Look, When I Said ‘Line by Line,’ I Didn’t Mean ‘Line by Line’
The RNC is coming close to emulating my “All statements from Barack Obama come with an expiration date” mantra:
During The Campaign, President Obama Pledged To “Go Line By Line” And “Eliminate Programs That Don’t Work.” Obama: “I want to go line by line through every item in the Federal budget and eliminate programs that don’t work, and make sure that those that do work work better and cheaper.” (Sen. Barack Obama, NBC Presidential Debate, Nashville, TN, 10/7/08)
Today, Robert Gibbs Said “The president has not gone through each and every item in the legislation.” Gibbs: “I think it’s reasonable to assume that the president has not gone through each and every item in the legislation. This is necessary to continue funding government. It represents last year’s business, although it’s not perfect. The president will sign the legislation, but demonstrate for all involved rules moving forward that he thinks can make this process work a little bit better.” (Robert Gibbs, White House Briefing, 3/10/09)
Of course, this isn’t really the expiration of a statement; more of an assertion that a promise hasn’t kicked in yet.