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Thursday, January 30, 2014

No Other Executive Ever Used Executive Orders


"We make fun of the executive orders and that is in fact something that — you know, you never really heard Lincoln and FDR say, 'I'm going to rebuild America on an executive order," Meacham said. "You know, it's not something that resonates off the tongue."

Meacham's take was somewhat baffling. Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued more executive orders than any president, including some that helped usher in New Deal programs. And Abraham Lincoln, of course, issued a pretty famous executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation.

FDR declared a bank holiday mere days after taking office.  Lincoln declared a blockade of Southern ports, suspended habeas, and imposed martial law.  Amongst other things.

But he's right that neither of those great presidents ever literally said, "I'm going to rebuild America on an executive order."  Points for accuracy on that one.


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But Lincoln issued a "Proclamation," not an "order."

So, you know, completely different. Sic semper tyrannus, and all that.

Posted by: Rmj | Jan 30, 2014 11:16:14 AM

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