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In Good Enough For Government, Matt on October 8, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , ,

A Week with a President

On Monday last week, the Senate passed an assembly line of bills, 16 in all, by unanimous consent, meaning no one actually voted on them but they passed because no one opposed them.  It’s a parliamentary procedure used to save time. A Senator requests the action, the acting President pro tempore (on that day it was IL-Senator, Roland W. Burris [of ex-Gov., current reality TV celebrity, consumate defendant, and overall nadir of public estimation, Rod Blagojevich’s existentially defining corruption scandal]) calls out over the Senate floor for any opposition to the legislation, if none is voiced then it is passed and is ready to move on to its next destination, be it the House or the Oval Office.

Two of the said bills were on the President’s list of things to do on Thursday this week. The “Intelligence Authorization” and “Reducing Over Classification” Bills were scheduled to be signed at 12:05 and 12:20 PM yesterday, respectively, in the Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing. Following at 1:30, a closed-door meeting with Sec. Geithner in his office where I’m assuming they either discussed the economy or tried to figure out who was stealing all the pens from the White House stationary closet; I’m sure Geithner was livid…

After that, Obama headed out on the campaign trail (this being campaign season with the national and state races beginning to mount) in order to stump for Democratic candidates in Maryland and Illinois. First, he headed north to Bowie State University to deliver a pep speech at 3:15 during a rally for Governor Martin O’Malley, whose running for re-election in Maryland. Then he flew to Chicago to do it once more at a reception at the Drake Hotel for Senatorial candidate Alexi Giannoulias, who will be replacing none other than the aforementioned Roland W. Burris if elected, which makes forcing Burris to act as President pro tempore on the 27th, a tedious job that the senior Senators buck to the junior Senators to make them “learn parliamentary procedure” (like how to handle a unanimous vote) kind of dick and unfair, since he’s not going to be around long enough that he really needs to know the stuff; and so it comes off more like they probably just didn’t want to do it. Following, Obama attended a dinner for Giannoulias held at a private residence and closed to the press. By 11:10 that night, he was back at the White House and hopefully getting ready for bed, because I’m sure he has a long day in store today.

One wonders how he has time, or justifies spending his time and tax-payers fuel, on travelling for the benefit of his party. Press Secretary Gibbs answered this question during his usual press conference yesterday with the justification that Republicans are running obstruction against the policies he wants to implement as president, and so, as part of his effort to administer his agenda, he must secure support through Democrats in Congress and offices throughout the country. The actual implementation, it seems, involves a much slower, less overt pace.

Every day, within a range of like 9:30 to 11:30 in the AM, he sits for a briefing from staffers and then meets with advisors. This week, he mainly had ceremonial events. He spoke before the Community College Summit, hosted by Jill Biden on Tuesday, and awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sargeant Robert J. Miller around 2 pm on Wednesday.

But probably his most significant act this week, won’t actually occur until next week, when his office announced (on Thursday) that he intends to apply his first veto to the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act, one of the 16 passed unanimously by the Senate last week. It sounds innocuous, but by now you’ve probably heard about the hundreds of home foreclosures being second-guessed and the banks whose procedures are being reviewed for suspicion of unethically negligent and rushed action. The above bill, H.R. 3808, would make it easier for banks liable to suit by evicted home owners to avoid penalties because they could claim legal notarization from other states that have looser requirements (about which there is a great article posted on OpenCongress.org.)

Furthermore, according to the OpenCongress.org article, the bill has been presented by the House FOR YEARS, only to be rejected in the Senate every time. So why, all of a sudden, did it suddenly have the political backing to pass by unanimous vote right in the midst of a huge nationwide possible scandal that is at best negligence and at worst fraud on the part of the major banks and lending corporations like GMAC Mortgage, JP Morgan Chase, and Bank of America?

That question, we will have to let hang for now, and hopefully the answer will come out on the other end of the information sausuage machine that is known as the blogosphere as a nice, lean good citizen link (filled with salmon) rather than another on of the fat, gray, Lindsay Lohan kielbasas we’re used to eating.

-Matt

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