MSNBC's Ed Schultz: ‘Obama Is Exactly Right to Take Action Without Congress’

By Melanie Arter | January 28, 2014 | 1:27 PM EST

MSNBC Host Ed Schultz (AP Photo/MSNBC)

( – MSNBC host Ed Schultz said Monday that President Barack Obama “is exactly right” to bypass Congress and take executive action on issues like the minimum wage.

“President Obama is exactly right to take action without Congress, and he would be inept if he did not do it on the part of the progressive movement, because that’s what he ran on - hope and change. We done the hoping. It’s time for the changing,” Schultz said on “The Ed Show.”

Schultz called it “a moment of awakening” for the president.

In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, the president is expected to announce that he is raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour by executive action, which means, without congressional approval. The minimum wage for federal contract workers right now is $7.25 an hour.

As reported Tuesday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said in the five years he has been in the White House, Obama has never “actively engaged to work with the opposition,” even though that’s what elected officials are supposed to do.

“We have to reach our hand out, come up with compromise. But I don't see that from this White House," Chaffetz said.

Schultz questioned how “forceful” the president will be in his State of the Union speech.

“Mr. President, don’t let me turn the TV off tomorrow night. I want to see a different guy up there tomorrow night. If you can call out the Supreme Court on Citizens United, I think he can do just about anything at the State of the Union and keep it real interesting for the American people,” Schultz added.

“President Obama can’t be blowing smoke this time around, ‘cause we’re running out of time. The hourglass has pretty much turned on his administration,” he said.

“I know we’re only in 2014 with plenty of time to go, but this is how it’s gotta work,” Schultz said. “Next year, it’s all about the presidential.

“So there’s only a window of opportunity for the president to get the attention of the American people, use the pen and actually do something, because legislatively, the Republicans aren’t going to give him anything. The American people are counting on the president to be forceful across the board,” he added.