This article is from the archive of our partner Behind him were columns of black Italian marble. Above him, engraved into the wall, were the words "IN GOD WE TRUST." The House chamber was made for a pope before one was really welcome or ever came-and the response when he finally did was solemn and quiet until it roared.
Already in this young year, Republican presidential candidates have decried President Obama's use of executive power-this time for his plan to unilaterally tighten gun background checks. But many of the GOP hopefuls have also made clear they would be willing to wield the presidential pen themselves if elected-whether to go around Congress and make new policy, or simply to roll back the Obama actions they most despise.