The initiative offered to reverse the Khartoum resolution with a triple “Yes.”
Just because the president has lost the initiative does not mean the GOP has regained it.
Meanwhile Obama continued to signal that the initiative was a presidential priority.
1793, "that which begins," also "power of initiating," from French initiative (1560s), from Latin initiatus (see initiation). First attested in English in writings of William Godwin. Phrase take the initiative recorded by 1844.