Monday, June 20, 2011
This morning Yahoo News ran an article about President Obama's method of signing a recent bill. The headline and first few paragraphs:
Republicans unite against autopen, ask Obama to re-sign Patriot Act
Last month, we reported that an autopen, not President Obama, signed the Patriot Act extension into law.
Some questioned the legality of using a machine instead of getting the president himself to sign a law, but the White House argued it was legit.
However, that explanation wasn't good enough for some Republicans in Congress.
On Friday 21 House Republicans sent a letter to the president expressing their disdain for the mass-signature facsimile machine. The missive calls for Obama to re-sign the Patriot Act in person.
What's all the fuss about? Given his dependence on the Teleprompter, the fact that Obama uses an autopen to sign bills seems only appropriate.