Obama could not be bothered to interrupt his lavish 17-day Hawaiian vacation when two NYPD officers were assassinated thanks to the racial divide he has created in America. However, he did take a break from the golf course to issue a threat to the GOP.
Once again, Obama threatened to use his notorious “pen,” though this time to veto bills which will undoubtedly come across his desk next year. As he is about to lose control of the Senate in January, Obama may be using his pen to veto legislation more often than to sign executive orders in 2015.
“I haven’t used the veto pen very often since I’ve been in office,” Obama said in an NPR interview which aired Monday. “Now, I suspect, there are going to be some times where I’ve got to pull that pen out.” The Blaze reports that since taking office in 2009, Obama has only vetoed legislation twice, both in fairly minor circumstances.
“I’m going to defend gains that we’ve made in health care. I’m going to defend gains that we’ve made on environment and clean air and clean water,” Obama added. His devastating health care reform and detrimental EPA regulations have been some of the most hot button issues among Republican leaders seeking to make big changes in Washington now that they have the majority.
“Bipartisan jobs bills will see the light of day and will make it to the President’s desk, and he’ll have to make decisions about ideology versus creating jobs for the middle class,” said incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in response to Obama’s comments. “There’s a lot we can get done together if the president puts his famous pen to use signing bills rather than vetoing legislation his liberal allies don’t like.”
Obama also admitted in the interview, which was recorded earlier this month in Washington, that he was “obviously frustrated” over the results of the midterm elections. “I think we had a great record for members of Congress to run on and I don’t think we – myself and the Democratic Party – made as good of a case as we should have,” Obama remarked. “And you know, as a consequence, we had really low voter turnout, and the results were bad.”
To overturn Obama’s veto, Republicans would need two-thirds of the vote in both the House and Senate. Since they do not posses such a sweeping majority, they would be forced to convince some Democrats to defy Obama. Do you think they are likely to succeed? Leave your opinion in the comments section!