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Obama: Americans ‘Don’t Want Me Just Standing Around, Twiddling My Thumbs’

President Obama emphasized that while he prefers to work with Congress, he will continue to take executive action to accomplish his objectives. His administration will make sure to work within the confines of executive powers but will “scour our authorities to try and make progress” on issues such as the border crisis and immigration, he said.

“I promise you the American people don’t want me just standing around, twiddling my thumbs, and waiting for Congress to get something done,” he told reporters at a press conference this afternoon that concluded a summit between the United States and African leaders.

The president blamed House Republicans for failing to move forward on the Senate’s Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration-reform bill, the passage of which he said showed there was bipartisan support for action on the issue.

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