No bill is passed until the President signs his John Hancock on it, but President Obama has found a way to sign a new bill into law while he’s thousands of miles away.
In fact, while the entire country waited anxiously to see if we would go over the fiscal cliff, Obama casually used an autopen – a device that copies his signature – while he was playing golf in Hawaii.
President Obama is the first president to use the device, but this isn’t the first time he has used the autopen, as he used to to sign the Patriot Act in May 2011 while he was in France at a G8 meeting.
In May 2011, he used the pen to sign the Patriot Act - extending anti-terrorism measures enacted in the wake of 9/11 – while he was 3,725 miles and six time zones away in France at a G8 meeting.
The autopen allows President Obama’s signature to travel across seas instantly when he only has minutes before a deadline to approve a bill.
Let’s hope Obama enjoyed the most out of his Hawaiian trip, as he may have saved the U.S. economy by signing the bill.
Jordan Shepherd | Elite.