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Obama issues 15 recess appointments

By Ed O'Keefe

Updated 4:29 p.m. ET
President Obama issued 15 recess appointments on Saturday, including two picks for the deadlocked National Labor Relations Board. One of the nominees, Craig Becker, is strongly opposed by Republicans.

By law Obama can install nominees without Senate confirmation during a Congressional recess. The two-week Congressional Easter break began on Friday. But the picks can only serve through the end of the next Congressional session, meaning the 15 appointed on Saturday will serve through the end of 2011 unless they earn Senate confirmation.

In a statement Obama said the Senate has a responsibility to give up or down votes to his nominees.

"But if, in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis," adding later that, "I simply cannot allow partisan politics to stand in the way of the basic functioning of government.”

The White House said that 217 of Obama's nominees still await Senate confirmation, including 34 nominees that have waited for more than six months. By comparison George W. Bush also had made 15 recess appointments by this point in his presidency, the White House said. Bush made at least 171 recess appointments during his presidency while Bill Clinton made 139, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Obama's decision installs Becker and Democratic union lawyer Mark Pearce at NLRB, a five-member body that has operated with only two members for more than two years. The Democrat and Republican on the board have decided more than 580 cases, but the Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday to determine whether those decisions are valid.

Senate Republicans warned Obama on Thursday against appointing Becker by recess appointment, arguing his legal work for the Service Employees International Union and AFL-CIO suggests he would unfairly represent the interest of labor unions.

Reaction to Becker's appointment was almost immediate.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Obama's decision to appoint Becker is "clear payback by the administration to organized labor."

"Time and again questions have been raised over Mr. Becker's ability to serve in an honest and impartial manner on the NLRB, yet this administration chose to ignore the questions and concerns and instead forced their will on the American people," McCain said in a statement.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce noted that Becker was the first NLRB pick it had opposed since 1993.

"The business community should be on red alert for radical changes that could significantly impair the ability of America’s job creators to compete," the Chamber said in a statement.

But Kimberly Freeman Brown, executive director of the pro-labor American Rights at Work, called Obama's decision, "long overdue," saying American workers "have needed a fully functioning NLRB to mediate their claims for better wages, benefits and other rights for almost two years."

Saturday's appointments also include Alan D. Bersin to serve as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Rafael Borras to serve as the third-ranking official at the Homeland Security Department and two officials each at the departments of Commerce and Treasury and Office of U.S. Trade Representative. Those picks have waited months for a full Senate vote. The president also named four members to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, another long-deadlocked panel.

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I see no reason why a union lawyer shouldn't serve on the National Labors Relation Board! In fact it should be manditory there would be at least one place for them. One of 5 is a good ratio.

Perhaps instead of obstructing the workings of our government the Republicans can do some soul searching as to why they can't assist more...as is their job to do.

Posted by: alaskansheilah | March 27, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

How the worm turns. In 2007-2008, then-Senator Obama supported Democrats when they ushered in the unprecedented "pro forma" session to keep President Bush from making recess appointments. In the next Congress, he should expect a Republican senate to return the favor.

Posted by: mandog | March 27, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Hitler and Obama have scary similarities.

Posted by: astro2009 | March 27, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

First Obama gave the labor unions a car maker...at taxpayer expense, then he refused to tax their cadillac health insurance companies and now he has rigged the labor board with a "Hugo Chavez" type labor radical on the National Labor relations boards. If there was ever any question whether Obama hates the private sector and the free market system, there isn't any question now.

Posted by: Realist20 | March 27, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Appointing two people so pro labor on a board that is supposed to be impartial and an arbitor of disputes between labor and the businesses they work for shows clearly that businesses better be aware now that this administration cares for nothing but paying back the unions who elected him. Why else would the head of the labor union be the number one visitor at the White House, why else would they get their cadillac tax for health care moved from 4 years back to 8 years?

Posted by: justmyvoice | March 27, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

GOOD BYE DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA

Millions of white men who voted for Barack Obama are walking away from the Democratic Party, and it appears increasingly likely that they'll take the midterms elections in November with them. Their departure could well lead to a GOP landslide on a scale not seen since 1994.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=915922&category=OPINION#ixzz0jPap5Whw

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | March 27, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Is this an example of the change He promised?

Posted by: BenLaGuer | March 27, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Section 2. Clause 3: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session of the United States Constitution.

"during the Recess"...Becker's position was open before not during the recess.

Man, what conuntry do we live in? Does the United States government need a basic lesson in how to read law. The words are quite explicit. STOP! looking for implied law in the law. The word "during" is not the same word as "before".

Ed O'Keefe, you work for the most powerful newspaper in the country, can you please at least follow up on issues by using a simple tool called: the truth?

get real news people

Posted by: yasherkoach | March 27, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Section 2. Clause 3: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session of the United States Constitution.

"during the Recess"...Becker's position was open before not during the recess.

Man, what conuntry do we live in? Does the United States government need a basic lesson in how to read law. The words are quite explicit. STOP! looking for implied law in the law. The word "during" is not the same word as "before".

