Tonight, President Barack Obama went where the Republicans in Congress refused to go. He told them that if they did not act, he would. Tonight, he did. The Republicans, of course, are going to scream to the high heavens about what our President did tonight. He did the right thing. He did what the Republicans should have done long ago. He did what the Republicans would have done long ago had anyone besides Barack Obama been President of the United States. They vowed before this President even took office that they would oppose him on everything he tried to do. They have kept that vow. Now, the President must do what they will not.
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