Obama issues 'executive orders by another name'
So all the talk about less executive orders than any other president is really a smoke screen for his action using other methods.WASHINGTON — President Obama has used a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even as he has issued fewer executive orders.
When these two forms of directives are taken together, Obama is on track to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman battled the "Do Nothing Congress" six decades ago, according to a USA TODAY review of presidential documents.
Obama has issued executive orders to give federal employees the day after Christmas off, to impose economic sanctions and to determine how national secrets are classified. He's used presidential memoranda to make policy on gun control, immigration and labor regulations. Tuesday, he used a memorandum to declare Bristol Bay, Alaska, off-limits to oil and gas exploration.
Like executive orders, presidential memoranda don't require action by Congress.