For those who have been saying the President needs to grow a pair, it looks like he's hit full puberty for the upcoming election season. Defying G.O.P., Obama Names Head of Consumer Agency "President Obama threw a gauntlet before Congressional Republicans on Wednesday, defying deep opposition to appoint Richard Cordray as director of a new consumer protection agency in a move that ignited a possible legal challenge and Constitutional fight." This is an extraordinary and entirely unprecedented power grab by President Obama that defies centuries of practice and the legal advice of his own Justice Department, said House speaker John Boehner said in a prepared statement. The precedent that would be set by this cavalier action would have a devastating effect on the checks and balances that are enshrined in our Constitution. Boo hoo.