White House: Obama ‘will not wait for Congress’

(Photo: CNN Wire)

(Photo: CNN Wire)

WASHINGTON — Just days from President Obama’s State of the Union address, a senior adviser is providing a glimpse into the speech’s central themes: “opportunity, action and optimism.”

In an e-mail message to supporters, Dan Pfeiffer is rallying supporters ahead of the address this Tuesday, with a glimpse at the President’s plans for 2014.

“On Tuesday night, the President will lay out a set of real, concrete, practical proposals to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and empower all who hope to join it,” Pfeiffer said.

While he calls the speech “optimistic,” it is sure to ruffle some feathers as well, as Pfeiffer makes clear that Obama will push ahead on his agenda with or without congressional consent.

“In this year of action, the President will seek out as many opportunities as possible to work with Congress in a bipartisan way. But when American jobs and livelihoods depend on getting something done, he will not wait for Congress,” Pfeiffer said.

The “year of action” has become a common refrain in 2014 from a White House many see as mired in Washington gridlock.

“President Obama has a pen and he has a phone, and he will use them to take executive action and enlist every American… in the project to restore opportunity for all,” Pfeiffer said.

The blast e-mail also announced details of the President’s upcoming road trip. After the speech, he will travel to Prince George’s County in Maryland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Nashville to continue to tout his message of economic inequality.

The White House also announced an online question-and-answer session titled the “Virtual Big Block of Cheese Day.” In a salute to Andrew Jackson and “The West Wing,” White House officials, including Pfeiffer, will answer questions via social media.

American jobs and livelihoods depend on getting something done, he will not wait for Congress,” said Pfeiffer.

The “year of action” has become a common refrain in 2014 from a White House many see as mired in Washington gridlock.

“President Obama has a pen and he has a phone, and he will use them to take executive action and enlist every American… in the project to restore opportunity for all,” continued Pfeiffer.

The blast email also announced details of the president’s upcoming road trip. After the speech, he will travel to Prince George’s County in Maryland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and Nashville to continue to tout that message of economic inequality.

The White House also announced an online question-and-answer session titled the “Virtual Big Block of Cheese Day.” In a salute to Andrew Jackson and “The West Wing,” White House officials, including Pfeiffer, will answer questions via social media.

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