CONSTITUTION: if he approve, the (President) SHALL sign

The Constitution of the United States

A Transcription (hosted at the U.S. Archives)

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Article. I.

Section. 7.

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States:

If he approve he shall sign it,

but if not he shall return it,

with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively.

If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him,

the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it,

unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

(U.S. Constitution, adopted 1789, Sections 1-6 omitted.  Spacing, indentations and alignment modified by poster)

Dear reader:

Please go to the link and read the Constitution for yourself. And allow me explain, again, differently:

  • EVERY bill which SHALL have passed the House and the Senate,
  • SHALL be presented to the President,

Then, the President has THREE (3) OPTIONS:

  1. IF the President approves, he SHALL sign it, or
  2. IF the President DOES NOT approve, he SHALL return the BILL to the CHAMBER in which the BILL orginated with his WRITTEN OBJECTIONS,  (note: commonly known as a VETO) or
  3. The President MAY do nothing.  (if more than 10 days (excluding Sundays) is left in the legislative session, the Bill SHALL become LAW with NO SIGNATURE.

ONCE AGAIN:  The President has 3 options:

  1. SIGN, or
  2. VETO, = NOT sign and return to Congress with written objections, or

WHY do I explain such PLAIN and SIMPLE language?  Here is why:

As reported by FOXNEWS.COM:

President Obama late Wednesday signed the fiscal crisis bill passed by Congress using an autopen while on vacation with his family in Hawaii.

Obama appeared in the White House briefing room minutes after the House passed the bill to praise the deal in an eight-minute speech.

The autopen is a mechanical device that copies the president’s signature. According to the White House Executive Clerk’s Office, the bill was sent to Obama in PDF form Wednesday afternoon, and was signed via autopen once Obama approved it.

Obama is the first president to sign bills electronically, and has signed two previous pieces of legislation using the technology. 

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The Constitution, DOES NOT say, the President may authorize someone else to SIGN BILLS for him.

The Constitution, DOES NOT say, the President may authorize someone else to COPY his signature for him.

The Constitution, DOES NOT say, the President may authorize someone else to “STAMP” his signature for him.

The Constitution DOES NOT say, the President may authorize someone else to “CUT & PASTE” his signature for him.

The Constitution DOES NOT say, the President may authorize someone to create a machine which can take a pen and copy the President’s signature for him.


Consider this:

 IF a SIMPLE procedure, or action, described with specificity that any third (3rd) grader understands, IS NOT being followed,


19 thoughts on “CONSTITUTION: if he approve, the (President) SHALL sign

  1. From Merriam-Webster online definition of SHALL:
    Definition of SHALL

    verbal auxiliary
    1 archaic
    a : will have to : must
    b : will be able to : can

    a —used to express a command or exhortation
    b —used in laws, regulations, or directives to express what is mandatory

    a —used to express what is inevitable or seems likely to happen in the future
    b —used to express simple futurity

    —used to express determination
    intransitive verb
    archaic : will go

    See shall defined for English-language learners »
    Usage Discussion of SHALL

    From the reams of pronouncements written about the distinction between shall and will—dating back as far as the 17th century—it is clear that the rules laid down have never very accurately reflected actual usage. The nationalistic statements of 18th and 19th century British grammarians, who commonly cited the misuses of the Irish, the Scots, and occasionally the Americans, suggest that the traditional rules may have come closest to the usage of southern England. Some modern commentators believe that English usage is still the closest to the traditionally prescribed norms. Most modern commentators allow that will is more common in nearly all uses. The entries for shall and will in this dictionary show current usage.
    Examples of SHALL

    Origin of SHALL

    Middle English shal (1st & 3d singular present indicative), from Old English sceal; akin to Old High German scal (1st & 3d singular present indicative) ought to, must, Lithuanian skola debt
    First Known Use: before 12th century
    Related to SHALL

    Synonyms: have (to), must, ought (to), need, should

    • Kells,
      Maybe I can create a hypothetical that will explain the importance of following “THE LAW”.

      How would you feel, IF, you were an heir under your husband’s will.

      In Texas, there is a SPECIFIC process, number of witnesses, and order of SIGNING by the “will maker” and his/her witnesses, which go to ENSURE that after A PERSON is deceased, there is evidence that:

      YES, THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of the DECEASED person, AND it was IN FACT the last will and testament, AND there was NO UNDUE INFLUENCE, AND the document EMBODIED ALL of the DESIRES AND WISHES of the DECEASED person.

