President Obama could wind up issuing fewer executive orders than any two-term president in a century, records show.
Obama has often exerted the power of his office in pursuit of his agenda, drawing charges from Republicans that he is acting like a “monarch” intent on destroying the Constitution’s balance of powers.
But a review of the historical record shows Obama is on track to issue roughly the same number of executive orders as President George W. Bush, and fewer than President Clinton.
Comparing Obama’s use of executive power to his predecessors is tricky, however, since presidents can wield their authority in a number of ways. His executive orders tell only part of the story, experts say.