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Congress Now Blaming Obama For Its Embarrassing Override Of His Veto

Posted by Michelle Moquin on October 1st, 2016

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Good Sunday Morning!

No, I have not read all of the comments from the past few days but Robert’s comment caught my eye because I had just read about this very topic.

Click over if you are just dying to watch Mitch McConnell’s 1 minute backpedal. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it.

So onto the write from the Huff Po:

Congress Now Blaming Obama For Its Embarrassing Override Of His Veto

The fallout of overriding his veto of the Saudi lawsuit bill is apparently too painful.

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Congress was so determined to pass a law to sue Saudi Arabia that it overrode President Barack Obama’s veto. But possible backlash against America had top Republican leaders looking for someone else to blame Thursday.

And they appear to have settled on Obama.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act allows victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue the kingdom for its alleged, but unproven, support of the hijackers who flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Opponents had argued that the bill was caving in to conspiracy theorists and that it would raise the specter of other nations hauling the United States into court for things it actually does — such as killing civilians in drone strikes. The White House called the override the “single most embarrassing thing that the United States Senate has done” in decades.

Even 28 lawmakers who had just helped to pass the first override of Obama’s presidency sent a letter to their own leaders Thursday saying maybe there should be changes.

So Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) leveled at least partial blame on Obama.

“That was a good example, it seems to me, of a failure to communicate early about the potential consequences of a piece of legislation,” McConnell told reporters before Congress got out of town until after the elections. “By the time everybody seemed to focus on some potential consequences of it, members had already basically taken a position.”

“I think it was just a ball dropped,” McConnell added. “I wish the president — I hate to blame everything on him, and I don’t — but it would have been helpful had he, uh, we had a discussion about this much earlier than last week.”

Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), a sponsor of bill, was harsher on Wednesday, while his colleagues were working up their letter expressing doubts.

“What’s so remarkable to me is the detachment of this White House from anything to do with the legislative process,” Cornyn told reporters. “They were basically missing in action during this whole process.”

But there’s a catch.

Before criticism started blowing up around the world over JASTA, Republicans accused Obama of doing too much to kill the bill they are now worried about. And Cornyn in particular was angry about it. He said so in April, on the Senate floor, just before Obama went to meet with the Saudis.

“Unfortunately, the administration has worked to undercut progress of this legislation at every turn,” Cornyn said.

“It appears that the Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to keep this bill from moving forward before the president’s visit to Riyadh,” he said. “I wish the President and his aides would spend as much time and energy working with us in a bipartisan manner as they have working against us trying to prevent victims of terrorism from receiving the justice they deserve.”


Readers: As usual the republican controlled Congress doesn’t take responsibility for their actions. This is just another reason why the Dems need to get the keys back from the republicans and take control this November.

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30 Responses to “Congress Now Blaming Obama For Its Embarrassing Override Of His Veto”

  1. Social Butterfly Says:

    Sad there’s term limits for the office of president but not congress (more on what I’m personally going to try to do about that later). But Obama is wonderful!

    He just passed a law making it illegal to shot wolves and bears from helicopters in Alaskan national parks.

    The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday approved the regulations that ban hunting in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges without express permission from Washington and without proving it would serve a vital role in the conservation of the species.

    “In the name of hunters and hunting, [the Alaska Board of Game] have approved shooting of brown and grizzly bears over bait; shooting mother bears with cubs, and even the cubs themselves; targeting bears and wolves from planes; and killing wolves and wolf pups in their dens,” said Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe in a blog post.

    The practices he is referring to are those that Palin, a former Alaska governor, has touted in support of maintaining the caribou and moose herds that rural Alaskans depend on as a food source. She was criticized by conservation groups and Democrats for supporting the hunting and shooting of wolves from helicopters.

    “This is not sportsmanship,” Ashe said. “It is purportedly aimed at increasing populations of caribou and moose but defies modern science of predator-prey relationships. And finally, it is inconsistent with the laws guiding management of our National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.”

    He added that the practices are “wholly at odds with America’s long tradition of ethical, sportsmanlike, fair-chase hunting, in something they call ‘intensive predator management.’”

    The regulations come in response to what Ashe called a persistent movement in the nation to give states ultimate authority over federal lands, alluding to a clause in the Republican Party’s national platform that was approved in Cleveland last month.

    “Special interest groups are quietly working at the federal and state level to lay the groundwork for federally managed lands to be handed over wholesale to state or even private ownership,” he said. “Others have sought to erode federal management authority piecemeal, dealing death by a thousand cuts.

    “Unfortunately, without the protections of federal law and the public engagement it ensures, this heritage is incredibly vulnerable,” he said.
    It only we could keep him four more years!
    Thank you Mr President!!


  2. Social Butterfly Says:

    Giggles for the day. (Non-political). Bless you all w kids


    Happy weekend !


  3. Zen Lill Says:

    If you’re a thinker at all, you understand why it was vetoed. Blaming and passing the buck seems to be the hallmark of this current repub majority.

