President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday set off a firestorm among Republicans because the president said he would use legal executive orders to help expand opportunity in America.
“He’s the president of the United States, he’s not a king,” grumbled Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) after the address. “He may think he’s a king, he may declare himself king, but that’s not what he is under our Constitution.”
According to the Daily Caller, Rep. Bachmann wants to sue President Obama so that “we can force the president to act under the Constitution.”
An equally outraged Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote in The Wall Street Journal that President Obama was creating an "imperial presidency."
Sen. John McCain also threatened to take President Obama to court for daring to use executive orders, notes The Daily Beast.
Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) called Obama "socialist dictator" on Twitter.
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However, the Republican Party did not object when President Bush or any other modern president used executive orders in the past.
TalkingPointsMemo.com recently created a chart (below) showing that President Obama has issued 168 executive orders, the fewest in 100 years of the US presidency.