The Great Debate: Obama Vs. Obama

By Eric Scheiner | July 26, 2011 | 2:18pm EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Would Senator Barack Obama disagree with the actions and statements of President Barack Obama? That question gets a closer look in the video ‘The Great Debate’.

Among the issues touched on is President Obama’s current decision to have the Attorney General’s office on the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“I told you I was against the Defense – the so called - Defense Of Marriage Act. I’ve long supported efforts to pass a repeal through Congress,” President Obama said in June of 2011.

The president continued, “Until we reach that day my administration is no longer defending DOMA in the courts, the law is discrinimator, it violates the constitution, it’s time for us to bring it to an end.”

Obama’s decision to have Attorney General Eric Holder stop defending DOMA seems different than how Senator Obama viewed the position of Attorney General during the Alberto Gonzales nomination in February of 2005.

“The Attorney General is not like the other cabinet posts,” Senator Obama said on the Senate floor.

“The Attorney General’s job is not just to enforce the president’s laws. It is to tell the president what the law is. The job is not simply to facilitate the president’s power it is to speak truth to that power as well. The job is to protect and defend the laws and freedoms for which so many have sacrificed so much. The president is not the attorney general’s client, the people are,” Obama added.

DOMA, military action in Libya, and the health care mandate element of Obamacare are some of the issues discussed in ‘The Great Debate’.



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