Having done absolutely nothing in the U.S. Senate ever, not having served even 1 full term in the U.S. Senate, never even bothering to convene a meeting of the subcommittee he chairs – Barack Obama will resign this Sunday from the U.S. Senate.
Once again, as his history shows over and over and over again, Obama will flick off the burden of responsibility in order to advance himself, yet again.
The historical record, which we look to for guidance, demonstrates that Obama himself said he was a believer in knowing what you are doing when applying for a job. Obama also said, he would not run for President because “I would essentially have to start now before having served a day in the Senate.”
So, having served not one day in the U.S. Senate, Obama started running for President. And now, Obama is again running out on responsibility and his constitutents.
Is there work to do in the U.S. Senate? Yes. As a matter of fact there is a lot of work to be done this month and next month in the U.S. Senate. But Obama does not care. Obama got what he wanted. So once again, Obama will screw his constituents. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will open a lame-duck session of the U.S. Senate this very Monday – so Obama will dump his responsibilities on Sunday.
Is there work to do in the U.S. Senate? Yes. Emphatically Yes.
The prospects of a government rescue for the foundering American automakers dwindled Thursday as Democratic Congressional leaders conceded that they would face potentially insurmountable Republican opposition during a lame-duck session next week.
At the same time, hope among many Democrats on Capitol Hill for an aggressive economic stimulus measure all but evaporated. Democratic leaders have been calling for a package that would include help for the auto companies as well as new spending on public works projects, an extension of jobless benefits, increased food stamps and aid to states for rising Medicaid expenses.
But while Democrats said the stimulus measure would wait until President-elect Barack Obama takes office in January, some industry experts fear that one of the Big Three automakers will collapse before then, with potentially devastating consequences.
Obama claims to support the bailout of automakers as well as new spending on public works projects, an extension of jobless benefits, increased food stamps and aid to states for rising Medicaid expenses. But an Obama claim of support is worthless… Obama can’t be trusted. Obama this time is not even bothering to vote “present“. Obama will this time vote “MIA“.
Passing any legislation to aid the auto companies would require 60 votes in the Senate. Democrats now control 51 of those votes, but Mr. Obama has said he will resign his Senate seat on Sunday, and Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is not expected to attend the lame duck session, meaning Democrats would need the support of at least 11 Republicans.
Hopium eaters will denounce us as being unfair. Their Caligula has work to do they will argue. But Obama’s absence is rather extraordinary.
Obama’s Senate resignation is, by far, the earliest resignation by an incoming President or Vice-President, looking back to 1920. (And with the March inauguration dates then and earlier, it’s unlikely we missed any earlier November resignations.).
It’s the only November resignation, and, in fact, there have been only three other pre-Christmas resignations, Bush on Dec. 21, 2000, Clinton on Dec. 12, 1992, and Kennedy, the previous earliest Senate resignation, on Dec. 22, 1960.
Update: Biden probably won’t resign his seat until after the new Senate takes office in early January, as he was also elected to a new Senate term.
Here’s the full list of Senate, House and Governor resignation dates of all President and Vice-President-elects back to 1920.
Senate Resignation Dates:
Gore, January 2, 1993
Quayle, January 3, 1989
Mondale, December 30, 1976
Humphrey, December 30, 1964
Johnson, January 3, 1961 (Johnson was also elected to a new Senate term in 1960).
Kennedy, December 22, 1960
Nixon, January 1, 1953
Barkley, January 19, 1949
Truman, January 17, 1945
Curtis, March 4, 1929 (Presidential Inauguration Day)
Harding, March 4, 1921 (Presidential Inauguration Day)
House Resignation Dates:
Garner, term ended March 4, 1933 (Presidential Inauguration Day)
Governor Resignation Dates:
Bush, December 21, 2000
Clinton, December 12, 1992
Agnew, January 7, 1969
Roosevelt’s term ended December 31, 1932.
Coolidge’s term ended January 6, 1921. (VP-elect).
In fairness, we will concede to the Hopium eaters that Obama did do two things in the U.S. Senate. Obama managed to acquire two rather nice houses. The first one was acquired with financing assistance from Obama’s slumlord friend and convicted felon, Antoin “Tony” Rezko.
A former Illinois real estate specialist says FBI agents have questioned him about a Chicago property that had been bought by convicted felon Tony Rezko’s wife and later sold to the couple’s next-door neighbor, Sen. Barack Obama.
The real estate specialist, Kenneth J. Conner, said bank officials replaced an appraisal review he prepared on the property and FBI agents were investigating in late 2007 whether the Rezko-Obama deal was proper.
“Agents and I talked about payoff, bribe, kickback for a long time, though it took them only a short number of minutes of talking with me while looking at the appraisal to acknowledge what they already seemed to know: The Rezko lot was grossly overvalued,” Mr. Conner told The Washington Times Monday.
“Rezko paid the asking price on the same day Obama paid $300,000 less than the asking price to the same seller for his adjacent mansion,” he said. “This begs the question of payoff, bribe, kickback.” [snip]
The complaint also said the grand jury wanted information on Mrs. Rezko’s checking account and loan file and whether the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) had audited the Rezko file.
It said Mutual Bank officials could be guilty of making false statements, willfully overvaluing property, bank fraud, witness retaliation, willful violation of a lawful subpoena, FDIC violations, and state banking regulations.
The second Obama “accomplishment” was the acquisition of a beautiful white house in Washington, D.C.
To acquire that beautiful white house, Obama got the assistance, not of Rezko, but of Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/Kennedy. Obama then bamboozled desperate Americans to acquire that beautiful white house, but Obama is not qualified, nor experienced enough to occupy that beautiful white house.