Since the defeat of the Democrats in the Midterm Elections of 2014, Barack Obama has changed his whole manner and approach to governing.
Obama is now asserting himself, via his executive powers, a la Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and other outstanding Presidents.
In less than two months, Obama has done the following, all significant initiatives:
Declared his support for internet neutrality, meaning federal regulation of the internet.
Reached a momentous climate deal with China, to reduce greenhouse gases.
Issued an executive order protecting up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation, and protecting families from being broken apart.
Established regulations through the Environmental Protection Agency to limit ozone emissions.
Promoted new sanctions on Russia and Vladamir Putin for their intervention in Ukraine, crippling the Russian economy in a massive way.
Accomplished the confirmation of over 90 nominees to executive branch and judicial branch appointments, including the Surgeon General, held off for almost a year.
Normalized relations with Cuba, with the help of Canada and Pope Francis, and the support of some Republicans, including Jeff Flake of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
To have accomplished so much in such a short time, despite his party’s defeat in November, makes Barack Obama well situated to make his mark in the last two years, free of any controls, other than the Constitution and the precedents set by his predecessors in the White House!