In fact, though, a review of Obama's use of executive orders shows he's signed them at the lowest rate since the 19th Century. The last president to use so few executive actions was Grover Cleveland.
Now, it should be noted that this chart doesn't really say anything qualitative about the kinds of executive orders Obama has signed. An executive order raising the minimum wage for federal workers (on new or renewed contracts), as Obama announced this week, is pretty significant, as was Obama's decision to stop deportations of young illegal immigrants in 2012.
But it's also clear that Obama is not just throwing around executive orders willy-nilly. In fact, to this point, the former constitutional law professor has been pretty hesitant to exercise/test his executive authority.