Sunday, July 12, 2009

Obama: No Signing Statements From Me... Just Before Issuing a Signing Statement

A fellow blogger was condemning George W Bush recently over his use of signing statements... and this same blogger claims to be not blinded by partisanship.
Let's watch and see over the next few days how the non-partisan blogger treats our fearless leader's recent use of something he promised throughout his campaign NOT to do.

Candidate Obama: "No Signing Statements From Me... That was then and and this is Now."

Via Hot Air comes this reminder of what candidate Obama said about the use of Presidential Signing Statements:

Back Then-

Questioner: When Congress offers you a bill, do you promise not to use Presidential signage to get your way?

Obama: Yes


Obama: "What George Bush has been trying to do as part of his effort to accumulate more power in the presidency is he’s been saying ‘well I can basically change what Congress passed by attaching a letter saying I don’t agree with this part or I don’t agree with that part, I’m gonna choose to interpret it this way or that way…uh, that’s not part of his power. But this is part of the whole theory of George Bush that he can make laws as he’s going along. I disagree with that. I taught the constitution for 10 years. I believe in the constitution, and I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress….alright."

Yeeeah:

NOW-

The House rebuked President Obama for trying to ignore restrictions to international aid payments, voting overwhelmingly for an amendment forcing the administration to abide by its constraints.

House members approved an amendment by a 429-2 vote to have the Obama administration pressure the World Bank to strengthen labor and environmental standards and require a Treasury Department report on World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) activities. The amendment to a 2010 funding bill for the State Department and foreign operations was proposed by Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), but it received broad bipartisan support.

The conditions on World Bank and IMF funding were part of the $106 billion war supplemental bill that was passed last month. Obama, in a statement made as he signed the bill, said that he would ignore the conditions.

They would “interfere with my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations by directing the Executive to take certain positions in negotiations or discussions with international organizations and foreign governments, or by requiring consultation with the Congress prior to such negotiations or discussions,” Obama said in the signing statement."

12 Comments:

Blogger Red S Tater said...

I suspect my fellow "non-partisan" blogger will write something like this...

"While I disagree with signing statements and think they shouldn't be used, I understand why President Obama would use it in this case which doesn't refute the fact that Bush used it more and that was wrong."

10:48 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Oh how you think so little of me Red. Thanks for the vote of confidence.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Hey Red…how ya like them apples?

1:47 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

Well dave went right out and proved me wrong... he condemned Obama's using a signing statement... and did it without mentioning Bush I believe.

That's why I like dave.
-red

7:13 PM  
Blogger Otter said...

Impeach!!!!

12:09 AM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

troublemaker

9:23 AM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

rebel rowser

9:23 AM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

I'm in... IMPEACH !!!!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Otter said...

yeah, troublemaker is a good word for me. :)

if hundreds of people can scream impeach at bush then i can scream impeace at NoBama

2:11 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

God bless you steve, btw, what is impeace... lol, just kiddin' ya',

but can you imagine a bunch of hippies chanting "impeace Obama, impeace Obama" too funny.

thanks for swinging by man... later
-red

9:02 PM  
Blogger Otter said...

har har har. stupid typos. lol!

i wonder how much troublemaking i can cause in the GOP? i wonder how many people i will end up pissing off in the WSRP.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

Hey... if you ain't pissin' somebody off, then you ain't doin' nuthin'... and even that will piss someone off.

9:09 AM  

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