President Obama promised during the campaign that he would not use presidential signing statements to alter the will of Congress, a procedure President Bush’s critics likened to shredding the constitution. In what has become the identifying characteristic of his young administration, Obama walked away from another campaign promise today by using signing statements in an attempt to change the omnibus spending bill he signed yesterday.
As with every Obama campaign promise reversal, there is the ubiquitous invocation of crisis decision making:
“We can’t have Congress bogged down at this critical juncture in our economic recovery,” Mr. Obama said. “But I also view this as a departure point for more far-reaching change.”
The Equivocator in Chief is setting new standards for hypocrisy every day.