The minimum wage talk is a ruse. The income disparity in the U.S. (gap between the rich and poor) is now greater than at any time in our history. Wall Street doesn't pay tax, NFL franchises don't pay tax, but Obama talks about 10.10 an hour. Give me a break.
The problem in the U.S. is that we have a one-party system. The article quoted in the original post points out that Obama's threat to use his "pen" is a sham. The "opposition party" goes along with everything he does. Hell, the House of Reps just passed an 8 billion dollar kick in the head to poor people, right up Obama's "austerity" alley. Check out the cuts the new Farm Bill makes to social services.
I don't doubt that Obama's administration is the most fascist in American history. The feds have begun confiscating retirement accounts now, and people aren't even aware of it. Obama gets away with it because the compliant media gives you missing pet stories instead of reporting real news.
And as far as respecting Obama, he drone kills babies. Fuck him. He needs to be fairly tried and executed. Same as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.