This is the second time in as many days Carney has said Obama will begin to rule via executive orders.

Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama will use the power of the executive branch to do as much as possible to reinvigorate the slumping economy without assistance from a divided Congress, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CNN Tuesday.

“Whatever he can do as president, he will do,” Carney said during an appearance on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

Among other things, Obama is expected to highlight measures later this week aimed at helping college graduates climb out of their student loan debt hole. One of the proposals would push up the start date for more favorable terms on a special loan repayment program based on income, sources have told CNN.

Another measure would encourage graduates with two or more different kinds of federal loans to consolidate and refinance to get a lower rate on all the loans.

Obama is also pushing a new initiative to help underwater homeowners refinance their mortgages.