President Obama used his autopen late Wednesday to sign the Fiscal Cliff bill, a move that will raise questions in the minds of some about whether the legislation
Obama was forced to use the autopen – by which a machine puts his signature to the document – because he fled Washington for Hawaii immediately after the House passed the legislation Tuesday night, even though he had not yet received the bill.
Since the law was designed to prevent Fiscal Cliff measures that were beginning to take effect, it was urgent that Obama sign it, and so he used to autopen rather to receive the actual bill in Hawaii.
Rick W commented:
I’m all for technology but this is yet another example of his governing by remote control. Instead of handing out pens to people at a bill signing does he plan to hand out flash drives? Memory cards?
Lets hope the Chief Justice words the inauguration as follows: “Do you, Barack Obama, your teleprompter and AutoPen solemnly swear…..”