Obama, first lady plug college opportunity

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Friday, January 17, 2014

President Barack Obama reiterated Thursday that he will use executive action and the bully pulpit to bypass Congress if needed – this time, on educational issues.

“I’m going to be working with Congress where I can to accomplish this,” he said at a White House event to promote efforts to help more students afford and graduate from college. “And I’m also going to act on my own if Congress is deadlocked.”

Obama has warned lawmakers that he will use “my pen and my phone” to change administrative rules and rally nonprofits and businesses to new initiatives, rather than wait for new legislation.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama, who also spoke at the event, both called educational opportunity a defining factor of their lives.

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