Obama didn’t get his way for once and now he’s pouting about it. This is the first time in his entire presidency the Senate overridden his veto. Obama is just being a baby.
President Barack Obama has said congress failed to ‘do the right thing’ by giving victims of 9/11 and their families the go-ahead to sue Saudi Arabia by vetoing a bill he had introduced.
President Obama spoke about the congressional decision during a CNN town hall on Wednesday night, saying it is an example of when politicians ‘have to do something hard’.
‘Frankly, I wish Congress here had done what’s hard,’ Obama said.
‘If you’re perceived as voting against 9/11 families right before an election, not surprisingly, that’s a hard vote for people to take.
‘But it would have been the right thing to do … And it was, you know, basically a political vote.’
The veto was the first time Obama has been overridden during his time in office, CNN reports.
And while he said he understands people carry ‘the scars of 9/11’, but said he doubts the legislation will be good for the U.S. in the future.
‘What this legislation did is it said if a private citizen believes that having been victimized by terrorism – that another country didn’t do enough to stop one of its citizens, for example, in engaging in terrorism – that they can file a personal lawsuit, a private lawsuit in court,’ Obama said during the town hall.
‘And the problem with that is that if we eliminate this notion of sovereign immunity, then our men and women in uniform around the world could potentially start seeing ourselves subject to reciprocal laws.
‘The concern that I’ve had has nothing to do with Saudi Arabia per se or my sympathy for 9/11 families.
‘It has to do with me not wanting a situation in which we’re suddenly exposed to liabilities for all the work that we’re doing all around the world.’
The comments came after a dramatic day saw the Senate voted first to overturn President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.
It voted 97 to one against the veto – a situation called ’embarrassing’ by the White House, which is furious at the legislation.
Hours later, the House of Representatives voted by a resounding 348-76 to do the same, meaning the Act becomes law.
‘Overriding a presidential veto is something we don’t take lightly, but it was important in this case that the families of the victims of 9/11 be allowed to pursue justice, even if that pursuit causes some diplomatic discomforts,’ said Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic senior senator from New York.
‘It means we’ll be able to hold accountable the people who helped murder 3,000 people. At the personal level, this means justice,’ Terry Strada, a 9/11 widow who leads the group which as lobbied for the law, told the New York Daily News.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest claimed members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were unfamiliar with the bill’s impact on military personnel and voted to uphold it anyway.
The comments reflect White House frustration after failing to persuade Senate Democrats to stand by the president. If the House follows suit, the override will be Obama’s first.