Straight from the hypocritical horses mouth (campaign 2008)
The money quote:
This is the whole theory of George Bush that he can make up laws as he goes along.I disagree with that. I taught the Constitution for ten years. I believe in the Constitution. And I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We’re not gonna use signing statements as way of doing an end run around Congress. Alright.
That was then, this is now. Obama just issued a ‘signing statement’ against three notable GOP policy provisions AKA ‘riders’ regarding Obama Czars and Gitmo detainees. Hmm…
As Jake Tapper reports (Good on him by the way):
In a statement issued Friday night, President Obama took issue with some provisions in the budget bill – and in one case simply says he will not abide by it.
Last week the White House and congressional Democrats and Republicans were involved in intense negotiations over not only the size of the budget for the remainder of the FY2011 budget, and spending cuts within that budget, but also several GOP “riders,” or policy provisions attached to the bill.
One rider – Section 2262 — de-funds certain White House adviser positions – or “czars.” The president in his signing statement declares that he will not abide by it.
“The President has well-established authority to supervise and oversee the executive branch, and to obtain advice in furtherance of this supervisory authority,” he wrote. “The President also has the prerogative to obtain advice that will assist him in carrying out his constitutional responsibilities, and do so not only from executive branch officials and employees outside the White House, but also from advisers within it. Legislative efforts that significantly impede the President’s ability to exercise his supervisory and coordinating authorities or to obtain the views of the appropriate senior advisers violate the separation of powers by undermining the President’s ability to exercise his constitutional responsibilities and take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”
During his presidential campaign, then-Senator Obama was quite critical of the Bush administration’s uses of signing statements telling the Boston Globe in 2007 that the “problem” with the Bush administration “is that it has attached signing statements to legislation in an effort to change the meaning of the legislation, to avoid enforcing certain provisions of the legislation that the President does not like, and to raise implausible or dubious constitutional objections to the legislation.”
Then-Sen. Obama said he would “not use signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law.”
Another rider bans the use of federal funds to transfer detainees from Guantanamo to foreign countries unless certain conditions are met.
Another rider denies the ability of the Obama administration to prosecute Gitmo detainees in criminal court.
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The fact that Obama is against the rider denying the Obama administration the ability to prosecute Gitmo detainees in civilian criminal court is interesting considering Eric Holder just recently caved to popular demand and backed down on Team Obama’s push to do so. Which has always been an extremely ludicrous position in my humble opinion.
Some journo worth his salt (if one exists) should press Obama as to why.
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By the way speaking of Obama and Gitmo, here is another Obama flip flop: [Video & Transcript] Obama Flashback: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Will Get ‘Full Military Trial’
Video H/T Bellanieve