Many mornings, in order to get a handle of the outrage du jour, I have a habit of checking President Donald Trump’s Twitter musings. October 10th was no exception when I saw this Tweet from his account: “Since Congress can’t get his act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – FAST.”
In the midst of his Tweets about ESPN, the NFL and Liddle’ Bob Corker, this Tweet received scant if any media attention.
Barack Obama in a statement before a Cabinet meeting in 2014:
“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.”
”And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”
Sitting aside President Trump’s misuse of the term “HealthCare” when he is actually referring to health care coverage or, more precisely health insurance, I have to ask all the hardcore Trump supporters and apologists are you okay with this statement. Given all the outrage when Barack Obama’s statement that he had a “phone and pen” why would you be okay with Donald Trump saying that he had the “power of the pen?”
Sometimes it seems that a little bit of consistency is just way to much to ask for.