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Obama signs fiscal cliff bill with “autopen”

posted at 8:13 am on January 3, 2013 by

He could have stayed put for a day and signed it himself in the Oval Office, but if you’re going to make him choose between official presidential business and vay-cay in Hawaii, hey.

Obama left the White House for Hawaii late Tuesday night 44 minutes after the House of Representatives approved the bill. The bill was enrolled Wednesday before being sent to the White House for the President’s signature, but with Obama 4,800 miles away he directed it to be signed using an automatic signature machine.

“We received the bill late this afternoon, and it was immediately processed,” a senior White House official said early Thursday morning. “A copy was delivered to the President for review. He then directed the bill be signed by autopen.”

Like I said on Tuesday, he was the only player in this fiasco who seemed to regard the nuts and bolts of the fiscal cliff with appropriate contempt. He didn’t care how little revenue he got or how few spending cuts there were, he cared about driving a wedge in the House GOP caucus. It was a political ploy to him, not a serious deficit reduction measure. Why not sign this sham in autopen?

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Key word sham

Yes indeedy

But you know the howls by the lsm if a gop president did this

cmsinaz on January 3, 2013 at 8:16 AM

LOL my company sent out an e-mail today about the payroll tax deduction ending and the “fiscal cliff”.

They called them the Bush Tax Cuts.

Heh

gophergirl on January 3, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Laziest president, evah. Won’t lift a pen. Has to make up that vacation time. Again. Nero fiddled.

ironked on January 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Four more years of this garbage. Ugh.

rbj on January 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM

The question is, why is he so concerned about these political “victories”, especially when they’ll surely be pyrrhic ones once the, er, stuff really starts hitting the fan? He’s not running for anything anymore, and his legacy won’t be determined by how much of a wedge he was able to drive between the House GOP this time.

To me, it’s more ideological than anything else. He’s simply blind to the long-term consequences of these decisions.

changer1701 on January 3, 2013 at 9:03 AM

ironked on January 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Yeah but Nero didn’t have golf (sport of kings apparent), or he too would have led from the links.

onomo on January 3, 2013 at 9:03 AM

This is how Hitler got started.

Pablo Honey on January 3, 2013 at 9:19 AM

All further Obama speeches should be given using Autotune.

portlandon on January 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM

So there are no computers in Hawaii? No fax machines? FedEx doesn’t deliver there? Why couldn’t the bill have been printed, faxed, or delivered to him there where he physically signed it, and then it was transported back to Washington? I doubt the validity of anything signed by “autopen”.

Shump on January 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM

******************* TYPICAL *************************!

canopfor on January 3, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew

Obama’s the only President in history to have signed a bill with the auto pen. Most past Presidents used it for letters.

canopfor on January 3, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Cant believe that there are 85 Republicans who fell for this.

Valkyriepundit on January 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Cant believe that there are 85 Republicans who fell for this.

Valkyriepundit on January 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Can’t believe there are voters out there who think the Republicans fell for this. Those gutless grifters knew exactly what they were voting on.

gryphon202 on January 3, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I’m surprised he didn’t commission an F-22 to fly it out to Hawaii running full afterburner all the way.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

So there are no computers in Hawaii? No fax machines? FedEx doesn’t deliver there? Why couldn’t the bill have been printed, faxed, or delivered to him there where he physically signed it, and then it was transported back to Washington? I doubt the validity of anything signed by “autopen”.

Shump on January 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM

The Presidential mark has to be on THE copy enrolled by Congress, so no duplication is allowed.

As for the Autopen, while that has not been litigated, I believe its use would not invalidate an act if Presidential approval of its use on that act is otherwise sufficiently documented.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

So, they couldn’t put it in the mail? Or FedEx? They’re paying out millions in corporate subsidies – they couldn’t cough up $100 to send it overnight?

GWB on January 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM

So, they couldn’t put it in the mail? Or FedEx? They’re paying out millions in corporate subsidies – they couldn’t cough up $100 to send it overnight?

GWB on January 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Given the timezone differences, overnighting it to Hawaii via FedEx/UPS/USPS would be too late. To have any chance of surviving a greedy Congresscritter’s lawsuit to get his/her pay raise, it needed to be signed before noon EST.

Of course, strictly speaking, that doesn’t matter. Because of how the 27th Amendment is written, that potential lawsuit would be successful no matter when, where, or how it was signed, and given the lack of severability, down goes the whole house of cards (I know, selective outrage from Roberts and his fellow Lawgivers-In-Black, but that’s how they roll).

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM