Bonita, you know that Republicans have used this aplenty? Right? This isn't, like, unique to Obama! YOu are talking like he would be the first ever to use it and everything could go to he!1 based upon this happening. Its silly doomsday fearmongering totally not based in any sort of reality or historical precedent.
ETA - It does not matter how many times something has happened in the past. It can still be a very bad idea. In the past, it was illegal for woman to vote and own property. Does that make it a good idea?
Here is a list of all of the Executive Orders by President going back to Hoover.
Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index
In order to get the number, subtract the first number (in Obama's case, 13489) from the second number (13632). Since they go in order, this will tell you how many Executive Order each president has signed (and tell you that 13,632 have been signed so far!)
Obama - 143
George W Bush - 290
Clinton - 363
George HW Bush - 165
Ronald Reagan - 380
and so on. Obviously, not all of those were emergencies, and some were controversial. I guess all I'm really saying is, it happens, and it happens with every President. It's not unique to Obama.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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And Rivergallery, the Constitution is exactly where I see that the President is given this authority. Article II, Section 3, says, "[the President] shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed."
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!