a salary in 2012 if that’swhat he’s going to do.
JOHNSON: But we’ve heard it from the deputypress secretary of the White House,basically saying, well, you know, if Congress is going to be involved, that’sfine. But we’re going to be putting out two to three executive orders a week.Actions by the president that don’t require congressional approval.
DOOCY: They’re going to go around? An endrun.
JOHNSON: Right. These executive actionsobviously are not going to create, you know — solve an unemployment problem orsolve other issues that we’re facing in this country. But Newt Gingrich isright — absolutely right — on that issue.
DOOCY: But I think to a number of people whovoted for him three years ago, they remember, wait a minute, I thought he wasgoing to go there to change things, and now he’s pretty much thrown up hishands saying, ‘I went to Washington tochange Washington. I can’t. I’m going to go it alone.’
JOHNSON: I think what the subtext is kind ofan abdication or giving up in terms of this notion of consensus. We look toleaders in this country to bring people of disparate beliefs together –Republicans, Democrats, independents, conservatives, liberals — and we say [to] ourpresident, listen, this is a great melting pot. This is a place where all kindsof people come with a diversity of opinion. What can you do to forge consensus?What can you do to bring people to the middle?
And so when you say, I’mgoing to ignore the Congress. I’m not going to deal with the Congress, thenyou’re saying, well, listen, my plans and my promises for the past three yearsabout bringing people together have, in fact, failed. What gets better in 2013,if, in fact, the president is re-elected? Where, then, is there a consensus? If there is not a consensusin 2012 at the beginning, what changes in the year 2013, when we don’t have theexcitement of hope and change that we had almost four years ago? [Fox News, Fox& Friends, 1/3/12]
InFact, Presidents Routinely Issue Executive Orders,Including Nearly 8,000 Since 1933
NationalArchives: Since 1933, Presidents Have Issued 7,793 Executive Orders. According to theNational Archives, presidents have issued 7,793 executive orders since 1933. Inhis eight-year tenure as president, George W. Bush issued 291 executive orders.President Clinton issued 364 executive orders in eight years. During his oneterm, President George H. W. Bush issued 166 executive orders. So far, Obamahas issued 108 executive orders. Obama’s 108 executive orders account for 1.3 percent of all executiveorders issued since 1933.
Below is a list of presidents since 1933, how many executive orders they issued whilein office, and how many years they were in office: Click on the link for the information … Compare and Contrast