Senator Barack Hussein Obama (D-IL) on presidential signing statements:

What a difference three years has made:

Obama Signs Defense Bill Despite ‘Serious Reservations’

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama signed a wide-ranging defense bill into law Saturday despite having “serious reservations” about provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists.

The bill also applies penalties against Iran’s central bank in an effort to hamper Tehran’s ability to fund its nuclear enrichment program. The Obama administration is looking to soften the impact of those penalties because of concerns that they could lead to a spike in global oil prices or cause economic hardship on U.S. allies that import petroleum from Iran.

In a statement accompanying his signature, the president chastised some lawmakers for what he contended was their attempts to use the bill to restrict the ability of counterterrorism officials to protect the country.

Administration officials said Obama was only signing the measure because Congress made minimally acceptable changes that no longer challenged the president’s terrorism-fighting ability.

“Moving forward, my administration will interpret and implement the provisions described below in a manner that best preserves the flexibility on which our safety depends and upholds the values on which this country was founded,” Obama said in the signing statement.

Emphasis mine. Apparently what President Bush did was bad, bad, bad, but it’s OK if you’re a Democrat.


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  2. Little surprise. The silence is also deafening from liberals on Obama’s hypocrisy on rendition, Gitmo, targeted killings, and even moreso now with the ability to detain indefinitely American citizens. Also, the deficit, debt, irresponsible spending …

    … and people like Wagonwheel have the gall to call Rick Perry “inept” and Republicans in general “disastrous?”

  3. Just like when Cheney/Bush did it, I have a big problem with detaining American citizens and denying them habeas corpus, a basic right of all Americans.

    Thus, it continues to be the case that any one of us at any time can be picked up and detained for as long as the government decides. This is counter to our jurisprudence and just plain wrong!

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