On January 21, 2009, The New York Times celebrated what it perceived as “an end to eight years of stark tension between science and government” and the start of a new era in which government officials no longer “insisted on tight control over even routine functions of key agencies.”
The paper’s inspiration was President Obama’s Inaugural Address, delivered the day before. America’s new chief executive proclaimed:
The presidentâ€™s threat to veto legislation approving the pipeline isnâ€™t just a knock against the labor unions and small businesses that back the project, itâ€™s a knock against members of his own party who support the pipeline and are calling on him to do the same.
CLAIM: “Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. Imagine if we did something different.” (President Obama, State of the Union address, January 20, 2015)
SOTU FACT: Tonight, the president called for a better, more collaborative politics, and yet he has already threatened to veto four jobs bills that have passed the House with bipartisan support, including:
“We’ve got an energy boom going on in this country,” Speaker Boehner said in a September 18th speech, when the national average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.39. “North America is on track to be energy independent in the next five years or so. This is going to mean more growth, yes, but it’s also going to mean lower prices.”