Yes, Obama Did Turn Down the Keystone Pipeline
I understand this is Jay Carney’s job as White House Press Secretary, but c’mon man. Have some dignity.
From the Washington Examiner:
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declared that President Obama did not actually “turn down” the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that Republicans forced a decision before a proper environmental review was completed.
“The president didn’t turn down the Keystone pipeline,” Carney told Jake Tapper during the White House press briefing today. “You can’t review and approve a pipeline the route for which doesn’t exist.”
Carney argued that Republicans sabotaged the Keystone environmental review by forcing Obama to approve the pipeline before environmental impact studies were completed because they were looking for “scalps” during the payroll tax cut extension negotiations.
He went on to say Republicans were playing politics by forcing the President’s hand on the issue during the payroll tax cut fiasco.
Well cry me a river, Mr.President. Then grow a pair.
The payroll tax cut extension bill is just as much the President’s baby as it is the Congressional Republicans’ and Democrats’ who voted for it. Why? Because like it or not, President Obama signed the bill into law. It was his job to execute it at that point. So there will be no whining unless Obama can prove Boehner and McConnell grabbed his hand and forced him to sign that bill.
Here’s a hint: they didn’t.
Obama agreed to make a decision in the timeline given – that he agreed to – and his decision was to turn it down. Saying the timeline was too short is just a convenient excuse.
Spin is one thing, but intellectual dishonesty is another. The Obama White House is proving time and time again that they are guilty of the latter.