Krauthammer: 'The Things Obama Signed Today, the Executive Orders Are Useless'

January 16th, 2013 7:21 PM

While Obama's media predictably gush and fawn over the President's anti-gun initiatives Wednesday, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer not surprisingly had a different take.

Appearing on Fox News's Special Report, Krauthammer said, "The things he signed today, the executive orders are useless" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I give the President credit for sincerity on this. There’s not a lot of political advantage in this as there is in a lot of other stuff he’s pushing. He didn’t have a plan to do this. This was not what he campaigned on last year. It wasn’t on his agenda. It was I think a genuine response to the massacre in Newtown which I think moved him. The problem is he doesn’t know what to do, and no one knows what to do.

The things he signed today, the executive orders are useless. It’s the appearance emotion. I think it’s sincere, he wants to do a little bit at the edges, a little research here, a little encouragement here, but everyone understands it’s not going to make any difference. So he’s saying the three big items are the ban on assault weapons, on the big magazines, and the idea of having the background checks. I think they are not going to pass, and I think he will expend some capital, but the country simply isn’t ready to do anything near that.