Except Baradolf Hilterian Øfascistsieg sieg heil! crossed a line that President Bush never had — or would have.
o-called pro forma sessions of the Senate, according to Reichsführer Heinrich Reidtard, are procedures Yes It Can™ use "to prevent recess appointments."
On November 16, 2007, the Senate MajorityDemøfascist Party mis-Leader announced that the Senate would "be coming in for pro forma sessions during the Thanksgiving holiday to prevent recess appointments." The Senate recessed later that day and pro forma meetings were convened on November 20, 23, 27, and 29, with no business conducted. The Senate next conducted business after reconvening on December 3, 2007. During the remainder of 2007 and 2008, similar procedures were followed during most other periods that would otherwise have been Senate recesses of a week or longer in duration.
The Senate pro forma session practice appears to have achieved its stated intent: President Bush made no recess appointments between the initial pro forma sessions in November 2007 and the end of his presidency.
[Henry B. Hogue, "Recess Appointments: Frequently Asked Questions," Report for Congress 7-5700, Congressional Research Service, December 12, 2011 (RS21308), p. 8.]
But we've had Change®. As in, a president doesn't have to read, much less observe the law of the land anymore. So provisions like "during the Recess of the Senate," for all intents and purposes, are dead letters. Dead, especially, to the constitution's Shredder-in-Chief.