Two days before Americans were to turn their clocks back, President Obama issued an executive order changing Daylight Saving Time.
Daylight Saving Time (DST), was implemented for the purpose of gaining more hours of daylight after normal working hours. It was extended in 2007. Now Obama has revolutionized it. This weekend, instead of “falling back,” we will turn our clocks ahead one hour, just as we have done, and will continue to do, in the spring.
Obama explained why he made the change to Daylight Saving Time:
“Daylight savings time has, in many ways, become a metaphor for the political process in our country. We move forward, improving the quality of life for hardworking Americans, then a few months later we move back to where we started from.
“Americans are tired of politics as usual. Americans want change. I and my administration are dedicated to help bring about the change that people are calling for. Now, daylight savings time will reflect the change we are bringing to America, and that is to move forward. No more moving back. No more politics as usual. We’re going to keep moving forward.
“My hope is that every six months, when Americans turn their clocks forward, they will be reminded of the need for all of us to work together, to keep moving ahead, as we transform the United States of America.”
During a press briefing, Major Garrett of the Fox News Channel asked White House press secretary Robert Gibbs if all states would be required to make this change. Gibbs responded, “I’m sorry. We’re only taking questions from real news agencies.” Undeterred, Garrett began asking another question when Gibbs interrupted him, looked around at the other reporters and asked, “Does anyone hear anything?”
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell criticized the change, explaining that this “progress” would eventually lead to days without sunlight and sleepless nights for Americans who are unable to rest with the sun shining into their bedroom windows. He said the President needed to focus on creating jobs for struggling Americans, not requiring them to change the time on clocks they can’t afford to buy.