If Obama flexes his presidential muscles, he can lead the country without being tethered to the Hill

In an ideal world President Obama and the Republicans now make nice-nice and everything and everybody in the good old USA are peachy keen.
But let’s get real. The next two years there likely will be nothing but cackling and screaming at the same time on Capitol Hill.
Obama can settle for the prime minister role and hope his administration is not sabotaged by congressional Republicans. Of course, it might be easier for him to get a great deal on an Elvis wristwatch or an Okefenokee time-share.
But if Obama wants stop kicking his potential and promise over a cliff, if he wants to ascend to the pantheon of presidential greatness and have his name chiseled into buildings, he needs to act like the president.
The president has to get more muscular with his executive powers — using his regulatory authority, his enforcement powers and his prerogatives as commander in chief to make decisive moves that bypass the congestion of Congress.
Then again, Obama may not have the chops to be a rough rider like Teddy Roosevelt.

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