I don't know what the reasoning is behind President Obama's signing the Healthcare Bill with 20 different pens. *See Below For Newly Published Information As To Reasons Why Obama Used 20 Different Pens To Sign Healthcare Bill. Updated On Wednesday, March 24, 2010.
In addition to members of Congress, there will also be additional Americans, private citizens, who have been invited to the signing ceremony to talk about how they will personally benefit from Obama's Healthplan:
Connie Anderson, from Seville, Ohio
Marcelas Owens from from Seattle, WA
Ryan Smith from Turlock, CA
from: Previewing Obama's Bill Signing
Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:31 AM by Domenico Montanaro
Filed Under: White House, Barack Obama
*March 24, 2010 Update:
Reason #1: "Many American presidents have changed pens for the documents they sign. These pens are then given as gifts to diplomats, dignitaries, museums, other senators and other distinguished persons." from http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_did_Obama_use_many_different_pens_in_signing_a_bill
Reason #2: "He was continuing a long-standing White House tradition for approving important legislation."
"The pens are 'a way of giving a very meaningful memento to the people who played a significant role in passing the legislation,' said Mark Peterson, a professor of public policy and political science at UCLA."
"Obama kept a pen for himself after signing the bill, and 19 pens were given out as mementos. Two will go to his presidential archives."
from the Los Angeles Times article posted by Nicole Santa Cruz, March 24, 2010:
Pens play a role in signing of healthcare legislation
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