Change You Can Quantify through Historical Comparison

By Chris Good

President Obama has been busy during his first month in office, and now there's a study to prove it. The University of California, Santa Barbara's American Presidency Project has compared Obama's initial activity with that of his predecessors; it finds that his 16 executive orders and 11 memoranda to the executive branch place him #1 all time in unilateral action during new presidents' first 30 days in office. Policy aside, it looks like the volume of Obama's actions has upheld his campaign slogan so far.

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