The Autopen controversy

There is a flurry of discussion on the subject of President Obama’s not physically signing the extension of Patriot Act provisions.

President Obama, currently on an overseas trip, is not at the White House to sign the bill, a requirement for the measure to become law.

So the White House will use an autopen –- a machine that replicates Obama’s signature -– to sign the extension, according to White House spokesman Nick Shapiro.

“Failure to sign this legislation poses a significant risk to U.S. national security. As long as Congress approves the extension, the President will direct the use of the autopen to sign it,” Shapiro said in a statement.

Critics say that it’s illegal and doesn’t count. Please.

This is just another tactic to smear the president, and rile up a fringe group of citizens hell-bent on his impeachment.

Just as we saw with the “birther” controversy over the past two years, it’s merely an issue on which the mainstream media can place its focus. Instead, we should be smart enough to realize that there are much much bigger issues going on than just about how a bill is signed. If the president gives his approval for the bill, but is off on his sixth vacation in a bi-monthly cycle, what does it matter?

Doesn’t the budget deficit discussion seem like a far off memory? And how’s the Israel discussion going? Sounds like it’s time to get back to the issues that matter.

Besides, even I get tired of signing paper after paper. There are only so many pages I can finish before getting a cramp. I don’t blame him.


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