President Obama has said Congress made a “mistake” by overriding his veto and pushing through a bill that allows legal action against Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 attacks.
the BBC reports. Not until the 16th paragraph does the article say:
The Senate voted 97-1 and the House of Representatives 348-77, meaning the bill becomes law.
Do you think the BBC would have buried this in the last quarter of the article if Bush was on the receiving end of a slap-down like this? If it were anyone other than Obama, he or she would be taking a step back and reflecting on whether his wielding of the veto was wise in the face of such overwhelming, cross-party opposition in both houses.
And this is what I’ve always disliked about Obama: he thinks he’s assumed an African-style presidency whereby he can do what he likes because he’s President, and everyone else should fall into line and not question the brilliance of his leadership. On assuming office Obama didn’t seem to know how the US government is structured and what the President’s role is within it, and at no point during his two terms has he shown he is even interested in finding out. He has set a precedent of the POTUS wielding far greater influence and authority than the Founding Fathers ever intended based on his supposedly inherent wisdom and indisputable good intentions. Ask yourself whether this is a good thing now that we’re going to have either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the White House for the next four years.
Mr Obama told CNN on Wednesday: “It’s a dangerous precedent and it’s an example of why sometimes you have to do what’s hard.
“And, frankly, I wish Congress here had done what’s hard.
He really said that? A president who has ducked countless tough decisions in order to maintain his popularity among his admirers, including foreigners who have anything but America’s best interests in mind. Was the rejection of Phase 4 of the Keystone XL pipeline in order to appease the environmentalists a case of Obama doing “what’s hard?” Or sticking to his principles over Syria once he’d made his “red line” remark? Self-awareness is not his strong suit, is it?
Mr Obama suggested that his colleagues’ voting patterns were influenced by political concerns.
Politicians voting on political matters are influenced by political concerns. I guess this is why people think he is the cleverest President ever.