Ed O'Keefe, you work for the most powerful newspaper in the country, can you please at least follow up on issues by using a simple tool called: the truth?

get real news people

Posted by: yasherkoach | March 27, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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This use of recess appointments is fully constitutional, as it has been used by Presidents of both parties without problems. It is also a good idea, if you think about it. Assume that Congress is intent upon preventing you, as President, from hiring anyone. You have to make the government work, nolens volens. The midnight appointments may be all you have.

For judges, this may actually be a good thing in general. Perhaps federal judges should only have four year terms! Prosecutors have limited terms. Hence, it might become tradition to appoint judges of all ranks to four year terms!

Posted by: Martial | March 27, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

have fun commies, it all ends the next election. 125 seats are gone i bet.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | March 27, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The first problem with the NLRB is that it's focused on an antiquated social situation more representative of the 19th century than modern times.

Today's workers reject trade unionism.

At the same time the leadership elite in the union movement are remarkably corrupt ~ even for Democrats.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 27, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

This is an outrage. Take a look at some of these socialist, Marxists and other pond scum being appointed to move forward the progressive cancer spreading in this Nation. The appointment of these individuals to the labor board now gives the unions the majority votes on this board. They want to unionize anything that moves in the Nation by administrative acts and avoid a vote in Congress. For exactly, the argument is that the TSA that provides security at our airports should not be unionized and thereby subject to strikes by the SEIU.

The march to unionize the Nation through the health care bill and at every level of government is deeply disturbing. Citizens need to wake up and understand government unions are a cancer bankrupting this Nation and there is no legitimate reason for them to continue to exist.

The amount of unfunded pensions and entitlements now owed by taxpayers is estimated to exceed 2 TRILLION dollars. If you live in a state with a progressive democratic legislature with a large government union you may as well just bend over. Want to see how bad it is for your State read about it here:

http://www.pensiontsunami.com/

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 27, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Here is goes again. We are growing closer to having a dictatorship...People need to remember all this at the ballot box...hope it is not too late by then.

Posted by: tonyjm | March 27, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

The party of no is about to change to the party of hell no to this progressive socialist agenda. The longer the fight keeps up about health care and the anger remains, the better are chances of getting the liberal democrats out in November.

Posted by: farmsnorton | March 27, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

There is a line between principled opposition and just plain obstructionism. The GOP crossed it long ago.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | March 27, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I think the recess appointments are necessary.

Posted by: ThelmaMcCoy | March 27, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Omigod, It's Armageddon. The sky is falling. What are we to do?

Posted by: rosiebutler | March 27, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

To Obama: hypocrisy sucks.

To Republicans: turnabout is fair play.

Nobody's innocent.

Posted by: treetopflyer | March 27, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain repeats the central Republican talking point: Obama is forcing his will on the "American people". Democrats are outrageously forcing their legislation through Congress.

When is a fact a fact, and the obvious truth? Nobody has stolen anybody's government! Obama and a Democratic majority were elected with a mandate From The People in 2008. Nothing has changed. These Dems were voted in to govern, to solve problems.

What Republicans are saying is that we do not have a democracy and that they don't want one. It is the Civil War all over again.

Okay, but you have to understand that liberals also carry guns and know how to fight when their Republic is threatened. The GOP is no longer a serious party. They will choke on their own ignorance and stupid choices. That's the dog-eat-dog marketplace for you.

Posted by: walden1 | March 27, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I told you about it. I warned you about it. Now watch it unfold. Obama is the Anti-Christ. I will warn you once again. The Mark of the Beast on your Forehead is when you Accept the Anti-Christ through Blind Faith. The Mark of the Beast on your Hand is when you Accept the Anti-Christ through Gifts. People Obama is the Anti-Christ.

Posted by: makom | March 27, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

my bet 2011 house dems227 rep208.sen dem54 rep46.and if mccain gets relected he wont serve the full 6 yrs this guy looks bad.

Posted by: donaldtucker | March 27, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Hitler and Obama have scary similarities.

Posted by: astro2009
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Yeah. Bipedal, carbon-based, oxygen-breathing, requiring a 2000-calorie per day diet to stay healthy, wear shoes.

It's enough to give you chills.

Posted by: treetopflyer | March 27, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"Hitler and Obama have scary similarities."
Posted by: astro2009 | March 27, 2010 4:47 PM

And therefore, so do Hitler and Bush.

Posted by: geezjan | March 27, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Sadly and inexplicably missing from this list is the name of Dawn Johnsen.

A great many positions have gone unfilled for many many months, and Republican senators have put holds on dozens of nominations NOT because of concerns, hypothetically valid or primarily spurious, but simply and explicitly out of spite. Republican "leaders" in the Senate have said that they intend to be even more obstructionist than they have been so far.

The Republicans have had more than enough time to "Put Country First." And they won't. Basta.

