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Business-as-usual Obama: Ok, now "let's end to the old way of doing business"

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 11, 2009 11:44 AM

What a laughingstock.

He signs 8,500 earmarks into law (out of camera’s view), sinks American deeper into a gazillion-dollar spending hole, then faces the public to declare that now, now, now he’ll clean up Washington, D.C. I smell swine odor!

Acknowledging it’s an “imperfect” bill, President Barack Obama said he will accept a $410 billion spending package but insisted it must signal an “end to the old way of doing business.”
The massive measure funding federal agencies through the fall contains nearly 8,000 pet projects, known as “earmarks” and denounced by critics as pork.

Obama defended earmarks when they’re “done right,” allowing lawmakers to direct money to worthy projects in their districts — but added they’ve been abused, and he’ll work with Congress to curb them.

“I am signing an imperfect omnibus bill because it’s necessary for the ongoing functions of government,” Obama declared. “But I also view this as a departure point for more far-reaching change.”

This is his last drink, he promises. The last time he lights up. Really:

But he acknowledged that earmarks have bred “cynicism”, and he declared, “This piece of legislation must mark an end to the old way of doing business.”

Obama did not sign the bill in the presence of cameras and reporters, however.

Aw, no hero shot!?

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What does it say about our intrepid superhero president — Mr. JFK/FDR/Lincoln all rolled into one — that he didn’t have the courage to sign omni-pork in public?

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