Despite campaign guarantees of unprecedented transparency should he reach the White House and, more specifically, promises made that the American public would have five days to read any bill passed by Congress before he signed it into law, on January 29, 2009 President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act into law only two days after it had been passed by Congress.
Granted, as laws go, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act is a fairly innocuous one. This, however, marked the first of many bills signed into law inside of five days, and the initial incident of what would become a trend during the Obama presidency: that no promise is considered unbreakable if violating the public trust means more power for the federal government.
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