Obama: 'I'll Never Stop Trying to Work With Both Parties'

August 4, 2014 - 7:11 AM

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President Obama at a news conference on Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(CNSNews.com) - The United States president who spends much of his time on fund-raising jaunts far from Washington told Americans in his Saturday radio address, "I'll never stop trying to work with both parties."

But the day before President Obama said that, he once again talked about how nice it would be if he could just do things "on my own."

"If I had the power to raise the federal minimum wage on my own, or enact fair pay and paid leave for every worker on my own, or make college more affordable on my own, I would have done so already. If I could do all that, I would have gotten everything done in like my first two years."

In his Saturday radio address, Obama complained that Congress is doing too little for "working families," and he urged Americans to complain about it:

"I'll never stop trying to work with both parties to get things moving faster for the middle class. And I could use your help. If you see your Member of Congress around home this month, tell him or her what's on your mind. Ask them why they haven't passed bills to raise the minimum wage or help with student loans or enact fair pay for women.

"And when they return from vacation next month, instead of trying to pass partisan bills on party lines, hopefully we can come together with the sense of common purpose that you expect. And in the meantime, I will never stop doing whatever I can, whenever I can, not only to make sure that our economy succeeds, but that people like you succeed."

But when Congress returns from vacation in September, it appears that President Obama will have made another big move on his own -- on immigration.

He's expected to unilaterally expand his DACA program -- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -- to the parents of young people who were brought to this country illegally as children. The anticipated second wave of deferred deportations could apply to as many as five or six million illegal immigrants.

The president told reporters on Friday, "'[W]hile they're out on vacation, I'm going to have to make some tough choices to meet the (immigration) challenge -- with or without Congress."

On Sunday, White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Obama is still waiting for recommendations from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson: "So let's wait and see what those are before we make judgments about them."

But whatever Obama decides to do, "It will be at the end of the summer," Pfeiffer said.