Video: Obama prepares to veto Keystone … in private

posted at 12:01 pm on February 9, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

He’s got a phone and a pen, and … an office door that can stay closed, too. The Hill reports that Barack Obama has begun preparing to veto the bill forcing approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which may be a delicate task — since so many Democrats actually voted for and favor the project. Obama has spent months bragging about his pen and phone and has issued a number of veto threats publicly since the November elections that gave Republicans full control of Congress. However, this veto won’t include photo ops:

President Obama is just days away from issuing the biggest veto of his tenure, with Republicans poised to send him legislation that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Obama’s veto — just the third of his presidency and the first since 2010 — is expected to come with little fanfare, with even opponents of the pipeline arguing the White House should avoid further angering Democrats and unions who want Keystone to be built. …

But not all vetoes have been performed so publicly.

When Clinton vetoed the legislation banning partial birth abortions, he did so in a private ceremony in the Oval Office. He met with women who had undergone the procedure on the advice of their doctors because their health was in danger.

Often presidents have vetoed bills simply by issuing a written statement outlining their objections.

That’s the route Obama is likely to take on Keystone, given how deeply the legislation divides his own party.

This provides the first look at what will be a two-year problem for Obama. Without Harry Reid blocking GOP initiatives in the Senate, Obama now has to issue vetoes rather than maintain the pretense of being above the politics of legislating. Vetoes on partisan projects (like the repeal of ObamaCare) will help him look like a steadfast executive, but vetoing legislation that gets significant Democratic support will make him look like the extremist in question — in this case, a tool in the hands of environmentalists.

Unfortunately for Democrats, it also paints them in the same light, especially if they can’t overturn a veto on a bipartisan initiative like Keystone that enjoys so much broad popularity in the electorate. Salena Zito observed over the weekend that the pro-life faction of the Democratic Party has disappeared, and voters have begun to conclude that Democrats have left the center in favor of extremist activists:

Just five years ago, 110 pro-life Democrats were in the House, around a dozen in the U.S. Senate. Today, fewer than five are in the House, and two in the Senate.

Just five years ago, coincidentally, Democrats held majorities in both chambers.

They lost those majorities because they lost touch with their districts.

Yes, gerrymandering played a part. Yet that is far from the whole story, a story no one talks about — or, if they do, they don’t address the problem. The fact is, Democrats are losing or excluding evangelicals, blue-collar types, Jacksonians and moderates, not only from feeling welcome in the party but from filling the Democrat bench to run for or to hold local offices.

That is happening not just in Ohio but all across the country.

Obama can’t hide that behind a closed door. Democrats should be thinking about how to turn that ship around, rather than to keep sailing to the edges of the political world.


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Coward!!

sorrowen on February 9, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Closed-minded president to veto popular legislation behind closed door—pretty much summarizes this man for the past 6 yrs..

hillsoftx on February 9, 2015 at 12:04 PM

President Veto is here.

Oil Can on February 9, 2015 at 12:05 PM

OT
dear leader has no respect for the country’s high offices calling her Angela instead of chancellor merkel….arrgghhh

cmsinaz on February 9, 2015 at 12:06 PM

He is bought and paid for by GE and the other crony capitalist buds in deep with the Solar and Freak Alternate Energy crowd.

……by the way, BIG OIL you might want to question your lobbying efforts because you are pretty much the Devil incarnate to D.C. and the national media.

PappyD61 on February 9, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Closed-minded president to veto popular legislation behind closed door—pretty much summarizes this man for the past 6 yrs..
hillsoftx on February 9, 2015 at 12:04 PM
But he wants to protect us from Climate Change ;) which isn’t happening because scientists are fudging temperature numbers for grant money….

sorrowen on February 9, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Override the damn thing.

As for Obama…what was that word Holder was throwing around a while back?

Coward?

coldwarrior on February 9, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Oh well. The Chinese and Russians need a good laugh about now.

RBMN on February 9, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Yes, gerrymandering played a part.

Drives me nuts to see that as an excuse as to why Democrats lost seats. There are numerous seats Democrats have BECAUSE of gerrymandering.

If congressional districts were drawn in a truly unbiased manner, Republicans would have a 2/3 majority all the time.

ButterflyDragon on February 9, 2015 at 12:11 PM

Coward!!

sorrowen on February 9, 2015 at 12:03 PM

That was my first thought.

