Monday, March 29, 2010

HYPOCRITE: Obama 2005: Recess appointees are “damaged goods;” Obama 2010: Recess appointments are “critical” need

Ah, the Obama water-carriers at the NYTimes never fail to disappoint. They describe the Obama White House decision to bypass the Senate and make 15 recess appointments while the Senate is on spring break — including radical SEIU labor lawyer Craig Becker’s appointment to the NLRB, which was rejected by the Senate last month on a 52-33 cloture vote — as a “muscular show of his executive authority.” When that authority was exercised by GOP President George W. Bush, of course, the NYTimes editorial board called it a “constitutional gimmick.”

And when Bush used it in particular to appoint John Bolton as his UN ambassador, here’s what Obama himself had to say in 2005, via Morgen at Verum Serum:

“To some degree, he’s damaged goods,” said Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I think that means we’ll have less credibility and, ironically, be less equipped to reform the United Nations in the way that it needs to be reformed.”
Now, such appointments are a “critical” need — and it’s all Republicans’ fault that Obama is carrying on business as usual, senior White House advisor David Axelrod moans. READ MORE...

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