Talk is cheap…if you can’t back it up!!!

1)     2007

In 2007, President Bush used an executive privilege for Karl Rove’s conversations with Justice Department officials during an congressional investigation.

Among those criticized Bush the most was then Senator Obama.

Quotes from transcript of an interview with CNN’s Larry King:

CNN’S LARRY KING: “Do you favor executive privilege or should Karl Rove and others in that like position be forced to testify before the House or Senate?”

Senator OBAMA: “Well, you know, I think we’ll — we’ll determine over the next several weeks how this administration responds to the very appropriate call by Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, to have these individuals come in and testify. You know, there’s been a tendency on the part of this administration to — to try to hide behind executive privilege every time there’s something a little shaky that’s taking place. And I think, you know, the administration would be best served by coming clean on this. There doesn’t seem to be any national security issues involved with the U.S. attorney question. There doesn’t seem to be any justification for not offering up some clear, plausible rationale for why these — these U.S. attorneys were targeted when, by all assessments, they were doing an outstanding job. I think the American people deserve to know what was going on there.”

2)     6/20/2012—the American people deserve to know

Now, as president, Obama decided to assert executive privilege to protect his Attorney General Eric (with)Holder from being forced to turn over documents to Congressional panel in an investigation of “Fast and Furious”.

The issue is that the White House and Eric (with)Holder have been saying the White House was not involved in this program. If so, what is President Obama hiding behind this executive privilege as Senator Obama would ask?

Let’s play with the above interview in today’s time…

Ch3N’S LAURENCE QUEEN: “Do you favor executive privilege or should Eric (with)Holder and others in that like position be forced turning over all documents before the House or Senate?

Senator AMABO: “Well, you know, I think we’ll — we’ll determine over the next several weeks how this administration responds to the very appropriate call by Darrel Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to have these documents turned over for their investigation. You know, there’s been a tendency on the part of this administration to — to try to hide behind executive privilege every time there’s something a little shaky that’s taking place. And I think, you know, the administration would be best served by coming clean on this. There seem to be national security issues involved with the U.S. General Attorney involvement. There doesn’t seem to be any justification for not offering up some clear, plausible rationale for why these. I think the American people deserve to know what was going on there.”

3)     Talk is cheap unless you can back up your words with actions

This president is hypocritical.

He said immigration laws should be handled by Congress. Then, out of desperation for votes, he issued executive order to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants—click here for detail.

He criticized Bush for using executive privilege to protect Karl Rove (and the White House), now he uses executive privilege to protect Eric (with)Holder and hides White House involvements in Fast and Furious gun program.

And let’s not forget the death of Brian Terry (Border Control Agent) and Jamie Zapata (ICE Agent) and hundreds of Mexican citizens.


Ch3 Nguyen

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