INC on February 9, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Coward!!

sorrowen on February 9, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Yep. Coward. Despite obviously supporting muslim jihad as a response to the “Crusades” of a millennium ago he doesn’t strap a bomb to himself and head to the nearest Church. Nor does he send Malia or Sasha.

ConstantineXI on February 9, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Captain Transparency strikes again.

Star Bird on February 9, 2015 at 12:13 PM

cmsinaz on February 9, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Heh. Makes me glad I turned the channel.

Hollande and Merkel met with Putin last week. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall during that meeting.

Obama is irrelevant in world affairs….except for his pro-Islam influence, of course.

lineholder on February 9, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Change one word, and pass it again. Daily.

WryTrvllr on February 9, 2015 at 12:15 PM

coldwarrior on February 9, 2015 at 12:09 PM Truthfully even Obama’s executive orders are a sign of cowardice as he doesn’t have relationships in congress. Executive orders are his cop out of governing really thic cowardly veto is another example of his laziness.

sorrowen on February 9, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Indeed lineholder

cmsinaz on February 9, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Democrats should be thinking about how to turn that ship around, rather than to keep sailing to the edges of the political world.

Won’t happen as long as the extremists are running things.

GarandFan on February 9, 2015 at 12:17 PM

Democrats should be thinking about how to turn that ship around, rather than to keep sailing to the edges of the political world.
Won’t happen as long as the extremists are running things.
GarandFan on February 9, 2015 at 12:17 PM
Let’s see climate change,homosexual marriage among other extremist things the gay marriage won’t work out as they got Uncle Sam involved.

sorrowen on February 9, 2015 at 12:19 PM

“Courage” — Dan Rather

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2015 at 12:25 PM

obama met, in private, with a bunch of muzzie-sharia-promoters, at the WH, last week, to fight Christianity.

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2015 at 12:26 PM

“Courage” — Dan Rather

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2015 at 12:25 PM

In his case, he was saying, courage, this federalism/patriotism stuff will pass.

RBMN on February 9, 2015 at 12:31 PM

Video: Obama prepares to veto Keystone … in private

OF COURSE he’s gonna do this in private…otherwise the entire world would see how mentally unstable he is…

..but he DID have the time to shoot a video for the Grammy’s…or so I’ve been told…what a dooosh…

Pelosi Schmelosi on February 9, 2015 at 12:32 PM

So much for Democrat claims of compromise.

Occams Stubble on February 9, 2015 at 12:32 PM

Ed, your piece conspicuously omits any stated rationale by Obama for vetoing the bill. I’ve heard him make snide, off-the-cuff remarks against it, but how about reporting on at least one stated reason for the anticipated veto? And then perhaps we could debate its merits, or short of that, at least make a somewhat informed comment on Obama’s intended veto action.

LashRambo on February 9, 2015 at 12:34 PM

voters have begun to conclude that Democrats have left the center in favor of extremist activists

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST..!!
ANTI-SCIENCE….!!!
WAR ON WYMNENSES..!!

Pelosi: Republicans Want Women To Die On The Floor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoltiuM00TQ

Pelosi Schmelosi on February 9, 2015 at 12:34 PM

The man is a blatant America-hater!

ultracon on February 9, 2015 at 12:35 PM

President Pu**y and his pen.

StubbornGreenBurros on February 9, 2015 at 12:36 PM

Keep backing Obama democrats.Can any democrat spell wilderness?

docflash on February 9, 2015 at 12:39 PM

LashRambo on February 9, 2015 at 12:34 PM

If Obama admitted that the reason for the veto was his indebtedness to Hollywood’s rich environmentalist wackos, I missed that part. Any other reason is just cover.

RBMN on February 9, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Climate Change is a known fraud therefor Obama’s veto supports Fraud.

Report the dam facts.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 9, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Still unsure as to how gerrymandering has taken pro-life Democrat Senate seats from around a dozen ‘pro-life Democrats’ to two.

Does gerrymandering cross state lines these days?

And ‘pro-life Democrats’ probably included Bob Stupak and we all saw when votes were needed how committed to being pro-life these Democrats really were.

Betenoire on February 9, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Just as with the earlier post of MJoe hoping the Democrats boycott Netanyahu, I hope he does veto and force the Dem’s to stop an override. It’s the only way people will see these nut jobs for who they really are.

Tater Salad on February 9, 2015 at 12:42 PM

I’ve felt all along that this guy is a plant. He’s a subversive traitorous thug who needs to be relieved of his position for high crimes and misdemeanors. He should be impeached, convicted, and jailed.

