WASHINGTON – Fed up with waiting, President Barack Obama announced Saturday he would bypass a vacationing Senate and name 15 people to key administration jobs, wielding for the first time the blunt political tool known as the recess appointment. ------------------ On this I agree completely. It's about time the President started standing up to obstructionism. President George W. Bush made more than 170 such appointments in his two-term presidency. President Bill Clinton made nearly 140.