It's been more than a week since Putin moved against Crimea. Yet, there still is no international coalition willing to take Russia to task. Not the U.N. Not NATO. Not even a smattering of European allies. Instead, Obama has resorted to going it alone by inking an executive order that might restrict the approval of certain Russian visas into the U.S; and, too, he may also use his 'pen' to draft executive orders which would tie up Russian assets.
If this sounds all too familiar, it is. Instead of a Congress that won't work with him, he now has an international community that won't work with him either. In both cases, our President is being publicly exposed as a feckless leader who lacks the negotiation skills necessary to take on any real challenges and make things happen.
So, he must, once again, resort to his only avenues of leadership: His "pen and a phone". En garde!
Oh, yes, I forgot one other thing he uses to bring his foes to their knees: Speeches! And, lot's of 'em!
Back Story: Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking points. No. 6: ‘The Pen and Phone’ strategy: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/01/27/obamas-7-state-of-the-union-talking-points-no-6-the-pen-and-phone-strategy/