NY Times — The White House said on Monday that President Obama would veto legislation approved by Congress that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot, escalating a bipartisan dispute with lawmakers over the measure.
Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said Mr. Obama “does intend to veto this legislation,” and would work to persuade lawmakers in both parties to change course. If he cannot, the measure could lead to the first veto override of his presidency, as the legislation drew the backing of lopsided majorities in both the House and Senate.
“The president feels quite strongly about this,” Mr. Earnest said of the legislation, which Mr. Obama has said could dangerously undermine the United States’ interests globally, opening the country to a raft of lawsuits by private citizens overseas.
Every decision made by the current president makes you wonder, who’s team is he really on?
Yes, this bill is quite controversial, and goes completely against the concept of sovereign immunity, and would set a future precedent globally allowing everyone to sue everyone for any reason.
But this wasn’t collateral damage from an ongoing war. This was an outright terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Our president has been pretty consistent for the past eight years with how he deals with foreign foreign nations. Which primarily includes him bending over and doing whatever they want.
So his reaction to this bill should not be a surprise. But instead of just waving his magic pen and ignoring congress and the victim’s families.
Maybe offer up some sort of alternative?