Since the midterm election President Obama has really been flexing his executive authority. In just the past month he has done two big actions to accomplish popular goals and it has paid off.

The first was his move on immigration. While the public would prefer the issue wasn’t handled via executive action, the public overwhelmingly agrees with its basic goals.

This second was Obama bring an end to our decades long failed strategy towards Cuba. This move has truly broad support among almost everyone in the country. By a two-to-one margin the public supports establishing diplomatic relations with the island nation.

Following this actions Obama’s job approval rating is now the best it has been in over a year according to CNN. Their latest poll found 48 percent approve of his job performance while 50 percent disapprove.

Accomplishing popular things is popular. It makes the person who accomplishes them more popular. Most of the public don’t care about process or excuses about make believe rules in the Senate. The majority of the country doesn’t closely follow the latest congressional fight to carefully assign blame based on who appears most responsible. They want results and things that improve their lives.

It is very simple but much of the political class has trouble accepting it is so simple. They often get too focused on DC bubble concerns about tradition or winning the pundits that almost no one outside the bubble cares about.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at