Posted by: edallan | March 27, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Our government must work and function. These appointments mean labor disputes will be heard and resolved. Go President Obama!!! Get things done and make government work. We are moving now, baby!!

Posted by: kfern07 | March 27, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Kiss off, GOP crybabies. We had to put up with Elaine (Heritage Foundation) Choa kissing the Chamber of Commerce's shoes as Secretary of Labor for eight years under Bush. You've got no standing to whine about Becker.

If Bush can pack the SCOTUS with right-wing activists, you're a bunch of pansies if you can't deal with a liberal on the NRLB.

Posted by: st50taw | March 27, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Most republicans would like to see this country collapse if they can't be in power.
Its time to end the constant defference to these babies.

It's time to put the country first!!!

Posted by: tmcproductions2004 | March 27, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Geez the wingnuts are out in force. It was past time for Pres. Obama to do this.

Posted by: steveh46 | March 27, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

How many of them haven't paid their taxes?
How many are competent, unlike the incompetent clown who appointed them and the rest of his inept cabal of leftists?

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 27, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The general wing nut posters here seem to be saying this is a dictatorial move--in the interest of consistency, did they candemn it when BUSH did it 171 times? It was how W put the execrable John Bolton into the role of UN ambassador--a man so deranged that he lamented after 9/11 that the UN itself hadn't been attacked and blown up.
If it's dictatorial, how DID it get into the Constitution? it is a way to counter obstructionism--or Senators like Shelby and Bunning who want favors granted.
As for the march to national unionization--please dude, put down the pipe. Only 13 percent of the labor force is unionized. Moreover the appointments of labor activists to the NLRB will merely balance what Bush did for 8 years by favoring corporate appointees.
Perhaps you ought to realize that the more you yell Armageddon and Apocalypse, the more removed you seem from the reality based world. Not liking the results AFTER you lose elections is a fact of life--deal with it by working harder, not by showing your ignorance and petulance.

Posted by: bklyndan22 | March 27, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama has no choice but to work with the limited options available to him, even if it means temporary appointments.

He has driven a wedge so deep betweent the parties that it will be next to impossible to ever hope for a bi-partisan Congress during the remainder of his term, no matter how much "the people" want it.

If there is a Democrat upset in Congress in November, Obama's options may be even further limited, making him a lame duck president. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

Posted by: asmith1 | March 27, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

REMEMBER JOHN BOLTEN? GOBAMA! HE SHOULD HAVE MADE A WHOLE LOT MORE APPOINTMENTS. ENOUGH OF SPITEFULL OBSTRUCTIONISM.
TIME TO BY PASS SHELBY'S REDICULOUS HOLDS TOO!

Posted by: ED_SCOTT | March 27, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Millions of white men who voted for Barack Obama are walking away from the Democratic
Posted by: charlietuna6661
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Are you white tuna Charlie?

Posted by: mudbone | March 27, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

This could have been avoided. Republicans, why did you prevent a vote?

Posted by: Frazil | March 27, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Well done Mr. President!!

The republicans can pout, they can take their ball and go home, but the business of running this country doesn't stop. The adults will press on and move this country forward.

The minority party doesn't run this country. The President has every right to his appointments, as did all the other presidents. Lead follow or just get out of the freakin' way republicans - after the last 8 years of a disasterous republican administration, it's proven fact that republicans can't lead, so just get out of the way already.

Posted by: JilliB | March 27, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Hitler and Obama have scary similarities.

Posted by: astro2009
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HUH?

Posted by: mudbone | March 27, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

If the GOP wants to continue playing obstructionist games, the President has no other choice...I would recess appoint every single one of those being held up....
and say ok....now what'll it be boys and girls...

Salmon Dave

Posted by: SalmonDave | March 27, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

What choice did he have. The Repubs won't do their job, are fighting everything he's trying to do and just trying to sow discord. Vote them out if they don't want to do their job.

Posted by: MNUSA | March 27, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Hitler and Obama have scary similarities.

Posted by: astro2009

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I doubt you know much about either one. And the gibberish on FOX, hate radio and websites aren't reliable sources either.

Posted by: MNUSA | March 27, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Good Job Mr. President. We can't let the incompetent Republicans hold up the functioning of government.

Posted by: mike20169 | March 27, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Great job Mr. President. The Republicans need the crap kicked out of them for allowing George Bush to run the country into the ditch and now Republicans act like it never happened and it wasn't their fault. Payback is sweet!

Posted by: theaggieman | March 27, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

It's about time he showed a set. Keep it up, you have many, many more, do it now, not later. The republiklans will never let the senate take a vote on your nominees, you earned the nominees you want in those jobs, so appoint them all, why play their games anymore?

Posted by: mtravali | March 27, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

About time he sticks it to the trailer trash party. While the Democrats govern the Republicans can scream with impotent rage. And, yes, it will still be impotent after November. The American people are taking a good look at the opposition and they don't like what they see.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | March 27, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I have just read some of the posts above...first off, the ex law professor probably has the better knowledge of the law...jeez I haven't heard so much whining since Rush Limbaugh got arrested for dope doctor abuse. Get used to it ....the Obama folks apparently are getting the message. If the GOP wants to play tough...I think he is reluctant but ready.

