The latest talking point from the right is that President Obama is still in campaign mode. The election is over they say. He should stay in Washington and work with us they say. Of course, when he tried that during his first term he found that the Republicans wouldn’t work with him. Seems to be the same so far this term. Witness the filibuster of Chuck Hagel’s appointment to Secretary of Defense.
The Constitution gives few powers to the Executive Branch. The most power the President has is the bully pulpit. This President has decided that the only way to deal with the obstructionist Congress is to go over their heads and use that bully pulpit to speak directly to the people. It puts him in a very strong negotiating position. No wonder the obstructionists are complaining.