Why did Barack Obama wait?

Posted: Feb 17, 2009 1:26 PM

Yesterday, I wrote about the question of Why Barack Obama waited three days to sign a bill he told the American people MUST get passed or it would be "devastating" to our country, a "catastrophe" if not done.

Byron York picks up on that today for dcexaminer.com:

"Then, late Friday, after House and Senate Democratic leaders moved heaven and earth to pass it, the bill was ready for the president’s signature. And did President Obama sign it rather quickly? Not at all.

He also chose not to sign it on Saturday. And not to sign it on Sunday. And he chose not to sign it on Monday. Only on Tuesday, with a big campaign-style event in Denver, would the president finally be ready to put his signature on the bill.

He signs non-emergency legislation in the blink of an eye. And he lets emergency legislation sit for days before lifting his pen."

We were told by The One that the Democrats weren't ramming this down the throats of Republicans, but reality is they gave them a bill no one could read and forced them to vote on it. Shouldn't that be criminal, that an elected official isn't given enough time to read before voting on something? Especially when you consider Obama wouldn't sign it for three more days!
"Obama’s delay in signing the stimulus is particularly ironic in light of the fact that Republicans had begged that the public be given more time to learn what was in the $787 billion bill — before it was passed," writes York.
Another critical aspect of this was Obama's campaign promise that all bills would be viewable only before voting saying “too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them.” That didn't take place in this case and that is just another broken promise.

York Continues, “Sunlight Before Signing” faded into darkness with the first bill that came across Obama’s desk. The new president signed the Lily  Ledbetter Fair Pay Act two days after it was passed by Congress — and without posting it on the White House Web site.

Then he signed the second bill of his administration, an update of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, within hours after Congress passed it.

Both signatures clearly violated Obama’s campaign promise"
It would be nice to see MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, or NBC news ask this same very legitmate question. Their inaction only fosters the public's view that they are solidly left of center and don't offer a fair and balanced approach that FOX News does. Shame on them.

Change is what we were promised, and it is certainly NOT what we are getting. And you wonder why voters are cynical about politicians ... especially when they are quicker to break a promise than to keep one.