Salmon Dave

Posted by: SalmonDave | March 27, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Nothing new. Presidents have done it from both parties.

Elections have consequences. The American people voted in this current administration and Congress. Don't like it? Change it this November and 11/12. Until then, quit whining. We lost, they won and until the balance shifts, they can govern as they see fit and there is not a heck of a lot we can do to stop them.

Posted by: joecct77 | March 27, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

For those that did not read the article, recess appointments are common to the Presidency. Bush had 171 (as the article states).

The title should have been:

Recess appointments: Nothing New Here.

Posted by: NewThoughts | March 27, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Talking about running the country into a ditch...look at the increase in deficit since Obama came on and remember the democrats had control of congress since 2006 of the Bush term.... what have they done...look up the facts.• 2001: On May 24, Democrats took back control of the Senate from Republicans when Vermont Sen. Jim R Jeffords switched his affiliation from Republican to Independent. That changed the Senate from 50-50, with Republican Vice President Dick Cheney, as president of the Senate, able to cast tie-breaking votes, to 50 Democrats, 49 Republicans and one Independent.
• 2002: Republicans retained control of the House and took back control of the Senate from Democrats.
• 2004: Bush, Republican, was re-elected president. Republicans retained control of both the House and the Senate.
• 2006: For the first time in 12 years, Democrats took back control of both the House and the Senate from Republicans.
• 2009 Obama , Democrat, elected president. Democrats continued to control both houses.

Posted by: tonyjm | March 27, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has flat out stated "WE WILL NOT COOPERATE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTACES"!

So it has to be done without Mr Magoo and his band of hippocrites.

Posted by: mudbone | March 27, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

No surprises here - 'The U.S. Chamber of Commerce noted that Becker was the first NLRB pick it had opposed since 1993'... what this means to rational people is that the almost defunct Chamber of the GOP only supports Republicans (Oh Lordy), that support NO government regulations and that contribute to the decline of the national economy in order to make the elite very wealthy.

Yea ha !!!

Posted by: danglingwrangler | March 27, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The African teleprompter reader is doomed: he will be crippled in the fall and exected in 2012.

Posted by: tjhall1 | March 27, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama said. "I simply cannot allow partisan politics to stand in the way of the basic functioning of government.”
Meaning - paying back his union donor supporters!
Really poor reporting - why didn't you list the others????
Too embarrasing???

Posted by: thornegp2626 | March 27, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Republicans make dang good money for just saying NO... Also that corporate welfare retiree drug subsidy that Obama canned has the republicans screaming. The truth of that is out now. No wonder Boner was crying on the floor. There went his comntributions.

Posted by: Flyairbird | March 27, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan made 243 recess appointments.
George H.W. Bush made 77 recess appointments.
George W. Bush made 167 recess appointments.

Obama still has a long way to go to reach those numbers. Spare us your whining and your lying that this is some kind of unusual procedure. It is not.

Reagan: 243
Bush I: 77 (one term)
Bush II: 167

Posted by: jlelijah | March 27, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

The wars were finally put back on budget. The deficits were just about that high before, Bush never told the truth.

Posted by: Flyairbird | March 27, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Good for Obama.

Now that the Republicans have shown that they won't work with the other side for the good of the nation, Obama has a duty to work for the good of the nation without the Republicans.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | March 27, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

yasherkoach, I think you are misreading the section:

Section 2. Clause 3: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session of the United States Constitution.

"that may happen" is a descriptive phrase modifying Vacancies, that is, the Vacancies that may happen can be filled during the recess.

It doesn't really make sense the other way. Besides, Bush did it too. Democrats blocked Bolton, his UN nominee, for months so Bush made him a recess appointee.

Posted by: dotellen | March 27, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The African teleprompter reader is doomed: he will be crippled in the fall and exected in 2012.

Posted by: tjhall1
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Watch it PAL,, you are threatening the President of America,,the people's country!

Posted by: mudbone | March 27, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a scary leftist but has a legal right to make recess appointments which if they turn out to be extreme lefties will make it easier to cast him down from his throne.

Posted by: mascmen7 | March 27, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Republicans must block the Obama at every turn. Barack is Bad for America.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | March 27, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

OH NOES TEH OBAMA HAS LAUNCHED TEH NUKLEAR OPTION!

Posted by: washpost18 | March 27, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama's 15 vs. Bush 171 recess appointments

The sky is falling, the sky is falling vote Tea Party.... Hitler, Socialist, Communist Marxist..

Posted by: waxtraxs | March 27, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Like his health care nationalization, rationing and taxation plan, these hussein appointments are APPROVED AND FULLY SUPPORTED by his fellow socialist extremist Fidel Castro.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | March 27, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Obama has finally grown a pair! Way to go. Its about time to teach those republican bullies that they can't scream their way into getting their way the way they did when the stole Al Gore's election!

