Good show Obama: Defense Bill, Lauded by White House, Contains Billions in Earmarks
[I]n providing money for projects that the Defense Department says it did not request and does not want, [one senator] has joined a host of other senators on both sides of the aisle.
President Obama has repeatedly promised to fight "the special interests, contractors and entrenched lobbyists" that he says have distorted military priorities and bloated appropriations in the past. In August, he told a convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars that "if Congress sends me a defense bill loaded with a bunch of pork, I will veto it."
But the White House instead sent a generally supportive message to the Senate about the pending defense bill on Friday, virtually ensuring that the earmarks will win final congressional approval.
Senior Obama aides [say] that the White House never sought to fix the problem of earmarks in one year.