      NOW, Hypothetically, a young woman comes along after husband dies and produces a NEWER “last will and testament”, however, it is not SIGNED in accordance with STATE LAW.

      But young hottie, says, “deceased husband” authorized me to sign HIS “TRUE” “last will and testament” with the “autopen” because that is what he really wanted (and STATE LAW does not matter), because “WE all” merely want what deceased hubby wants…..

      Are you going to agree, the EXISTING law does not matter, because the “alleged authorized signature” was not actually signed by “hubby” on his “last will and testament” which replaces “your” “last will and testament” where you are the sole heir, with your children, and where you receive everything?

      • Let me add, “hubby” was on vacation with spouse and kids while “hottie” turned on “autopen” to sign the “new” “last will and testament”.

      • Reckon it would depend on who the witness and notary were.

        Texas, I see your point. I know very well he is as apathetic a president as the people who voted for him (if they did, because Mr. Kells tells me electronic voting is its own can of worms.) Obviously, you boys are correct that a human is always greater than a machine. The problem is that this is his vacation, and he hasn’t had one this year.

  2. What you are citing would require OWEbozo to actually cancel or shorten his vacations and fun stuff to do what he was elected to do…………………surely you don’t really expect that to happen

  3. I wonder…did he autosign Obamacare? If so, then it’s as if he didn’t sign it and therefore not a law. Hmmmm.

    • It is definitely NOT a HealthCare Bill… is little more than a New TAX as stated by the Supreme Court. Other than that it is a demand that we PURCHASE Health Inssurance and set of Rules as to what the Government can dictate about what healthcare is given if any, to whom and how much.

      There’s NOTHING in the AHA about actual HealthCare……it is ENTIRELY about Regulations and Fines and limits …..and virtually nothing else………except the IPAB…..the Death Panel Palin so acurately described.

      • Don,
        Re-read the first sentence of Article I, Section 7:
        ” All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”
        I wrote about here:

        This “Bill” ORIGINATED in the SENATE.

        ?IF a SIMPLE procedure, or action, described with specificity that any third (3rd) grader understands, IS NOT being followed,



          No Texas, I don’t believe it is…..and I believe you are spot on. Which is why we are seeing with increasing Freqency comments throughout the Bogosphere parroting what the Georgetown Prof said about abandoning the Constitution.

          If they can get a Phoney-Media-hyped -Plebiscite ( err Poll) that says….”we need to upgrade the Constitution to the 21st Century”…..then Obama and the Progressive goal to replace it with Communism will be pushed as …”what the people want”……..Thus also legitimizing the Phoney claim that America is a Quote Democracy.

          Then what they are doing WON’T be illegal and WE….you and I and the adherents to the ACTUAL Law of this country can be framed as criminals…..and be dealt with accordingly…….which gets back to my comments on the Constitution….Bill of Rights….Nullification….States Rights and yes….Secession………….Understanding that the “S” word I see as in fact EXCERCISING those very Rights.

          I really don’t think America…( even some GOOD Conservatives) really see how close we are to Collapse….without VOCAL support for and Excercising of our Constitutional Rights NOW…….as a way of Rallying those who DO support The American Republic and Constitutional Originalism….and as a way to show the younger set WHAT their rights actually are.

          To paraphrase Edgar Lee Masters……….”We are silent in the presence of Realities, we cannot( Do Not ) speak…”

  4. I’ve been reading more and more about the UK and their Liverpool Care Pathway, essentially what our Death Panels will be.

    My Mom’s 92. She’s had several surgeries to clean out clogged arteries and has decided that’s enough. If something else happens, she’ll just leave it and take the consequences. (She’s in pretty good health for her age.). But taking the Granny Pill will be HER choice and not the government’s.

    In the Pathway, there is no choice. Granny takes her pill and thinks of England. Okay, maybe not a literal pill; more like an expanded hospice for soon to be terminal elderly people.

    They’ve expanded it now to include sick babies and apparently withhold food and water to some newborns born with “congential anomalies” and let the die. I’m worried that this is a foreshadowing of what will happen in the U.S.

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