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As a candidate for president, Barack Obama called study commissions created by politicians "Washington-speak for we'll get back to you later."

He mocked his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, for suggesting a commission study the Wall Street meltdown, saying, "We don't need a commission to tell us how we got into this mess, we need a president who will lead us out of this mess, and that's the kind of president I intend to be."

But President Obama has already created about two dozen study commissions, blue-ribbon panels and task forces of his own -- roughly one a month since he took office -- to study not only major economic issues but childhood obesity, Hispanics and the middle class.

Most recently, Obama announced he was creating a commission to investigate whether manipulation of the oil markets was causing gas prices to soar. Attorney General Eric Holder pledged Friday that the Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group would "help protect American consumers from unnecessary pain at the pump due to illegal activity."

Obama largely ignored the recommendations of another panel, his deficit-reduction commission, in his 2012 budget proposal. But then he appointed a new panel to negotiate a final budget with congressional Republicans.

"Commissions generally are made when a president wants to do something but really doesn't know what he wants to do or doesn't have the money to do what he wants to do," said Stephen Hess, a veteran staffer of the Eisenhower and Nixon administrations and former adviser to Presidents Ford and Carter. "And the easiest thing to do is set up a commission."

Obama began appointing commissions and task forces as soon as he arrived at the White House. His first was assigned to study interrogation and transfer policies for suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The president has since created commissions to study the Gulf oil spill, the national debt, nuclear energy, bioethics, Hispanic education, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Obama also assigned task forces to study issues like childhood obesity, human trafficking, equal pay, ocean policy, the aerospace work force, financial fraud and the middle class.

Presidents and lawmakers have for decades appointed commissions and other "study" panels to sharpen or delay issues that they don't feel are ripe for action. The most successful commissions lay the groundwork for new laws, including President Truman's civil rights commission and President Reagan's Social Security commission, experts said.

Then there are the political pacifiers -- those panels that become bullet points in campaign speeches that help the president demonstrate concern about a particular issue.

"Commissions are an enormously useful presidential tool," said John White of Catholic University. "The purpose of a commission is three-fold: One is to sharpen issues, one is to blur them, and the third is to defer them."

Obama's deficit commission successfully sharpened the dialogue on the nation's long-term debt, but the president also used it to buy some time, White said.

On gas prices, Obama conceded he had no "quick fix" to lower costs, but he called for a long-term reduction in America's dependence on foreign oil and appointed a commission to placate those calling for immediate action.

Most of Obama's commissions meet once or twice a month are submit annual reports to the president.

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lets waste more money on comissions he wont listen too if their results do not fit into his socalist adjenda....further proof he has no clue what he is doing
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