Posted by: sandnsmith | March 27, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the progressive democratic party are toast. The American people have finally caught on to their socialist agenda. They don't want to become another Cuba or Venezuela.

The GOP must stand firm as the party of "HELL NO".

Posted by: thehamptons1 | March 27, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Excellent! I support the unions 100 percent. There has to be someone somewhere who doesn't roll belly up to the foul republicans who live to screw American working people, while they themselves cram everything they can into their insatiable maws.

The republican rats and scabs would like nothing better than to roll back history to the days of Dale Carnegie who would set two teams to compete against each other in the steel mill to see who would produce the most steel. All the workers on the losing team were fired. The republicans long for that type of exploitation and capitalist savagery. They would gladly force 4-year olds to crawl under the machines to clean the narrow spaces 10 hours a day in the name of "free enterprise," i.e. relentless exploitation, just as in the bad old days. It is good that we have unions to counterbalance such abuses and I support the unions to the end. Go Obama! Yes We Can, and what's more, WE WILL! Watch out, bástards.

Posted by: RichardHode | March 27, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Bravo! President Obama!

About time!

Posted by: BenAMarine | March 27, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I told you about it. I warned you about it. Now watch it unfold. Obama is the Anti-Christ. I will warn you once again. The Mark of the Beast on your Forehead is when you Accept the Anti-Christ through Blind Faith. The Mark of the Beast on your Hand is when you Accept the Anti-Christ through Gifts. People Obama is the Anti-Christ.

Posted by: makom | March 27, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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Jesus didn't have blond hair and blue eyes either. He was most likely brown skinned and more resembled Obama's complexion rather than your powder white complexion. Sorry if I was you Id fear for my own soul as hate is a four letter word....

Posted by: waxtraxs | March 27, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

It's official obama the worst ever jimmy carter is so happy.

Posted by: samuellenn | March 27, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

It's not the appointments its the trash he is appointing.

Posted by: samuellenn | March 27, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

He can't find a friend that would pass a vote.

Posted by: samuellenn | March 27, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

"OMG! A smart president!"

Frothy mouthed, rabid, right-wing lunatic nut job's head explodes...

IT'S THE END OF THE GOP AS WE KNOW IT AND I FEEL FINE!

Posted by: BenAMarine | March 27, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"I doubt you know much about either one. And the gibberish on FOX, hate radio and websites aren't reliable sources either."

Certainly not as good as the Kos, Duuuuuuude!

Posted by: deadmanwalking | March 27, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE IT!

Please, President Obama, use MORE recess appointments to get around the "Party of No" and it's ridiculous "We'd rather see America fail than Obama succeed" mantra.

More more more! Let the teabagger morons blow their tops, who cares?

Posted by: losthorizon10 | March 27, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

The poorly educated bigots are out in force today it seems. It is obscene that for over two decades every president has to resort to installing appointees in recess due to the U S Senates behaving in ways that cripple government serving the tax payer. These childish self-serving tactics are obscene. The dysfunctional Senate is filled with old, old, old men behaving in ways that would not be tolerated from a kindergarten student and enough is enough.

Posted by: xclntcat | March 27, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

This president has exhibited an unrelenting preference for appointing liberal activists, left wing ideologues, and extremists from the far left to positions in government. The only cause for regret in this instance is that these latest appointments could not have been delayed even further or prevented entirely.

Posted by: bubba31138 | March 27, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Elections have consequences.

When the GOP had White House, Ronald Reagan appointed Donald Dotson as chair of the NLRB. Dotson was the head of the National Right to Work Committee- a corporate outfit that did not believe workers and their unions should have any legal rights--to head the federal agency charged with defending these very rights.

I do not recall any bleating about abuse of process at this COlonel Sanders assigned to guard the chicken coop appointment by the GOP. I did not hear any whining about this as a "dictatorial move" by the Dems. They knew that in a democracy to gain the executive power to appoint people that share your philosophy a party must win elections. So they did.

GOP needs to grow a set and quit whining. And---hope against hope -- please nominate Caribou Barbie to be your 2012 standard bearer and make sure she shows up with her racist, homophobic,tea party nuts. It'll be a hoot.

Posted by: maupin1 | March 27, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

It's about time a Democrat put it to the party of no. I remember when they insisted Bush nominees deserved an "up or down" vote. Such hypocrites. Way to go Mr. President.

Posted by: miklosis1 | March 27, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, more radical A##holes from Obama

Democrat tax cheats, Chicago thugs, with their bribes, earmarks, sweet heart deals continues to Trash the Constitution.

Rep. Dingell: It's Taken a Long Time to 'Control the People'

Democrat Hastings, "We make up the rules as we go along" .

It should be noted that in 1981, Hastings was charged with accepting a $150,000 bribe in exchange for a lenient sentence. Hastings was impeached for bribery and perjury becoming only the sixth federal judge in the history of the United States to be removed from office by the Senate.

