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Fiscal Cliff Bill Is Law Thanks to Pres. Obama’s Autopen

| On 03, Jan 2013

Obama boards Air Force One in a flight unrelated to his Hawaii vacation. (Photo by Matt Mitgang / Student Life)

President Obama wasted no time high-tailing himself out of Washington, D.C. after Tuesday night’s fiscal cliff vote. He headed back to Hawaii to resume vacation with his family.

But, the work of a president is never really done. The legislation that passed the Senate and the House needed to be signed into law to take effect. Observers were worried that the president left for Hawaii without giving his signature.

Well, the autopen takes care of all of that.

The president used the device to duplicate his signature for the legislative procedure. So, early Thursday morning he was able to get his work done promptly from the shores of Hawaii. Imagine using technology for smarter government. In this day of text, email, and 24-hour Internet connectivity, using an autopen should be an afterthought for the chief executive.

Still, the president has caught some flack for not signing every piece of legislation in person. Who really cares though? Focus on the important stuff.

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