Trump Will Steamroll Obama's 'Pen-And-Phone' Legacy, And It's Obama's Fault
By CHARLES SAUER, Washington Examiner
In digesting so much of the election post-mortem this past week, I'm reminded of a couple classic phrases: "The pen is mightier than the sword" and "he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword."
What we're going to see on President Obama's legacy is "he who lives by the pen, dies by the pen."
Obama has enjoyed flexing the power of the presidential pen, issuing a record number of executive orders, rules, regulations and agency directives that circumvented that whole pesky democracy and compromise stuff. Now it's likely that many of Obama's cherished accomplishments will disappear in a matter of minutes when he gives up his pen for the $200,000-per-speech speaker circuit.
If Hillary Clinton fulfilled the destiny that the Left had predicted, Obama's overuse of the executive pen for the last several years wouldn't be such a big deal. It now, however, puts almost his entire legislative legacy at risk.
He didn't hide it either. After failing to lead and refusing to persuade Congress on policy debate after policy debate Obama threw up his hands in 2014 and said, "I've got a pen and a phone." That would become Obama's favorite leadership method: Not leading at all.