Nobody but the dumbest of dumb Obama supporters want this crap in the White House and Congress to ANYTHING much less take over health care.


"NEW HOME SALES AT A RECORD LOW"
"JOB LOSSES CONTINUE, GREATER THAN 15% IN MANY CITIES?

This is the Obamination of America.


Biden made a Freudian slip when he said, "this is a big F--king deal.
Yes it is. This Obama/Pelosi/Democrat back-room deal just F--ked all Americans big time.

The good news is that F--ked Americans will F--k the F--kees starting in Nov.

Posted by: mikeglossy | March 27, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with recess appointments. But to blame Republicans when the Democrats had 60 votes tll Brown is childish.

Posted by: sgilligan1 | March 27, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

It's not whether he CAN make recess appointments, it's about the fools he continues to appoint. This president has made the worst appointments of any president in our time. And his agenda is simple socialism - government control of everything. Break the back of small business, rob those who work hard and become successful as a result of their work-ethic, and give it to those who don't. And spend baby spend (our money - those of us who actually pay taxes). It's the democratic way - rely on government to wipe your nose and pay your bills. Our founding fathers would throw up over what is going on in this country. The national debt is completely out of control - cant blame the last 18 months on Bush. Time to move off that sorry excuse. That's clearly the handiwork of a democratic controlled congress and white house. Personal responsibility, not the government, should determine what you get in life. Socialism makes citizens weak, unmotivated and dependent on others to survive. Is this America? Cant wait for the elections in Nov!!!! Yes, we definitely need CHANGE! No doubt about it.

Posted by: LandoftheFree1 | March 27, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Senate rules are quite silly, silly enough that sometimes even sixty votes are not enough. Anyway, the Republicans had a year to persuade people that their objections were valid. They made little effort. All they were doing was proving that their threat not to cooperate in the future was completely empty because they were still pouting about losing.

Posted by: david6 | March 27, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

How the worm turns. In 2007-2008, then-Senator Obama supported Democrats when they ushered in the unprecedented "pro forma" session to keep President Bush from making recess appointments. In the next Congress, he should expect a Republican senate to return the favor.

Posted by: mandog

"[A]t this time in 2002, President Bush had only 5 nominees pending on the floor. By contrast, President Obama has 77 nominees currently pending on the floor, 58 of whom have been waiting for over two weeks and 44 of those have been waiting more than a month. And cloture has been filed 16 times on Obama nominees, nine of whom were subsequently confirmed with 60 or more votes or by voice vote. Cloture was not filed on a single Bush nominee in his first year. And despite facing significantly less opposition, President Bush had already made 10 recess appointments by this point in his presidency and he made another five over the spring recess."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/27/obamas-recess-appointment_n_515978.html

Ronald Reagan made 243 recess appointments during his two terms in office

George H. W. Bush made 77 during his single term,

Clinton made a total of 140 recess appointments over his two terms

Bush had made 171 recess appointments over his two terms.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recess_appointment#Developments_under_former_President_George_W._Bush

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33310.pdf

And this black guy has the gall to have 15 recess appointments. FIFTEEN

Do you conservatives get up in the morning with a plan to make fools out of yourselves, or does it just happen because you are fools?

Posted by: James10 | March 27, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

As I recall, George the Perpetual Frat Boy Bush made dozens and dozens of recess appointments. The GOP and their teabagging thugs don't have a leg to stand on, morally, ethically, or intellectually.

Posted by: nicekid | March 27, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HYPOCRISY BY THE REPUBLICANS.... BUSH MADE 171 RECESS APPOINMENTS AND THAT'S O.K....WHEN OBAMA DOES THE EXACT SAME THING, HE'S COMPARED TO HITLER....

I URGE OBAMA TO APPPOINT EVERYONE HE CAN THROUGH RECESS APPOINMENT...

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY - THE PARTY OF "NO"

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY - THE PARTY OF "BIG BUSINESS"

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY - THE PARTY OF "HYPOCRISY"

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | March 27, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The President by law may make appointments during recess,this has needed to be accomplished for some time. More then one Rebulican president has also made appointments during recess so he has not done anything that has not been done before. The appointments have been held off to long already.

Posted by: moody43 | March 27, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

It's not about pouting aver losing an election. Most of us are watching our country rapidly going down the tube. In a couple short years the annual -interest- on the national debt will exceed what we currently pay for our national defense. China has been busy buying our debt and investing heavily in critical areas of our country. Do you think that will have a happy ending for republicans OR democrats? Cant blame Bush forever. It's time for the democratically controlled congress and this administration to take some ownership for their actions. And, it's much much more than whining. A lot of Americans are absolutely fed up and worried about the future of the country and our children. The only agenda this administration seems to be concerned with is more entitlement programs...at any cost. Pull your head out of the sand and get informed.

Posted by: LandoftheFree1 | March 27, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Here is goes again. We are growing closer to having a dictatorship...People need to remember all this at the ballot box...hope it is not too late by then.
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What the heck are you talking about jethro?

Bush made 170 recess appointments. Was Bush a dictator?

