Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama to Bush: I Can Release Your Records. Don't Like It? Sue.

Excerpted from Mother Jones:
On his first day in office, President Obama put former president Bush on notice. His administration just released an executive order that will make it difficult for Bush to shield his White House records--and those of former Vice President Dick Cheney--from public scrutiny by invoking the doctrine of executive privilege. Shortly after taking office, Bush handed down his own executive order, amending the Presidential Records Act to give current and past presidents, along with their heirs, veto power over the release of presidential records, which are considered the property of the American people.

"[Obama]'s putting former presidents on notice that if you want to continue a claim of executive privilege that [Obama] doesn't think is well-placed, you're going to have to go to court," says Anne Weismann, the chief counsel for Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW).

Meanwhile conservatives are ringing their hands over whether or not Obama is really the President because Chief Justice Roberts got the words wrong the first time, and the second time there were no cameras and a bible. So to all you Libertarian jack off who claim there is no difference between the two parties, take note.

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