OweBama's clever use of Executive Orders is designed less to make him appear an 'imperial' president than it is to give cover to Democrats in Congress and the Senate. OweBama fears the kind of electoral backlash that derailed the Clinton presidency. If the GOP captures the Senate in 2014, his whole agenda is toast. The Democrats lost Congress because of the Assault Weapons Ban, and it is OweBama's thinking that if he can 'enact' the liberal gun-grabbing agenda without Congressional participation, the voters will have no one to blame but him, and he's not running for anything. Democratic Senators up for reelection in 2014 will thus be immune from the kind of criticism that ruined their predecessors in 1994.
Remember, when dealing with liberals, nothing is as it appears. Obama deliberately demands impossible regulations, knowing the GOP controlled House will refuse him, just so he can legislate by Executive Order, thus achieving much of his agenda without endangering the positions of fellow Democrats who must still win elections. Everything a Democrat says and does is always about the next election. Power is never far from the thoughts of a Democrat. Republicans, traditionally, are easily fooled and always think that what Democrats are doing is relevant to the issue at hand, and not some trap layed for them in the future. Knuckleheads. Well, at least they're our knuckleheads.
Whatever any Democrat says or does is a smokescreen for some other unmentioned, unseen goal. To get to the truth about anything a Democrat says or does, "follow the power" and you will see it leads to some as yet unforseen concentration of governmental authority, or an advantage in a future election. There is nothing more devious, more inherently dishonest, than a liberal Democrat.