The Republicans have held up these appointments for 6 months, what do you expect him to do?

Posted by: Richard18 | March 27, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey, McCain and McConnell, two words: John Bolton. There wasn't any way he was going to be confirmed by the senate, so bush used this same procedure to appoint that fool Ambassador to the UN. Dear lord, can repub licans get any more idiotic than they already are? Why does the gop hate America?

Posted by: mikel7 | March 27, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan made 243 recess appointments during his two terms in office

George H. W. Bush made 77 during his single term,

Clinton made a total of 140 recess appointments over his two terms

Bush had made 171 recess appointments over his two terms

So Obama makes 15 and once again the Tea Baggers cry foul. You people are not only goobers, you're dishonest.

Posted by: Richard18 | March 27, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

HAD ENOUGH YET?

WANT TO STOP OBAMA?

HERE’S HOW WE DO IT:

http://commieblaster.com/velvet-revolution/

Posted by: CommieBlaster | March 27, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

have fun commies, it all ends the next election. 125 seats are gone i bet.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican
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Vegas will hold gladly hold your money for you and I'd be happy to take it on Nov. 3.

BTW, people who brag on their ancestry usually don't have much else going on.

Posted by: st50taw | March 27, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

President Obama has been a breadth of fresh air for our country. Our esteem in the world has risen. He has the courage to tell Israel when they're wrong and his hard work and efforts for the American people deserve more respect from everyone including our elected representatives who happen to be Republican. I keep wondering every day when I see who John McCain hangs around what our country would have been like if John McCain won the election. God help us for having thought that small minded man would have done to America. We're blessed to have a man of intelligence, class and ambition for all Americans.

Posted by: Sailorman29 | March 27, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Today is a happy day. President Obama is doing the same thing that Bush did regularly. No harm done. Just business. Since the Republicans were blocking doing it the normal route this was the only alternative to get things done so the government can run properly. The Republicans (once again) are to blame for President Obama being forced to do the business of President in a nontraditional way. So the Republicans can only blame themselves.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | March 27, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

the dems stopped President Bush from recess appointing by staying open during recess with their pet franklin keeping the senate open...
so you see it's nt fair and equal and don't think the dems want it that way...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 27, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The whole purpose of having selection by party is to allow for some partisan differences. Its not like appointing a UN ambassador. The GOP boycott of Obama appointees went too far and now they will cry.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | March 27, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Bush is still responsible the mess the nation is in and will forever be remembered as one of the worst presidents in American history who never had a real accomplishment. Didn't Cheney tell him what to do. Republicans should just own up and shut up.

Posted by: theaggieman | March 27, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

As the GOP gnash their teeth. Just remember the hottest places in hell are reserved for the self righteous so get accustomed to the heat GOP scum.....

Posted by: waxtraxs | March 27, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

HAD ENOUGH YET?

WANT TO STOP OBAMA?

HERE’S HOW WE DO IT:

http://commieblaster.com/velvet-revolution/

Posted by: CommieBlaster
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I liked seconds. I like seeing slim ram things down Conservative's throats.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 27, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Go Obama! The Republicans were trying to frame your presidency for failure by saying no to everything! In reality they are a waste of taxpayer salaries and benefits for doing NOTHING! They aren't doing any work. A three year old can say NO which is all they do. NO ideas, no solutions, nothing! Bring on term limits for congress. We need new blood and new ideas. I don't care if they are Republican or Democrat. These guys are entrenched and make their real money from accepting lobbyists(euphemism for bribes) money. For all the ignorant you need to know that Obama taught the course at the University of Chicago, one of the best in the country. I think he knows Constitutional Law!

Posted by: patrick8 | March 27, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Good job. Mr. President. We voted for you to run the county.

Sick of the party of NO.

Posted by: COWENS99 | March 27, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Bush made 171 recess appointment. Clinton made 131. I don't remember the Party of No yelling socialist, commie, nazi Bush has got to go. And they, as usual, were more interested in Clinton's sex life, than anything he did or didn't do. Hypocrites.

Posted by: clairevb | March 27, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

"How the worm turns. In 2007-2008, then-Senator Obama supported Democrats when they ushered in the unprecedented "pro forma" session to keep President Bush from making recess appointments. In the next Congress, he should expect a Republican senate to return the favor. Posted by: mandog"

Unless they get a majority in the Senate, they can't do that. Recessing doesn't even require a full quorum, just a majority of Senators present and voting.

Remember, though, they stayed in session to keep a lame duck president from making late term recess appointments to posts that would immediately be filled by the incoming president.

Posted by: ceflynline | March 27, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Bush made 171 recess appointment...that commie, nazi fascist, dictator. Clinton made 131 recess appointment, but righties were only concerned with his sex life, as usual. But when President Obama appoints 15 during recess...the right goes ballistic with name calling. What hypocrites.