HomeoftheBrave on February 9, 2015 at 12:43 PM

He should be impeached, convicted, and jailed.

HomeoftheBrave on February 9, 2015 at 12:43 PM

…fitted with a straight-jacket and a hockey helmet, then tossed in a room with rubber walls…

Pelosi Schmelosi on February 9, 2015 at 12:45 PM

When the roaches are as Pro-life as Stupak was they are party before country nothing more. Ein reich, ein volk, ein fuhrer as the democrat party motto goes.

bbinfl on February 9, 2015 at 12:47 PM

O/T

Joint bams/Merkel chitchat

German reporter from the German Press Agency, shows American reporters how to ask questions of substance. One question regarding “breach of confidence due to NSA affair” (bams not happy with that one).

bams answer to that question is long, look for FOX video. Note Merkel’s body language and how camera then cuts over to focus on bams alone in the frame

31giddyup on February 9, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Ed Morrissey: Democrats should be thinking about how to turn that ship around, rather than to keep sailing to the edges of the political world.

.
Please stop helping…

ExpressoBold on February 9, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Oh, nevermind…

It’s solar all the way and come 2017 we’ll no longer need oil anymore anyway.

Or at least so says this guy:

http://jdmarkman.tumblr.com/post/110525085978/why-solar-eclipsing-oil-may-first-cause-a

Or how about this to get the greenies to sign onto the pipeline… You’ve all seen pics of the sections of the Alaska pipeline where it runs above ground. So let’s build Keystone all above ground and install solar panels on top of the pipe the entire distance. Win-win?

climbnjump on February 9, 2015 at 12:52 PM

When Clinton vetoed the legislation banning partial birth abortions, he did so in a private ceremony in the Oval Office. He met with women who had undergone the procedure on the advice of their doctors because their health was in danger.

Here we go with that “word”…….health…..

Like Obama hiding while signing the veto, the pro-abortion crowd use “the health of the mother” instead of “the life of the mother” to hide they’re sliding a living breathing unborn child halfway through her mother, taking a pair of scissors and severing their spinal cord for “health” reasons……

itsspideyman on February 9, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Or how about this to get the greenies to sign onto the pipeline… You’ve all seen pics of the sections of the Alaska pipeline where it runs above ground. So let’s build Keystone all above ground and install solar panels on top of the pipe the entire distance. Win-win?

climbnjump on February 9, 2015 at 12:52 PM

If this were about solutions, sure. But this is about the raw naked grab of power.

itsspideyman on February 9, 2015 at 12:59 PM

What do you expect from a president bought and paid for by OPEC or some other oil interest.

Keeping petro dollars flowing to Jihad is the name of the game.

esblowfeld on February 9, 2015 at 12:59 PM

He looks demented in the cover photo. A perfect portrait of the real Obama.

Ellen85219 on February 9, 2015 at 1:01 PM

He looks like the devil.

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Gerrymandering is how the democrats stay competitive even though their support is consented in big cities.

Count to 10 on February 9, 2015 at 1:04 PM

I swear this jackass is the antichrist. Its the only thing that explains him.

Dick Richard on February 9, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Obamastructionist in Chief.

Steve Z on February 9, 2015 at 1:18 PM

I swear this jackass is the antichrist. Its the only thing that explains him.
Dick Richard on February 9, 2015 at 1:08 PM
He’s not that lol the anti Christ has leadership qualities and Obama doesn’t.

sorrowen on February 9, 2015 at 1:18 PM

“Lest we get on our high horse and think this kind of cowardly veto is unique to some other administration, remember that during the entire history of America, Presidents have committed terrible deeds in the name of special interests and partisan politics. In our current administration, pandering and cronyism all too often has been justified in the name of the Demonrat party.”

Happy Nomad on February 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Those who make fun of The Most Transparent Administration in History(tm) forget that “transparent” also means “you can’t see it at all.

GrumpyOldFart on February 9, 2015 at 2:12 PM

The simple solution to this problem. The current bill is called: Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.

Take a page from the Democrats and change the name of both the pipeline and the bill. For example, change the name of the pipeline to the Black Lives Matter Pipeline.

Then name the bill something like:

End Terrorism Through Energy Independence Act

or

Prosperity for Our Children Act

or maybe

the Gas Price Reduction Act

Let Obama veto one of those bills.

ReaganWasRight on February 9, 2015 at 3:03 PM