According the Barack Obama's campaign website, he promised not to speed through any legislation.
Here is the quote from the website:
"Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign ANY non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for FIVE days."
However, he recently signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act without ever having posted it on the White House website, 2 days after the Act passed the House.
Basically this bill overturns a Supreme Court decision stating that said workers could not sue for pay discrimination. First of all, if the Supreme Court has decided on something, does that not make it a done issue? Can even the President overturn something the Supreme Court does? Perhaps I am a little rusty on my 3 branches of government but doesn't the Supreme Court basically say what is and is not constitutional or not? If the Supreme Court says a law is okay, can someone else come along and tell them that it is not? Maybe I am wrong but I don't think I am. I think when it comes to laws, the Court is pretty much the final say on whether it is constitutional or not....unless the Court itself overturns its own decision.
Looking at it another way, okay the bill itself has been around for a while and it was posted on Obama's website during his campaign. So maybe I am being nit picky but he did promise no laws will be signed unless the public has had a chance to read it first on the White House webiste, unless it is an emergency. To me, this bill does not seem like an emergency and I know that people have to have had a chance to read the bill itself while it was still being tossed around in the House but the fact is that it was never posted to the White House website and a promise is a promise.
So like the title says...so much for keeping promises. So much for him being a "different type" of politician.