President Obama will have a dual message for congressionalRepublicans during Tuesday's State of the Union speech, aides say: I'mwilling to work with you, but also willing to work on my own.
Aidestook to Sunday interview shows to argue that Obama will stress theability to take executive action if Congress balks at his proposals.
"You can do a lot," senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on Fox News Sunday.
Asexamples, Pfeiffer cited Obama executive orders last year on newclimate change regulations and expanding wireless access for schools asexamples.
On CNN's State of the Union, Pfeiffer said that Obama "is not going to tell the American people that he's going to wait for Congress."
Obama's authority is limited, however.
Thepresident's biggest agenda items -- an immigration bill, an increasedminimum wage, various jobs and education programs -- require legislationfrom Congress, including the Republican-run House.
Executiveactions are also subject to legal challenges. The Supreme Court iscurrently considering a case on the president's authority to make recessappointments.
Republicans say Obama's emphasis on executive action reflects an inability to work with all of Congress.
Inthe weekend GOP radio address, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said HouseRepublicans have passed many jobs bills, but they have been blocked bythe Democratic-run Senate.
"The president says he has a pen tosign executive orders and a phone to rally support," Blunt said. "TheCongress should insist that he find the Constitution and follow it."
Bluntsaid Obama "can join us to grow the nation's economy," or he can"continue pushing for more regulations, more taxes, higher utility billsand health care turmoil -- bad policies that hurt poor Americans themost."
White House spokesman Jay Carney, speaking on ABC's This Week, said Obama sees "a year of action" in 2014.
"To work with Congress where he can and to bypass Congress where necessary," Carney said.