PRESIDENT Barack Obama tonight delivers his sixth State of the Union address before a joint session of the U.S. House and Senate. Seeking to not repeat the failures of 2013, administration insiders conducted an assessment of the year.
"An internal White House assessment concludes that President Obama must distance himself from a recalcitrant Congress after being badly damaged last year by legislative failures, a government shutdown and his own missteps," the Washington Post reported.
Among the team's conclusions is that Obama acts too much like a prime minister - who is beholden to lawmakers in a parliamentary system - and not enough like an executive.
"As a result, Washington veterans have been brought into the West Wing to emphasize an executive style of governing that aims to sidestep Congress more often," the Post reported.
What? Sidestep Congress more often?
Don't the president and his advisers realize that his habit of sidestepping Congress is a big part of the problem with his leadership?
The president has made unilateral changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Act as passed makes no room for any executive changes. For the president's changes to be legal, they must be passed by Congress. But fearing to bring his "signature legislation" back before the U.S. House and Senate lest it be gutted, the president decided to make changes by executive fiat.
The president also is fighting at the U.S. Supreme Court to ignore the Constitution and bypass the U.S. Senate - claiming they are in recess when they are not - to make judicial nominations. By executive order he has suspended large sections of immigration law that he can't get Congress to pass.
The U.S. Constitution allows no such presidential "line-item veto," but you wouldn't know it by the president's arrogant actions.
The problem is this president is making too many decisions without consulting, or caring, about those in a different political sphere. He may find he can be more effective by listening and collaborating with those who have an alternative view instead of bypassing them altogether.
If not, perhaps the best thing about President Obama's State of the Union address is, after tonight, he can only deliver two more.