Barack Obama does not sit on the Senate Banking Committee. Not now, not existentially, not in a past life with the Buddha.
Something good from McClatchy: Out of bounds! Obama falsely claims to be Banking Committee member. (The “out of bounds” remark refers to the way in which the piece is written, like a football penalty call. I edited that away.)
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Obama on Wednesday was speaking to reporters in Israel when he tried to boast about what he’d done to protect Israel. “Just this past week, we passed out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee — which is my committee — a bill to call for divestment from Iran as a way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon,” Obama said.Why that’s wrong: Obama is not a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.Ironically, a man who traveled with Obama to the Mideast this week, Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., is a member of the committee. He was one of the “no” votes when the committee passed the bill July 17 on a vote of 19-2. …Perhaps Obama was thinking that as the presumptive leader of his party, all of the Senate committees are his, as President Lyndon Johnson once quipped, when told he was heading toward the wrong military helicopter, that they all were his.
Obama sits on a number of important committees — the Foreign Relations Committee; the Veterans Affairs Committee; the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions – but it seems that none of them are the Senate Banking Committee.
Heck, Barry might have meant “we” Senators or “we” Dem Senators. Or maybe he meant “we” Senators except for Hagel and Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), the other nay vote on the Iran Sanctions Bill.
It could be that Senator Obama wants to sit on the Senate Banking Committee in the next session of Congress. If this be the case, I truly wish him luck in this quest.