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Posted on 03/14/2013 7:59:25 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
President Obama: I'm no Dick Cheney on drones By: Josh Gerstein and Manu Raju March 14, 2013 04:37 AM EDT
President Barack Obamas defense to Democratic senators complaining about how little his administration has told Congress about the legal justifications for his drone policy: Dick Cheney was worse.
Thats part of what two senators in the room recounted of Obamas response when, near the outset of his closed-door session with the Senate Democratic conference on Tuesday, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) confronted the president over the administrations refusal for two years to show congressional intelligence committees Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel memos justifying the use of lethal force against American terror suspects abroad.
Obama recently allowed members of those panels to see the memos, but only after senators in both parties threatened to hold up the confirmation of John Brennan as Central Intelligence Agency director. Brennan was confirmed last week, but lawmakers not on one of the intelligence panels are still being denied access to the memos and several are steamed over being frozen out.
In response to Rockefellers critique, Obama said hes not involved in drafting such memos, the senators told POLITICO. He also tried to assure his former colleagues that his administration is more open to oversight than that of President George W. Bush, whom many Democratic senators attacked for secrecy and for expanding executive power in the national security realm.
This is not Dick Cheney were talking about here, he said, according to Democratic senators who asked not to be named discussing the private meeting.
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This sort of power would be absolutely unimaginably terrible power for a president to have.
Except Obama's different. He's a nice guy. A minority who's struggled. He's got two nice pretty daughters.
He's so not Dick Cheney, so it's OK when he leaves Guantanamo open. It's fine if he wants to read everybody's email or put surveillance cameras on every corner or rifle through our bank accounts or build a data bank of our DNA or drone some brown people eating in a cafe into dust.
He's doing it because he loves us and cares about us.
This soetoro bastard cannot lay claim to anything that is American.
just a dick
He couldn’t carry Cheney’s jockstrap.
He couldn’t hold Dick Cheneys d..........
Some house R’s should have started yesterday hearings to get to the bottom of WhiteHut policy not just on drones, but on:
o federal stockpiling of billions of hollow point bullets
o thousands of purchases of AR-15s
o thousands of armored personnel carriers going domestic
o probably dozens of other areas not yet known to the public, but surely par for this regime’s agenda
How about a nice game of SHOTGUNS?
Line of the week right there, I tell ya.
This guy still have Bush Derangement Syndome.
Joe Wilson was right in 2009. Obama is just a pathological liar.
His whole second term has been nothing but unnecessarily nasty and devisive.
He's not taking drones?
i.e. It’s Bush’s fault!
Still pushing that line after 5 years.
Rescind the Patriot Act, promoted by Dick Cheney.
When my son visited the White House back during his middle school years, he got to chat with Dick Cheney for awhile. From that interaction with the VP, Andy reported that Cheney was warm, friendly, and genuinely curious about my son’s life.
I saw the same thing in Cheney a few years later at CPAC.
For Skippy to vilify him and attempt to excuse his own actions by saying Cheney was worse, it only confirms that our current POTUS is nasty, divisive, petty, irresponsible, narcissistic, and hopelessly immature. (Mom! He did it first!)
Hell, I’d even go bird hunting with Cheney. With Skippy? I’d only get arrested.
You beat me to it....it is indeed the obvious comment.