President Obama Blows Off Tax Bill Signing
ed by Ezra Dulles
Post Washington Reporter
December 18, 2010



President Barack Obama was noticeably absent from Friday afternoon's tax-cut and unemployment-extention bill signing ceremony, thus failing to sign the bill into law.
"I'm sure the president will be here any minute," promised Vice President Biden.
He wasn't.
The vice president, congressional leadership, and an auditorium full of press waited for over an hour in the old Executive Office Building for the president to arrive.
Instead, President Obama holed up in the West Wing of the White House, refusing to talk to anyone.
"He's catching up on his Netflix queue," said Marie Ritchfield.
Ritchfield, 82, has been a White House residence housekeeper for over 34 years.
"He spent the late morning watching a few episodes of 'Burn Notice'," said Ritchfield.
"I wanted to see what all the hype was about," the president later admitted.
After that, the president watched the Spanish film "Pan's Labrynth."
"Why couldn't he watch an American movie?" asked Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner.
"He also watched 'Twilight: Eclipse' and some 'Glee' with Sasha and Malia after school," said Ritchfield.
She said the president is ambivilant about signing a bill that had angered both progressives and fiscal conservatives.
"He says he's tired of getting screwed by both sides when he tries to do something good," said Ritchfield.
President Obama has promised to sign the bill by the end of the weekend, if and when he gets through the first season of "White Collar."

 
   
 
   
 
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