Eons ago, I posted and asked the rhetorical question of who actually won the 2008 presidential election.
I gave five examples of policies implemented by the Democratic winner that appeared to be extension of policies created by his Republican predecessor.
This post is to once again wonder who won the election in November 2008.
The lead paragraph from Eli Lake’s article in the The Daily Beast sets up the premise…
As a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama promised that if he was elected president he would not issue obscure declarations known as signing statements that thwart the intent of laws passed by Congress.
…and this line from a January 6, 2012, Reuters article delivers the punch:
Obama, a Democrat, has issued 29 signing statements since he entered the White House in 2009…
Yep, as a candidate the Democrat nominee for the Oval Office goes on record saying he stands against XYZ and then once he finds himself in the comfy chair behind the wooden desk in the room with no corners, he does XYZ 29 (there’s your number for the day) times.
I am now so far beyond disillusioned with this agent of change that this reversal of principles doesn’t even shock me. Surprises me, but not shocks.
President Barack Obama simply joins all the other ranks of elected official I have seen through the ages who say one thing when on the trail and do the opposite once they are safely in office.
I have a name for them and President#44 now (un-)proudly joins their ranks.
That name (with a tip of the hat to the movie Blue Thunder) is JAFPOL, which stands for Just Another F*cking POLitician.
Fun side ending note: This website claims to have all of President Obama’s signing statements (though the number is not 29) so please enjoy some light poolside reading.