Obama Thinks Both Sochi and Working Around Congress Are Risks Worth Taking

President Barack Obama speaks at General Electric’s Waukesha Gas Engines facility, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. President Barack Obama speaks at General Electric’s Waukesha Gas Engines facility, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. AP

President Obama, according to an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, would tell friends to go to Sochi. He's interested in the marijuana "experiments" in Colorado and Washington. And he wants you to know that he doesn't want to have to act outside of Congress, but Congress needs to get it together.

The interview that aired Friday morning had other interesting tidbits — he refused to pick between Hillary-Biden in 2016 or Denver-Seattle on Sunday, for example — but it was his continued defense of executive action that's the most significant.

During his speech, Obama made clear what he'd been hinting at for a while: He would put into effect economic solutions that didn't need congressional action wherever possible — assuming that Congress itself wouldn't do so. He announced a minimum wage hike for federal workers during the speech, and on Wednesday followed up on another promise to create a new retirement savings system.

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