    And Hilary Clinton, when she’s president, will have to deal with this obstructionist and blaming behavior until midterms when hopefully people will get out and vote to change this, too. I cannot fathom Trump with this republican majority and a SCOTUS majority also, even if you don’t live HRC clearly this would be in a favorite word of Trumps: disastrous.

    First things first, register to vote and do it in November and do it at every election.

    I’m watching for the eleventh hour punches, and cannot wait for Nov 9.

    Luv, Zen Lill

  4. Vohkinne Says:

    It takes a lot of life to believe in nature as the god of us all. I commend you Social Butterfly.

    The wolf only hunts the weak of the herds. By removing those whose genes would harm the herd the wolf insures that the caribou will survive.

    Man kills for sport. The white man kills for pleasure that is unexplainable to us.

    President Obama is one of a kind. We may never see his like in our lifetimes again.

  5. Vohkinne Says:

    Obama forced them to override his veto. If only Obama had supported the legislation then they wouldn’t have even come close to passing the bill. It the automatic reflexive do-the-opposite-of-what-Obama-supports that bit them in the ass.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    If anything this whole ordeal just makes Obama look better because he was willing to stand up for what’s right when everyone else was looking to score political points while using 9/11 families as a tool!

  7. Frank Says:

    “Our only job is to obstruct Barack Obama.” – Mitch McConnell

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Basically congress is a bunch of chicken shits who didn’t want to vote down a bill that sounds good. Voting against 9/11 victims requires nuances and is hard to handle in an election year. So they all just overrode the veto and now we live with any consequences.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Mitch McConnell should immediately resign. The Senate he presides over overwhelmingly overrides the President’s veto and he blames the President. The overwhelming level of incompetence that shows would get most people fired on the spot.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    I know I was looking at the vote like “well, it’s 97-1. Maybe Obama’s wrong”, then McConnell comes out and validates Obama’s veto and invalidates his own vote with his rhetoric? Inside 24 hours!?

    The fuck?

  11. Anonymous Says:

    This is nothing new, these people have demonized our President since day 1. And they had the gall to do it after the disastrous Bush presidency.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Obama has the patience of a saint with these assholes. After about 3 months of dealing with McConnell and his merry band of idiots I would have had a Chernobyl-like meltdown on television.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    100 lawyers and they couldn’t understand a law?

  14. Anonymous Says:

    I can’t wait for Obama’s memoirs, hopefully entitled Fuck You: How the First Black President was Forced to Deal with Goddamn Clowns for Eight Fucking Years. Chapters 1-6 are just “Mitch McConnell can suck my dick” repeated over and over again.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    People complain about how bad Trump is but let’s not forget one simple, well-established truth: Congressional Republicans are total pieces of shit who have done so much to damage their own country for political gain.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Ok I will be the one to say it: “Thanks Obama”.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    So they all just overrode the veto and now we live with any consequences.

    Fortunately Republicans never seem to suffer from consequences. Cheat on your wife multiple times? Ask God for forgiveness, and you’ll be reelected. Sponsor bills outlawing homosexuality and get caught having gay sex in public? Ask God for forgiveness, and you’ll be reelected.

    Shoot a lawyer in the face, and the lawyer will show up on television and APOLOGIZE FOR BEING SHOT IN THE FACE!

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Clearly, Obama should seize power and be king. I’d vote for it.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    I hate to blame everything on him, and I don’t…

    I’m just kinda dumbfounded that he could say those words with a straight face.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Worst Congress in history.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    I bet Obama can’t wait to not have to deal with shit like this.

  22. Anonymous Says:

    Within 24 hours of the override: “Iraq threatened to sue the US over war crimes.” Oh! and btw, OPEC is raising oil prices.

    This is exactly what President Obama warned EVERYONE about.

  23. Anonymous Says:

    People say. People are talking. He uses words. They say he’s the best with words.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??? That bill passed 97-1 to override the veto. How the fuck do you blame Obama for this?

  25. Anonymous Says:

    Trump is still winning like 40% of the vote, you can win elections while throwing logic out the window, so they do.

  26. Anonymous Says:

    My favorite part of his statement is that he said by the time Obama told them how bad it was the other lawmakers had already taken a position.

    What the fuck? Can’t they change their position upon being educated about a particular bill. Plus, why did they commit to a position without understanding the bill, did they take that position before reading the bill and thinking critically about the consequences because if so, that is congressional malpractice (which I know is not really a thing like it is for lawyers or doctors, but maybe it should be.)

  27. Anonymous Says:


    Between this and Trump I’m feel like I need to go yell at a stuffed animal for a while.

  28. Anonymous Says:

    That just shows you how irrational his obsessive obstructionism is, that he could paint himself into this type of corner

  29. Zen Lill Says:

    Are all these comments from the same anonymous? #27 is funny but true. ~ ZL

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