Obama Would Overturn Unconstitutional Executive Orders

If elected president, Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama said one of the first things he wants to do is ensure the constitutionality of all the laws and executive orders passed while Republican President George W. Bush has been in office.

Those that don’t pass muster will be overturned, he said.

During a fund-raiser in Denver, Obama — a former constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago Law School — was asked what he hoped to accomplish during his first 100 days in office.

“I would call my attorney general in and review every single executive order issued by George Bush and overturn those laws or executive decisions that I feel violate the constitution,” said Obama

Obviously, he can't actually overturn laws, but he certainly can overturn executive orders, so this is good news. If we can get him to promise to make all this stuff public it would be even better news. I have no doubt that we will see a much more transparent and open administration. But part of the new transparency must be telling the public what was done in their name.

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