president obama has made epic use of the autopen to the point of signing a bill into law with it. this, however, opens up a constitutional problem. the mechanically recreated signature itself is not an issue, but using this machine (or any proxy) without the president being in the room, according to article I of the constitution, is. anyway, go to slate to read the full nitty gritty, i just draw the pens running amok.
semi related: sometimes i have know the authors of slate articles, have emailed with them, or just recognize their names. this article was written by someone i don’t know, terry l. turnipseed. terry, your name is awesome. that is all.
slate: all the president’s signatures, by terry l. turnipseed
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