In May 2008, then-Sen. Obama denounced the notion of presidential signing statements – wherein a president says he will choose not to abide by a provision in a bill he has just signed – at an event in Grand Junction, Colorado.
This pledge to voters is not as nuanced as the 2007 statement he gave to the Boston Globe about the matter, and certainly would seem to convey a different take on signing statements than his actions yesterday would indicate. Watch for yourself:
We should also note this is hardly the first time the Obama administration has done this in one form or another. (See HERE and HERE and HERE.) For more on presidential signing statements historically, see this 2007 study.