- Posted May 2, 2012 by
Buffalo, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Eric Holder throws Barack under the bus!
i would first like to address, in the video; i pronounce the attorney general's name 'Eric Holden' which is incorrect. just wanted to let you all know i'm aware of it, but its not worth re-doing the video for. enjoy!
Recently the White House held their 2012 Correspondent’s Dinner. Some refer to it as the White House Prom. This isn’t a new event but this year was a bit different. I would say you could have called it The Roast of Barack Obama. Obama talks candidly about eating dogs, makes fun of himself as he addresses various issues and how he’s failed our country….SAY WHAT!?!? Alright back up…I must say, I give Barack a lot of credit for outright throwing himself off a bridge in hopes we’d realize he’s alright and catch him before he hits the water. For the most part, good plan because it worked. I cannot deny that he is a good politician even if he does more or less screw things up left and right. It was funny to watch, and Jimmy Kimmel’s speech was a riot. But what was a huge story and still is, was Jimmy’s crack at the Obama Administration’s clear abuse of power in medical marijuana raids. "What is with the marijuana crackdown? Seriously, what is the concern? We will deplete the nation's Funyun supply?" Kimmel said. "Pot smokers vote too. Sometimes a week after the election, but they vote." –Jimmy Kimmel. In 2008 he CLEARLY stated, which can be cited and quoted by multiple reputable reporters that he was “Not going to be using Justice Department resources to try and circumvent state laws on medical marijuana.” Now lets fast forward to 2012 and his widely discussed recent interview with Rolling Stone where he says, and I’m just going to read this segment from the Huffington Post with the quote from Obama:
"What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana," Obama said. "I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana -- and the reason is, because it's against federal law."
The president continued: "I can't nullify congressional law. I can't ask the Justice Department to say, 'Ignore completely a federal law that's on the books.' What I can say is, 'Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.' As a consequence, there haven't been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes."
Now, there have been many claims since that interview that this is false, but I haven’t seen any proof. When you get that deep down into federal law you really have to know what you’re talking about to verify it, which I suppose is why Barack figured he could say whatever he wanted without it being questioned. He was wrong.
Before the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, a Huffington Post reporter mentioned casually that they thought Obama’s reference to congressional law seemed misleading because the executive branch could simply remove marijuana from a Schedule 1 narcotic to somewhere else to acknowledge it’s medical use. What did attorney general Eric Holder say in response? “That’s right.” After Kimmel finished his speech, a representative of Holder’s re-approached the post and added that there is no coordinated war on marijuana, but that some individual clinics were breaking both state and federal laws and that is the federal governments only concern. If Obama’s own administration is throwing him under the bus, you know something is just not right. This is a sign of hope, even those who work with him seem to be getting fed up. Time will tell