Lim on Obama’s State of the Union

Lauren RubensteinFebruary 22, 20131min
The president signaled he will make tough decisions on issues like budget, immigration and climate change

Writing on the OUPblog, Associate Professor of Government Elvin Lim gave a close read of President Obama’s State of the Union Address earlier this month. Lim writes that Obama “has already signaled unabashedly that he will make the tough decisions” on issues such as climate change, the minimum wage, immigration, and the sequester. But though “the televised address makes it look like the president is legislator-in-chief, he is anything but that. He can only execute the law; but to make the law he wants to execute, he needs Congress.”