BARACK OBAMA BILL AND SIGNING PEN
BARACK OBAMA (b. 1961) The 44th President of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office. His presidency is remembered for the Affordable Care Act (ACA or 'Obamacare'); the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; the ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Act of 2010, and the killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden. An exceptional framed display featuring a redlined copy of legislation passed by the 111th Congress and signed by Obama as President with his bill signing pen. The bill itself is 2pp. 4to. with official Congressional heading, Washington D.C., signed on May 22, 2009, titled the 'Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009', written to reform the way the Pentagon contracts and purchases major weapons systems. First introduced on February 23, 2009, the bill unanimously passed both houses of Congress. Its main provision was the creation of a new Pentagon office, The Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE), to analyze and oversee defense spending. This is a fine copy of the bill, with Obama's facsimile signature making it a law, and it also bears the facsimile signatures of Speaker of the House NANCY PELOSI (b. 1940), and Acting President Pro Tempore of the Senate HARRY REID (b. 1939). It is matted above one of the 5.5 in. long pens used by Obama to sign the original bill, the pen featuring the presidential seal and Obama's facsimile signature. This display was purchased from the estate of Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton (1931-2013) who served on the House Armed Services Committee and strongly advocated passage of the bill. Affixed to the back of the frame is a typed letter, 1p. 4to., Washington D.C., September 15, 2009, written by President Obama to Skelton transmitting the copy of the bill and pen as a gesture of gratitude for his hard work in its passing, signed with a facsimile signature. Very fine condition.