The power of the (auto) pen
January 3rd, 2013
11:30 AM ET
10 years ago

The power of the (auto) pen

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - If you are a president who desperately wants to salvage your Hawaiian vacation, why stick around Washington to sign a bill when an automatic pen can do it for you?

That’s what happened Wednesday when the long-haggled over bill to avert the fiscal cliff was delivered to the White House for the president’s signature. With Obama 5,000 miles away in Hawaii, aides decided to prepare the president with an electronic version of the document for his review rather than commission a special flight to currier over the document.


Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Hawaii • President Obama
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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Right wing conpsiracy theories in 5....4...3...2...1

    January 3, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The right wing has something to "stand" for once again. Before they get started, should we tell them that George W. Bush was the first POTUS to use this autopen thingy? Will it make any diffference?

    January 3, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    Oh great something else for the right wing nutjobs to go crazy over. And remember President Obama cut his Christmas vacation short to come back and work on this GOP created cliff. I hear all of these people complaining about President Obama taking vacations like he should be exempt, but I never heard any complaining about Lil Bush. Everytime there was a picture taken of him he was sitting on a horse in Texas.

    But I forget, those of us with permanent tans are held to a higher standard. It's not enough to be just as good as the next, we have to be significantly better.

    January 3, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |