Obama: Bush/Cheney Impeachment is a waste of Time

WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama laid out list of political shortcomings he sees in the Bush administration but said he opposes impeachment for either President George W. Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney.

Obama said he would not back such a move, although he has been distressed by the “loose ethical standards, the secrecy and incompetence” of a “variety of characters” in the administration.

“There’s a way to bring an end to those practices, you know: vote the bums out,” the presidential candidate said, without naming Bush or Cheney. “That’s how our system is designed.”

The term for Bush and Cheney ends on Jan. 20, 2009. Bush cannot constitutionally run for a third term, and Cheney has said he will not run to succeed Bush.

Obama, a Harvard law school graduate and former lecturer on constitutional law at the University of Chicago, said impeachment should not be used as a standard political tool.

“I think you reserve impeachment for grave, grave breeches, and intentional breeches of the president’s authority,” he said.

“I believe if we began impeachment proceedings we will be engulfed in more of the politics that has made Washington dysfunction,” he added. “We would once again, rather than attending to the people’s business, be engaged in a tit-for-tat, back-and-forth, nonstop circus.”

Obama, son of a Kenyan father and American mother, spoke at a weekly constituent breakfast he sponsors with Illinois’ other senator, Dick Durbin. He was asked about impeachment.
(story from iht.com)

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3 Responses

  1. I didn’t vote for these men and feel grateful to say so. I am more than sickened by their actions. I have little respect for either of them. Impeachment? Nah….no healing would result for a nation who is sitting with egg on its face.

    I guess I just don’t think that they are worthy of any more places in history. My hope is that they are remembered for their errors, self-serving ways, egocentric outlook, and failed attempts to “lead”.

  2. Obama just made a serious mistake by not recognizing that impeachment is what these bums deserve. There is a list of 10’s of offenses against America and its inhabitants, not to mention the death and destruction the current administration has inflicted internationally. Did you forget Hebeas Corpus, torture, the Geneva Conventions, the gutting of the fourth amendment Obama? Shame on you!

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