Is Barack Obama a dictator?

In the United States, the Republicans have lambasted President Barack Obama over his use of an Executive Order to introduce much-needed and long=delayed immigration reform. They have accused him of being a dictator because he has bypassed Congress which has shown itself utterly unable to legislate on the subject.

If Obama is a dictator he is not a very good one. He has used his presidential veto less often than any president since James Garfield in 1880 (who served for just 200 days before he was assassinated). He has signed fewer executive orders than any two-term president since Andrew Jackson, who left office in 1837.

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