Obama trails predecessors in executive orders

penmanshipPresident Obama was appropriately reined in by the U.S. Supreme Court for overreaching on some of his executive actions. But it is worth noting that despite all the GOP howling, Obama has actually issued fewer executive orders than nearly all 20th- and 21st-century presidents. So far, Obama has issued 182 executive orders, according to the American Presidency Project. That’s well below the pace of other two-term presidents, including George W. Bush (291), Bill Clinton (364), Ronald Reagan (381) and Dwight D. Eisenhower (484). And as Obama argued Monday, some of his executive actions have been prompted by the failure of Congress to pass – or even vote on – legislation. “Pass a bill. Solve a problem,” he advised lawmakers.