When is a signature a signature ? Its a tradition in society that a person's signature validates a document. That is why people like me take a test and an oath as notaries, in order to validate that the person signing a particular document is who they say they are.
Now the President has ordered a bill signed by a mechanical device called an "auto-pen" which is I guess used routinely to sign letters from the White House. The reason is that Mr. Obama was in Europe and wanted to sign an extension of the Patriot Act before a midnight deadline.
There was talk of flying the bill to France.....After all, look at all the chefs, hairdressers and hangers-on who were flown to Europe for the trip...
Maybe the Congressman who questioned this can just be dismissed as racist, but the President should sign the bill. Next time fly it over...a little more carbon footprint won't hurt...Or better yet, cut back on the globetrotting.
Rep. Graves questions Obama's autopen signing of Patriot Act extension - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room