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OBAMA SIGNS EXTENSION INTO LAW WITHOUT ACTUALLY BEING THERE

OBAMA SIGNS EXTENSION INTO LAW WITHOUT ACTUALLY BEING THERE


Last night, President Obama signed an extension of the Patriot Act into law. And yet President Obama wasn't actually there to do it.

Magic, you say? A sign that hidden forces are in fact running the U.S. government?

Well, no. The president used an autopen--a machine devised to assist celebrities and lawmakers in generating mass facsimiles of their actual signatures. The president resorted to its use in this case since he was traveling in Europe, and the provisions of the Patriot Act would have otherwise expired at midnight, as White House spokesman Nick Shapiro told ABC's politics blog The Note prior to the bill's passage Thursday.

"Failure to sign this legislation poses a significant risk to U.S. national security. As long as Congress approves the extension, the president will direct the use of the autopen to sign it," Shapiro said in a statement.

Some lawmakers, who knew Obama was already en route to the G-8 summit of eight major world economies, didn't appear to know about the White House plan to employ the autopen.

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