Posted by: clairevb | March 27, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I told you about it. I warned you about it. Now watch it unfold. Obama is the Anti-Christ. I will warn you once again. The Mark of the Beast on your Forehead is when you Accept the Anti-Christ through Blind Faith. ___________________________-

And CHIMPIE BUSH WAS SATAN SPERM

Posted by: racerdoc | March 27, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

When Democrats had had enough of bush sh$#tting on the process of nominations - when his own party had rejected nomination bids in committee only to have bush install them anyway, for seven years running, THEN and only then did Democrats take the extraordinary measure of keeping a session of the senate going, a senate in which they were a slim majority, not a tiny minority like todays obstructionists. Todays republicons inthe senate, 2/5 of the chamber representing roughly 15% of the population of the country, think they should have the final say on everything. When they don't get exactly what they want they act like four year olds who have been told 3 cookies is enough before bed, and they throw a tantrum. the nominees held are almost all being held for reasons not even remotely related to their qualifications or ideology or the job. They are being held as spite for some unrelated topic. Children. Todays gop are illiterates, lunatics, and petulant children. So a handful of recess appointments for jobs that desperately need to be filled is perfectly in order. If the tiny minority of republicons want to play hardball then so be it. We'll see whether Americans want adults solving the nations problems as the Democrats are, or if we want infants wetting themselves in the car because they didn't get ice cream like the republicons routinely do.

Posted by: John1263 | March 27, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

bush used more recess appointments for judges than President Obama has for these much needed jobs that are being held for spite. Not a single reason given as to why, just they don;t want to allow anything to happen.

Remember those silly David Spade commercials hwere all he knew how to say was no? Unfortunately some republicon strategists must have been up late one night drinking and thought "that's it!! that's the strategery!!!!!"

President Obama could nominate michael steele to head the civli rights commission and the republicons in the senate would in reflex put a hold on the nomination.

Posted by: John1263 | March 27, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Awwww! The poor Republicans have their undies in a twist over President Obama doing the exact same thing Bush did with John Bolton for the UN Ambassador?

Tough nuts!


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | March 27, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

One would think that with the Democrats in majority in the Senate, Obama wouldn't have to make recess appointments.

Posted by: alientech | March 27, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Good day for workers! Finally getting another advocate for working families.

Posted by: smcferra | March 27, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

The ass is kicking ! This is great news. The obstruction of Obama's efforts to staff the executive is an under reported scandal. The arrogance of every single Republican senator who agreed that the will of the Senate is the vote of 33 senators against cloture should not be tollerated.

In any case, the executive branch needs to be staffed.

Somehow the health care reform roll call vote seems to have convinced Obama to actually do his job even if the Republicans would rather he devote himself entirely to trying to compromise with them.

I am delighted.

Posted by: rjw88 | March 27, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse


The Republicans had a year to co-operate on these appointments and obviously had no intention of ever doing so, and therefore, Obama being responsible did what he needed to do. Spin is called spin for a reason, it does not change the fact that these appointments need to be filled one way or another, that is what is called being responsible. I know the word responsible is one that is foreign to Republicans, so it is no small wonder they don't understand. Great job Obama, you're doing it, keep it goin', don't back down, believe.

Posted by: Hillary08 | March 28, 2010 3:50 AM | Report abuse

HAD ENOUGH YET?
WANT TO STOP OBAMA?
HERE’S HOW WE DO IT:

http://commieblaster.com/velvet-revolution/

Posted by: CommieBlaster

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Velvet revolution? You're all going to start dressing like you're headed to a '70's gay nightclub? First you label yourselves teabaggers and now this - some kind of self-loathing projection?

Posted by: washpost18 | March 28, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Go Obama !!! Let some stupid hillbillies know that this country belongs to all of the American people not the KKK.

Posted by: honeyradio | March 28, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

" Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen." - Mort Sahl
" Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it."
-George Bernard Shaw
Get a grip, teabaggers and racists.

Posted by: pgeagle | March 28, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

People don't realize that recess appointments are ok now because Obama is not Bush. The difference is black and white.

Posted by: corrections | March 29, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

It wasn't so long ago that then "maybe a candidate" Obama railed against President Bush's use of recess appointments....my, now he has emerged as a free flowing artist, I find it amazing how much of what he does pretty much leans on Bush for his defenses. ... but SEIU again, Mr. POTUS?...I expect Acorn to soon be a branch of that Union... Give us a break...or were you just handed a very short list of applicants?

Posted by: connyankee1 | March 29, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe that the man who promised to change Washington has operated in back rooms and behind closed doors more than any other president in history. His under the counter dealings related to passage of health care are shocking and extremely disappointing. I am embarassed to be a Democrat. Also please explain to me why race enters the picture. His behaviour is bad no matter what his background, gender or race is. If comments are to be meaningful they should be written with some sort of legitimacy --calling people names is not productive -- intelligent thought is and clearly that is not the province of those who respond in this column. I guess it's a waste of time.

Posted by: Daisy5 | March 29, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone want to change their life all around based on a one year appointment to anything, just more dysfunctional government at it's best.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | March 29, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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