The White House is acting like it was surprised or something. The Senate had made it pretty clear that it wouldn’t go along with the president on letting the Saudis off the hook. It’s not like it was down to 1 or 2 votes or something.
Lame duckhood has got to be painful. The president didn’t get to nominate someone for the most recent Supreme Court vacancy and now this very public dissing from Congress.
The page is turning in Washington.
The White House is also wary of angering the Saudi government, which strongly opposes the bill. The U.S.-Saudi alliance has been tested under Obama’s watch, especially by last year’s nuclear deal with Iran. But the president’s strong objections fell on deaf ears in Congress, though Obama personally convinced Reid to sustain his veto after a phone conversation and letter. But no other lawmakers were swayed by appeals from the president, his staff or representatives of the Saudi government, which lobbied against the bill.
Corker told reporters that Obama put virtually no effort into persuading lawmakers to sustain his veto.