My quote of the week is a little disjointed but I think it all ties together.
First we have a blast from the past.
This was Barack Obama on the campaign trail.
“We need earmark reform, and when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure we’re not spending money unwisely,”
This is President Barack Obama this week justifying signing a bill, written by Democrats, full of earmarks.
"I am signing an imperfect omnibus bill because it is necessary for the ongoing functions of government."
Saying that the bill "completes the work of last year by providing the funding necessary for the smooth operation of our nation's government."
Then this about his critics:
"ironic that some of those who railed the loudest against this bill because of earmarks actually inserted earmarks of their own -- and will tout them in their own states and districts."
This is what his fellow Democrats in Congress think about Obama's criticism.
One Hill Democrat, firing a warning shot, suggested that the president ought not overlook his own stake in the omnibus bill — namely, the more than $315 million in earmarks in the measure requested by Vice President Joe Biden, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Cabinet members while they were still in Congress last year.
Dueling Dems have Obama in earmark jam
Obama signs earmark-laden budget bill